We see good done for people wherever we look in the ministry of Jesus. We see God’s miraculous provisions. But always with different responses. Some works received only encomiums: healing of nobleman’s son John 4:46-54, the first exorcism in Capernaum Mark 1:21-28. Some received accolades with criticism. Approval came from the people, criticism from the leaders: healing the Capernaum paralytic Mark 2:1-12; giving sight to blind men Matthew 9:27-34.
The leaders became increasingly vocal in their malice. Healing the paralytic in John 5 led the Pharisees first to persecute Jesus for the healing, then to killing him for claiming to be God’s Son 5:16,18. After restoring a man’s withered hand in a synagogue, the Herodians gathered to plot a way to kill Jesus Mark 3:1-6. Even the common people grew so fearful of Jesus that they banished him Mark 5:17-18.
Wherever we look in the Bible, God loves people, but critics denounce him for loving too little. God helps people and critics assail him for not doing more. God saves people from sin and critics refuse to believe they need a Savior. God resurrects the dead and critics wish they had remained in the tomb! -End Part I-