As we open to Mark 3 we open to Jesus walking on this earth and confronting the Scribes, men of the Word. As we prepare to read the 11 verses that record that event stop and think what I just said. Jesus was face to face with a group of humans. Have you ever thought about how we appear to Jesus? Not spiritually, but physically. He has such a different perspective than we do. Remember the story of our origin. Genesis records that God the Son, Jesus Christ, took some dirt, or soil, and from the elements of the crust of this planet and shaped a body.
Every day the one truth I cling to is the gracious forgiveness of our loving Savior. I know that however many times I fail - He forgives. I know that how every many times I fall - He restores. I know that how ever many times I sin - He cleanses, restores, and forgives. That is so encouraging, so refreshing, so hope filled. But Jesus said: never has forgiveness. Those are the darkest words of all - the Endless Doom of a Soul.
Those three words have shaken many believers to the very core of their being. Those words have troubled many sincere Christians, dogging their steps all through life. Those words have become what we call today - the unpardonable sin. Jesus said: never has forgiveness. Those are the darkest words of all - the Endless Doom of a Soul.
- If you have ever heard of the unpardonable sin - you need to listen to Jesus speak this morning.
- If you have ever wondered if you have sinned a sin that Jesus may not ever forgive - you need to hear what He has to say this morning.
- If you have ever secretly feared that you may someday face Jesus and have to answer for your sins - and you fear Him turning you away - you need to let Him speak words of comfort and assurance to your heart from His Word today.
As we open to Mark 3.20-30 we come to the place where Jesus pronounced the greatest doom of all. In verse 29 Jesus said: never has forgiveness. Those are the darkest words of all - the Endless Doom of a Soul.
- Far worse than the end of the world - is the Doom of the Soul.
- Far worse than the death of a body - is the Doom of the Soul.
- Far worse than a pain filled life of deprivation and hardship - is the Doom of the Soul.
Side by side with the most gloomy, hopeless verse in the Bible - is the most hope filled, comforting verse in the Bible. Five words that should ring in your heart if you have ever feared the grave, if you have ever feared the judgment, if you ever fear not making it to Heaven. In verse 28 Jesus said: all sins will be forgiven. Those are the brightest words of the Bible --
Side by side in two verses in the Gospel by Mark are the three darkest words of the Bible, and the five brightest words. And there is a message for each of us from those two verses. The messages are:
1st Jesus Serves: 20 Then the multitude came together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. 21 But when His own people heard about this, they went out to lay hold of Him, for they said, "He is out of His mind."
2nd Scribes Scoff: 22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, "He has Beelzebub," and, "By the ruler of the demons He casts out demons."
3rd Jesus Explains: 23 So He called them to Himself and said to them in parables: "How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end. 27 No one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house.
4th Jesus Promises: 28 "Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter;
5th Jesus Warns: 29 but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation"— 30 because they said, "He has an unclean spirit."
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