January 20, 2019
As we continue with the Jesus as Messiah in "Did Jesus Just Happen", last week we and come to the point of Jesus casting a demon out of a person who was dumb and dead and Jesus was accused by the religious leaders as being a devil.
As we begin this week we she that Christ was able to exorcise that kind of demon in Matthew 12, vs. 22, and in vs, 23 we find that it caused the people to begin asking the question, "Can Jesus really be the Messiah"? This was one of the key purposes of this miracle, to get them to see that He indeed is the Son of David. However, the people were not willing to judge His person by themselves, but were looking to their religious leaders, the Pharisees, to come up with some kind of judgment concerning Jesus. They were looking to the Pharisees, to conclude that He was the Messiah or that He was not the Messiah. But if He was not the Messiah, the Pharisees must come up with some kind of alternative explanation as to how He was able to these many miracles and especially this particular miracle. In verse 24 of Matthew 12, we find that the Pharisees chose the latter course. They refused to accept Jesus as Messiah since He did not fit the the Pharisaie mold of what "Messiah was supposed to say and do. the alternative as to how He was performing His miracle was to say that He Himself was demon possessed by Beelzabub. This then became the basis of the rejection of the Jesus being the Messiah. This is the sin of the Pharisees that Christ warn His disciples against. They were to beware of the sin of the Pharisees which was the teaching that He was not the Messiah but rather that He was demon possessed. On these ground the Pharisees rejected the Jesus as being the Messiah. In vs's 25-29 of Matthew 12, Christ responded and told them this would not be true because it would mean a division in Satan's kingdom if He was demon possessed or even the devil himself. Let us view verses 30-37 of Matthew, "He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathers not with me is scattered abroad. Wherefore I say unto you, all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men, but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, It shall be forgiven him but whosoever speaks against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him neither in this world neither in the world to come.
This is the Un-Pardonable Sin.
We will continue next week Christ pronouncing judgment on that generation.
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor