The way of Jesus often defies common sense. Losing is gaining. Weakness is strength. Last is first. His teachings are counter-intuitive and sometimes frustrating. And yet, by embodying these paradoxical teachings, Jesus lived a life of unmatched beauty, love, and spiritual power. Let’s take a closer look at how Jesus taught these seemingly contradictory teachings, how he lived them, and how the rest of the New Testament fleshes them out. What would it look like to align our lives with the paradoxical power of Jesus?