In League With The Devil
As we discovered in yesterday’s Devo, Jesus’ own family tried to get a hold of him because they thought he was out of his mind. In today’s passage the religious experts from Jerusalem arrive and make an even stronger accusation. They said Jesus’ power was Satanic. That’s how he had the power to go around the countryside setting free those who were possessed. One thing that no one disputed is that Jesus made incredible claims and he backed these claims up with powerful miracles of healing and exorcism. The question that we have to answer is—where did Jesus get this authority and power?
“Now the legal experts in the Law of Moses came down from Jerusalem and they said, ‘He is possessed by Beelzebub and by the ruler of the demons he casts out the demons.’ Jesus called them over and using comparisons and figures of speech he said to them, ‘How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom is not able to stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house is not able to stand. If Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he is not able to stand but is coming to an end. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then he can plunder his house.
Count on it! I tell you that all sins will be forgiven of the children of men and whatever blasphemies they might say, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness but is guilty of an eternal sin.’ He said this because the legal experts were saying that Jesus had an unclean spirit. Mark 3:22-30
The conclusion that Jesus could cast out demons because he was controlled by Satan is obviously flawed. If Jesus does exorcisms by Satanic power, then Satan is fighting against himself. And this internal division will destroy his rule. Mark will reveal that Satan’s kingdom is going to fall, but it is not going to be because of its own internal infighting. Instead, Jesus will bind the strong man, Satan, and plunder his house.
The exorcisms Mark has presented so far are only foreshadowings of how Jesus at his weakest will be stronger than the Evil One. Jesus will die for our sins. He will plunder Satan’s house and set us free. God’s Holy Spirit is working in our hearts to help us to understand and believe this. To curse this pull by the divine Spirit, to resist him when he’s trying to reveal the truth stifles the only hope anyone has to find forgiveness. The religious experts in Jesus’ day were in danger of committing this unpardonable sin.
LORD, thanks that your Son is the Strong Man. He is able to bind Satan and set us free, and that our precious Spirit moves us to understand that Jesus was not a sorcerer.
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