Jesus is Good
Jesus told us that he is the good shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep. (John 10:14) He also told us that no one is good except God alone (Mark 10:18 and Luke 18:19). Put these two statements together and we have yet another claim of Jesus to be God in flesh. Jesus is indeed “good” because he is “God” (same root word).
James, who was an earthly half-brother of Jesus, wrote in James 1:17: “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” If we affirm what James wrote - then all good comes from God - then there are countless good gifts from God for which to be thankful. Day by day, the follower of Jesus Christ confirms again and again that Jesus is good by observing the many blessings and protections that come his/her way.
It’s not that the Christian only sees and experiences good, as through “rose-colored” glasses. Trials abound and so does evil. But the follower of Christ sees trials as a necessary part of growth (James 1:2-3) and discerns evil as that which we must call out as opposing God’s good (hopefully with graciousness). This is all learned through training in the Word of God, which gives divine advice on how to live out God’s goodness in our world.
Jesus, our Good Shepherd, is our ultimate example and guide of how to navigate through this world of ours in being “good.” He both guides and protects, if we will yield to him as our good shepherd. And he has given us the written Word of God as the divine handbook on living out this life.
That is why Oaks Bible Church of Santa Barbara/Goleta is committed to teaching and applying the Word of God. We are not “good” - only God is good. But by learning and applying his principles of good we can become better and better representatives of his good in our world. Come grow with us, and confirm his goodness!