Have you ever watched “Captain America: Civil War” My children and I went to the movies to see it last summer.. There was one part in that movie that had me screaming at the screen for a few minutes… You know the part…when everyone fights against Captain America.. and they all seem to be engaged in a fight that was just a distraction from the real enemy who was gaining ground because they were losing strength fighting each other.
Sometimes we don’t realize it, but that’s what our lives look like. We spend much of our time fighting people and things that have no bearing on defeating our very real enemy.
So, I was reading today in a very interesting text of scripture. In this one Jesus had just healed a man who was mute and blind.. Well, I know you might think that was a win… but in all essence it caused a quarrel to break out between Him and other teachers of the law.. They found themselves making comments about Jesus being used by satan. Yep, almost like that scene in the movie when the team Captain America was supposed to be fighting with was somehow tricked into believing that the guy on their own team was their enemy … (The airport fight scene)
I never forgot that scene.. Captain America was trying to explain that they just had a wrong perception and it was imperative he go to save those super soldiers … but they thought it was imperative to wipe him out.. it was one of the saddest scenes to me because in that scene they were all losing even though for them they thought they were winning.. they were using strength trying to defeat one of their very own and they needed that strength to defeat a very real enemy who was on their trail and laughing at their demise.. all he did was get the ball spinning..and they would kill each other and he’d have to do nothing..
The real strength would have been found in their unity.. They would have preserved their strength and had more power to fight against the real enemy that was invisible in that moment. In the text I read Jesus makes a powerful statement.. why would satan want to drive himself out.. nah, that would hurt his kingdom if it’s divided against itself.. Furthermore.. let us say a criminal/thief wanted to go into the house of a strong man and steal his possessions.. the first thing he would sit and strategically calculate would be either when that man is leaving or how he could bind him up.. If an enemy can tie us up with things that have nothing to do with him he can gain entrance to destroy us and take what we have…
Be on your guard and stay alert!