Are You With Jesus?
During Jesus’ ministry, he brought a widow’s dead son back to life.
As He continued His ministry, crowds begin to surround Him. He addressed one such crowd and said:
“All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal to Him.” Mt. 11:27 NKJV
We’ve seen that Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath and that He can heal the sick and raise the dead. Now we see that in addition, God has given over all of His authority to Christ, to be expressed by His Son. Furthermore, we see that we cannot even connect to God unless we first receive the grace of Jesus.
Jesus’ intent here is not to impress, but to get them to understand that whatever comes out of His mouth is an unquestionable imperative. Yet at the core of that immeasurable power, comes limitless love – which Jesus immediately demonstrates as He changes His tone and humbles Himself as He invites us into His arms:
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly of heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Mt. 11:28 – 30. NKJV
Jesus knows we carry the trouble of the world and the pain of our mistakes in our hearts. This all-powerful God-Man wants to lighten our load and shine the Light in our lives. He’s making Himself available. Are you with Jesus?
Christ and His apostles are going from town to town to preach the gospel. During that time, Jesus healed a demon-possessed man who was both blind and mute. Well, those pesky Pharisees were lurking in the background at this miracle event and accused Him of casting out demons with the power of Satan. Jesus came right back at them and told them the devil wouldn’t be so stupid as to work against himself. (Mt. 12:25, 26.)
He then drew a ‘red line in the sand:’
“He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad. Therefore I say to you, every sin will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.” Mt. 12:30 – 32. NKJV
There is no middle ground! You are either with Jesus or you are not. You’re either promoting the kingdom or obstructing it.
(By the way, this sin that Jesus is referring to is commonly called the ‘unpardonable sin.’ You can’t get forgiveness for that one? Why is that? It seems to run against the gospel.
The reason is that the Holy Spirit is only available to those who willingly make the choice to embrace Jesus as their Savior. The Holy Spirit’s primary purpose is to bring revelation to the gospel and to further illuminate the nature of Christ to God’s children. Thus, a committed child of God could never commit the ‘unpardonable sin’ because, by definition, they’ve accepted Christ.
Who can commit that sin are those who turn their back on God and continually and unrepentantly refute who Jesus is and why He came. So, to blaspheme the Holy Spirit would be to deny His purpose, which is to glorify the Father through Son and to bring God’s truth.
At the end of this encounter, someone comes to Jesus and tells Him that His brothers and mother are nearby, waiting to speak to Him. Jesus, who never let’s a teaching moment go by, answers for the whole crowd to hear:
“For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.” Mt. 12:50 NKJV
Are you with Jesus?
Jesus decided to magnify His efforts to expand His Father’s kingdom by sending out the apostles to teach and preach, empowering them for their efforts:
He gave them power over unclean spirits to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease. Mt. 10:1 NKJV
He also gave them distinct instructions:
“And as you go, preach, saying ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give…” Mt. 10:7, 8. NKJV
“And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. Assuredly, I say to you it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah than for that city!” Mk. 6:11 NKJV
[The Jews believed that only the land of Israel was holy. So, if they ever left Israel, upon their return, they would shake the ‘unholy’ dirt from their sandals. Jesus is intimating that those who refuse the gospel are ‘unholy.’ (Are they not committing the unpardonable sin?)]
…everyone who acknowledges Me before men and confesses Me [out of a state of oneness with Me], I will also acknowledge him before My Father Who is in heaven and confess [that I am abiding in] him. But whoever denies and disowns Me before men, I will also deny and disown him before My Father Who is in heaven. Mt. 10:32, 33. AMP
Are you with Jesus?
“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and however loses his life for my sake will find it.” Mt. 10:37 – 39. ESV
Christ, the Son of God, the representative of God, our Savior, must reside at the summit of the hierarchy of what’s important in our lives. God is asking us to set our will aside and follow His, through Jesus:
“He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.” Mt. 10:40 NKJV
Let’s go be with Jesus. Make that contact…
Goodnight and God bless.