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The Greatest of Paradoxes

Hal Habecker

Dec 21

“Christmas Paradoxes” The 26th Day of Advent December 22, 2022

Think with me today about these paradoxes of the Christmas narrative as recorded in the New Testament. I will simply list them with no comment. My wish would be that you would sit for a few moments and reflect on them today. Let them swirl around in your heart.

  1. Purity is set in the context of an unwed mother.

  • A story of joy in what other circumstances would be a tragedy.

  • A story announced by angels to shepherds.

  • Jesus ignored and rejected by His own yet worshipped by wise men from afar.

  • Others are born to live yet Jesus was born to die.

  • Mary rejoices yet cries.

  • The King of Kings born in a stable.

  • God became flesh for us.

  • The baby whom Mary delivered would someday deliver her.

These make me think of the Christmas song, “What a Strange Way to Save the World,” by Fred Hammond.

I'm sure he must have been surprised At where this road had taken him Cause never in a million lives Would he have dreamed of Bethlehem

And standing at the manger He saw with his own eyes The message from the angel come to life And Joseph said

Why me, I'm just a simple man of trade Why Him with all the rulers in the world Why here inside this stable filled with hay Why her, she's just an ordinary girl Now I'm not one to second guess What angels have to say But this is such a strange way to save the World

To think of how it could have been If Jesus had come as He deserved There would have been no Bethlehem No lowly shepherds at His birth

But Joseph knew the Reason love had to reach so far And as he held the Savior in his arms He must have thought

Why me,…

Happy 26th Day of Advent.

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