Why Callest Thou Me Good? (4)
JESUS went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; (Acts 10:38).
(…continues from part three…)
4) Jesus is good. This is what doing good is all about: Acts 10:38 “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” The active ‘doing good’ is euergeteō (yoo-erg-et-eh’-o): ‘to do good, bestow benefits; to be philanthropic.’ Another Scripture reads, “And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 36) But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.” (Matthew 9:35-36). How much was the pecuniary terms of His beneficence cost the people? A good person will embark on selfless help.
“And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth. 39) And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils. 40) And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. 41) And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. 42) And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed” (Mark 1:38-42).
He must be good to be God’s power and wisdom.
Isaiah 40:10-11 “Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. 11) He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.” The only time the LORD is said to descend in physical personality is none other than the Second Coming of the Messiah. Is the Messiah good? Is He Jesus? Yes, He is Jesus and He is good. “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine” (John 10:14).
Ezekiel 37:22-24 “And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: 23) Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God. 24) And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.” Is the king mentioned here truly David, the first good king of Israel? David had died over five centuries before the birth of prophet Ezekiel. This prophesy is appropriately Messianic. The Messiah is the Saviour King of all humanity; unless a person is good, he cannot be the Saviour of mankind.
Jesus, the KING of glory.
The living element of sacrificial atonement must of protocolary essence be unblemished. One of the Messianic qualification is incorruptibility, which was appropriately inherent in Jesus. Exodus 12:5 “Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:” were the instruction from the God of Israel. The expression ‘without blemish’ is tâmı̂ym (taw-meem’): ‘complete, full, perfect, sincerely (-ity), sound, undefiled, upright(-ly), whole; entire (literally, figuratively or morally); also (as noun) integrity, truth.’ 1Peter 1:19 “But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” and the Greek for ‘without blemish’ is amōmos (am’-o-mos): ‘as a sacrifice without spot or blemish; morally: without blemish, faultless, unblameable.’ The next word, ‘without spot’ is aspilos (as’-pee-los): ‘Spotless Metaphorically Free from censure, irreproachable; Free from vice, unsullied.’ Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life; John the Baptist pointed Him out: “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
Who is this one of the prophet’s vaticination of Micah 5:4-5 which reads, “And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth. 5) And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men”? Is it not the same One of the preceding verse, where it says, “…yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” He is Jesus Christ, who in the beginning was the Word, and also the Word with God; the Word who was essentially God. The same One who was in the eternity past with God” (John 1:1-2). His essence is divine goodness. Amen!
“And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die” (John 11:26).
Getting born again is a conscious effort on the part of an individual. Get born again. Say this sinner’s prayer.
“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”
Read part 3 here