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Jesus said He is the way, so I'm following Him. He said He is the truth, and that's what I want my life to be about, too. Jesus said He is the life. I want to live that rich, full, vibrant, powerful life that Jesus offers. He is the Lover of my soul, and I the lover of Him. This is what I'm thinking about right now, and I'd love to read what you're thinking about, too.
"For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." (Matthew 12:40)The prophet Jonah had experienced something similar when he was spit up onto the beach near Ninevah.
"When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it.It's not enough to live a clean and disciplined life and mouth a lot of holy words.
"Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.' When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order.
"Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.
"That is how it will be with this wicked generation." (Matthew 12:43-45)
Whoever is not with the Lord Jesus Christ is against HimThe miracles of Jesus point to who Jesus is. However, an unwillingness to believe reveals a hard heart.
"Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.Jesus wasn’t talking about a single act, He was talking about their whole way of being, their harvest of bad fruit. The Pharisees had no sense of their personal sin.
"You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good?
"For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him." (Matthew 12:33-35)
"Teacher, we want to see a sign from you." (Matthew 12:38)Don’t you and I get the same thing today from people who don’t like what they’re hearing?
"If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand?" (Matthew 12:26)Satan wouldn't be very likely to drive himself out, because that would divide his own kingdom and weaken his base of power. Only someone more powerful than Satan would be able to rescue the people in his possession – only the power of God Himself could do it.
"And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges." (Matthew 12:272) Satan is a terrible enemy, but he is not omnipotent, as God is. He can’t do everything. In fact, he can only do what God will permit. The devil and his demons have been defeated by Christ's triumph at the cross. Death and hell no longer have any hold over God’s people.
"But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you." (Matthew 12:28)Only God has the power and the authority to drive out Satan, or to hold him back. All throughout the New Testament, demons recognized Christ as the Holy One of God, and were afraid of Jesus; they had to obey His authorit
“Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house." (Matthew 12:29)and bring them into the kingdom of God where they would be free for all eternity. There is no neutral place.
“Whoever is not with me is against me" (Matthew 12:30What’s more, you are either with Jesus, gathering those who want to be free, or you are against Jesus, preventing others from being rescued
"...and whoever does not gather with me scatters" (Matthew 12:30)
All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?” (Matthew 12:23)but the Pharisees accused Jesus of using the devil’s power,
They said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.” (Matthew 12:24)From the beginning of His ministry, Jesus was driving out demons from demon-possessed and demon-oppressed people. And just as early in the Lord's ministry, the Pharisees had begun dismissing this by saying that Jesus had been driving out demons by the permission, or the power, or both, of the prince of demons.