Declaring for a Kingdom
Updated: Mar 26
Verse 25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.
Dual citizenship can be a tricky. Depending on the countries you may have to declare for only one if you are male and both countries have a military draft program. But no matter what if they are opposing countries, your loyalty is bound to be stronger for one than the other. Jesus was dealing with a similar situation in today's reading.
When Jesus healed the demon-possessed man the crowd rightly called Him "Son of David" which was actually a term meaning the Messiah. Of course the Pharisees couldn't let people think that because they are already plotting to kill Him and if they killed the man that people thought to be the Christ, the people would lead a revolt against them. That just wouldn't do! So they had to do their best to discredit Him. So they go to the farthest extreme they can to cast doubt and so they say He works in the power of Satan. WHAT?
But notice an interesting little detail, "Jesus knew their thoughts and...". Knew their thoughts? They said it out loud. Jesus saw deeper than they were willing to admit out loud. They didn't want to admit He was from God because of what they knew that would mean about their position. But Jesus said if that was the logic they were going to use how did they explain their own people being able to do the same thing. Jesus points out to them that a demon would not cast out another demon because they have the same goal. Then He speaks the raw truth that is what they were wanting to deny, "But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you."
Did you catch that? "If i'm doing this by God's Spirit, then I must be God's man." Yeah, that is NOT what they wanted to hear or believe. He emphasizes that point with a word picture which points out that even though the enemy of Heaven is strong, the King of Heaven is stronger and Jesus was declaring His allegiance to Heaven. He had a working visa but not citizenship to this world. And as His followers we need to make that same declaration.
Making it personal
Do you find yourself torn between this world and its thinking versus the kingdom of Heaven and God's commands? We can't be loyal to two kingdoms, which one are you going to be fully loyal to? What steps are you taking to declare yourself as belonging to Heaven?
Making it personal kids
Have you ever built a castle with sand or blocks and then someone else knocked it over? It made you mad, didn't it? Jesus was building the Kingdom of God. Build two castles today and think about how Jesus said we can only be a member of one country.
Father, thank You for leading us to declare for Heaven. Teach us to live loyally to only You and Your kingdom. In Jesus' name, amen.