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Mark 3:22-26
Monday, May 14 2012

Falsely Accused...

Jesus was accused of working for the Devil:

The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said, "He is possessed by Beelzebul," and "By the prince of demons he drives out demons."

Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables, "How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand; that is the end of him.  -Mark 3:22-26, NAB

The most concrete way to overcome even the wildest of arguments is with the truth and common sense.  When a group of scribes accused Jesus of working for Satan, He responded in a way that made their accusations seem absurd.

Christ's response, "How can Satan drive out Satan?" is both logical and witty.  The scribes were trying to stir up people with wildly false claims meant to instill fear in them, but Christ was able to calm that fear in His rebuttal.  Basically, Jesus showed that their accusations did not make sense.  How could He be working for Satan by driving Satan out?  In a way, Satan would be putting himself out of business.

The world has longed used fear and absurd accusations to try to overcome the saving work of Christ.  They will do anything they can to pull people away from Christ.  In modern society, there are accusations against Christ because of wars in His name.  There are accusations against Him because of the hunger, pain, and suffering in the world.  These charges are brought against Christ to deceive people into fearing Him.

Christ never asked anyone to start a war in His name.  In fact, when Peter tried to defend Him, He told Peter to put down his sword.  Christ does not cause people to go hungery; our greed does.  The charges people bring against Christ should not be against Him, but against our own wicked ways.  It is mankind that has done these wicked things, not Christ.

Just as Jesus overcame His accusers with the truth, we must also use the truth to overcome His accusers today.  Let us dispel the myths about our Lord, and use the truth to show the world the wickedness of their ways.  Maybe then, the world will see Christ for who He truly is.

 

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