Only Good

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    Mark 1:40-42 says, “And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.”

    When a person appears to do something supernatural, the first idea that many people have is that the person is evil. The Salem witch trials happened in part because some people thought that these women were controlling their dreams. If someone is seen levitating, most would assume that it is because they are a witch or warlock. Even really good magicians are viewed as mysterious and somewhat dark in nature.

    Why then wasn’t Christ viewed in this way? Why wasn’t Christ regularly accused of being a witch or from Satan? We know He was accused of this a time or two, but by and large Christ’s miracles were warmly welcomed. So then what was the difference.

    Every single miracle that Christ did was good. He healed the sick and lame. He cast out obviously evil demons. He fed the hungry. He calmed the storm to save the ship. Jesus did a lot of miracles, and every single one of them was to first and foremost prove He was from God, but secondly was to accomplish some sort of good in the world. This is why people loved Jesus instead of being afraid of Him. This is why people flocked to Him, listened to Him, and welcomed His miracles. Granted, there were always some that hated Him, but the accusations typically were concerning the Jewish traditions, not usually accusations of being from Satan.

    We need to be sure that every power at our control is used for good. Every time we speak, or help someone, or work, or play it should be to accomplish good not only for ourselves, but those around us. If the consequence of our words or actions ever emits even a hint of evil, then we must rethink what we are doing.

    Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.“