Easter Devotional – March 11

Matthew 12:27-32

27 If I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? For this reason they will be your judges. 28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 Or how can anyone enter the strong man’s house and carry off his property, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.

The Unpardonable Sin

30 He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters.

31 “Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. 32 Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.

We’ve seen Jesus as the humble, gentle Messiah. Here we see Jesus as the warrior – but not a warrior against flesh and blood and soldiers. He’s fighting powers of darkness and death, sometimes referred to as Satan. Jesus could have fought the obvious battles, He has the ability and access to legions of angels. Fighting fire with fire is futile as fire would still win. Jesus has victory over the fire. God is at work in and around us, even if it’s not fighting the battles that are obvious to us. He’s at a whole other level.

Prayer: Lord, give me the humility to see You at work, and to work alongside You in the power of Your Spirit.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB © The Lockman Foundation (www.lockman.org)

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