We think of Jesus in nice terms. I’ve heard Him likened before to a gentleman caller, and as a gentleman, Jesus doesn’t force His way into anyone’s life. He simply waits, politely, and says “Please.” He is the door-opening Savior.
Possibly. But that language doesn’t match up with passages like Matthew 12. The context here is a contentious argument between Jesus and the religious leaders, one in which the Son of God is accused of casting out demons by the power of Satan. Or at least that’s what the Pharisees were thinking. And Jesus responds in a very un-gentlemanly kind of way:
Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?” (Matthew 12:25-26).
Then Jesus provides an un-gentlemanly illustration:
“How can someone enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house” (Matthew 12:29).
Jesus isn’t the gentleman here. He’s the robber. The thief. The one who breaks in and ties up the homeowner. And then He’s the one who plunders the goods in the house.
The Bible declares a strong Jesus. A mighty Jesus. A Jesus who is Lord over all creation, in whom all things have their being. He’s one that’s not intimidated by the ruler of this world. And thank God He is. Thank God Jesus didn’t wait for me, but instead, bound up the devil and robbed him blind.
Jesus plundered my soul.