What is ‘Good?’
Posted on August 30, 2018 by America's Keswick in Freedom Fighters
Good is what brings an end to all striving, providing rest and contentment mentally, physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually for the soul. It is this truth that anchors Jesus’ response to the young man who asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone” (Mark 10:17-18). Jesus’ statement is the keystone to the entire Gospel, for anchored in this truth, ‘No one is good except God alone’, is everything that provides our rest. God ‘is’ Absolute Perfect Love, Peace, Joy, Beauty, Justice, Truth, Virtue, and Contentment. Therefore, He is ‘The Good.’
This is why Jesus, as the Son of God and in perfect Unity with God’s nature, claimed, “but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life” (John 4:14). And, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst” (John 6:35). And, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water'” (John 7:38). And finally, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Math 11:31). Everything you are striving for, desiring to have, pursuing after, and hoping for is found in God who alone ‘is Good.’ God sent His one and only Son, so that whosever ‘Believes’ in Him as the way, will have eternal life. There is the answer to the young man’s question, but as most people do, he went away sad because he wasn’t hearing Jesus. He was distracted by his pursuit of temporary things, like wealth, power, prestige, sex, and other self centered ambitions.
Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father (and rests in His goodness) but by me’. This is why He repeatedly said, ‘Drink of my salvation’, and ‘devour my Word’, and stop striving to gain what I am ‘the way’ too.
You want rest for your weary soul? Put your faith in Him, “Take Jesus’ yoke upon you and learn from Him, for He is gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For His yoke is easy and His burden is light” (Matt 10:28-30).
Praying you Choose Jesus (the way to the Good) today
Written by David Brown: David Brown is a husband, father, and grandfather with a Masters of Religious Studies and a Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Religions. Dave is the Associate Pastor of Pemberton’s First Baptist Church.
Daily Quote “Because God is good, we have an infinite number of reasons to praise him in our homes.” – Gloria Furman
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:So shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul; If you have found it, there is a prospect, And your hope will not be cut off.