Yesterday we started a sermon series that explores the difficult, and dangerous message of Jesus. We live in a fence-walking world where it is hard to take a stand. Jesus desires to help you take small steps over the course of the next several weeks towards him. Before beginning this weeks Spiritual Adventure just pause for 15 seconds and invite Jesus to lovingly guide you off the fence.
Today’s Adventure will revisit the story from yesterday. If you missed the Sunday message don’t worry - this reflection walks beside the sermons but can be done independently. (You can always listen to the message online)
As you read this passage picture yourself in the story.
Matthew 12:22-32 NLT
22 Then a demon-possessed man, who was blind and couldn’t speak, was brought to Jesus. He healed the man so that he could both speak and see. 23 The crowd was amazed and asked, “Could it be that Jesus is the Son of David, the Messiah?”
24 But when the Pharisees heard about the miracle, they said, “No wonder he can cast out demons. He gets his power from Satan, the prince of demons.”
25 Jesus knew their thoughts and replied, “Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A town or family splintered by feuding will fall apart. 26 And if Satan is casting out Satan, he is divided and fighting against himself. His own kingdom will not survive. 27 And if I am empowered by Satan, what about your own exorcists? They cast out demons, too, so they will condemn you for what you have said. 28 But if I am casting out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has arrived among you. 29 For who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger—someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house.
30 “Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.
31 “So I tell you, every sin and blasphemy can be forgiven—except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which will never be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, either in this world or in the world to come.
Reflection and Response
What words or images in this passage stand out to you most?
What questions and concerns arise in you from this passage? What in this passage do you want to contemplate?
What was the response to these miracles?
Action of the Day
Pick one area in your faith journey where you feel as though it is easy to stay neutral on. Commit to sharing with one other person this area today and pray together.
Father in heaven, thank you for calling me to follow Jesus and that you gave me the courage to say yes. I long to leave the fence-walking world behind and to whole-heartedly follow after you. Give me courage to face my pride and selfishness that keeps me on the fence. Give me eyes to see your miracles in the world, whether it’s the transformation of a life or the healing of a heart, and let me be someone who cannot keep quiet, but must shout from the mountaintops about your goodness and healing.