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Crazy or Evil

CRAZY OR EVIL?              –                       Mark 3: 20-30

In the passage that was read you find two attacks on Jesus.

The first attack…if you will notice in verse 20, Jesus has come home and the multitudes have gathered to the point that Jesus and His disciples “can’t even eat a meal.”

And look at verse 21. In verse 21 it says, “when His own people…His own kinsmen…His own family heard of this, they went out to take custody of Him.”

And look at why in verse 21: “He has lost His senses!”

 Now, we need to be careful about being too critical of His family in saying this.

And this same thing may have happened to some of us…and if someone here this morning decides to “lose their senses” and follow after Christ, this same thing can happen to you.

And isn’t it interesting that people are much more frequently called “fanatics” when they endanger their health in the cause of Christ than when they run similar risks in the pursuit of wealth or fame?

You can give up your life and health chasing dollars and nobody says that you are “crazy.”

Now, let’s look at the second accusation found in verse 22.

These are the two most popular accusations against Jesus…He is either a “lunatic” or “He is in league with the devil.”

And I want you to notice something here about these scribes

The Rabbis say, “He is possessed by Beelzebul” or “He is in partnership with the devil.”

23 And He called them to Himself and began speaking to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 “And if a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 “And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26 “And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but he is finished! 27 “But no one can enter the strong man’s house and plunder his property unless he first binds the strong man, and then he will plunder his house.

 The first thing I want you to notice is what Jesus thinks of Satan.

In this passage Jesus says that Satan is a real, malevolent being that is as intent on destroying you as Jesus is on saving you.

There is something else implied here in what Jesus says.

Let’s get back to the major point of the lesson.

Jesus says two things here: If Satan doesn’t wage war against himself…if Satan doesn’t cast out demons…and yet, Jesus is casting out demons…then Jesus cannot be in league with Satan.

And, not only that, if Satan is the strong man…but no one enters the strong man’s house and plunders his property unless He first binds the strong man…then Jesus is stronger than Satan.

Now, look at what Jesus says in verse 28:  “Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin “– 30 because they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”

Now, the question is not the existence of an eternal sin…Jesus says here that there is one.

And we have all heard lessons on it.

The key for understanding what Jesus is talking about when He refers to an “eternal sin”  is found in vs. 30 where it says that he was saying these things, “because they were saying, He has an unclean spirit.”

Let me show you something.

20 Many other signs therefore Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.

 You were supposed to learn something and believe something when you watched Jesus drive out demons.

And the eternal sin is fundamentally this: it is the “willful and deliberate rejection of the Holy Spirits witness concerning the divinity of Jesus.”

Can a person do that today?

This text is not about God’s refusal to forgive sin.

This text is about men’s refusal to accept Jesus once they have been exposed by the Spirit of God to the truth of who He is.

There are only two possibilities…eternal life and eternal condemnation.

And some people will say, “I don’t believe there is an eternal sin and I don’t believe there is an eternal judgment.”

The question of “who Jesus is” is not one about which men can remain neutral.

Let me tell you a story. Just a few years ago, Dr. Leo Winters, one of the most respected surgeons in the mid-west, woke up to a phone call at 1:00 in the morning, at his home in Chicago. He picked up the phone and they said, “Dr. Winters, there has been an accident and a little boy has been seriously hurt. We need you to come do surgery.” He said, “Can’t someone else do it?” And they replied, “No, Dr. Winters, you are the only one skilled enough in this region to save his life.”

So, Dr. Winters threw on some clothes, and he got in his car and drives through a tough part of town on the south side of Chicago because it is the quickest way to get to the hospital. And Dr. Winters didn’t have his doors locked when he came to a stop at a red light, and a man rushed up in a flannel shirt and an old grey hat, and he threw the door open, and grabbed Dr. Winters and threw him in the street and said, “I need your car”, and before Dr. Winters could explain where he was going, the man took off and left Dr. Winters behind.

It took Dr. Winters 45 minutes to find a phone and call a taxi and get to the hospital. When he arrived a nurse met him and said, “Dr. Winters, the boy just died. His father is in the chapel…and he is upset…He doesn’t understand why you didn’t get here sooner. Could you go and talk to him.

Dr. Winters goes down the hall…and goes in the chapel…and there in the front, kneeling and sobbing was the man in the old gray hat and the flannel shirt. The man  who had pushed away the one who could save.

What do you say about Jesus?

We are going to sing our answer while you make up your mind.