The Servant Under Attack


Mark 3:20-30

His Friends Attacked His Sanity (20-21)

They said He was insane.

Their Reason

The Lord Jesus Christ and His men returned to the town.

They entered a house, hoping to get some rest.

Their plan was shattered by a multitude of people who came to them for help.

They were so busy ministering to them that they didn’t have time for meal.

When His friends heard about it, their first thought was that He had gone crazy.

Their Remedy

They came to grab and take Him back to Nazareth.

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His Foes Attacked His Spirituality (22-30)

The scribes said He was demon possessed.

The Attack

They said He had Beelzebub, and by the ruler of the demons He cast out demons.

They attributed His miracles to the power of the devil.

Beelzebub was a loathsome, wicked demon associated with all things dirty and filthy.

It was a cruel and heartless attack.

The Answer

The Lord Jesus Christ called His attackers to Him and He totally destroyed their arguments.

His used 3 illustrations from life to prove that Satan couldn’t be in the business of casting out Satan.

(1) A Secular Illustration

A kingdom in division is a kingdom that cannot stand.

When there is civil war and strife within a kingdom, the stability of that kingdom is compromised and that kingdom is more likely to fall.

For a kingdom to be strong it must be united.

For Satan to cast out his own demons would be counterproductive.

(2) A Social Illustration

A house in division is a house that cannot stand.

A marriage that faces a constant barrage of fighting is a marriage that cannot stand.

A home is not a home unless it is filled with love, unity and peace.

(3) A Spiritual Illustration

We cannot rob a well defended home unless we first tie up the defender of that home.

The Lord Jesus Christ has the power to invade Satan’s kingdom.

He can deliver us from the devil’s grip.

He has power over the devil!

The Alarm

The scribes did not see the terrible spiritual danger they were in.

They had called God’s Messiah the servant of the devil.

The Lord Jesus Christ warned them of the danger of committing an unpardonable sin.

The Sin That Can Be Forgiven

All manner of sins and blasphemies can be forgiven!

The Sin That Can Never Be Forgiven

The Lord Jesus Christ worked as a Spirit filled man.

When the scribes attributed the work of the Spirit to the devil, they were guilty of blasphemy against the Spirit of God.

They were in danger of committing an unpardonable sin!

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Today, the unforgivable sin is to say “no” to the call of the Holy Spirit for the last time.

When He calls and we say no for the last time, He will abandon us to our choice and allow us to go to Hell!

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Are we under attack for our faith?

Are we being misunderstood and misrepresented?

If we are being attacked for our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are in good company.

We ought to come today and thank Him that we are being counted worthy to suffer with Him.

We should also pray that He will help us to be steadfast for His glory.

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If we are lost and He has been calling us to come to Him for salvation, we must say “Yes” to His call.

Come while He is calling.

Come while we can be saved.

1 comments:

BrSpiritus said...

"A kingdom in division is a kingdom that cannot stand." A message that the USA should take to heart given all the divisiveness we have right now.

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