PARADOX OF THE GOSPEL – Tue, Mar 24, 2020

Mark 8:35-37 KJV

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.

[36] For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

[37] Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

The Oxford Dictionary defines a paradox as a seemingly absurd or contradictory statement or proposition which when investigated may prove to be well founded or true.

How could one possibly lose his life by saving it and vice versa? I can imagine the confusion on the faces of the people and the teachers of the law, as these words from Jesus hit them.
What does one do to save his life? He cares for it zealously, loves it selfishly and focuses all his energy and attention on it alone.

This formula, though powerful and will ensure one’s survival, doesn’t take love and compassion for others into consideration. It looks only at the self and gives no room to the other. So here on earth you live well, but have no heavenly treasure, and essentially no place there.

These and many more of Jesus’s words may sound illogical at the first, but reveal mysteries when a lot of thought is applied.
Save your soul, consider the souls of others and respond to their needs as much as you can. You don’t lose yourself at the end, you rather find more.

Have a blessed day.

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