The paradox of what is good
Good, according to Merriam Webster means “of favorable character or tendency”. Usually when everything is going “well” people say, “I had a good day.” Or when a kid brings home an A+, as a parent - we consider that a “good” grade.
It is funny the things we “believe” and “say” are good. We measure “good” based on a deed or action. But that is not what God says. God has a twist on everything we believe and think.
Is 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. And the Word reiterates our views are not like God’s as Paul reminds us in Romans that, all have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. (Rom 3:12)
God NEVER told us ”we were good”; yet we see throughout the Bible how often God is good. Here are a few scriptures: Ps 107:1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. The Lord is good to all (Ps 145:9) Surely, God is good. (Ps 73:1). And Jesus is so humble and so obedient he points us to God as being
good - not Himself. Mark 10:18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.
Yet Jesus was betrayed by his friend, tried, convicted, wore a crown of thorns, was beaten, spat on, whipped, while weak carried a 165 lb cross for 2,000 feet, was nailed to a cross and pierced in his side... on the day that the most painful physical experiences that could happen to one person we call that day “Good Friday”. The cross represents despair, destruction and defeat.
The irony is that we would consider all that happened to Jesus that day as “bad”. But yet again, in all the pain Jesus experienced, there was purpose. In all the rejection and ridicule there was royalty. Jesus sacrificed himself to the obedience of Death.
It is “good” to see we could never do what Jesus did on the cross; it is “good” to see how much we need Jesus; and it is “good” to see how much we need Him through the cross. It too is good, to know how much Jesus truly loves us, so much so that it cost Him , His life. The GOOD news about the cross ☦️ was that it was a tool to get Jesus to the other side... - 23 minutes ago