Vs. 14, “He appointed twelve—designating them apostles—that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach.” We see Jesus’ decision on the apostles (vs. 13-19)…and throughout this chaper, we see decisions being made. Jesus would force the Pharisee’s to make a deciscion about how they would respond to Him by healing a man on the Sabbath (vs. 1-6). Many people came to the decision to seek out Jesus for their physical ailments and even tried to forcibly bring Jesus into power (vs. 7-12). The religious leaders also made decisions that Jesus must be satan himself for being able to do such miracles (vs. 22-30). Even Jesus’s own family did not fully understand why Jesus was on this mission (vs. 20-21, 31-35).
Regarding application…Unpardonable Sin. Vs. 29, “But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.” Question: Just what is this about? First…if you are truly saved, there is no way you ever need to worry about what Jesus is referring to. To sum it up, the unpardonable sin is the absolute rejection of Jesus Christ. In fact, Jesus was addressing those who not only rejected Him…but accused Him of being Satan. As we reflect on sin…we realize just how imperfect we are next to a Holy God. But, in our hearts…we should always strive to do what is good. We don’t want to justify our sins by using our sin nature as the excuse. Look within and ask the Lord to reveal to you what sin needs to be surrendered to Him. The blood of Jesus wipes away our sins!