Chapter 6 – Jesus’ Ministry in Galilee – Part 2
Story No. 28 of 34 (Matthew 12:31-37, Mark 3:28-30, Luke 12:10)
When Jesus heard some Pharisees suggest that He cast out demons, “By the power of Beelzebul, the ruler of demons,” He gave them a very stern warning saying, “People will be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven”.
The term blasphemy is generally used to describe insulting, contempt or lack of reverence for God or Holy People and Sacred things. The sin that Jesus spoke of here was accusing Him of working miracles through the devil, thus gravely dishonouring the Holy Spirit.
Jesus was drawing a line between pardonable sins, such as speaking negatively about his humble birth in a stable or being born at Nazareth from which no good was expected, and unpardonable sin, saying His Divine work was in league with Satan.
It has often been said that the tongue is sharper than the sword. Jesus said, “The mouth speaks from what fills the heart. The good person brings good things out of his good treasury, and the evil person brings evil things out of his evil treasury”.
Be humble and warm of heart. How sad it would be to lose one’s life to blasphemy.
Lord Jesus, guide my words and actions. May they be a continuous chorus of praise to your Almighty Father and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Prayer: Holy Spirit
Come Holy Spirit,
fill the hearts of your faithful
and kindle in them the fire of Your Divine Love.
Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created,
and You shall renew the face of the earth.
O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit
instructed the hearts of the faithful.
Grant, that by the same Spirit we may be truly wise
and ever rejoice in His consolation.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
|Music Suggestion: In Christ Alone|
Listen and reflect… pause and talk.
International Mother Earth Day (UN)
Together, we have a shared responsibility to care for all living things and our beautiful world.
Pray that everyone will be considerate to God’s creation.
Read More: Jesus’ Life – See All 365 Stories
(Note: The story order represents an approximate timeline of events in Jesus’ ministry; Biblical Scholars views vary.)