By Connie Limon
A person possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb was brought to Jesus. When Jesus healed the person he began to see and could hear. All the people who saw this were amazed and said, Is this the son of David? However, when the Pharisees heard of it, they said, this man called Jesus, does not cast out devils, except it be by Be-el'ze-bub, the prince of devils. In other words, Jesus is not casting out devils by anything good, he is doing it by an evil method.
Jesus knew the thoughts of the Pharisees. He said every kingdom divided against it is brought to desolation and every city or house divided against itself will not stand, and if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself, so how will his kingdom stand? Jesus went onto say and I by Be-el'ze-bub cast out devils, how does your children cast them out. They will be your judges, but if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God will come to you.
Now....if one enters into a strong man's house and spoil his goods, he must first bind up the strong man, and then he will be able to spoil his goods. Anyone who is not with Jesus is against him, and those who do not gather with him scatters abroad.
Men and women will be forgiven of all manner of sin and blasphemy, except the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost. Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost will not be forgiven. If a word is spoken against the Son of man, it will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Ghost will not be forgiven in this world or in the world to come.
Jesus said true blasphemy against the Holy Ghost is an accusation that a good work was done using an evil spirit rather than the Spirit of God or the Holy Ghost.
Good men and women out of the good treasure of their hearts bring forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure from the heart brings forth evil things. Every idle word that men and women speak will be remembered in the Day of Judgment because by a person's words they are either justified or condemned.
Some of the scribes and the Pharisees wanted to see a sign from Jesus. He said only an evil and adulterous generation wants a sign and there will be no sign given; only the sign of the prophet Jonas, which was when Jonas was in the whale's belly for three days and three nights just as the Son of man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
I believe this to mean for us today that we cannot expect to receive any real proof that Jesus actually existed. We just have to "believe" that what is written is actually what occurred.
It was as if some of the scribes and the Pharisees could not believe Jesus was really the Son of man without some kind of sign shown them. Today, we still have people who will not believe the stories of Jesus and keep his commandments without searching for proof and wanting to receive signs that he truly existed and still exist today.
I truly think we just need to say yes, Jesus was and is the Son of man and leave it at that. We need to spend our time seeking to know how to live righteously so that when the Day of Judgment arrives we do not have idle words and idle works to give account of.
It is possible that continually digging for proof of this and that about the real existence of Jesus, writing and talking about the same is part of this idleness Jesus was talking about to the scribes and Pharisees. It is a proof or sign that will never actually be found.
People have and will continue to find this and that which seems to relate to the fact that Jesus did exist and he walked the earth at one time, but in reality, I do believe Jesus is telling us here, there is no sign for sure. Don't be idle about this, because you will be held accountable. It is better to just spend your time learning his laws and doing them. Forget about determining whether or not Jesus existed or did not exist, because nobody is going to find a final answer on that. Time is better spent teaching, preaching and writing the gospel for men and women's repentance rather than digging and researching to find the signs that Jesus actually was - there will never be such an exact sign - only wasted time looking for it!
While Jesus continued to talk to the people, his mother and his brethren stood wanting to speak to him. Someone told Jesus that his mother and his brethren wanted to speak to him and Jesus said, but who is my mother and who is my brethren? His mother, sisters and brothers are whoever does the will of the Father which is in heaven.
When people do the will of the Father in heaven, regardless of whether or not they are related by fleshly blood, they are all brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers to one another. The family of God is similar to families related to each other in the flesh. However, according to this passage, if my mother does not do the will of the Father and I keep his laws, she is actually not my mother in the Family of God, only my mother in the flesh.
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