Day 53: The Unforgivable Sin
Please read the Bible verse for today:
Matthew 12: 29-38
After reading Matthew 12: 22-28 and writing about it, it seemed to play over and over in my mind. I kept thinking about the demon-possessed man who was blind and mute. I thought about how he didn't have 'little faith,'but how he had no faith to believe Jesus would heal him because he was demon possessed. I thought about how he couldn't ask Jesus for healing because he was mute. And I thought about how he couldn't see Jesus because he was blind- but I also thought about how his blindness also summed up his spiritual life. He couldn't see Jesus spiritually or physically. I thought about how this man's healing had nothing whatsoever to do with his own faith or walk with God. His healing was one-hundred percent on Jesus. Jesus gets all the glory for this man's healing. Then I started to think about all the miracles in my life. The difference between me and this demon-possessed man is that I have asked Jesus to be Lord of my life and I actually asked for healing, but as far as my faith...I wonder how much I truly believed Jesus would perform a miracle for me. What I'm trying to say is, Jesus gets all the glory for any good thing in my life. I didn't and haven't deserved a thing, but Jesus wanted it for me and because of that, I have been blessed with miracle after miracle in my life.
The other thought I had was, because this demon-possessed, blind and mute man could neither see Jesus, ask Jesus for healing or believe for his own healing, it must have been more obvious to the pharisees WHO Jesus was/is. The Pharisees witnessed this miracle and yet hardened their hearts towards Jesus. The pharisees, the very men who were to lead the Jewish people in faith and to look for the coming Messiah, chose not to believe. This is huge. Not only do we know that they began plotting Jesus' death, but because they did not believe, many of their followers would not believe. Jesus began rebuking the Pharisees in Matthew 12: 25-28 and he continues in today's reading; Matthew 12:29-36.