We believe that Jesus died for us on the cross. If so, that is the powerless Jesus facing the worst form of torture and death. This powerlessness is strange because Jesus is the Messiah... the Immanuel...the God with Us. This phenomena is difficult to be explained and understood. God coming down to earth and taking the form of a third rated criminal is totalling unacceptable to many. God became human in no way different from other humans and HE broke through the walls of power in total weakness... HE dies on the cross and then on the third day, HE rolls away the stone that held HIM to his grave.
Looking at this great paradox, Paul came out with a strange theology ... the theology of the ‘downward mobility’. In a world of strength and beauty, in a world of achievements and glory there is this bold statement from St. Paul, ‘My strength is made perfect in weakness’ (2nd Cor. 12:9)
The globalized world has place for the best. There is seldom place for the second best, the slow and the weak. This thought is totally incompatible with St. Paul’s theory on weakness. Life of Lord Jesus teaches us to accommodate the second best to the least ... the have-nots and the heavy burdened. Throughout Bible, we see God using the second best or the least of His flock to lead the rest. God chose those who by human standards are fools to shame the wise.
Therefore, how different is God’s doing!