A paradox is a statement or problem that either appears to produce two entirely contradictory (yet possible) outcomes, or provides proof for something that goes against what we intuitively expect. During the Sundays in Lent we will look at apparent paradoxes in the life and person of Jesus and in our own lives. This week we see the paradox is our desire to justify ourselves. When God surveys our condition he sees people creating religions in which they try to pursue righteousness through works. But God intervenes by lifting up his Son so that we might be righteous before him through faith rather than through works. God has intervened in our manmade religion of works and established a religion that is by faith from first to last!