Isn’t it interesting that being a follower of Christ in many ways involves a paradox. It has long been said that the first Christians turned the world upside down, and that is what we are called to do. But in fact it is the world that is upside down and we are called to make things right. And the way this is done goes against everything that the world stands for. This is the great paradox of faith. Consider all the things that Jesus said about this – we die to live, we surrender to gain victory, we humble ourselves to be exalted, we suffer to gain glory. As Larry Crabb has said, the road that to life often feels like the road to death. And to quote the title of a song by Celtic poet, Sammy Horner, it is victory in defeat.