Jesus' teachings are not always sweet and easy. He used paradox to try to get our attention, to jolt us out of our habitual thought patterns. For example, what did he mean by this: "The first shall be last, and the last first." Or "Love your enemies", since "love" and "enemies" do not seem to mesh. Instead of scratching our heads, we are challenged to think more deeply. Jesus used many teaching methods to help us become aware of ourselves as spiritual beings, created in love.