- The Scribes and Pharisees wanted a sign, but Jesus presents an unexpected answer
- People must turn from sin and accept Him to be relieved and forgiven of sin
- Spiritual relationships are more important than natural relationships
Part 3: The Scribes and Pharisees Demand a Sign
Jesus is pressured by the Scribes and Pharisees to give them a sign… What sign do they desire? We are reading in Matthew 12:38-45, as Jesus is still on the journey in Galilee.
So again, the Pharisees asked Jesus to give them a miracle as a sign that He was the Messiah, to which, He refused again. The only sign would be His Resurrection from the dead, which would be the Father’s complete confirmation to them that Jesus is His Son! Through their rejection of Jesus, they would guarantee themselves greater judgment on Judgment Day than the heathens.
The Queen of Sheba (a Gentile Kingdom) recognized Solomon’s wisdom and the people of Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah. However, the Jews of the current time of Jesus’ Ministry stubbornly refused to accept Him as Messiah (or even Savior).
Jesus then illustrated that people could not be just neutral. If they were not completely committed to Him, they would be against Him in the end. They would be as a person who benefits temporarily from cleansing of demons, but because of nothing positive to fulfill a better life, he becomes possessed by even worse demons.
People would benefit from His Ministry temporarily, but they would have to make a positively full turning away from sin and accept Him as Savior to be victors in the end. Otherwise, they would just be in more severe condemnation than they were originally.
What can we learn from this?
There is no room for Christ and unclean spirits together. Christ is the One who is able to set up residence for the Holy Ghost, as to become a Temple within for His Power. Therefore, people must recognize Christ as the Savior and believe, so that He may set up residence within us and prepare us for Eternal Life!
Part 4: Christ’s Mother and Brothers sought Him
Jesus is continuing in Galilee for the last part of this journey… We are reading now in Mark 3:31-35; Matthew 12:46-50; Luke 8:19-21. The children of Mary and Joseph born after Jesus were James, Joseph, Simon, Judas, and at least two daughters.
Jesus’ mother and His brothers come to seek Him and to speak with Him. Jesus shows that kinship is based on our relationship to God: all who obey Him are one big family. Jesus must have been so sad to have to see such an attitude in his brothers; however, He knew that more important than natural relationships were spiritual relationship. All those who are to obey God are related to Him and to one another in the vast Family of God.
What can we learn from this?
Jesus’ mother and brothers did not accept Him as the ones who accepted His Salvation and heard His Teachings, to which, Jesus spoke that family relationships were not as important as spiritual relationships. The reason for this is probably:
- Family relations may not accept you for who you’ve become, because they are too familiar with your past self.
- Putting the Father’s Work first is most important!
- Kinship is based on our relationship to God.
- All who obey Him are one big family.
- If your family supports you and is part of your spiritual family as well, this may not apply.