Mark 10:17-18 – God is Good

Mark 10:17-18
17
And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

-When this rich, young ruler approaches Jesus and addresses Him as “Good Master”, Jesus responds with an interesting question, “Why callest thou me good?”  Why would Jesus ask this question?  Was He calling attention to the idea that He Himself is not good?  God forbid.  Jesus said this because He wanted to make it clear that being a “master” doesn’t make you good; being a ”teacher” doesn’t make you good; being “pious” doesn’t make you good; not even being a “Savior” makes you good.  Only being God makes you good.  If the rich, young ruler was going to see Jesus as good, Jesus was going to make sure it was because he was seeing Jesus as God.  Likewise, if we are going to really understand what makes Jesus good, we are going to have to see Him as God.

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