Keys to the Kingdom

They missed the celebration.  The best news in the world had just been delivered and they couldn’t here it.  They were so busy with their negative thoughts that they didn’t even understand the powerful truth that Jesus gave them in verse 27:

22 But the teachers of religious law who had arrived from Jerusalem said, "He's possessed by Satan,* the prince of demons. That's where he gets the power to cast out demons.” 23 Jesus called them over and responded with an illustration. "How can Satan cast out Satan?" he asked.24 "A kingdom divided by civil war will collapse.25 Similarly, a family splintered by feuding will fall apart.26 And if Satan is divided and fights against himself, how can he stand? He would never survive.27 Let me illustrate this further. Who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man like Satan and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger—someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house. 28 "I tell you the truth, all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven,29 but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. This is a sin with eternal consequences."30 He told them this because they were saying, "He's possessed by an evil spirit." Mark 3: 22-30

This was not just a colorful illustration.  This was a true-to-life picture of what had taken place.  For millennia, the power of the enemy (Satan) ruled the house (our world).  From the time of Adam’s sin, man had given the keys to the kingdom of earth to the evil one.  The destroyer had wreaked havoc in the spiritual realm.  Division and confusion were one of his great tools. Now Jesus, The King Of Glory, had come into his (Satan’s) house and had tied him up.  Satan’s power was no match for our King.  He was being defeated and his ultimate defeat would come at the Cross (where our King gave His life as a ransom for us) and at the empty Tomb (where our King showed His great power over sin and Satan). 

Yes, Jesus had just told them/us that He had gained victory by tying Satan up.  He did so because He was stronger than Him.  There-in lies the key to our joy, restoration, unification and clarity.  We can be made whole by the mighty power of the One who defeated the enemy.  

Jesus established a new Kingdom that will not pass away.  Those loyal to The King and His Kingdom will gain all the benefits promised to them by The King.  

We bring much of the mess in this world upon ourself and then give Satan credit for it.  Seriously, it’s like a kid spilling their milk and then blaming it on someone who isn’t even in the room.  Whenever, we choose to operate by the rules and ways of the old kingdom (Satan’s) we just invite trouble into our life.  We divide our heart.  

The very Power of God has freed us from the power of sin and death.  Do we live in it?  These men missed it that day.  God came near and defeated Satan for them…and they were too busy trying to make sense of it to appreciate it.  The keys to the Kingdom had been delivered to The King.  Let’s make sure our life and action represent the right Kingdom today.  If so, all the benefits of it can be experienced.