Mark 3:20-35

“Then the multitude came together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. 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.’ And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, ‘He had Beelzebub,’ and, ‘By the ruler of the demons He casts out demons.’ So He called them to Himself and said to them in parables:

‘How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end. 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. Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes agains the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation’ – because they said, ‘He has an unclean spirit.’

Then His brothers and His mother came, and standing outside they sent to Him, calling Him. And a multitude was sitting around Him; and they said to Him, ‘Look, your mother and Your brothers are outside seeking You.’ But He answered them, saying, ‘Who is my mother, or my brothers?’ And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, ‘Here are my mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.'”

Misunderstanding Who Jesus Is:

A misunderstanding of Who Jesus is cannot be taken lightly. We have two examples here – the scribes and Jesus’ earthly relatives. The pharisees accuse Jesus of being the enemy. His earthly family accuses Him of being crazy. And Jesus tells them that this kind of sin will not be forgiven, but it takes a person to hell. So it is no light mistake to misjudge Who the Messiah is. That is what the entire Bible boils down to:

1 Peter 2:4-8 says “Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.’ Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone,’ and ‘A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.’ They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.” (added italics)

How a person reacts to Jesus decides their entire eternal fate. So recognizing Who He is and accepting what the Bible says about Him will be the most important decision in each person’s life. I’ve spoken with friends in the past about different religious beliefs. There seems to be a struggle even among Christians in seeing that Jesus is the most foundational, important point when it comes to where a person will spend eternity. I’ve even heard people who do believe in Jesus say that ‘Well, the mormon, or buddhist, or Catholic who is so sincere I think God sees their faith and maybe they’ll be going to heaven.’ Yes, it’s true that God will be the final Judge; but you cannot say things that contradict Jesus’ own words that He is the only way (John 14:6). There are many people in even ‘Christian’ faiths who won’t be making it to heaven – because they don’t acknowledge all that Jesus says He is or obey what He says to do.

Now, can a person that Jesus disowns because of their lack of acknowledgement of Who He is turn around and repent of the sin that is sending them to separation from Him? Absolutely. Look at one of Jesus’ brothers, Jude (see HERE for some neat info on him). He was most likely there in this chapter in Mark, saying Jesus was crazy. And then later in his life, he writes “Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Jude 3-4). You may look at the passage above from Mark, and wonder how I can say that they may repent – Jesus said ‘never has forgiveness’; but note with me that He also said ‘blasphemes’ (continuous verb form here, not ‘had blasphemed’, but they are still denying and in denial as to who Jesus is) – Jesus did not say that if you had in the past mistaken who I am, you can’t change. But if a person stays in that state, they will definitely not be saved. No question about it.

If you’re reading this, do you know Who Jesus is? Or have you mistaken His Identity, called Him a liar, crazy, or a fake? Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:16). This is the most important choice you can make that defines the rest of your life, both now and for eternity. I want Jesus to look at me and say ‘this is my sister’ because I’ve trusted in Who He says He is. I pray you are in that circle with me.

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