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Jesus was driving out a demon that was
mute, and when the demon had gone out, the mute
person spoke and the crowds were amazed. Some of them
said, "By the power of Beelzebub, 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 Beelzebub that
I drive out demons. If I, then, drive out demons
by Beelzebub, 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
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, as I prepare for Easter during
this Lenten season, I turn to you once again in
prayer. I wish to see you with the eyes of
faith. I wish to welcome the salvation you came to
give me and to accept it with a humble heart.
Now, during this time of prayer, I want to give
everything over to you so that your love and truth
may direct my life.
Petition: Lord, help me to accept with simple
faith the reality of who you are.
1. All for God’s Glory:
When Christ works this simple miracle, the crowds are amazed.
They are amazed at what Christ has done, but surely
they were also amazed at what the mute person said.
We do not know what was said, but it is
likely that they were words that glorified God in thanksgiving
for his miracle. Christ bestows freedom by loosening the tongue
of the mute person so that he can glorify God
his creator. When Jesus frees the mute person from Satan
– who does not want God to be glorified and
who wants to keep mankind in the chains of sin,
it is so that God will be glorified. In my
life, do I seek to glorify God for the wonders
of his creation and all the good things he has
done for me?
2. Truth or Lies: Jesus’ enemies could not deny
the miracle he had just worked, but instead of accepting
his power to drive out evil spirits, they came up
with an accusation that it was Beelzebub who caused the
miracle. Their envy gets the best of their common sense.
Envy always tries to find a way around the truth.
It asks for a sign or proposes a false accusation.
Jesus counters envy’s contorted reasoning with simple straightforward logic: “Every
kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house
will fall against house.” It cannot be by the Beelzebub’s
power that he drives out demons because that would mean
Beelzebub is driving out his own demons. Simple logic shows
that this is not so. Does my own faith help
me to differentiate between lies that I hear and the
Jesus Challenges Satan’s Reign: The strong man that Jesus speaks
of is the devil. He has kept mankind under his
control since Adam and Eve’s fall. He has had nothing
to worry about up to now because he has been
the strong man able to defend from all comers his
prize of corrupted human nature. But Jesus is stronger, and
he has come to attack the devil and win back
from him what he has taken. He takes away his
armor of evil, hate, anger, lust and egoism. He redeems
mankind from the clutches of the evil one. Can I
truly say that I set my faith in God and
that he truly brings about good despite the natural calamities
or bad intentions and actions of others, including the devil
with Christ: Lord, help me to accept your miracles in
my life so that my life will give you glory
in my actions, words and thoughts. Do not let me
be blind to the force of your love in the
world. I know you are stronger than Satan. I want
to be in your camp. I want to be rescued
from the clutches of sin by the omnipotence of your
When I am faced with a temptation, I will call
to mind that Jesus is stronger than Satan and he
can give me the strength to reject the temptation.