Last Sunday David Brown from King’s Heath ecclesia in the Midlands led our thoughts to Jesus by an exhortation about paradoxes.

Paradoxes make us think. They bring together two things that ought to be contradictory, but are not. The Bible is full of them.

In Isaiah we have the greatness of God, from which the people hide, immediately preceded by God’s focus on the fatherless and widows. Isaiah 40 has Jesus the tender shepherd beside God holding the waters in the palm of his hand.

This juxtaposition of God’s greatness and tenderness contrasts with other religions, which treat God as mighty, “out there” and distant. A Biblical faith is different; it sees that God has come down to a human level.

In Psalm 102 the nations revere God – but He hears the prayers of the destitute. In Psalm 147 He numbers the stars, but also heals the broken-hearted.

It is a paradox – the same God who is mighty sovereign over all, also cares about small things. Little things. Little people. They matter.

In the New Testament, in the parable of the lost son, God, the father, is not stern, but throws dignity aside and embraces his lost son. That is our God.

Jesus, the paradox of the servant king, shows us what God would be like if He could be distilled into the form of a man. Jesus’ ministry confirms it, when Bartimaeus’s cry is enough to turn Jesus from his journey to Jerusalem.

As we increase our allegiance to Jesus, we become more obligated to care about the inadequate and powerless. If God cares, we need to too.
Translating that care into action means being concerned about each other. And treating each other as special. How much more effective our church might be if we treated all our brothers and sisters as if they were indeed the very brothers and sisters of our Boss, the Lord Jesus.