WHY CALLEST ME GOOD?

Posted: December 13, 2011 in Jesus Christ
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Sometimes Moslems grasp this verse as some confession on Jesus part that he was not good.   However it is only as we read the scriptures that we begin to see just how good Jesus is.

Mark 10: 18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? [there is] none good but one, [that is], God.

It is what they call a rhetorical question.  “Why callest me good”  He is not saying he was bad evil or whatever,  He was asked a question and  his reply was that there is only one that was good and that was God.  The fact that the man saw something  “GOOD” in JESUS, was if anything pointing to the fact Jesus was what he said he was.

Luk 4: 12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

Just as when Jesus said to satan don’t tempt the lord they God.  The person being tempted at that moment was Jesus.    In fact all the way through the Gospels men saw in Jesus something more than what was in them.    They saw PURITY and GOODNESS in this man that went beyond the norm.

Math 27: 54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

Roman soldiers were used to crucifying victims and how they died, but this man was something different.  He was forgiving his assailants.  He gave promises of a future in paradise to a man who was being crucified next to him.  He watched how he suffered and he watched how he died.  Yet EVEN IN CRUCIFIXION Jesus was changing lives.  This Jesus was unlike anyone else who had been crucified.

The Roman who crucified Jesus was a hardened soldier.  Not given to sympathy or endearment.  Yet he saw something in this man that moved him.

Pontius Pilate was a seasoned Roman governor, Not given to sympathy or endearment, Like all good politicians he knew how to save his skin politically.  Yet he could find no fault in this man.

John 18: 38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault [at all].

“NO FAULT IN HIM” translated “ This man has NO FAULT in HIM”

Math 26: 59-60 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death. But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, [yet] found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,

Luke 22: 53 When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.

Not once did they seek to bring up a single doctrine that was against the laws of God.  Even the false witnesses had a hard time showing up ,  The two that did only spoke the truth that he would raise his body in three days.

John the Baptist lived a very austere life of a man of the wilderness.  No comforts or pleasure to keep him warm and comfortable.  If any man lived a holy life it had to be John. 

John 1: 29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Translated “JESUS WAS PURE ”

John 3: 13- 14 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.   But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me.

John the Baptist was no fool either and yet upon seeing Jesus he saw something more than the many who came to be baptised.  He saw in Jesus the characteristics of goodness and righteousness that was not even in him.  Comparative John saw himself as one who needed to be baptised by Jesus.

Translated “JESUS WAS GOOD”

Is 53: 9-10 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither [was any] deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put [him] to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see [his] seed, he shall prolong [his] days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

Translated “JESUS WAS INNOCENT”

From his birth to his grave people were not just impressed by some Jewish rabbi, but were persuaded by his character.  He did not just act good he was good.  His life shone like a light even among men and women of the greatest religious fervour.  There was nothing outward to attract people to his ministry.  No wealth to boast about, No big mansion to claim as his own.  Not even a noble steed to ride on.  He was not handsome as to win a popularity concert.

What people saw went beyond what he looked like outwardly to who he really was inside.  That’s where the real beauty resided.  If we are truly honest it’s that same beauty that still attracts believers to Jesus.  There can be no doubt that all who met Jesus were changed not by his appearance but by his GOODNESS!!!

Math 8: 8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: But speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed

Here we have a centurion who saw in Jesus a goodness that did not just convict him, but also convinced him.  He saw in this man what was beyond his own religious experience.  Speak and I know my servant would be healed.  He saw in Jesus a man who has authority.  But did not abuse it or throw it around.  What convinced him?  The goodness of Jesus character and temperment.

Translated  “JESUS WAS MORE THAN WORTHY” he was GOOD!

Luke 5: 8 When Simon Peter saw [it], he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord

Peter had never met Jesus before, and yet upon meeting him for the first time he also was convicted by his own sinfulness and convinced of the goodness of the person before him

Is 6: 5 Then said I, Woe [is] me! for I am undone; because I [am] a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts

FATHERS TESTIMONY OF JESUS “WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED WITH”

Isaiah like Peter was also convicted and convinced of the GOODNESS OF THE ONE HE STOOD BEFORE.  The goodness of God is that of absolute Godliness.  His character radiated with it.  He had to but speak and people recognise that this was no ordinary man.  No sin had touches his nature.  No abusive words were spoken by him.  No explanative to break out at some unguarded moment.  No unholy thoughts were played with.  No Lies lifted up to deceive others by, his every word a virtue of truth and sincerity.  He walked upon the same ground as any other, and yet he stood in fellowship with his father in an unbroken communion.  He cherished that unbroken symphony he had with his father.

Math 3: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased

In so father could say this is “my son in whom I am well pleased”, Can this be said of anyone else?  God is absolute holiness and Jesus pleased the father by being absolute holy in his walk. God is absolute love and Jesus walked in absolute love for the things of his fatherGod is absolute righteous and Jesus walked in absolute righteousness.

The only thing that pleases the father is perfection and Jesus was very perfect.

Who could boast of an unbroken fellowship?  Who can say we have never slipped up and got it wrong?

Patty Ross  a good friend on Face book puts it like this :

 “The Holiness of God is central to His entire character. In fact, while many of His attributes are key to salvation, redemption, and reconciliation, Holiness is foundational to all the attributes of God. Holy is used more often as a prefix to God’s name than any other attribute. Throughout the Bible, no other divine attribute is repeated 3 times in reference to God. We do not read God described as, Eternal, Eternal, Eternal or Merciful, Merciful, Merciful, or All-knowing, all-knowing, all-knowing, but He is referred to as… Holy, Holy, Holy.”

I want you to capture this reality That Jesus entire character is tied up in Gods characters.  HE IS HOLY HOLY HOLY.    We can’t separate Christ nature from the nature of God, and they are one.   I am persuaded that if we truly saw this nature in its entire splendor we would never be the same again.  There is such a wondrous beauty in God and we can see that through Jesus.  He is the door through which we Peer through and see what God is like.  He is the light that aluminates heavens radiance.  He is the beauty of heaven that attracts me to it.  He is the radiant colour that paints what true goodness is like.   I see in Christ the benchmark to step up to.  I see in him the absolute perfection of manhood; The model servant who thought nothing of washing others feet;  The humility of riding into Jerusalem on a donkey; The one who endures while others mock and scourge him;  His passion for his father house and  His love for his father’s word. 

The greatest of mysteries that puzzled many is just how far Christ stooped to lift us up.  He found us in the mud and the filth.  He endured the smell the filth and the pain to pick up.  He wipes us down and set up down with himself.   Those who see this will understand the revelation of what it took. 

Eph 1: 3 Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ:

From here _____  to ———— Can you grasp this reality.  He found me down in the dirt and he make me a child of the king.  It cost him everything. Did not consider his GOODNESS something to hold onto, but gave it away on the cross that I a sinner might have his.  When I look at his goodness and purity it moves me and draws me to him. 

JESUS WAS NOT JUST GOOD, HE WAS VERY VERY GOOD

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