Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sermon by CJ Mahaney on Mark 3:20-35

Finding Hope in an Unexpected Place

The unpardonable sin. This is a frightening warning, but also a source of hope.

Two stories of opposition:
1. His family (v20-21, 31ff)
Jesus was healing all kinds of people, and claiming to be God. His family thought he was crazy.

2. Teachers of the law (v22ff)
He is casting out demons by the power of Satan.
Jesus: Your accusation is absurd. Why would Satan self-destruct? I am stronger than Satan.

What is the unpardonable sin? Ascribing the work of the Holy Spirit to Satan. These are informed, educated, religious leaders. Jesus wasn't talking to just anyone. This warning was directed to the scribes who would eventually kill Jesus. If you are concerned at all that you have committed the unpardonable sin, then you have not - because you have concern! This sin would deaden the conscience completely (Spurgeon).

Back to His family - Even Mary did not anticipate what was happening and this was very painful for her. They were clueless, just like we are clueless without the Spirit. They are seeking Him to intervene.

Jesus takes this teaching opportunity and redefines "family." While he always honored his father and mother perfectly, on this occasion He announces the new family He is creating. This is a major transition. His disciples and all Christians are part of His family.

What do we learn about Jesus from this passage?
- He is Lord over the demonic. Only God would be stronger than Satan. So Jesus is God. (v27)
- He is the gracious Savior who forgives sin! (v28) This is a sweeping and striking declaration.
- Forgiven sinners become part of His family, forever.

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