Which power flows through Jesus?
Scripture reading for January 16th: Matthew 12
Jesus had a hard time with the religious leaders of His day. “Going from that place, He went into their synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, they asked Him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” (Matthew 12:9-12) Jesus went on to heal the man’s hand that very Sabbath. The religious leaders then began to plot to kill Him! They loved to play their religious games by the rules that they had made up!
Aware of their plotting, Jesus withdrew to another place. “Then they brought Him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?” But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.”” (Matthew 12:22-24) These same religious people drew another wrong conclusion about the power that Jesus was operating in. They chose to believe Jesus was under Satan’s influence! Jesus politely instructed them that “Every kingdom divided against itself would be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.” (Matthew 12:25-26) Satan’s kingdom and power can only be defeated by God’s power! Let’s be careful to discern the real Jesus and His divine power!