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Mark 3:28-30

 

“I tell you the truth, all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven,

But anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven.

This is a sin with eternal consequences.”

He told them this because they were saying, “He’s possessed by an evil spirit.” 

 

Officially, our Easter season is over today.  Jesus has ascended and is preparing a place for us in heaven with God.  This week, we are preparing to celebrate Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit.  Peter has officially taken over the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ as our Lord ordained before His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension.  For the next seven days, we are going to be discussing the Holy Spirit.  Most believers are able to accept God the Father with very little question.  Realizing that God created everything and is omnipotent gives most of us great comfort.  Even if we do not understand God's will completely, we are usually all grateful that He has a plan for our lives.  God the Son is more difficult.  God came to earth in the human form of Jesus.  God the Son was both human and divine.  Wrestling with our logic makes it very difficult to have faith in this two-sided concept.  In spite of our logic, we are presented with the facts that Jesus died on the cross for us and was resurrected by God.  Part two of the Triune God is now within our grasp and we praise God that we have our salvation through Jesus, even though earthly logic says that this is not possible.  We have been celebrating that fact for the last fifty days!  Now, we must embrace the most difficult part of the Trinity for most Christians, and certainly for the world.  The Bible tells us that once we accept Christ as our Savior, we are filled with the presence of God here on earth in the form of the Holy Spirit.  Most people struggle with what that means.  Mark tries to explain in our gospel lesson today.  Mark states a fact that every Christian knows and embraces.  Mark says that all sin and blaspheme can be forgiven.  Our Scripture lesson today is a direct quote from Jesus.  Jesus is speaking to the disciples and the scribes who have decided that Jesus can heal and call out evil spirits because He is possessed!  Stranger things happen in our world!!!  We dismiss miracles of God every day in our life with a one-word answer called "coincidence."  For me, it is not surprising that Mark had to clear this up for everyone by quoting Jesus.  Here is the big finish.  There is one unforgivable sin which is blaspheme of God.  When you dismiss the miracles that Jesus does in our life everyday, you are looking at God and saying "You are possessed."  Yes, that is what the Bible says.  In doing this, we identify the miraculous wonders of the Holy Spirit as "Satan-inspired."  When we do this, there is no forgiveness coming our way.  Literally, when we deny God, He turns us over to the "ruler" that we have made higher than God.  We cut ourselves off from His saving grace.  The Holy Spirit is not a demon in disguise.  It is our only tangible help in time of need here on earth.  Our discernment through the Holy Spirit is all that will save us here on earth from the pit of hell.  As we study the Holy Spirit this week, please do not deny God the Holy Spirit, due to lack of understanding.  If you do, the Bible and Jesus are clear.  There very well may be "No Turning Back!"