Mar. 4. Jesus Answers Accusations of the Jews

Mt. 12:22-37; Mk. 3:20-30; Lk. 11:14-23

Jesus was so well known and popular that it was difficult for Him to even eat at mealtime. When He had cast a demon out of a blind and mute man, the crowd was amazed, wondering if this could be the Son of David.

The Pharisees had a different idea. They accused Jesus of casting out demons by Beelzebub, the ruler of demons. He showed them how shallow their thinking was. If He were casting out demons by the ruler of demons, then the demon world would be divided and a house divided against itself cannot stand.

Jesus warned the Pharisees about the danger of blaspheming against the Holy Spirit, a sin that could not be forgiven. The Holy Spirit has revealed Christ and His gospel to us. If we refuse to accept and obey, there is no forgiveness—there is no other plan.