Mark 3:20-35 • Pastor Chris Liu
Many people didn’t believe that Jesus was the Messiah that He claimed to be. Most of His doubters were the Pharisees, Scribes, and Teachers of the Law, but here in Mark 3:20-22, even His family members didn’t believe that He was the Messiah. They thought that He was crazy. But Jesus never backed down from His claims.
In Mark 3:23-30, the Scribes again tried to undermine Jesus’ ministry. They started telling people that Jesus was only able to cast out demons because He was possessed by the Devil! This was a huge accusation. Jesus didn’t take it lightly and His response was serious. He told them that their argument makes no complete sense because why would the Satan cast out his own demons? And Jesus points to the heart of the Scribes. He basically tells them that they have committed this unpardonable sin which is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.
I know many Christians may worry that they have committed this unforgivable sin, but if you have accepted Christ into your hearts and Lord and Savior, then you cannot commit this sin. Basically, this blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is a continual conscious decision to reject the work of the Holy Spirit in your life. It is not listening the Holy Spirit’s convictions of your heart to humble and repent and turn your life over to Christ. The Scribes had hardened their hearts from the work of the Holy Spirit. They rejected the work of the Holy Spirit and claimed it to be of the devil. Obviously, if they would not listen and let the Holy Spirit work in their hearts, they will not come to a place where they will ask God for forgiveness, and that is why God won’t forgive them.
However, whoever does listen to the Holy Spirit and allows the conviction of the Holy Spirit to move them to repentance, God will forgive anyone who asks for it. But that only happens when they let the Holy Spirit work in their hearts. The main takeaway from this section is for us to have a humble heart and allow the Holy Spirit to do it’s work in our hearts and lives. Listen to the Holy Spirit. Let the Holy Spirit work and do not harden your hearts against it.
At the end of this passage, Jesus was told that His family members were looking for Him. However, His response is that His family members are with Him already. His family members are His disciples. His family members are those who He is serving with.
We who have families need to be wise in how we handle our family and our serving at church. Yes, God needs to be number 1 in our lives and He is above all other relationships we have (including our family). But, putting God first doesn’t mean only serving the church and neglecting your family. At the same time, we can’t put family first and make them an excuse for not serving God and God’s people.
My challenge is for parents and children to model their faith at home and in their lifestyles. Be a good example to what it means to be a disciple of Christ and get your family involved in that lifestyle. From how we spend our time, our energy, our money, our resources to our attitudes and words and actions, let us lead our families to be disciples of Christ. Spend time together, take care of your responsibilities, and serve together.