God’s Oxymoron

          Do you know what an oxymoron is?  By definition, it is “a figure of speech, usually one or two words, in which seemingly contradictory terms appear side by side. This contradiction is also known as a paradox.”  Both writers and poets have used it for centuries as a literary device to describe life’s inherent conflicts and incongruities.

          In speech, oxymorons can be used to convey humor, irony, or even sarcasm. Interestingly, the word “oxymoron” is itself oxymoronic.  In other words it is self-contradictory. The word is derived from two ancient Greek words: oxys, which means “sharp,” and moronos, which means “dull” or “stupid.”  I present to you for your consideration some of the more well-known oxymorons.  I hope they bring a smile to your face.  We need as much levity as we can get right now, wouldn’t you agree? 

          Old News, Bittersweet, Plastic Silverware, Jumbo Shrimp, Paper Towel, Silent Scream, Lead Balloon, Civil War, Working Vacation, Deafening Silence, Friendly Takeover, Larger Half, One-man Band, Poor Health, Pretty Ugly, Random Order, Terribly Good. Can you think of any more?

          One that sticks in my mind is “Good Friday”. Kind of makes you wonder doesn’t it? How is it that the day Jesus was crucified possibly be called Good?  Yet, that is what it says on my calendar – “Good Friday!”  Good Friday is a day of mourning and quiet prayer for many Christians.  In sanctuaries and worship spaces across the world, candles are often extinguished. Statues, paintings and crosses are often draped in black cloth. Many Christians fast all or part of this day. I usually fast from after dinner on Maundy Thursday till dinner on Good Friday. Our family also does a media fast on Good Friday until 6:00 PM. 

          But, how can something so tragic be called good?  John 3:16 says it all: 

          “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that

           whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John

           3:16, NIV) 

          Yes, this is the day that God demonstrated how high and wide and deep His love is for you and me, indeed for the entire world. It also shows how far He was willing to go in order to provide for us a way to be forgiven and experience a restored relationship with Him that will never come to an end. What else could we possibly call this day but “Good”?

Wishing you the best Good Friday,

             Pastor Paul