By: Pastor Douglas Graham
Matthew 12:28-30 says, “If I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you. How can someone enter a strong man’s house and steal his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can rob his house. Anyone who is not with Me is against Me, and anyone who does not gather with Me scatters.”
In Matthew 12 Jesus clearly shows that He is of God and He is saying He is the King! The Kingdom of God is wherever Jesus is because He’s the King!
He has shown He’s the King by healing the sick, cleansing the lepers, giving sight to the blind, setting free the demon possessed, raising the dead, forgiving sinners, and preaching the Gospel.
Even His enemies didn’t dispute that His power was supernatural; however they said He’s of Satan. Yet Jesus shows how their accusation was foolish, bias, and rebellious.
Jesus has demonstrated that He has the power to bind up Satan, the strong man, but Jesus is stronger! Jesus is greater than Satan. He has come into Satan’s house, bound him up, stole his property, cast out his demons, healed everyone, and delivered people from sin and death!
And Jesus is still doing that even to this day. Before we were born again, we were all Satan’s property. We were children of wrath.
We were ruled by the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2), and He took us out of his hand and delivered us! He set us free!
The death-blow to Satan was struck at the Cross, where Jesus destroyed the Devil who had the power of death (Hebrews 2).
Since Jesus is the King and since He sits on His throne, He invites us to come into His Kingdom, which means you have a decision to make.
Will you turn from your sins and place your trust in Christ to be your Savior? Or, will you continue to love darkness rather than the light? Jesus said, “Anyone who is not with Me is against Me, and anyone who does not gather with Me scatters.”
In other words, there is no neutral ground. You either gather or you scatter. You either say, “Jesus is of Satan,” or you say, “Jesus is of God.”
There is no middle ground. You can’t say that Jesus was just a good guy, or a moral teacher, or even religious. He is either of Satan or of God. Which also means, “You’re either with Me or you’re against Me.”
Once you’ve made your decision, it affects how you live. You will either gather with Him to build His Kingdom, or you will scatter people away from His Kingdom.
You are either on His team drawing people to His Kingdom, OR, you are sending them away, and that is based on whether you’re with Jesus or against Jesus.
So you have to ask yourself the question, are you drawing people to Jesus or away from Jesus? There is no middle ground.
What Kingdom do you live for? Who’s side are you on? God’s or Satan’s? Jesus is stronger! Trust in His power to set you free!
Here is a link to a video that says it best! It’s a great worship song! It’s entitled, “Stronger.”