The Paradox of Christmas
Often we are asked why we named the church The Paradox. Well we have a page that explains it here. But recently I came across this post on Justin Taylor’s blog at the Gospel Coalition.
Charles Spurgeon preached in 1858 on the wonderful paradoxes of the incarnation:
Infinite, and an infant—
eternal, and yet born of a woman—
Almighty, and yet hanging on a woman’s breast supporting the universe, and yet needing to be carried in a mother’s arms—
king of angels, and yet the reputed son of Joseph—
heir of all things and yet the carpenter’s despised son.
Sam Storms also reflects on the paradoxes:
The Word became flesh!
God became human!
the invisible became visible!
the untouchable became touchable!
eternal life experienced temporal death!
the transcendent one descended and drew near!
the unlimited became limited!
the infinite became finite!
the immutable became mutable!
the unbreakable became fragile!
spirit became matter!
eternity entered time!
the independent became dependent!
the almighty became weak!
the loved became the hated!
the exalted was humbled!
glory was subjected to shame!
fame turned into obscurity!
from inexpressible joy to tears of unimaginable grief!
from a throne to a cross!
from ruler to being ruled!
from power to weakness!