Today’s question: Was Jesus demon-possessed or Spirit-led? You be the judge:
They brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”
But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.”
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
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.
Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
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. 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. But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
(Matthew 12:25-37, Mark 3:20-30)
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
1. Who exactly is Jesus?
Again, Jesus cuts right to the very ♥ of the matter. He reiterates what we discussed here: the way to tell what’s reeeeeally in a person’s heart is by looking at their “fruit.”
What was Jesus’ fruit? His actions speak for themselves. He gave sight to the blind, opened the ears of the deaf, made the lame walk, healed the sick and raised the dead. Sounds like pretty good fruit to me.
But it’s not just our actions that reveal our heart. It’s also our words. As Jesus said: “The mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Jesus’ words showed a heart full to overflowing with the Holy Spirit. As we discussed here, the #1 fruit of the Spirit is love. (Galatians 5:22) Love is the very core of Jesus’ teaching: “In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)
So, the evidence is pretty clear: Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit. The Pharisees were full of something else.
2. What exactly should we do?
Be with Jesus, not against him. And never ever slander the Spirit. Instead, ask him to fill your heart, mouth and actions with LOVE.