the paradoxical character of Jesus…

At the end of Jonathan Edwards’s sermon on the paradoxical character of Jesus, he says that these same radically different traits that are normally never combined in any one person will be reproduced in you because you are in the presence of Jesus Christ. You’re not just becoming a nicer person or a more disciplined person or a more moral person. The life and character of Jesus—the King who ambles into Jerusalem on a donkey, then storms into the temple with the audacity to say “This is my house”—are being reproduced in you. You’re becoming a more complete person, the person you were designed to be. The person you were ransomed to be.

King’s Cross. Tim Keller

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Right thoughts about who God is changes our affections of hope and joy.

Captured beauty by Justine, April 2018

“Jonathan Edwards in his book Religious Affections addresses this very point. John Piper also draws on him when he writes,

“The Scriptures command joy, hope, fear, peace, grief, desire, tenderheartedness, brokenness and contrition, gratitude, lowliness, etc. Therefore Christian Hedonism is not making too much of emotion when it says that being satisfied in God is our calling and duty.”

Excerpt From
Quest for Hope – OT Survey
Eric Blick

Layered reading: read and re-read and re-read this Psalm – it’s one of our favorites. Each pass you will begin to see more and then see hope.