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Light of the World: Healing

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December 25, 2016
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Balanced Living with Dr. Jim Reeve

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Light of the World: Healing

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  • - Dan Reeve: Jesus is light.
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  • - Jim Reeve:
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  • The light of the world didn't
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  • come to condemn anyone so that
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  • the world through him might
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  • be saved.
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  • - Dan: You see, Jesus shines
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  • his light to heal.
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  • - Dan: Light can be beautiful
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  • but light can also be alarming.
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  • Today, after the noon service,
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  • we're going over to my parents'
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  • house.
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  • You're all invited.
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  • Ha, ha, ha, I just invited
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  • everyone, to celebrate
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  • my nephew's birthdays,
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  • Gavin and Judah.
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  • And we're gonna have food
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  • and have fun.
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  • And then later on, we're gonna
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  • But you know if you go during
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  • the day, Christmas lights don't
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  • look that good, only at night
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  • when it's dark.
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  • Isn't it amazing that light
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  • comes alive and it looks
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  • beautiful when it's the darkest?
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  • But light can also be alarming.
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  • I asked my three kids what they
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  • wanted to do during Christmas
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  • break and my daughter,
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  • she told me, she said,
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  • "Daddy, I wanna go ice skating."
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  • So, I said,
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  • "We'll go ice skating, Delaney."
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  • And then my son Aiden said,
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  • "I wanna go to
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  • the Museum of Tolerance."
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  • I said, "Wow, that's great.
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  • We'll go to
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  • the Museum of Tolerance."
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  • And my oldest, Ian who turns
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  • 16 next month, he said,
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  • "I wanna sleep in.
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  • I don't want anyone waking me
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  • up."
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  • It reminded men when I was
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  • in high school and it would be
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  • Christmas break and I wouldn't
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  • want my mom to wake me up.
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  • And all of a sudden--and
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  • it would still be early.
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  • It would be like 2 in
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  • the afternoon and she would come
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  • in like, "It's time to wake up."
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  • And she would turn the light on,
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  • open up the shades and light
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  • would come in.
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  • John 1:1 we read,
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  • "In the beginning was the Word,
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  • and the Word was with God,
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  • and the Word was God.
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  • He was with God
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  • in the beginning.
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  • Through him all things were
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  • made; without him nothing was
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  • made that has been made.
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  • In him was life, and that life
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  • was the light of all mankind.
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  • The light shines in the
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  • darkness, and the darkness has
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  • not overcome it."
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  • We've been looking at how
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  • uses light to describe Jesus.
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  • And John knew Jesus.
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  • He was one of the twelve
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  • disciples.
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  • In fact, he was one of the inner
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  • three, Peter, James, and John,
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  • the three disciples that were
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  • closest to Jesus.
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  • John referred to himself as,
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  • "The disciple whom Jesus loved.'
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  • He's like, "I may or may not
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  • have been my parents' fave,
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  • but I'm Jesus' fave."
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  • He very well may have been
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  • Jesus' best friend here on this
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  • earth.
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  • And you can learn a lot about
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  • somebody from their best friend.
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  • John spent 3 amazing years with
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  • Jesus.
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  • He heard Jesus teach.
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  • He saw Jesus heal the sick.
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  • He saw Jesus raise the dead,
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  • but John also saw Jesus go
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  • John saw how Jesus dealt with
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  • being betrayed when Judas
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  • betrayed him.
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  • John saw how Jesus suffered when
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  • he hung on a cross.
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  • Yet John also saw an empty tomb
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  • And now decades later, after his
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  • time with Jesus as an old man,
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  • old man John is writing.
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  • And he's not trying to impress
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  • people.
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  • He doesn't use a large
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  • vocabulary.
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  • He limits the words he uses
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  • and he writes simple
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  • and he writes direct.
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  • He just says it and then he
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  • keeps on saying it.
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  • And he's writing from his
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  • personal experience with Jesus
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  • from what he learned following
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  • Jesus.
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  • is light and this light can't
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  • help but shine and reveal.
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  • Jesus desires to reveal himself
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  • to us, to shine into our lives,
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  • to shine into every aspect
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  • of it, to light up those dark
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  • areas of our life,
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  • to light up a bright future that
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  • maybe we didn't even know
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  • existed.
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  • And this light, Jesus,
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  • You see, this light shines into
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  • the broken pieces of our lives,
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  • to the shattered areas of our
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  • lives in order to heal
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  • and restore.
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  • I love what the biblical scholar
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  • F.F. Bruce wrote about Jesus
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  • that, "in Jesus, the promise
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  • is confirmed, the covenant
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  • is renewed, prophecies are
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  • fulfilled, the law is vindicated
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  • If you have your Bibles, would
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  • you open them up
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  • to Matthew chapter 8 beginning
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  • in verse 1?
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  • Matthew 8:1 where we begin
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  • reading, "When Jesus, he came
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  • down from the mountainside,
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  • large crowds followed him.
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  • A man with leprosy came
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  • and knelt before him and said,
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  • 'Lord, if you are willing,
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  • you can make me clean.'
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  • Jesus reached out his hand
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  • and touched the man.
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  • 'I am willing,' he said.
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  • 'Be clean!'
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  • Immediately he was cleansed
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  • of his leprosy.
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  • Then Jesus said to him,
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  • 'See that you don't tell anyone.
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  • But go, show yourself
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  • to the priest and offer the gift
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  • Moses commanded, as a testimony
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  • to them.'"
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  • In talking about Jesus as
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  • of stories I wanted to talk
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  • about.
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  • I thought about talking about
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  • the woman with the issue of
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  • blood who we're not even given
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  • her name.
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  • She's just identified by her
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  • condition and she'd been
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  • suffering many years.
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  • She didn't just sit back.
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  • She was trying to get better.
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  • She spent all of her money
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  • on medical help but rather
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  • than getting better,
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  • she actually grew worse.
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  • Yet an opportunity arose
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  • and Jesus was passing by.
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  • And she's like, "He may not be
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  • coming to me, but I'm gonna go
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  • to him."
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  • And she pressed through
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  • the crowd like, "Excuse me,
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  • pardon me.
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  • Excuse me, pardon me."
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  • And she just touched his
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  • clothing and she was healed.
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  • I thought about talking about
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  • the man who couldn't get to
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  • Jesus because he was paralyzed
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  • so he had four friends who
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  • brought him to Jesus.
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  • Yet when they came to the house
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  • where Jesus was, they couldn't
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  • get in.
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  • It was too crowded.
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  • So, they went to the roof
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  • and they began to cut a hole
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  • in the ceiling.
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  • And they lowered this man down
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  • through the roof, and Jesus
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  • healed this man.
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  • I thought about teaching about
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  • blind Bartimaeus who,
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  • as Jesus was passing by,
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  • he cried out to him,
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  • "Lord, have mercy on me."
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  • And rather than everyone else
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  • being excited for him that this
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  • guy might get healed, people
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  • "Shush.
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  • Don't bother him."
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  • And how did he respond?
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  • He got louder.
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  • "Jesus, have mercy on me.
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  • I'm tired of being this way.
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  • I'm sick of being this way."
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  • And Jesus healed him.
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  • I thought about talking about
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  • the centurion who when he came
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  • to Jesus he's like, "You don't
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  • even have to come to my house.
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  • You don't even have to lay hands
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  • I'm a man under authority.
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  • I get this.
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  • If you just say the word, I know
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  • my servant will be healed."
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  • And Jesus healed his servant.
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  • So many stories in the Bible
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  • of Jesus healing people.
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  • And here in Matthew 8,
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  • we find a man inflicted
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  • with leprosy and leprosy
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  • separated you from people.
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  • When you had leprosy, you were
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  • no longer welcome to live where
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  • everyone else lived.
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  • You were thrown out of town.
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  • You were isolated.
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  • You no longer had that same
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  • community to belong to.
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  • You no longer had the love and
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  • support of family, and friends.
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  • You were, in a sense, homeless.
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  • You were considered unclean.
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  • And yet with Jesus, other people
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  • might throw you out.
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  • You may not be accepted by
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  • others but with Jesus, you are
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  • always accepted and you always
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  • have a place with Jesus.
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  • And so, this man with leprosy
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  • and he's actually, he's actually
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  • violating the Levitical law
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  • by coming to Jesus.
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  • And yet he comes to Jesus.
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  • Isn't it amazing that Jesus,
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  • when people would come to him,
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  • The religious folk were offended
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  • by Jesus.
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  • They were turned off by him.
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  • Who came to Jesus?
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  • The people who were the most
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  • hurting, the people who were
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  • the most broken,
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  • the people who were the most
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  • lost came to Jesus.
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  • And we have this man who's
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  • suffering with leprosy and
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  • he comes to Jesus, but he's not
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  • trying to hide his condition.
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  • You see, Jesus doesn't heal what
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  • you hide yet we live in
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  • a society that's scared
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  • of the light, that's scared
  • 00:09:13.200 --> 00:09:16.130
  • of being exposed,
  • 00:09:16.130 --> 00:09:17.270
  • that's scared that people will
  • 00:09:17.270 --> 00:09:20.000
  • discover who I really am so we
  • 00:09:20.020 --> 00:09:23.020
  • hide.
  • 00:09:23.020 --> 00:09:24.140
  • Like Adam and Eve,
  • 00:09:24.140 --> 00:09:26.030
  • we try to cover up and we hide.
  • 00:09:26.030 --> 00:09:29.000
  • The best place to hide,
  • 00:09:29.000 --> 00:09:30.040
  • it seems, is in the dark
  • 00:09:30.040 --> 00:09:32.260
  • and the dark might seem safe,
  • 00:09:32.260 --> 00:09:35.060
  • but the dark ends up hopeless.
  • 00:09:36.000 --> 00:09:39.000
  • We live in a culture where
  • 00:09:39.000 --> 00:09:41.130
  • people run from the light yet
  • 00:09:41.130 --> 00:09:44.120
  • they're desperate for love,
  • 00:09:44.120 --> 00:09:47.050
  • desperate for a love that can
  • 00:09:47.050 --> 00:09:48.170
  • only be found in Jesus,
  • 00:09:48.170 --> 00:09:51.020
  • the light of the world.
  • 00:09:51.020 --> 00:09:53.240
  • You see, no matter how dark
  • 00:09:53.240 --> 00:09:55.050
  • or how broken your past is,
  • 00:09:55.050 --> 00:09:57.280
  • Jesus loves and he accepts you.
  • 00:09:58.110 --> 00:10:01.110
  • And Jesus can--he can heal you.
  • 00:10:01.110 --> 00:10:03.170
  • Jesus sees everything about you
  • 00:10:03.170 --> 00:10:06.100
  • and yet he loves you
  • 00:10:06.100 --> 00:10:08.180
  • unconditionally.
  • 00:10:09.000 --> 00:10:12.000
  • The light of Jesus doesn't come
  • 00:10:12.000 --> 00:10:14.010
  • to harm you.
  • 00:10:14.010 --> 00:10:15.280
  • The light of Jesus doesn't come
  • 00:10:15.280 --> 00:10:18.000
  • to do damage but to bring
  • 00:10:18.000 --> 00:10:20.130
  • healing.
  • 00:10:20.130 --> 00:10:22.020
  • You see, there's a big
  • 00:10:22.020 --> 00:10:23.210
  • difference in the light in
  • 00:10:23.210 --> 00:10:25.220
  • an operating room and in a room
  • 00:10:25.220 --> 00:10:28.140
  • where you're being interrogated
  • 00:10:28.140 --> 00:10:30.080
  • Some of y'all know that all
  • 00:10:32.110 --> 00:10:33.210
  • too well.
  • 00:10:33.210 --> 00:10:36.070
  • In an operating room,
  • 00:10:36.070 --> 00:10:37.170
  • the light is there so a surgeon
  • 00:10:37.170 --> 00:10:39.190
  • can help put you back together
  • 00:10:39.190 --> 00:10:42.040
  • and bring health to your body.
  • 00:10:42.070 --> 00:10:45.070
  • Yet if you're in an
  • 00:10:45.070 --> 00:10:46.010
  • interrogation room,
  • 00:10:46.010 --> 00:10:47.060
  • the light is on you to get
  • 00:10:47.060 --> 00:10:49.000
  • I have bad news and I have
  • 00:10:51.170 --> 00:10:52.180
  • good news.
  • 00:10:52.180 --> 00:10:54.050
  • You want the bad news first?
  • 00:10:54.050 --> 00:10:56.000
  • The bad news is there is plenty
  • 00:10:56.000 --> 00:10:57.210
  • of evidence to convict you
  • 00:10:57.210 --> 00:10:59.290
  • but the good news is Jesus
  • 00:10:59.290 --> 00:11:01.290
  • already paid the price.
  • 00:11:01.290 --> 00:11:04.000
  • He paid the price you owed.
  • 00:11:06.080 --> 00:11:09.080
  • And Jesus shines his light
  • 00:11:09.080 --> 00:11:11.070
  • to heal, not to condemn
  • 00:11:11.070 --> 00:11:13.010
  • or to convict.
  • 00:11:13.010 --> 00:11:14.150
  • To convict us in order
  • 00:11:14.150 --> 00:11:15.280
  • to change, but not to condemn
  • 00:11:15.280 --> 00:11:18.010
  • us.
  • 00:11:18.010 --> 00:11:18.290
  • John 3:17 says, "For God didn't
  • 00:11:18.290 --> 00:11:20.180
  • send his Son into the world
  • 00:11:20.180 --> 00:11:22.230
  • to condemn the world,
  • 00:11:22.230 --> 00:11:25.110
  • but to save the world."
  • 00:11:25.110 --> 00:11:28.080
  • You see, Jesus shines his light
  • 00:11:28.080 --> 00:11:29.180
  • to heal.
  • 00:11:29.180 --> 00:11:30.240
  • And so, this man with leprosy
  • 00:11:30.240 --> 00:11:33.020
  • comes to Jesus and he kneels
  • 00:11:33.020 --> 00:11:35.060
  • before Jesus.
  • 00:11:35.060 --> 00:11:37.080
  • And he says, "Lord, if you're
  • 00:11:37.080 --> 00:11:38.020
  • willing, I know you can heal me.
  • 00:11:38.020 --> 00:11:40.250
  • I know you can make me whole."
  • 00:11:40.250 --> 00:11:42.190
  • He's not questioning,
  • 00:11:42.190 --> 00:11:44.050
  • "Is Jesus able to heal me?"
  • 00:11:44.280 --> 00:11:47.280
  • He's saying, "Are you willing?"
  • 00:11:47.280 --> 00:11:49.200
  • Maybe you're here this morning
  • 00:11:49.200 --> 00:11:50.270
  • and you know Jesus is able
  • 00:11:50.270 --> 00:11:53.200
  • to heal you.
  • 00:11:53.200 --> 00:11:55.160
  • You've seen him heal other
  • 00:11:55.160 --> 00:11:56.120
  • people.
  • 00:11:56.120 --> 00:11:57.050
  • You've seen him perform
  • 00:11:57.050 --> 00:11:58.160
  • miracles.
  • 00:11:58.160 --> 00:11:59.080
  • You're just beginning
  • 00:11:59.080 --> 00:11:59.290
  • to wondering, "Is he willing
  • 00:11:59.290 --> 00:12:01.280
  • And Jesus is willing.
  • 00:12:06.070 --> 00:12:08.250
  • I love this because Jesus
  • 00:12:08.250 --> 00:12:10.200
  • reaches out and he touches a man
  • 00:12:11.080 --> 00:12:14.080
  • other people wouldn't even get
  • 00:12:14.080 --> 00:12:15.120
  • near.
  • 00:12:15.120 --> 00:12:16.240
  • Other people were like,
  • 00:12:16.240 --> 00:12:17.180
  • "This guy's unclean.
  • 00:12:17.180 --> 00:12:19.000
  • I don't even wanna get near this
  • 00:12:19.000 --> 00:12:20.270
  • person."
  • 00:12:20.270 --> 00:12:21.230
  • And yet Jesus touches him
  • 00:12:21.230 --> 00:12:23.220
  • and he is healed instantly.
  • 00:12:23.250 --> 00:12:26.250
  • Immediately, this man is healed.
  • 00:12:26.250 --> 00:12:29.220
  • You see, Jesus shines his light
  • 00:12:29.220 --> 00:12:32.030
  • to heal us, to restore us,
  • 00:12:32.030 --> 00:12:34.230
  • We're so used to the world
  • 00:12:37.000 --> 00:12:38.260
  • trying to shine light on us
  • 00:12:38.260 --> 00:12:40.120
  • to embarrass us, to expose our
  • 00:12:40.120 --> 00:12:43.060
  • flaws.
  • 00:12:43.060 --> 00:12:44.250
  • That's not how Jesus does it.
  • 00:12:44.250 --> 00:12:46.250
  • Jesus does it to shine his light
  • 00:12:46.250 --> 00:12:49.130
  • to embarrass.
  • 00:12:49.130 --> 00:12:50.240
  • That's not what he does.
  • 00:12:50.240 --> 00:12:51.180
  • He shines his light to heal.
  • 00:12:51.180 --> 00:12:54.050
  • That's why we can step out
  • 00:12:54.050 --> 00:12:56.010
  • of the dark and into the light
  • 00:12:56.010 --> 00:12:58.140
  • as John Mayer is saying,
  • 00:12:58.140 --> 00:12:59.280
  • "Just keep me where
  • 00:12:59.280 --> 00:13:01.240
  • the light is."
  • 00:13:01.240 --> 00:13:03.260
  • Jesus, Jesus loves you just as
  • 00:13:04.190 --> 00:13:07.190
  • you are failures, flaws.
  • 00:13:09.270 --> 00:13:12.270
  • But he loves you too much
  • 00:13:12.270 --> 00:13:15.000
  • to leave you the same.
  • 00:13:15.000 --> 00:13:17.200
  • He loves you too much to leave
  • 00:13:17.200 --> 00:13:18.250
  • you the same.
  • 00:13:18.250 --> 00:13:19.240
  • Please understand, no matter
  • 00:13:19.240 --> 00:13:21.220
  • what your current situation is,
  • 00:13:21.220 --> 00:13:24.030
  • it does not have to be your
  • 00:13:24.030 --> 00:13:25.110
  • permanent situation.
  • 00:13:25.110 --> 00:13:27.280
  • If we can just step out of
  • 00:13:27.280 --> 00:13:30.020
  • the dark and into the light
  • 00:13:30.020 --> 00:13:32.230
  • and allow the light
  • 00:13:32.230 --> 00:13:34.070
  • of God's grace to heal,
  • 00:13:34.070 --> 00:13:36.120
  • allow the light of God's grace
  • 00:13:36.120 --> 00:13:38.170
  • to restore, no situation
  • 00:13:38.170 --> 00:13:41.160
  • is hopeless.
  • 00:13:41.160 --> 00:13:42.180
  • There is always hope when you
  • 00:13:42.180 --> 00:13:44.110
  • And as the doctor doctor comes
  • 00:13:46.230 --> 00:13:48.000
  • forward, I leave you with
  • 00:13:48.000 --> 00:13:49.130
  • the words of the Apostle Paul.
  • 00:13:49.130 --> 00:13:51.000
  • In 2 Corinthians he says, "For
  • 00:13:51.000 --> 00:13:53.110
  • God, who said, 'Let light shine
  • 00:13:53.130 --> 00:13:56.130
  • out of darkness,' made his light
  • 00:13:56.130 --> 00:13:58.190
  • shine in our hearts to give us
  • 00:13:58.190 --> 00:14:01.020
  • the light of the knowledge
  • 00:14:01.020 --> 00:14:03.090
  • - Jim: Amen, amen.
  • 00:14:07.140 --> 00:14:08.110
  • I love the way that Pastor Dan
  • 00:14:09.140 --> 00:14:12.140
  • compared how light has different
  • 00:14:12.140 --> 00:14:14.070
  • effects at different times with
  • 00:14:14.070 --> 00:14:15.220
  • different people.
  • 00:14:15.220 --> 00:14:17.040
  • There's the light
  • 00:14:17.040 --> 00:14:17.270
  • of the operating room where
  • 00:14:17.270 --> 00:14:19.090
  • the goal is to heal and bring
  • 00:14:19.090 --> 00:14:20.260
  • then there's the light
  • 00:14:23.100 --> 00:14:24.130
  • of the interrogation room where
  • 00:14:24.130 --> 00:14:26.090
  • they're trying to get something
  • 00:14:26.090 --> 00:14:27.100
  • on you.
  • 00:14:27.100 --> 00:14:27.280
  • Man, we live in a culture like
  • 00:14:27.280 --> 00:14:28.290
  • that today.
  • 00:14:28.290 --> 00:14:29.220
  • If you're a superstar, a mega
  • 00:14:29.220 --> 00:14:31.270
  • star, you're gonna get nervous
  • 00:14:31.270 --> 00:14:33.200
  • if TMZ contacts you.
  • 00:14:33.210 --> 00:14:36.210
  • They're reason it that they're
  • 00:14:36.210 --> 00:14:38.070
  • trying to get you.
  • 00:14:38.070 --> 00:14:39.030
  • They wanna sell--I guess they
  • 00:14:39.030 --> 00:14:40.280
  • don't sell newspapers anymore.
  • 00:14:40.280 --> 00:14:42.020
  • I don't know how they make their
  • 00:14:42.020 --> 00:14:42.220
  • money anymore anyway.
  • 00:14:42.220 --> 00:14:43.170
  • But you know what I'm talking
  • 00:14:43.170 --> 00:14:44.110
  • about.
  • 00:14:44.110 --> 00:14:45.140
  • John talks like that when he
  • 00:14:45.140 --> 00:14:46.160
  • talks about the light because
  • 00:14:46.160 --> 00:14:48.030
  • well, for example, the most
  • 00:14:48.030 --> 00:14:49.200
  • famous verse ever, "God so loved
  • 00:14:49.200 --> 00:14:51.250
  • the world that he give his only
  • 00:14:51.250 --> 00:14:52.280
  • begotten Son," yadah, yadah,
  • 00:14:52.280 --> 00:14:54.100
  • yadah.
  • 00:14:54.100 --> 00:14:55.140
  • And then John goes on to say,
  • 00:14:55.140 --> 00:14:57.110
  • which Pastor Dan read
  • 00:14:57.110 --> 00:14:58.020
  • a moment ago.
  • 00:14:58.020 --> 00:14:59.070
  • He said, "For God did not--"
  • 00:14:59.070 --> 00:15:01.020
  • Listen, he did not send the
  • 00:15:01.020 --> 00:15:02.220
  • light into the world to condemn
  • 00:15:02.220 --> 00:15:03.240
  • the world.
  • 00:15:03.240 --> 00:15:04.180
  • It's not an interrogation room.
  • 00:15:04.180 --> 00:15:06.090
  • The light didn't come
  • 00:15:06.090 --> 00:15:07.080
  • to the condemn the world
  • 00:15:07.080 --> 00:15:08.080
  • but that the world through him
  • 00:15:08.080 --> 00:15:09.240
  • might be saved.
  • 00:15:09.240 --> 00:15:11.040
  • Then I think I've used this
  • 00:15:11.040 --> 00:15:12.080
  • verse every week.
  • 00:15:12.080 --> 00:15:13.170
  • John 3:19, John said, "You wanna
  • 00:15:13.170 --> 00:15:15.260
  • Remember DeNiro in "Taxi Driver"
  • 00:15:18.080 --> 00:15:19.200
  • years ago?
  • 00:15:19.200 --> 00:15:20.070
  • "You talking to me?"
  • 00:15:20.070 --> 00:15:21.040
  • "You wanna talk about
  • 00:15:21.040 --> 00:15:21.220
  • condemnation," he goes,
  • 00:15:21.220 --> 00:15:23.060
  • "this is condemnation,
  • 00:15:23.060 --> 00:15:25.000
  • that the light has come into
  • 00:15:25.000 --> 00:15:26.150
  • the world, and men loved
  • 00:15:26.150 --> 00:15:28.040
  • darkness rather than the light."
  • 00:15:28.070 --> 00:15:31.070
  • Technically, God doesn't send
  • 00:15:31.070 --> 00:15:32.230
  • anyone to hell.
  • 00:15:32.230 --> 00:15:33.260
  • God doesn't put anyone in
  • 00:15:33.260 --> 00:15:34.230
  • darkness.
  • 00:15:34.230 --> 00:15:35.170
  • John says, "This is condemning,
  • 00:15:37.250 --> 00:15:40.020
  • that you're drowning and God
  • 00:15:40.020 --> 00:15:41.140
  • offers you help, but you would
  • 00:15:41.140 --> 00:15:42.270
  • choose to drown instead because
  • 00:15:42.270 --> 00:15:44.240
  • you love the perversion of
  • 00:15:44.240 --> 00:15:47.000
  • the waters more than the health,
  • 00:15:47.000 --> 00:15:49.110
  • and hope, and light that's being
  • 00:15:49.110 --> 00:15:51.050
  • I know what that's like
  • 00:15:53.120 --> 00:15:54.000
  • to be--in fact, I get amazed
  • 00:15:54.000 --> 00:15:55.020
  • sometimes even
  • 00:15:55.020 --> 00:15:56.120
  • at the Christmas story.
  • 00:15:56.120 --> 00:15:58.000
  • Do you ever realize that
  • 00:15:58.000 --> 00:15:58.280
  • the wise men traveled
  • 00:15:58.280 --> 00:16:00.150
  • hundreds of miles
  • 00:16:00.150 --> 00:16:01.270
  • for just a little bit
  • 00:16:01.270 --> 00:16:02.290
  • of light that they're willing
  • 00:16:02.290 --> 00:16:04.050
  • to follow and yet 6 miles away
  • 00:16:04.050 --> 00:16:07.010
  • of Jerusalem where the king
  • 00:16:09.260 --> 00:16:11.150
  • dwelled.
  • 00:16:11.150 --> 00:16:12.290
  • The scribes were there,
  • 00:16:12.290 --> 00:16:14.050
  • the Pharisees, the Sadducees,
  • 00:16:14.050 --> 00:16:16.000
  • the religious leaders,
  • 00:16:16.000 --> 00:16:17.160
  • the Bible scholars,
  • 00:16:17.160 --> 00:16:18.270
  • and they missed it.
  • 00:16:18.270 --> 00:16:20.150
  • Sometimes I kind of crack up
  • 00:16:20.150 --> 00:16:21.180
  • driving to church because we
  • 00:16:21.180 --> 00:16:23.070
  • have people in church every
  • 00:16:23.070 --> 00:16:24.070
  • week, many that drive in over
  • 00:16:24.070 --> 00:16:25.280
  • an hour just to be here.
  • 00:16:25.280 --> 00:16:27.280
  • And I look to people across
  • 00:16:27.280 --> 00:16:28.240
  • the street, they don't know how
  • 00:16:28.240 --> 00:16:30.090
  • close they are to life being
  • 00:16:30.090 --> 00:16:32.200
  • totally transformed.
  • 00:16:32.200 --> 00:16:34.140
  • Light can have a different
  • 00:16:34.140 --> 00:16:35.180
  • impact.
  • 00:16:35.180 --> 00:16:36.140
  • Here's how non condemning
  • 00:16:36.140 --> 00:16:37.240
  • the light is.
  • 00:16:37.240 --> 00:16:38.290
  • You know, when I taught
  • 00:16:38.290 --> 00:16:39.260
  • the Book of John a year
  • 00:16:39.260 --> 00:16:40.290
  • or so ago, I said the entire
  • 00:16:40.290 --> 00:16:42.080
  • Book of John is very symbolic,
  • 00:16:42.080 --> 00:16:44.000
  • very philosophic.
  • 00:16:44.000 --> 00:16:45.120
  • It's built around seven sayings
  • 00:16:45.120 --> 00:16:46.260
  • of Jesus and seven signs
  • 00:16:46.260 --> 00:16:48.260
  • or seven miracles.
  • 00:16:48.260 --> 00:16:49.290
  • This is one of them, John 8,
  • 00:16:49.290 --> 00:16:51.140
  • he's gonna say something about
  • 00:16:51.140 --> 00:16:52.160
  • light.
  • 00:16:52.160 --> 00:16:53.110
  • But you know what happened just
  • 00:16:53.110 --> 00:16:54.130
  • before Jesus makes this comment?
  • 00:16:54.130 --> 00:16:55.260
  • Get this.
  • 00:16:55.260 --> 00:16:56.130
  • Do you know what happened just
  • 00:16:56.130 --> 00:16:57.030
  • before Jesus makes this--one
  • 00:16:57.030 --> 00:16:59.080
  • of the big famous sayings from
  • 00:16:59.080 --> 00:17:01.090
  • John, one of the seven?
  • 00:17:01.090 --> 00:17:03.260
  • He has for given the woman who
  • 00:17:03.260 --> 00:17:05.280
  • and they were all gonna stone
  • 00:17:08.000 --> 00:17:08.180
  • her 'cause she got caught.
  • 00:17:08.220 --> 00:17:11.220
  • They were gonna stone her.
  • 00:17:11.220 --> 00:17:13.140
  • So Jesus says, comes along
  • 00:17:13.140 --> 00:17:15.040
  • the light of the world
  • 00:17:15.040 --> 00:17:16.150
  • and he doodles in the dirt.
  • 00:17:16.150 --> 00:17:18.030
  • Maybe he threw a little bit
  • 00:17:18.030 --> 00:17:18.220
  • of light on those who were gonna
  • 00:17:18.220 --> 00:17:19.260
  • throw stones.
  • 00:17:19.260 --> 00:17:20.150
  • That's what most scholars think.
  • 00:17:20.150 --> 00:17:21.250
  • Maybe he wrote down, "Aww man,
  • 00:17:21.250 --> 00:17:23.180
  • I saw you at a strip club.
  • 00:17:23.180 --> 00:17:26.020
  • I'm gonna stone you."
  • 00:17:26.020 --> 00:17:27.100
  • So, Jesus doodles in the dirt
  • 00:17:27.100 --> 00:17:28.130
  • and looks at him, "Yeah,
  • 00:17:28.130 --> 00:17:29.210
  • but you slept with a stripper.
  • 00:17:29.210 --> 00:17:31.020
  • Why you throwing stones at
  • 00:17:31.020 --> 00:17:32.100
  • the one that simply went
  • 00:17:32.100 --> 00:17:33.100
  • to the club?"
  • 00:17:33.100 --> 00:17:33.280
  • Anyone breathing?
  • 00:17:33.280 --> 00:17:34.140
  • Just be chill, no one knows.
  • 00:17:34.140 --> 00:17:35.260
  • I'm just talking today.
  • 00:17:35.260 --> 00:17:37.140
  • 'Cause it says one by one they
  • 00:17:39.150 --> 00:17:41.060
  • dropped the rocks and they
  • 00:17:41.060 --> 00:17:42.210
  • walked away till it was just
  • 00:17:42.210 --> 00:17:43.240
  • Jesus and her.
  • 00:17:43.240 --> 00:17:45.050
  • And she says--Jesus says,
  • 00:17:45.050 --> 00:17:47.290
  • "Where are your accusers?"
  • 00:17:47.290 --> 00:17:50.050
  • She goes, "I don't know, Lord."
  • 00:17:50.050 --> 00:17:52.040
  • And he says, "And I don't accuse
  • 00:17:52.040 --> 00:17:53.290
  • you anyway.
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  • The Son of Man, the light of
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  • the world didn't come to condemn
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  • anyone, but that the world
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  • through him might be saved."
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  • Let me tell ya something
  • 00:18:02.160 --> 00:18:03.060
  • powerful about the light.
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  • What John is saying, and we've
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  • read this every week as well.
  • 00:18:07.210 --> 00:18:09.100
  • The first verse of John, "In the
  • 00:18:09.100 --> 00:18:10.150
  • beginning was the Word, the Word
  • 00:18:10.150 --> 00:18:11.190
  • was with God, and the Word was
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  • God."
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  • The logos, the expression
  • 00:18:14.090 --> 00:18:15.090
  • of God, it was God.
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  • The Word is God.
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  • I repeat, the Word is God.
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  • My words right now are
  • 00:18:20.120 --> 00:18:21.210
  • expressing things about me.
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  • The Bible said,
  • 00:18:23.190 --> 00:18:24.060
  • and in the beginning was God's
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  • self-expression and the
  • 00:18:24.280 --> 00:18:26.180
  • self-expression was with God.
  • 00:18:26.180 --> 00:18:28.080
  • In fact, this self-expression
  • 00:18:28.080 --> 00:18:29.200
  • was God.
  • 00:18:29.200 --> 00:18:30.250
  • In him was life, so that logos
  • 00:18:30.250 --> 00:18:33.060
  • was life, and that life was
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  • the light of all mankind.
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  • That's why we celebrate today
  • 00:18:37.270 --> 00:18:39.270
  • and this week even
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  • the virgin birth, that's right,
  • 00:18:40.180 --> 00:18:42.040
  • the virgin birth.
  • 00:18:42.040 --> 00:18:43.270
  • This is on a lot
  • 00:18:43.270 --> 00:18:44.180
  • of Christmas cards.
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  • Isaiah 7:14, "Look!
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  • The virgin will conceive
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  • a child!
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  • She will give birth to a son
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  • and will call him," what?
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  • "Immanuel, (which means God is
  • 00:18:52.030 --> 00:18:54.230
  • with us)."
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  • Many today, you'd be shocked how
  • 00:18:56.190 --> 00:18:58.030
  • many churches, preachers,
  • 00:18:58.030 --> 00:18:59.270
  • believe in the virgin birth and
  • 00:19:02.000 --> 00:19:03.130
  • don't even think it's important.
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  • They go, "Come on, there's no
  • 00:19:04.140 --> 00:19:05.090
  • such thing as a--it's not real.
  • 00:19:05.090 --> 00:19:08.020
  • It's a myth.
  • 00:19:08.020 --> 00:19:08.270
  • And it's not important anyway.
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  • Jesus is just a great teacher.
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  • He's a great messenger from
  • 00:19:11.260 --> 00:19:12.230
  • God."
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  • Wait a minute.
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  • Hold the horses, church.
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  • The virgin birth is critical
  • 00:19:17.200 --> 00:19:19.280
  • 'cause if Jesus isn't born of
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  • a virgin, then he cannot
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  • be divine.
  • 00:19:23.120 --> 00:19:25.050
  • In fact, watch this.
  • 00:19:25.050 --> 00:19:26.010
  • In fact, before I get to that,
  • 00:19:26.010 --> 00:19:26.250
  • let me make a little--you guys
  • 00:19:26.250 --> 00:19:28.050
  • want a little--you're gonna
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  • get it.
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  • You might as well say, "Yes."
  • 00:19:30.000 --> 00:19:30.290
  • side-note here?
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  • I was so proud of you guys when
  • 00:19:34.160 --> 00:19:35.270
  • I gave my 3-week Bible teaching
  • 00:19:35.270 --> 00:19:37.080
  • series, I thought it might--you
  • 00:19:37.080 --> 00:19:38.190
  • guys loved it so I thought, all
  • 00:19:38.190 --> 00:19:40.080
  • right, next year I'm gonna start
  • 00:19:40.080 --> 00:19:41.050
  • doing more teaching then.
  • 00:19:41.050 --> 00:19:42.120
  • And if you don't like it, then
  • 00:19:42.120 --> 00:19:43.220
  • I'll switch back to--anyway.
  • 00:19:43.220 --> 00:19:45.060
  • But here's a little nugget
  • 00:19:45.060 --> 00:19:47.080
  • of teaching right now.
  • 00:19:47.080 --> 00:19:49.060
  • A lot of critical scholars will
  • 00:19:49.060 --> 00:19:50.080
  • point to that Isaiah 7 passage,
  • 00:19:50.080 --> 00:19:52.000
  • "A virgin shall conceive."
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  • And a lot of modern translations
  • 00:19:53.150 --> 00:19:54.240
  • water it down by saying,
  • 00:19:54.240 --> 00:19:56.170
  • "A young woman shall conceive."
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  • And they will argue that the
  • 00:19:58.110 --> 00:19:59.110
  • Hebrew word there for virgin is
  • 00:19:59.110 --> 00:20:01.080
  • actually the Hebrew word "almah"
  • 00:20:01.080 --> 00:20:03.020
  • which doesn't have to mean
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  • a virgin.
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  • It can mean a young woman
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  • and that's true.
  • 00:20:05.280 --> 00:20:07.150
  • The Hebrew word there for
  • 00:20:07.150 --> 00:20:08.110
  • "almah" is not clear.
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  • It kind of implies a virgin, but
  • 00:20:10.160 --> 00:20:12.130
  • She may or may not be a virgin.
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  • Probably, back in those days,
  • 00:20:16.120 --> 00:20:17.290
  • probably was but not
  • 00:20:17.290 --> 00:20:19.200
  • necessarily.
  • 00:20:19.200 --> 00:20:21.040
  • However, here's a catch to
  • 00:20:21.040 --> 00:20:22.200
  • that 'cause we believe
  • 00:20:22.200 --> 00:20:24.170
  • in the virgin birth.
  • 00:20:24.170 --> 00:20:26.000
  • As you remember the series
  • 00:20:26.000 --> 00:20:27.090
  • I gave, the Hebrew Old Testament
  • 00:20:27.090 --> 00:20:29.190
  • before Christ was ever born
  • 00:20:29.190 --> 00:20:31.080
  • was translated into
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  • the Greek by--it's called
  • 00:20:32.120 --> 00:20:34.070
  • the Septuagint version.
  • 00:20:34.070 --> 00:20:35.050
  • It's done by 70 Hebrew scholars.
  • 00:20:35.050 --> 00:20:37.010
  • Why did they do that?
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  • 'Cause if you remember
  • 00:20:38.170 --> 00:20:39.080
  • the series, in between the end
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  • of the Old Testament and
  • 00:20:40.210 --> 00:20:41.160
  • the beginning of the New,
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  • Alexander the Great conquered
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  • the world, Hellenized the world,
  • 00:20:43.220 --> 00:20:45.210
  • made the world--the world
  • 00:20:45.210 --> 00:20:46.290
  • basically spoke Greek like we
  • 00:20:46.290 --> 00:20:48.050
  • speak English today
  • 00:20:48.050 --> 00:20:49.130
  • and the Romans kept up on that
  • 00:20:49.130 --> 00:20:51.100
  • by the time Jesus was born.
  • 00:20:51.100 --> 00:20:53.010
  • So, when you get to the Hebrew
  • 00:20:53.010 --> 00:20:55.110
  • Old Testament, the Greek
  • 00:20:55.110 --> 00:20:57.010
  • translation of the Hebrew
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  • in Isaiah--all these
  • 00:20:58.290 --> 00:21:00.070
  • Hebrew scholars.
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  • Before Christ was ever born, all
  • 00:21:01.160 --> 00:21:03.080
  • these Hebrew scholars must have
  • 00:21:03.080 --> 00:21:05.110
  • seen "almah" as not meaning just
  • 00:21:05.110 --> 00:21:07.270
  • a young woman.
  • 00:21:07.270 --> 00:21:09.010
  • They must have seen it as
  • 00:21:09.010 --> 00:21:10.100
  • a virgin because when they
  • 00:21:10.100 --> 00:21:11.260
  • translated it into Greek, they
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  • You've heard of the Parthenon
  • 00:21:16.000 --> 00:21:17.170
  • where the temple of Athena?
  • 00:21:17.170 --> 00:21:18.270
  • A lot of weird stuff happened
  • 00:21:18.270 --> 00:21:19.250
  • there, by the way.
  • 00:21:19.250 --> 00:21:21.140
  • The parthenos is Greek for
  • 00:21:21.140 --> 00:21:23.070
  • virgin.
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  • There's no dispute on that one.
  • 00:21:24.140 --> 00:21:26.060
  • he uses the word parthenos,
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  • which is the word for virgin.
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  • So listen, the Bible does
  • 00:21:32.160 --> 00:21:34.100
  • declare that Jesus Christ was
  • 00:21:34.100 --> 00:21:36.090
  • born of a virgin and that's
  • 00:21:36.090 --> 00:21:37.180
  • critical because he's God.
  • 00:21:37.180 --> 00:21:39.190
  • Look at me right now, unlike
  • 00:21:39.190 --> 00:21:41.280
  • some religions, Christianity
  • 00:21:41.280 --> 00:21:44.210
  • does not declare that Jesus
  • 00:21:44.210 --> 00:21:46.240
  • is a messenger sent from God.
  • 00:21:46.240 --> 00:21:49.050
  • Christianity declares that Jesus
  • 00:21:49.050 --> 00:21:51.160
  • is God with a message,
  • 00:21:51.160 --> 00:21:54.110
  • and there's a big difference.
  • 00:21:54.110 --> 00:21:55.160
  • I wanna say that again.
  • 00:21:55.160 --> 00:21:56.240
  • In Christianity,
  • 00:21:56.240 --> 00:21:58.070
  • we never declare that Jesus
  • 00:21:58.070 --> 00:21:59.290
  • is a messenger from God.
  • 00:21:59.290 --> 00:22:02.120
  • with a message.
  • 00:22:04.160 --> 00:22:05.260
  • That's why you never will hear
  • 00:22:05.260 --> 00:22:07.050
  • Bible knowledgeable Christians
  • 00:22:07.050 --> 00:22:08.230
  • declare there is no God but
  • 00:22:08.230 --> 00:22:10.160
  • Jehovah and Jesus is his prophet
  • 00:22:10.160 --> 00:22:13.080
  • 'cause that is not accurate.
  • 00:22:13.080 --> 00:22:14.220
  • We declare that Jesus is
  • 00:22:14.220 --> 00:22:16.050
  • Emmanuel, God with us.
  • 00:22:16.050 --> 00:22:18.190
  • He was born of a virgin and that
  • 00:22:18.220 --> 00:22:21.220
  • is the very sanctified truth.
  • 00:22:21.220 --> 00:22:22.290
  • On the other hand, it's equally
  • 00:22:22.290 --> 00:22:24.180
  • Ironically in the earliest--the
  • 00:22:27.260 --> 00:22:29.240
  • closer you get to the life
  • 00:22:29.240 --> 00:22:31.000
  • of Christ, the debate was not
  • 00:22:31.000 --> 00:22:32.250
  • over his divinity.
  • 00:22:32.250 --> 00:22:33.270
  • It was over his humanity.
  • 00:22:33.270 --> 00:22:36.030
  • You know, could he really
  • 00:22:36.030 --> 00:22:37.000
  • be--and that's why so many Bible
  • 00:22:37.000 --> 00:22:38.020
  • writers kept--keep saying he
  • 00:22:38.020 --> 00:22:39.180
  • came in the flesh.
  • 00:22:39.180 --> 00:22:40.060
  • Even John, John said,
  • 00:22:40.060 --> 00:22:42.010
  • "In the beginning was the Word
  • 00:22:42.010 --> 00:22:42.250
  • and the Word was with God.
  • 00:22:42.250 --> 00:22:43.190
  • The Word was God."
  • 00:22:43.190 --> 00:22:44.200
  • Here's John's Christmas,
  • 00:22:44.200 --> 00:22:45.230
  • verse 14,
  • 00:22:45.230 --> 00:22:46.270
  • If Jesus doesn't become flesh
  • 00:22:51.070 --> 00:22:53.260
  • and become human, he can't die.
  • 00:22:53.260 --> 00:22:56.130
  • And if he can't die, he can't
  • 00:22:56.130 --> 00:22:58.040
  • pay the price for our sins.
  • 00:22:58.040 --> 00:22:59.220
  • And if he can't pay the price
  • 00:22:59.220 --> 00:23:01.090
  • for our sins, we are all in
  • 00:23:01.090 --> 00:23:03.000
  • trouble, which is why
  • 00:23:03.000 --> 00:23:04.080
  • the Christmas story is so
  • 00:23:04.080 --> 00:23:06.000
  • absolutely incredible.
  • 00:23:06.000 --> 00:23:08.000
  • Born of a virgin.
  • 00:23:08.000 --> 00:23:09.290
  • It has the human egg
  • 00:23:09.290 --> 00:23:11.200
  • and the supernatural seed coming
  • 00:23:11.200 --> 00:23:14.190
  • from God.
  • 00:23:14.190 --> 00:23:15.120
  • Two times Gabriel told Mary,
  • 00:23:15.120 --> 00:23:17.140
  • "The Holy Spirit's gonna
  • 00:23:17.140 --> 00:23:18.120
  • overshadow you.
  • 00:23:18.120 --> 00:23:19.120
  • The Holy Spirit's gonna
  • 00:23:19.120 --> 00:23:20.040
  • overshadow you."
  • 00:23:20.040 --> 00:23:22.060
  • In the Greek language, the two
  • 00:23:22.060 --> 00:23:24.000
  • words for seed--we know 'em
  • 00:23:24.000 --> 00:23:25.240
  • in English.
  • 00:23:25.240 --> 00:23:26.210
  • One of the Greek words for seed
  • 00:23:26.210 --> 00:23:27.260
  • is sporas in which we get
  • 00:23:27.260 --> 00:23:29.060
  • the word "spores" which is how
  • 00:23:29.060 --> 00:23:31.170
  • the plant kingdom reproduces
  • 00:23:31.170 --> 00:23:34.170
  • through spores.
  • 00:23:34.170 --> 00:23:36.100
  • The other word for seed
  • 00:23:36.100 --> 00:23:37.170
  • which we get the word "sperm"
  • 00:23:39.190 --> 00:23:41.060
  • which is how the animal
  • 00:23:41.060 --> 00:23:42.040
  • and human kingdom reproduces.
  • 00:23:42.080 --> 00:23:45.080
  • And the word for seed is either
  • 00:23:45.080 --> 00:23:46.240
  • sporas or sperm.
  • 00:23:46.240 --> 00:23:48.250
  • Spora--and the Bible literally
  • 00:23:48.250 --> 00:23:50.240
  • says that the human egg coming
  • 00:23:50.240 --> 00:23:52.240
  • out of the virgin Mary was
  • 00:23:52.240 --> 00:23:54.100
  • combined with the Word 'cause
  • 00:23:54.100 --> 00:23:56.080
  • the Bible keeps saying the Word
  • 00:23:56.080 --> 00:23:56.290
  • is the seed.
  • 00:23:56.290 --> 00:23:57.230
  • The Word is the seed.
  • 00:23:57.230 --> 00:23:58.170
  • Jesus the sower sows the seed.
  • 00:23:58.170 --> 00:24:01.000
  • God can say,
  • 00:24:01.000 --> 00:24:01.240
  • "Let there be light,"
  • 00:24:01.240 --> 00:24:03.030
  • bam, there's light.
  • 00:24:03.030 --> 00:24:05.020
  • And God can overshadow Mary
  • 00:24:05.020 --> 00:24:06.140
  • by the Holy Spirit and speak
  • 00:24:06.140 --> 00:24:08.030
  • she begins to become pregnant.
  • 00:24:10.100 --> 00:24:12.220
  • He died for--listen, unless
  • 00:24:12.220 --> 00:24:14.040
  • she's--unless Jesus is fully
  • 00:24:14.040 --> 00:24:16.000
  • human, he cannot die.
  • 00:24:16.000 --> 00:24:18.020
  • So, he is born of a virgin.
  • 00:24:18.020 --> 00:24:19.240
  • He's divine and he's fully
  • 00:24:19.240 --> 00:24:21.100
  • human.
  • 00:24:21.100 --> 00:24:22.050
  • You think I'm just making this
  • 00:24:22.050 --> 00:24:23.010
  • up--by the way, you know I don't
  • 00:24:23.010 --> 00:24:25.080
  • have any problem with the people
  • 00:24:25.080 --> 00:24:26.030
  • not believing me but for people
  • 00:24:26.030 --> 00:24:27.240
  • to be Christians and claim
  • 00:24:27.240 --> 00:24:29.100
  • to believe the Bible, you're
  • 00:24:29.100 --> 00:24:30.220
  • problem is that, well, you don't
  • 00:24:30.220 --> 00:24:32.080
  • believe the Bible then.
  • 00:24:32.080 --> 00:24:33.190
  • Whatever, free nation,
  • 00:24:33.190 --> 00:24:34.240
  • believe what you want.
  • 00:24:34.240 --> 00:24:36.080
  • But to claim Bible support for
  • 00:24:36.080 --> 00:24:38.220
  • the fact that Jesus was anything
  • 00:24:38.220 --> 00:24:40.060
  • less than that is a tremendous
  • 00:24:40.060 --> 00:24:42.040
  • disservice to the Bible writers.
  • 00:24:42.040 --> 00:24:43.220
  • Look how the writer--I could
  • 00:24:43.220 --> 00:24:44.250
  • show you tons of verses but
  • 00:24:44.250 --> 00:24:46.030
  • since we're running out of time,
  • 00:24:46.030 --> 00:24:47.030
  • let me give you one example from
  • 00:24:47.030 --> 00:24:48.100
  • Hebrews.
  • 00:24:48.100 --> 00:24:49.150
  • The writer of Hebrews says,
  • 00:24:49.150 --> 00:24:50.130
  • "Because," watch--
  • 00:24:50.130 --> 00:24:51.200
  • "Because God's children are
  • 00:24:51.200 --> 00:24:53.130
  • human beings made of flesh
  • 00:24:53.130 --> 00:24:55.280
  • and blood the Son also became
  • 00:24:55.280 --> 00:24:58.280
  • flesh and blood."
  • 00:24:58.280 --> 00:25:00.120
  • Interesting.
  • 00:25:00.120 --> 00:25:01.100
  • "For unto us--"
  • 00:25:01.100 --> 00:25:02.090
  • Isaiah will say
  • 00:25:02.090 --> 00:25:03.000
  • in chapter--
  • 00:25:03.000 --> 00:25:03.240
  • "Unto us, a child is born."
  • 00:25:03.240 --> 00:25:06.160
  • By the egg of Mary, fully human
  • 00:25:06.260 --> 00:25:09.260
  • but also--
  • 00:25:09.260 --> 00:25:10.170
  • "But unto us a Son is given."
  • 00:25:11.020 --> 00:25:14.020
  • The supernatural presence
  • 00:25:14.020 --> 00:25:16.010
  • of the divine.
  • 00:25:16.010 --> 00:25:17.100
  • "Because God's children are
  • 00:25:17.100 --> 00:25:18.060
  • human beings made of flesh
  • 00:25:18.060 --> 00:25:19.100
  • and blood the Son also became
  • 00:25:19.100 --> 00:25:20.290
  • flesh and blood.
  • 00:25:20.290 --> 00:25:22.010
  • For only as a human being could
  • 00:25:22.010 --> 00:25:24.230
  • he die, and only by dying could
  • 00:25:25.200 --> 00:25:28.200
  • he break the power of death.
  • 00:25:28.200 --> 00:25:31.050
  • And only in this way could he
  • 00:25:31.050 --> 00:25:33.160
  • set free all who have lived
  • 00:25:33.160 --> 00:25:35.210
  • their lives as slaves to
  • 00:25:35.210 --> 00:25:37.230
  • the fear of dying."
  • 00:25:37.230 --> 00:25:40.000
  • And by the way, that's not just
  • 00:25:40.000 --> 00:25:40.280
  • pie in the sky by and by when
  • 00:25:40.280 --> 00:25:42.130
  • you die.
  • 00:25:42.130 --> 00:25:43.060
  • A lot of you are living life
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  • and you're dying right now.
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  • Jesus can give you life that
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  • doesn't just start once you're
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  • dead.
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  • Jesus can give you life that
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  • begins right now.
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  • But I wanna say it again without
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  • sounding too crude, or crass,
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  • or inappropriate for church.
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  • I don't think I am.
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  • There's the egg of a woman,
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  • the human element, and
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  • there's the seed of the divine
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  • and it combines in Jesus.
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  • Look how Peter at one point
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  • says it.
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  • He says, "For you--"
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  • That includes me in my joggers.
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  • "For you have been born again,
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  • not of perishable sporas,
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  • not of perishable sperm."
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  • I thank God for my daddy
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  • and my mom.
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  • The egg and the sperm,
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  • but you know what?
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  • I'm gonna die someday.
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  • They did their best,
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  • but I still turned 63.
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  • Next year, I turn 64.
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  • [singing] When I get older--
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  • Anyway, that's a different--
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  • Now I heard that song that
  • 00:26:42.290 --> 00:26:44.050
  • sounded like ancient,
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  • now I'm almost there.
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  • Somebody help me.
  • 00:26:46.190 --> 00:26:48.160
  • "For you have been born again,
  • 00:26:48.160 --> 00:26:50.150
  • not of perishable sporas,
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  • sperma or seed,
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  • but of imperishable,
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  • through the living and enduring
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  • word of God."
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  • Jesus came as the light
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  • of the world, not to interrogate
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  • you and convict you.
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  • The enemy does a good job
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  • at that.
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  • You do a good job at that
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  • yourself most the time.
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  • He came as a light to bring hope
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  • to those without hope
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  • and not only will he not say,
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  • "Ah, go ahead and throw stones.
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  • They deserve it.
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  • They are liars, cheaters,
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  • adulterers."
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  • No, no, Jesus will say, "Hey,
  • 00:27:21.030 --> 00:27:21.250
  • hey, hey, hey, I don't condemn
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  • you either."
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  • For God did not send his Son
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  • into the world to condemn
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  • the world, but that the world
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