Mark 3:22-24 are today's verses. The scribes came down from Jerusalem. Obviously, they'd heard of Jesus' miraculous powers. However, as always, when someone is threatened they want to eliminate the opposition. If you don't like the message, kill the messenger! Therefore, they accused Jesus of being possessed by Beelzebub (another name for Satan). The term "Beelzebub" means "Master of the house." They accused Jesus of being controlled by the prince of demons. "By the prince of demons he casts out demons," they said. It was a capital offense to do miracles by the power of Satan, punishable by stoning. In essence, the scribes were bringing a capital charge against Jesus. They were seeking a way to kill him.
Jesus "called them to him." He wanted a face to face confrontation with them. He wasn't about to let them get away with these specious accusations. He spoke to them in parables. In the first one, he asked, "How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand."
Jesus knew the importance of unity. He knew he couldn't be doing the magnificent work of God, healing people, casting out demons, by the power of Satan. It was impossible! Satan is the master of evil. He doesn't want anyone healed in Jesus' name. He doesn't want anyone free from demonic oppression and possession for the glory of Jesus and his kingdom.
Abraham Lincoln used this verse in his plea that the union stay united. He too knew the importance of unity. He knew that a kingdom fighting against itself will eventually destroy itself.
That's my lesson for all of us today: the importance of unity. First, in our homes, we cannot fight against ourselves and produce healthy children. Second, in our churches, disharmony can't continue and produce mature disciples. Disunity spoils any and all hope of victory and success.
Make every effort to guard unity in your lives. Fight for your marriages. Stop all disunity between you and your spouse. Apologize. Say, "I'm sorry." Secure an environment in your homes for your kids to grow up healthy. Make every effort to ensure unity in your churches! Don't let any frivolous word go unchallenged if it helps guard your church's unity. Forgive. Let go of offenses. Secure unity with members of the church who are "on Jesus' team." That means they are your teammates, not your enemies.
In John 17 Jesus prayed his followers would be one, as he and the Father were one. He knew the importance of unity.
Do you? What are you doing to make sure it happens in every area of your home and church?