The Unpardonable Sin!
August 22 - Nº 234 Matthew 12:22-37
A demon-possessed man was brought to Jesus. Jesus had cast out many demons before, but this situation was unique. The man was not only possessed by a demon—he was also blind and mute. Because he could not speak, it was impossible for the Pharisees to exorcise the demonic spirit using their own methods. God sometimes gave them the power they needed, but they had to know the demon’s name before they could cast it out. Since the man could not speak, this was impossible. They were stumped. Obviously, this had been an issue in the past, because the religious leaders had already declared that when the Messiah came he would be able to perform this kind of miracle. It wasn’t an accident that this man was brought to Jesus. No doubt this was a test to discredit him for his claim to be their Messiah. But Jesus didn’t hesitate to heal the man. He cast out the demon, and immediately the man could see and speak again! This was the second “Messianic Miracle” that Jesus performed (see #226 - Healing a Leper and a Paralyzed Man). It amazed the crowds. No one had ever seen anything like this before! “Could this be the Messiah—the Son of David?” they wondered out loud. “It must be!” they thought. The Pharisees could not deny that the miracle had taken place or that Jesus was the one who performed it. Too many people had been there to witness it! But they hated Jesus for disregarding their traditions and contradicting their teachings. So, they chose to deny the source of his power. “This man performed this miracle,” they admitted, “but the power to do it did not come from God! He got his power from Satan, the prince of the demons!” they angrily asserted. “He is from the devil!” Jesus tried to explain that their argument made no sense. “Why would Satan cast himself out? he asked. “He would be defeating his own purposes. And since I am able to cast him out, doesn’t that prove that I am stronger than he is? According to your own teachings, this miracle proves that I am the Messiah—that I represent the kingdom of God!” Then Jesus said to the leaders of the nation of Israel, “The fact that you have denied that I receive my power from the Holy Spirit is unforgivable! It is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which is an unpardonable sin! You have said all kinds of bad things about me that can be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven!” From that point on, Jesus’ ministry changed dramatically!
Have you ever worried that you might have committed an “unpardonable sin?” Well, you don’t have to! There is only one “unpardonable sin,” and it was committed by the religious leaders of Israel. God gave them every opportunity to believe that Jesus was His Son, but ultimately, they rejected him as Israel’s Messiah! After all the miracles he performed for them, they still found ways to discredit him. They accused him of getting his power from Satan rather than from the Holy Spirit. The only thing we can ever do to keep ourselves from going to heaven is to die without accepting Jesus as our own personal Messiah.