When Jesus had driven out a demon, some of the crowd said:
“By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons,
he drives out demons.”
Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven.
But he knew their thoughts and said to them,
“Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste
and house will fall against house.
And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand?
For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons.
If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul,
by whom do your own people drive them out?
Therefore they will be your judges.
But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons,
then the Kingdom of God has come upon you.
When a strong man fully armed guards his palace,
his possessions are safe.
But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him,
he takes away the armor on which he relied
and distributes the spoils.
Whoever is not with me is against me,
and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
“When an unclean spirit goes out of someone,
it roams through arid regions searching for rest
but, finding none, it says,
‘I shall return to my home from which I came.’
But upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order.
Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits
more wicked than itself who move in and dwell there,
and the last condition of that man is worse than the first.” LK 11:15-26
Today, Jesus is questioned after casting out a demon and then the people asked for a sign from heaven. How frustrated He must have been. He was curing the sick and lame, making the blind see, the deaf hear, casting out demons all of which were prophesied about Him. Once again much like today, people miss the signs when they don’t read and reflect on the Word of God. If Jesus were doing all of these wonders on Youtube today, many would be amazed but many would be doubting that it was real much like the people in the Gospel today. Jesus goes on to prove to them their thinking was distorted and then He says one of the most powerful lines in the Gospel, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”
Jesus is not divided, He divides. Peter Kreeft writes about this in his book “Jesus Shock”. There is no name that divides more than the name Jesus. There is no religious leader like Him. Why? “But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you.” Jesus is God. This belief separates us from every other faith, this claim by Jesus divides. It requires a decision to be made by you and me. Whose side will you be on? There is no middle.
Today’s challenge: Choose sides and don’t look back!
Be a servant, become a saint!