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THE PARADOXES OF CHRIST

He was the Light, yet He hung in darkness on the Cross.

He was the Life, yet He poured out His soul unto death.

He was the Rock of Ages, yet His feet sank into the deep waters.

He was the Son of God, yet He died a felon's death.

He was holy, undefiled, separated from sinners and knew no sin, yet He was "made sin" when He took the guilty culprit's place and suffered in his stead.

He bade the weary to come to Him for rest, yet not on earth could He find rest until He said, "It is finished," and gave up His life to God. He was the Mighty God, yet He became a man and was crucified through weakness.

He was the Image of the Invisible God, yet His visage was marred more than any man.

All the fulness of the Godhead dwells bodily in Him, yet He took on Him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men.

He spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast; yet He humbled Himself and became obedient  even unto death.

He was the Desire of All Nations, yet He was despised and rejected of man.

He is the Fountain of Life, yet upon the Cross He cried, "I thirst."

Can you understand these mysteries? These are the things that angels desire to look into. The heaven cannot contain Him, yet He died for us.

Taken from:  Faithful Words
Submitted by Tim Woodward
Smithville church of Christ