A Simple Sermon On Heaven | TBN

A Simple Sermon On Heaven

Watch A Simple Sermon On Heaven
April 2, 2018
27:31

Church by the Glades

Closed captions

A Simple Sermon On Heaven

Show timecode
Hide timecode
  • - Hello, and welcome to Church by the Glades.
  • 00:00:42.050 --> 00:00:44.160
  • For the next few moments
  • 00:00:44.160 --> 00:00:45.220
  • we're going to hear from pastor David Hughes
  • 00:00:45.220 --> 00:00:47.170
  • as he shares about how to live life to the fullest.
  • 00:00:47.170 --> 00:00:50.060
  • It's gonna be a ton of fun,
  • 00:00:50.060 --> 00:00:51.230
  • and you're going to be encouraged, so stick around.
  • 00:00:51.230 --> 00:00:55.010
  • - At Church by the Glades,
  • 00:00:55.010 --> 00:00:56.080
  • we like to say no perfect people allowed,
  • 00:00:56.080 --> 00:00:59.040
  • which means that no matter where you are in life,
  • 00:00:59.040 --> 00:01:01.240
  • you'll be welcomed when you visit.
  • 00:01:01.240 --> 00:01:03.190
  • So just in case you haven't checked us out yet,
  • 00:01:03.190 --> 00:01:05.270
  • here's a sneak peak at some of what you can expect
  • 00:01:05.270 --> 00:01:08.170
  • at Church by the Glades.
  • 00:01:08.170 --> 00:01:11.010
  • ("Do It Again" by Elevation Worship)
  • 00:01:11.010 --> 00:01:15.140
  • Walking around these walls
  • 00:01:30.030 --> 00:01:35.010
  • I thought by now they'd fall
  • 00:01:35.280 --> 00:01:40.150
  • But You have never failed me yet
  • 00:01:41.200 --> 00:01:45.050
  • Waiting for change to come
  • 00:01:52.080 --> 00:01:57.080
  • Knowing the battle's won
  • 00:01:58.050 --> 00:02:02.270
  • For You have never failed me yet
  • 00:02:04.020 --> 00:02:07.210
  • Your promise still stands
  • 00:02:14.110 --> 00:02:17.130
  • Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
  • 00:02:17.130 --> 00:02:22.130
  • I'm still in Your hands
  • 00:02:25.160 --> 00:02:28.150
  • This is my confidence
  • 00:02:28.150 --> 00:02:32.020
  • You've never failed me yet
  • 00:02:32.020 --> 00:02:35.240
  • I know the night won't last
  • 00:02:48.020 --> 00:02:53.020
  • Your Word will come to pass
  • 00:02:53.290 --> 00:02:58.170
  • My heart will sing Your praise again
  • 00:02:59.240 --> 00:03:03.250
  • Jesus You're still enough
  • 00:03:10.120 --> 00:03:15.120
  • Keep me within Your love
  • 00:03:16.090 --> 00:03:20.290
  • My heart will sing Your praise again
  • 00:03:22.060 --> 00:03:26.030
  • Your promise still stands
  • 00:03:32.120 --> 00:03:35.110
  • Great is your faithfulness, faithfulness
  • 00:03:35.110 --> 00:03:40.110
  • I'm still in Your hands
  • 00:03:43.170 --> 00:03:46.180
  • This is my confidence
  • 00:03:46.180 --> 00:03:50.080
  • You've never failed
  • 00:03:50.080 --> 00:03:54.200
  • Your promise still stands
  • 00:03:54.200 --> 00:03:57.230
  • Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
  • 00:03:57.230 --> 00:04:02.250
  • I'm still in Your hands
  • 00:04:05.290 --> 00:04:08.280
  • This is my confidence
  • 00:04:08.280 --> 00:04:12.160
  • You've never failed me yet
  • 00:04:12.160 --> 00:04:16.090
  • We've seen You move before, Jesus.
  • 00:04:30.090 --> 00:04:32.110
  • We're trusting that You can do it again.
  • 00:04:34.020 --> 00:04:36.170
  • Give us faith God to believe in You, to put our hope in You.
  • 00:04:39.020 --> 00:04:43.250
  • Come on you sing!
  • 00:04:46.080 --> 00:04:47.040
  • I've seen You move, You move the mountains
  • 00:04:49.260 --> 00:04:54.260
  • And I believe I'll see You do it again
  • 00:04:56.020 --> 00:05:00.140
  • You made a way where there was no way
  • 00:05:01.200 --> 00:05:06.030
  • And I believe I'll see You do it again
  • 00:05:07.090 --> 00:05:11.200
  • I've seen You move, You move the mountains
  • 00:05:12.260 --> 00:05:17.090
  • And I believe I'll see You do it again
  • 00:05:18.150 --> 00:05:22.230
  • You made a way where there was no way
  • 00:05:23.290 --> 00:05:28.100
  • And I believe I'll see You do it again
  • 00:05:29.160 --> 00:05:33.260
  • I've seen You move, You move the mountains
  • 00:05:35.020 --> 00:05:39.150
  • And I believe I'll see You do it again
  • 00:05:40.210 --> 00:05:45.000
  • You made a way where there was no way
  • 00:05:46.060 --> 00:05:50.160
  • And I believe I'll see You do it again
  • 00:05:51.220 --> 00:05:56.050
  • I'll see You do it again
  • 00:05:59.190 --> 00:06:04.210
  • Ohhhhh
  • 00:06:06.070 --> 00:06:08.090
  • Come on church, you sing.
  • 00:06:20.050 --> 00:06:22.200
  • Your promise still stands
  • 00:06:22.200 --> 00:06:25.210
  • Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
  • 00:06:25.210 --> 00:06:30.190
  • I'm still in Your hands
  • 00:06:33.230 --> 00:06:36.220
  • This is my confidence
  • 00:06:36.220 --> 00:06:40.100
  • You've never failed me yet
  • 00:06:40.100 --> 00:06:44.020
  • (congregation cheers)
  • 00:06:50.100 --> 00:06:53.150
  • - Alright guys, it's time to go ahead
  • 00:06:59.060 --> 00:07:00.270
  • and get into today's teaching.
  • 00:07:00.270 --> 00:07:02.160
  • So if you've got a Bible nearby, go ahead and grab it,
  • 00:07:02.160 --> 00:07:05.140
  • or pull it up on your phone or tablet.
  • 00:07:05.140 --> 00:07:07.250
  • You might also want to take some notes.
  • 00:07:07.250 --> 00:07:10.080
  • We really believe that the next few moments
  • 00:07:10.080 --> 00:07:12.140
  • could make a big impact in your life.
  • 00:07:12.140 --> 00:07:14.190
  • Let's watch together.
  • 00:07:14.190 --> 00:07:16.000
  • - It has been a good day with God's people.
  • 00:07:17.050 --> 00:07:20.020
  • I always so enjoy your company,
  • 00:07:20.020 --> 00:07:22.210
  • but especially the last few weeks
  • 00:07:22.210 --> 00:07:24.000
  • you have been a source of strength,
  • 00:07:24.000 --> 00:07:26.080
  • and if you're not from south Florida
  • 00:07:26.080 --> 00:07:28.220
  • the last few weeks in this part of Broward County
  • 00:07:28.220 --> 00:07:31.150
  • have been very difficult and at times very dark,
  • 00:07:31.150 --> 00:07:34.180
  • and we have tried as a church to respond
  • 00:07:34.180 --> 00:07:37.000
  • and to be helpful and be on point,
  • 00:07:37.000 --> 00:07:39.190
  • and I think God has used us to encourage our community
  • 00:07:39.190 --> 00:07:42.180
  • and some families that have really been affected
  • 00:07:42.180 --> 00:07:47.110
  • in such a difficult way.
  • 00:07:47.110 --> 00:07:48.230
  • So church will keep on assisting and keep on helping,
  • 00:07:48.230 --> 00:07:51.060
  • but I do wanna intentionally turn
  • 00:07:51.060 --> 00:07:53.070
  • a bit of an emotional corner
  • 00:07:53.070 --> 00:07:54.200
  • on this last service on this Sunday morning,
  • 00:07:54.200 --> 00:07:57.270
  • and talk about a topic I've been wanting
  • 00:07:57.270 --> 00:07:59.110
  • to talk about for some time.
  • 00:07:59.110 --> 00:08:00.290
  • It's a topic that instills a lot of hope
  • 00:08:00.290 --> 00:08:04.040
  • in the hearts of believers.
  • 00:08:04.040 --> 00:08:05.090
  • In fact, there's a lot of events
  • 00:08:05.090 --> 00:08:06.220
  • in Broward County the last few weeks
  • 00:08:06.220 --> 00:08:08.060
  • that have been offering hope.
  • 00:08:08.060 --> 00:08:09.210
  • Come find hope and encouragement, I rejoice in all that,
  • 00:08:11.080 --> 00:08:13.120
  • I think all those are good, all those are helpful,
  • 00:08:13.120 --> 00:08:15.250
  • but I would argue that what God offers
  • 00:08:15.250 --> 00:08:19.150
  • puts all the hope to shame.
  • 00:08:19.150 --> 00:08:21.120
  • I mean the hope that God offers,
  • 00:08:21.120 --> 00:08:23.200
  • it's almost like God has a corner on the hope market,
  • 00:08:23.200 --> 00:08:26.140
  • and as people of faith,
  • 00:08:26.140 --> 00:08:28.000
  • our hope is rooted in these two things,
  • 00:08:28.000 --> 00:08:31.070
  • in a person, and in a place.
  • 00:08:31.070 --> 00:08:34.000
  • In a person, in a place.
  • 00:08:34.000 --> 00:08:35.160
  • Our hope as Christians is rooted in a person, Jesus,
  • 00:08:35.160 --> 00:08:39.280
  • is firmly grounded in our relationship with Jesus Christ,
  • 00:08:39.280 --> 00:08:43.050
  • and by the way if you're new to our church
  • 00:08:43.050 --> 00:08:44.210
  • you're gonna find that we're not a very religious church,
  • 00:08:44.210 --> 00:08:47.060
  • that sounds kind of strange,
  • 00:08:47.060 --> 00:08:48.210
  • we're not all that religious if you define religion as
  • 00:08:48.210 --> 00:08:51.150
  • rituals and rule-keeping
  • 00:08:51.150 --> 00:08:52.270
  • and sometimes judging other people
  • 00:08:52.270 --> 00:08:54.140
  • that don't measure up to the rules,
  • 00:08:54.140 --> 00:08:55.220
  • we are not about that at all.
  • 00:08:55.220 --> 00:08:57.210
  • We're not about that kind of religion,
  • 00:08:57.210 --> 00:08:59.040
  • but we are about a relationship with God, a relationship,
  • 00:08:59.040 --> 00:09:02.040
  • that's what the Bible describes, a relationship with God
  • 00:09:02.040 --> 00:09:05.170
  • that is both powerful and very personal,
  • 00:09:05.170 --> 00:09:08.190
  • where Jesus wants not just to be your Savior,
  • 00:09:08.190 --> 00:09:11.150
  • but your Friend.
  • 00:09:11.150 --> 00:09:12.230
  • He wants not just to be your Lord,
  • 00:09:12.230 --> 00:09:14.160
  • but your companion and encourager
  • 00:09:14.160 --> 00:09:16.060
  • and sticks closer than a brother.
  • 00:09:16.060 --> 00:09:17.270
  • So it's in a person, it's in Jesus,
  • 00:09:17.270 --> 00:09:20.140
  • and then our hope is also grounded in a place,
  • 00:09:20.140 --> 00:09:23.090
  • a place the Bible talks about a lot,
  • 00:09:23.090 --> 00:09:24.260
  • especially in the New Testament.
  • 00:09:24.260 --> 00:09:26.120
  • In fact Jesus, one of His favorite subjects,
  • 00:09:26.120 --> 00:09:28.060
  • the place is Heaven.
  • 00:09:28.060 --> 00:09:30.100
  • I wanna talk to you today,
  • 00:09:30.100 --> 00:09:31.150
  • I wanna preach an entire message on heaven,
  • 00:09:31.150 --> 00:09:33.180
  • and here's the crazy thing,
  • 00:09:33.180 --> 00:09:34.130
  • I went to my file and-
  • 00:09:34.130 --> 00:09:35.280
  • One happy person, thank you happy person, yes!
  • 00:09:35.280 --> 00:09:38.030
  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:09:38.030 --> 00:09:39.090
  • Yes, for you and me brother, heaven.
  • 00:09:39.090 --> 00:09:40.180
  • And I went to my files and I noticed
  • 00:09:40.180 --> 00:09:42.050
  • I've not preached an entire message on heaven
  • 00:09:42.050 --> 00:09:44.100
  • in over ten years.
  • 00:09:44.100 --> 00:09:46.030
  • So we're due 'cause it's a really big theme in the Bible,
  • 00:09:46.030 --> 00:09:49.080
  • Jesus talked about the Kingdom of Heaven a whole lot,
  • 00:09:49.080 --> 00:09:51.290
  • and I wanna entitle the talk "A Simple Message on Heaven".
  • 00:09:51.290 --> 00:09:56.140
  • I wanna concede the fact
  • 00:09:56.140 --> 00:09:58.040
  • that some of this information is not original,
  • 00:09:58.040 --> 00:09:59.240
  • I've used all kinds of other pastors
  • 00:09:59.240 --> 00:10:01.090
  • and great sources on this
  • 00:10:01.090 --> 00:10:02.160
  • 'cause Heaven in a big theme in the Bible,
  • 00:10:02.160 --> 00:10:04.150
  • and I do wanna acknowledge at the moment,
  • 00:10:04.150 --> 00:10:06.030
  • I tell you the topic is Heaven,
  • 00:10:06.030 --> 00:10:08.000
  • some of the dudes in the house check out.
  • 00:10:08.000 --> 00:10:10.200
  • At some of our campuses,
  • 00:10:10.200 --> 00:10:12.060
  • some of the men unplug when you hear the topic is heaven,
  • 00:10:12.060 --> 00:10:13.270
  • 'cause when you think of heaven
  • 00:10:13.270 --> 00:10:15.040
  • you think of things like white puffy clouds,
  • 00:10:15.040 --> 00:10:18.020
  • and we sit on clouds all day long and all night long,
  • 00:10:18.020 --> 00:10:20.170
  • we wear white bathrobes,
  • 00:10:20.170 --> 00:10:22.030
  • we all have little cupid wings and halos,
  • 00:10:22.030 --> 00:10:24.180
  • and in heaven you play stringed instruments for eternity,
  • 00:10:24.180 --> 00:10:27.180
  • and you're like Oh my gosh,
  • 00:10:27.180 --> 00:10:28.270
  • heaven truth be told sounds kind of dull,
  • 00:10:28.270 --> 00:10:31.160
  • sounds a little boring, heaven feels a little soft,
  • 00:10:31.160 --> 00:10:34.030
  • a little anemic, a little effeminate.
  • 00:10:34.030 --> 00:10:36.040
  • If that is your view my brother of heaven
  • 00:10:36.040 --> 00:10:38.030
  • that is not the Bible's view of heaven.
  • 00:10:38.030 --> 00:10:41.140
  • That's the view of a bad Hallmark channel movie of heaven,
  • 00:10:41.140 --> 00:10:44.150
  • that's not what the Bible says about heaven.
  • 00:10:44.150 --> 00:10:47.230
  • Heaven is a remarkable place, an inspiring place,
  • 00:10:47.230 --> 00:10:51.140
  • a hope-filled destination,
  • 00:10:51.140 --> 00:10:53.180
  • and by the way when Jesus talked about heaven
  • 00:10:53.180 --> 00:10:55.160
  • heaven wasn't a fantasy, it wasn't mythology,
  • 00:10:55.160 --> 00:10:58.230
  • it wasn't a mind-set, it was reality, it was tangible,
  • 00:10:58.230 --> 00:11:02.160
  • a very real, substantial place.
  • 00:11:02.160 --> 00:11:04.190
  • It is the hope of the believer.
  • 00:11:04.190 --> 00:11:06.130
  • This world is awesome but this ain't our home.
  • 00:11:06.130 --> 00:11:10.220
  • Literally we're just passing through,
  • 00:11:10.220 --> 00:11:12.040
  • our home, our citizenship is in heaven.
  • 00:11:12.040 --> 00:11:14.180
  • So five ideas, five simple ideas,
  • 00:11:14.180 --> 00:11:17.030
  • go to Revelation chapter 21,
  • 00:11:17.030 --> 00:11:18.210
  • easy to find if you have a paper Bible like me,
  • 00:11:18.210 --> 00:11:21.060
  • it's the last book in the Bible, Revelation chapter 21,
  • 00:11:21.060 --> 00:11:24.100
  • and all campuses let's make sure we're together
  • 00:11:24.100 --> 00:11:26.000
  • and say that text together loudly, ready?
  • 00:11:26.000 --> 00:11:28.030
  • Revelation chapter 21.
  • 00:11:28.030 --> 00:11:30.250
  • I'll give you a moment to find that.
  • 00:11:30.250 --> 00:11:32.010
  • If you've forgotten your Bible don't worry,
  • 00:11:32.010 --> 00:11:33.130
  • I'll put the verses up on the screen.
  • 00:11:33.130 --> 00:11:35.050
  • Five simple ideas, you can take notes if you want to,
  • 00:11:35.050 --> 00:11:38.020
  • each of the ideas about heaven is one word,
  • 00:11:38.020 --> 00:11:40.230
  • they almost all start with the same letter
  • 00:11:40.230 --> 00:11:42.180
  • and just to be simple, I wrote them all on my hand.
  • 00:11:42.180 --> 00:11:44.230
  • I wrote them all on my hand just to help us stay on track,
  • 00:11:44.230 --> 00:11:48.130
  • it's that easy, it's that simple,
  • 00:11:48.130 --> 00:11:49.290
  • so use your five fingers as your outline if you want to.
  • 00:11:49.290 --> 00:11:52.120
  • So the first one, Revelation chapter 21,
  • 00:11:52.120 --> 00:11:56.010
  • is a description of heaven and the first one's on my thumb,
  • 00:11:56.010 --> 00:11:59.050
  • I'll see if you can get a shot.
  • 00:11:59.050 --> 00:12:00.060
  • Ready?
  • 00:12:00.060 --> 00:12:01.120
  • Here's what it says about heaven-
  • 00:12:01.120 --> 00:12:02.140
  • So you got a good view, ready?
  • 00:12:02.140 --> 00:12:03.230
  • Alright turn it, the light, there you go.
  • 00:12:03.230 --> 00:12:06.010
  • Everything in heaven is new.
  • 00:12:06.010 --> 00:12:09.030
  • Say it, everything in heaven is new.
  • 00:12:09.030 --> 00:12:11.280
  • Everything in heaven is new.
  • 00:12:11.280 --> 00:12:13.090
  • Chapter 21-
  • 00:12:13.090 --> 00:12:14.160
  • Give it up for Happy on the tech team man,
  • 00:12:14.160 --> 00:12:15.140
  • trying to grab that shot today.
  • 00:12:15.140 --> 00:12:16.270
  • (congregation cheers)
  • 00:12:16.270 --> 00:12:18.210
  • And what I love, his name is Happy.
  • 00:12:18.210 --> 00:12:20.050
  • Anyways, look what it say in verse 1-verse 2,
  • 00:12:20.050 --> 00:12:23.210
  • I've highlighted the same word, it shows up several times.
  • 00:12:23.210 --> 00:12:26.150
  • In fact just for fun,
  • 00:12:26.150 --> 00:12:28.000
  • the first time you see this word read it loudly,
  • 00:12:28.000 --> 00:12:29.260
  • then the second time read it louder than the first time,
  • 00:12:29.260 --> 00:12:32.270
  • then the third time I want you just to go crazy, here we go,
  • 00:12:32.270 --> 00:12:35.030
  • here's what the Bible says about heaven.
  • 00:12:35.030 --> 00:12:37.000
  • "Then I saw a-
  • 00:12:37.000 --> 00:12:39.080
  • (congregation responds)
  • 00:12:39.080 --> 00:12:40.150
  • That was good, "a new heaven", get ready,
  • 00:12:40.150 --> 00:12:41.140
  • "and a-"
  • 00:12:41.140 --> 00:12:42.180
  • (congregation responds)
  • 00:12:42.180 --> 00:12:43.250
  • That was good, how're you gonna top that?
  • 00:12:43.250 --> 00:12:45.110
  • "New earth, for the first heaven and the first earth
  • 00:12:45.110 --> 00:12:47.150
  • "had passed away.
  • 00:12:47.150 --> 00:12:49.040
  • "There was no longer any sea."
  • 00:12:49.040 --> 00:12:51.050
  • Verse 2, "I saw the Holy City, the-"
  • 00:12:51.050 --> 00:12:54.110
  • (congregation responds)
  • 00:12:54.110 --> 00:12:56.020
  • Your best reading of all time right there.
  • 00:12:56.020 --> 00:12:57.290
  • "The new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
  • 00:12:57.290 --> 00:13:01.170
  • "prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband."
  • 00:13:01.170 --> 00:13:04.120
  • Everything in heaven is new!
  • 00:13:04.120 --> 00:13:06.240
  • So in heaven you'll be like, are those shoes new?
  • 00:13:08.060 --> 00:13:10.120
  • They are.
  • 00:13:10.120 --> 00:13:11.280
  • Does this outfit, this look for you, is that a new look?
  • 00:13:11.280 --> 00:13:13.050
  • Your hair Lacey, your hair, oh that hairstyle,
  • 00:13:13.050 --> 00:13:15.220
  • that's new isn't it?
  • 00:13:15.220 --> 00:13:16.190
  • Yes, yes, yes, yes.
  • 00:13:16.190 --> 00:13:17.210
  • Everything in heaven is new.
  • 00:13:17.210 --> 00:13:20.040
  • Who digs new stuff?
  • 00:13:21.000 --> 00:13:22.080
  • Make some noise if you dig new stuff.
  • 00:13:22.080 --> 00:13:23.020
  • Come on, yeah!
  • 00:13:23.020 --> 00:13:24.000
  • (congregation cheers)
  • 00:13:24.000 --> 00:13:25.150
  • Now all respect to vintage and retro and antiques,
  • 00:13:25.150 --> 00:13:28.080
  • blah blah blah, but there's something about new
  • 00:13:28.080 --> 00:13:30.270
  • that entices the human heart.
  • 00:13:30.270 --> 00:13:32.110
  • I think God made us that way,
  • 00:13:32.110 --> 00:13:33.250
  • and I know it could be overly exaggerated, embellished,
  • 00:13:33.250 --> 00:13:35.270
  • we become greedy and materialistic and superficial,
  • 00:13:35.270 --> 00:13:37.290
  • I don't mean that,
  • 00:13:37.290 --> 00:13:39.070
  • I just mean there's something intriguing
  • 00:13:39.070 --> 00:13:40.050
  • innately about new things.
  • 00:13:40.050 --> 00:13:42.240
  • For instance, my car.
  • 00:13:42.240 --> 00:13:44.270
  • My car is a good car, I like my car, I have a little SUV.
  • 00:13:44.270 --> 00:13:48.050
  • I think it's seven years old,
  • 00:13:48.050 --> 00:13:50.080
  • so that would not be new for a car.
  • 00:13:50.080 --> 00:13:51.250
  • It just went over the 100.000 mile threshold.
  • 00:13:51.250 --> 00:13:54.110
  • So you have a car of that age, you recognize it is not new,
  • 00:13:54.110 --> 00:13:57.120
  • I didn't buy it new by the way, I had bought it used-
  • 00:13:57.120 --> 00:13:59.170
  • well it wasn't used,
  • 00:13:59.170 --> 00:14:01.030
  • 'cause I bought it from a dealer so it was "pre-owned",
  • 00:14:01.030 --> 00:14:02.240
  • I bought it pre-owned,
  • 00:14:02.240 --> 00:14:03.270
  • but once it hits 100.000 miles
  • 00:14:03.270 --> 00:14:05.260
  • you start to notice little things,
  • 00:14:05.260 --> 00:14:07.060
  • like there's little dents and dinks
  • 00:14:07.060 --> 00:14:08.140
  • 'cause my kids are now driving,
  • 00:14:08.140 --> 00:14:10.020
  • and they've run into my car,
  • 00:14:10.020 --> 00:14:12.000
  • and then the headliners start to fall down a few months ago,
  • 00:14:12.000 --> 00:14:13.270
  • has that ever happened to you?
  • 00:14:13.270 --> 00:14:15.110
  • So you're driving and trying to hold the headliner in place.
  • 00:14:15.110 --> 00:14:17.270
  • So I've just gotta fix little things all the time now,
  • 00:14:17.270 --> 00:14:20.180
  • 'cause the car is not new, it's a little older,
  • 00:14:20.180 --> 00:14:22.180
  • but I like my car,
  • 00:14:22.180 --> 00:14:24.000
  • I'm very happy and satisfied with my little SUV,
  • 00:14:24.000 --> 00:14:25.290
  • I'm cool with my car.
  • 00:14:25.290 --> 00:14:27.210
  • But it is the age things are starting to go wrong,
  • 00:14:27.210 --> 00:14:30.040
  • like my AC went on the fritz two weeks ago.
  • 00:14:30.040 --> 00:14:33.290
  • Why does it always happen to your AC in Florida
  • 00:14:33.290 --> 00:14:36.070
  • when it finally starts getting hot?
  • 00:14:36.070 --> 00:14:37.270
  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:14:37.270 --> 00:14:39.140
  • And so anybody here mechanical, who's mechanical,
  • 00:14:39.140 --> 00:14:41.130
  • yeah I'm mechanical, my brother here's mechanical,
  • 00:14:41.130 --> 00:14:43.030
  • yes, mechanical, alright!
  • 00:14:43.030 --> 00:14:45.130
  • I am not remotely mechanical, not at all,
  • 00:14:45.130 --> 00:14:48.150
  • so I gotta find a mechanic I can trust,
  • 00:14:48.150 --> 00:14:51.110
  • and I have a good mechanic that I trust him,
  • 00:14:51.110 --> 00:14:53.040
  • so I took the car to my mechanic,
  • 00:14:53.040 --> 00:14:54.290
  • and he said wow David,
  • 00:14:54.290 --> 00:14:56.070
  • they don't even make your model any more
  • 00:14:56.070 --> 00:14:57.050
  • and I can't get the part,
  • 00:14:57.050 --> 00:14:58.260
  • so you gotta take the car to the dealership,
  • 00:14:58.260 --> 00:15:02.120
  • which is code for this is gonna cost you a lot more money.
  • 00:15:02.120 --> 00:15:05.040
  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:15:05.040 --> 00:15:06.170
  • And the people at the dealership were really nice,
  • 00:15:06.170 --> 00:15:08.050
  • and they said guess what, we don't have the part,
  • 00:15:08.050 --> 00:15:09.130
  • 'cause we don't have that model anymore,
  • 00:15:09.130 --> 00:15:10.200
  • but we'll order the part and we have a backlog,
  • 00:15:10.200 --> 00:15:12.160
  • so it's gonna be a couple days,
  • 00:15:12.160 --> 00:15:14.080
  • but they were so kind they gave me a loaner car
  • 00:15:14.080 --> 00:15:16.220
  • to drive in the meantime,
  • 00:15:16.220 --> 00:15:18.020
  • it was great customer service, a loaner car.
  • 00:15:18.020 --> 00:15:20.100
  • Now my car is an older car, the loaner car is a new car.
  • 00:15:20.100 --> 00:15:25.040
  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:15:25.040 --> 00:15:27.210
  • And it's a nicer model than my car.
  • 00:15:27.210 --> 00:15:30.010
  • So I'm driving a couple days that new car like
  • 00:15:30.010 --> 00:15:32.010
  • my old car has old features, old options, old gadgets.
  • 00:15:32.010 --> 00:15:35.050
  • New car?
  • 00:15:35.050 --> 00:15:36.200
  • New features, new gadgets, new options, new car smell,
  • 00:15:36.200 --> 00:15:40.150
  • my car smells like my kids
  • 00:15:40.150 --> 00:15:41.270
  • have been playing basketball in the back, right?
  • 00:15:41.270 --> 00:15:44.010
  • Man, and after a couple of days
  • 00:15:44.010 --> 00:15:45.290
  • I'm no longer satisfied with my old car.
  • 00:15:45.290 --> 00:15:48.200
  • I think I need a new car, man this car,
  • 00:15:48.200 --> 00:15:50.200
  • in fact I hopped online to see how much the new car cost.
  • 00:15:50.200 --> 00:15:53.250
  • Whoa, I'm back to my old car now.
  • 00:15:53.250 --> 00:15:55.240
  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:15:55.240 --> 00:15:57.090
  • 'Cause my old car is an old car, but it's a paid-off car,
  • 00:15:57.090 --> 00:16:00.130
  • in Jesus' name.
  • 00:16:00.130 --> 00:16:02.020
  • (congregation applauds)
  • 00:16:02.020 --> 00:16:03.190
  • But in heaven, everything, everything in heaven is new.
  • 00:16:03.190 --> 00:16:08.190
  • It said, did you notice when we read,
  • 00:16:10.120 --> 00:16:11.270
  • that the old earth and the old heaven are passed away,
  • 00:16:11.270 --> 00:16:13.290
  • so some day my old car is gone, my old house is gone,
  • 00:16:13.290 --> 00:16:18.000
  • my old clothes, gone, your old neighborhood, gone.
  • 00:16:18.000 --> 00:16:21.140
  • Everything in this world is gone.
  • 00:16:21.140 --> 00:16:23.120
  • The Grand Canyon is gone, Disney World is gone.
  • 00:16:23.120 --> 00:16:26.120
  • They said in verse 1
  • 00:16:26.120 --> 00:16:27.200
  • one of the first things to disappear is the sea.
  • 00:16:27.200 --> 00:16:30.160
  • Now someone's thinking David, but I like the Grand Canyon.
  • 00:16:30.160 --> 00:16:33.130
  • I get it.
  • 00:16:33.130 --> 00:16:34.240
  • There are some things in this world
  • 00:16:34.240 --> 00:16:36.010
  • that are beautiful and majestic and inspiring.
  • 00:16:36.010 --> 00:16:38.260
  • I love the sea, y'all know I love to fish,
  • 00:16:38.260 --> 00:16:41.120
  • I love to take my boat out in the water and chase fish.
  • 00:16:41.120 --> 00:16:43.260
  • The sea is gone,
  • 00:16:43.260 --> 00:16:45.140
  • but for the ancients the sea represented separation
  • 00:16:45.140 --> 00:16:48.160
  • and mystery and danger and death,
  • 00:16:49.210 --> 00:16:51.170
  • and those things have no place in heaven.
  • 00:16:51.170 --> 00:16:53.120
  • So I know that certain things in this world
  • 00:16:53.120 --> 00:16:54.270
  • we're attached to, that we appreciate, that inspire us,
  • 00:16:54.270 --> 00:16:57.190
  • somebody's going David, I love Disney World,
  • 00:16:57.190 --> 00:16:59.080
  • are you kidding me?
  • 00:16:59.080 --> 00:17:00.250
  • I got season passes, there's no Disney World in heaven?
  • 00:17:00.250 --> 00:17:02.220
  • Keep perspective.
  • 00:17:02.220 --> 00:17:03.250
  • See I'm a Biblical literalist,
  • 00:17:03.250 --> 00:17:05.010
  • if you go to the first book in the Bible
  • 00:17:05.010 --> 00:17:06.190
  • or in the last book of the Bible
  • 00:17:06.190 --> 00:17:07.140
  • 'cause the first book
  • 00:17:07.140 --> 00:17:08.200
  • and the first chapters of the first book,
  • 00:17:08.200 --> 00:17:09.270
  • it tells you that God made all this world,
  • 00:17:09.270 --> 00:17:11.220
  • not just this world, God made the whole universe,
  • 00:17:11.220 --> 00:17:13.060
  • and it says God made the whole universe in six days.
  • 00:17:13.060 --> 00:17:16.090
  • Now I'm a Biblical literalist,
  • 00:17:16.090 --> 00:17:17.170
  • I believe the word yom there in Hebrew
  • 00:17:17.170 --> 00:17:19.070
  • like Yom Kippur means day, a 24 hour period,
  • 00:17:19.070 --> 00:17:22.020
  • but maybe you don't believe that, I don't care.
  • 00:17:22.020 --> 00:17:23.180
  • Sometimes the word yom is symbolic for an eon,
  • 00:17:23.180 --> 00:17:26.270
  • or a period of time,
  • 00:17:26.270 --> 00:17:28.120
  • maybe God took millions of years to make the universe.
  • 00:17:28.120 --> 00:17:30.080
  • The important thing is God made the universe,
  • 00:17:30.080 --> 00:17:34.120
  • but by contrast if I go with six days yes,
  • 00:17:34.120 --> 00:17:37.020
  • there's parts of this world that are so beautiful,
  • 00:17:37.020 --> 00:17:39.120
  • a Key West sunset, a Rocky Mountain vista,
  • 00:17:39.120 --> 00:17:42.240
  • Australia's Great Barrier Reef,
  • 00:17:42.240 --> 00:17:44.180
  • man amazing parts of this world,
  • 00:17:44.180 --> 00:17:46.040
  • but God made all this in merely six days.
  • 00:17:46.040 --> 00:17:49.160
  • If you read the text He didn't work eight or twelve hours,
  • 00:17:49.160 --> 00:17:53.080
  • He spoke and He was done!
  • 00:17:53.080 --> 00:17:55.090
  • He was done
  • 00:17:55.090 --> 00:17:56.240
  • before He had his waffles for breakfast every morning.
  • 00:17:56.240 --> 00:17:58.210
  • But in John Chapter 14 Jesus said
  • 00:18:00.130 --> 00:18:04.030
  • I'm going to prepare a place for you.
  • 00:18:04.030 --> 00:18:07.220
  • Brittany he said that 2.000 years ago.
  • 00:18:07.220 --> 00:18:12.120
  • You think this world is beautiful?
  • 00:18:12.120 --> 00:18:14.020
  • This world is living in a dumpster compared to heaven.
  • 00:18:14.020 --> 00:18:17.050
  • (congregation applauds)
  • 00:18:18.070 --> 00:18:19.220
  • The chief architect, general contractor of heaven Jesus
  • 00:18:19.220 --> 00:18:21.170
  • has been making heaven for 2.000 years,
  • 00:18:21.170 --> 00:18:24.070
  • and in heaven everything is new.
  • 00:18:24.070 --> 00:18:26.000
  • Is that a new suit?
  • 00:18:26.000 --> 00:18:26.270
  • Why yes it is.
  • 00:18:26.270 --> 00:18:27.220
  • A new tie?
  • 00:18:27.220 --> 00:18:28.170
  • Yes it is.
  • 00:18:28.170 --> 00:18:30.180
  • The Bible says we'll enjoy together this amazing meal
  • 00:18:30.180 --> 00:18:33.120
  • called the marriage supper of the Lamb.
  • 00:18:33.120 --> 00:18:36.270
  • I know it's a one-time event
  • 00:18:36.270 --> 00:18:38.100
  • but all the Christians gather, we have this giant-
  • 00:18:38.100 --> 00:18:40.010
  • I got a vision, that scene in Harry Potter
  • 00:18:40.010 --> 00:18:41.100
  • where they all have the big feast together?
  • 00:18:41.100 --> 00:18:42.280
  • Alright, it's kind of like that,
  • 00:18:42.280 --> 00:18:44.100
  • we're all gonna be together in this giant hall,
  • 00:18:44.100 --> 00:18:45.180
  • all the Christians from all the nationalities
  • 00:18:45.180 --> 00:18:47.120
  • and all the generations join them,
  • 00:18:47.120 --> 00:18:48.190
  • and maybe it's not just that first day,
  • 00:18:48.190 --> 00:18:50.050
  • maybe it's every day,
  • 00:18:50.050 --> 00:18:51.210
  • where there's amazing supper every day, that'd be great,
  • 00:18:51.210 --> 00:18:53.080
  • 'cause supper is one of my three favorite meals of the day,
  • 00:18:53.080 --> 00:18:55.050
  • so we have this supper together every day,
  • 00:18:55.050 --> 00:18:56.260
  • and maybe I'm running late one day, why?
  • 00:18:56.260 --> 00:18:59.050
  • 'Cause it says in the Bible God gets rid of the old sea
  • 00:18:59.050 --> 00:19:01.150
  • but He replaces it with a glassy sea.
  • 00:19:01.150 --> 00:19:03.090
  • I like glassy, it means no waves,
  • 00:19:03.090 --> 00:19:04.230
  • you don't get seasick on that sea,
  • 00:19:04.230 --> 00:19:06.020
  • and I believe the tarpon,
  • 00:19:06.020 --> 00:19:07.100
  • always buy it on the glassy sea of heaven,
  • 00:19:07.100 --> 00:19:08.250
  • so maybe I'm running, amen.
  • 00:19:08.250 --> 00:19:10.110
  • I'm running late to supper and you went early to supper
  • 00:19:10.110 --> 00:19:12.280
  • and I meet you, you're on the way out,
  • 00:19:12.280 --> 00:19:14.070
  • I'm on the way in, I'm like hey hey!
  • 00:19:14.070 --> 00:19:15.150
  • What are we having for supper tonight?
  • 00:19:15.150 --> 00:19:16.140
  • You're like, something new!
  • 00:19:16.140 --> 00:19:18.120
  • It's crazy, been here for 10.000 years
  • 00:19:18.120 --> 00:19:20.170
  • and it's something new every time,
  • 00:19:20.170 --> 00:19:22.200
  • never had the same thing twice,
  • 00:19:22.200 --> 00:19:24.120
  • every time it's better than the time before.
  • 00:19:24.120 --> 00:19:27.020
  • Everything in heaven is say it with me, new!
  • 00:19:27.020 --> 00:19:30.050
  • Everything in heaven is new.
  • 00:19:30.050 --> 00:19:31.200
  • Aw, I spilled some Cheerios, can I borrow your old mop?
  • 00:19:31.200 --> 00:19:34.210
  • Nope, but you can borrow my new mop!
  • 00:19:34.210 --> 00:19:36.260
  • Everything in heaven is new.
  • 00:19:36.260 --> 00:19:39.130
  • Then on my index finger I wrote the word near.
  • 00:19:39.130 --> 00:19:42.090
  • When I say three shout the word near.
  • 00:19:42.090 --> 00:19:45.060
  • One, two, three-
  • 00:19:45.060 --> 00:19:46.060
  • (congregation responds)
  • 00:19:46.060 --> 00:19:47.190
  • Y'all got the outline, everything in heaven is new,
  • 00:19:47.190 --> 00:19:49.270
  • and God is near in heaven.
  • 00:19:49.270 --> 00:19:53.270
  • Now maybe you're watching this online,
  • 00:19:55.280 --> 00:19:57.120
  • or watching this on TV, somewhere around the world,
  • 00:19:57.120 --> 00:19:59.000
  • this campus is just a few minutes from Douglas High,
  • 00:19:59.000 --> 00:20:02.250
  • and on the 14th, it didn't feel like God was near.
  • 00:20:02.250 --> 00:20:05.180
  • On the 14th it felt like God skipped town.
  • 00:20:06.230 --> 00:20:10.120
  • But though it didn't feel like God was near,
  • 00:20:11.170 --> 00:20:13.120
  • the Bible teaches that God was right there,
  • 00:20:13.120 --> 00:20:16.120
  • in a very real way.
  • 00:20:16.120 --> 00:20:17.210
  • Psalm 34 verse 18's on the screen right now,
  • 00:20:17.210 --> 00:20:20.180
  • look what it says,
  • 00:20:20.180 --> 00:20:22.030
  • it's a promise that the Lord is close to the broken-hearted,
  • 00:20:22.030 --> 00:20:26.030
  • and that was the most heart-breaking day
  • 00:20:26.030 --> 00:20:27.200
  • we've ever experienced in Broward County, Florida.
  • 00:20:27.200 --> 00:20:30.230
  • A terrible day,
  • 00:20:30.230 --> 00:20:31.200
  • and Lisa and I talked with a number of parents
  • 00:20:33.010 --> 00:20:35.240
  • as we prepared services here at this campus,
  • 00:20:35.240 --> 00:20:38.030
  • and I talked to a mom and a dad
  • 00:20:38.030 --> 00:20:40.140
  • and this woman who was about to bury her freshman,
  • 00:20:40.140 --> 00:20:45.080
  • young man,
  • 00:20:45.080 --> 00:20:46.240
  • asked me when he was laying on the floor in that hallway
  • 00:20:46.240 --> 00:20:50.130
  • in Douglas on the tile, and his life was ebbing away,
  • 00:20:50.130 --> 00:20:53.280
  • was God with him,
  • 00:20:53.280 --> 00:20:55.120
  • and she was not being accusatory or even angry,
  • 00:20:55.120 --> 00:20:57.010
  • she just wanted to make sure.
  • 00:20:57.010 --> 00:20:58.060
  • I understood her heart, she was a mom,
  • 00:20:58.060 --> 00:21:00.060
  • she was wishing she could have been there with him.
  • 00:21:00.060 --> 00:21:02.230
  • The dad was like I wish I could have protected him,
  • 00:21:02.230 --> 00:21:04.170
  • but they couldn't be there,
  • 00:21:04.170 --> 00:21:05.240
  • so they wanted to know was God there,
  • 00:21:05.240 --> 00:21:07.170
  • and based on that promise, I said yes,
  • 00:21:07.170 --> 00:21:09.210
  • but I went home and was like
  • 00:21:09.210 --> 00:21:11.050
  • I want a better verse, I want a verse with more clarity
  • 00:21:11.050 --> 00:21:12.140
  • that would assure her that God was there
  • 00:21:12.140 --> 00:21:14.190
  • and I prayed and God gave me a verse,
  • 00:21:14.190 --> 00:21:16.020
  • in fact I should have thought of it right off the bat,
  • 00:21:16.020 --> 00:21:17.290
  • it's the most famous verse on death in the whole Bible.
  • 00:21:17.290 --> 00:21:20.240
  • Psalm 23, verse 4 it says
  • 00:21:20.240 --> 00:21:23.220
  • "Yea though I walk through the valley
  • 00:21:23.220 --> 00:21:26.130
  • "of the shadow of death,
  • 00:21:26.130 --> 00:21:28.100
  • "I will fear no evil."
  • 00:21:28.100 --> 00:21:30.080
  • Why?
  • 00:21:30.080 --> 00:21:31.140
  • Because I am strong or I'm resolved
  • 00:21:31.140 --> 00:21:33.020
  • or my faith never falters, no, it's not what it says.
  • 00:21:33.020 --> 00:21:35.090
  • It says "Yea though I walk through the valley
  • 00:21:35.090 --> 00:21:36.290
  • "of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil
  • 00:21:36.290 --> 00:21:38.240
  • "because You are with me" God.
  • 00:21:38.240 --> 00:21:41.130
  • (congregation applauds)
  • 00:21:41.130 --> 00:21:43.070
  • So I could promise her as her boy was graduating,
  • 00:21:43.070 --> 00:21:48.070
  • sadly not from high school,
  • 00:21:49.030 --> 00:21:50.110
  • but graduating from this life of pain to heaven,
  • 00:21:50.110 --> 00:21:53.190
  • that though they couldn't be there,
  • 00:21:53.190 --> 00:21:54.240
  • the heavenly Father was there
  • 00:21:54.240 --> 00:21:56.030
  • and scooped him up into His powerful arms
  • 00:21:56.030 --> 00:21:57.190
  • and took him to the Kingdom.
  • 00:21:57.190 --> 00:21:59.090
  • In Heaven, God is near.
  • 00:22:00.080 --> 00:22:04.030
  • You can perceive in a tangible way,
  • 00:22:04.030 --> 00:22:06.210
  • your perception will be that God is near.
  • 00:22:06.210 --> 00:22:09.240
  • In fact, look at verse 3, verse 3 is kind of a fun verse,
  • 00:22:09.240 --> 00:22:11.230
  • verse 3 is up on the screen right now,
  • 00:22:11.230 --> 00:22:13.180
  • and I want you to check it out, it says:
  • 00:22:13.180 --> 00:22:17.110
  • "And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying"-
  • 00:22:17.110 --> 00:22:21.010
  • Can I just stop right there, this is just kind of fun.
  • 00:22:21.010 --> 00:22:22.170
  • So here's this loud voice,
  • 00:22:22.170 --> 00:22:24.030
  • the word loud shows up 23 different times
  • 00:22:24.030 --> 00:22:27.040
  • in the Book of Revelation.
  • 00:22:27.040 --> 00:22:28.280
  • What's it tell me?
  • 00:22:28.280 --> 00:22:30.000
  • Heaven is loud.
  • 00:22:30.000 --> 00:22:31.160
  • People complain every once in a while
  • 00:22:31.160 --> 00:22:32.210
  • that Church by the Glades is kind of loud,
  • 00:22:32.210 --> 00:22:34.070
  • preacher's loud, music's loud,
  • 00:22:34.070 --> 00:22:35.220
  • we're just getting you ready for heaven's all it is, right?
  • 00:22:35.220 --> 00:22:38.180
  • (congregation applauds)
  • 00:22:38.180 --> 00:22:41.030
  • If it's too loud we do have earplugs in the lobby,
  • 00:22:41.030 --> 00:22:43.280
  • that's a true thing,
  • 00:22:43.280 --> 00:22:45.050
  • we have earplugs in the lobby, you're welcome,
  • 00:22:45.050 --> 00:22:46.200
  • they're free of charge, you may take them and use them
  • 00:22:46.200 --> 00:22:48.120
  • and don't return them, keep them if you will.
  • 00:22:48.120 --> 00:22:50.280
  • But we're just getting you ready for heaven
  • 00:22:50.280 --> 00:22:52.090
  • 'cause Heaven is loud
  • 00:22:52.090 --> 00:22:53.160
  • and when it says "a loud voice", meaning this,
  • 00:22:53.160 --> 00:22:55.160
  • God is not whispering, this is not subtle,
  • 00:22:55.160 --> 00:22:57.130
  • this is not nuanced, this is important, don't miss this.
  • 00:22:57.130 --> 00:23:02.150
  • "Now the dwelling of God is with men,
  • 00:23:03.200 --> 00:23:07.010
  • "and he will live with them,
  • 00:23:07.010 --> 00:23:08.120
  • "and they will be his people,
  • 00:23:08.120 --> 00:23:09.270
  • and God himself will be with them and be their God."
  • 00:23:09.270 --> 00:23:14.270
  • (congregation applauds)
  • 00:23:15.190 --> 00:23:18.050
  • To fully understand this,
  • 00:23:18.050 --> 00:23:19.190
  • you need the backdrop of Hebrew history and Hebrew theology.
  • 00:23:19.190 --> 00:23:23.200
  • In the Old Testament,
  • 00:23:23.200 --> 00:23:24.270
  • the Hebrews believed that God was present,
  • 00:23:24.270 --> 00:23:26.200
  • God was near at all times and all places to a degree.
  • 00:23:26.200 --> 00:23:29.270
  • They recognized that God had been with them in Egypt,
  • 00:23:29.270 --> 00:23:31.290
  • that God was with them in the wilderness,
  • 00:23:31.290 --> 00:23:33.100
  • but they really thought the place
  • 00:23:33.100 --> 00:23:34.220
  • God was profoundly present was in the Temple.
  • 00:23:34.220 --> 00:23:38.090
  • That's kind of like God zero, headquarters, right?
  • 00:23:38.090 --> 00:23:40.280
  • In the Temple.
  • 00:23:40.280 --> 00:23:42.120
  • And based on who you were, you could get so close to God.
  • 00:23:42.120 --> 00:23:45.270
  • Now I told you guys
  • 00:23:45.270 --> 00:23:47.030
  • as I took a group to Israel back in November,
  • 00:23:47.030 --> 00:23:48.200
  • you don't have to go to Israel
  • 00:23:48.200 --> 00:23:49.260
  • to appreciate or understand the Bible
  • 00:23:49.260 --> 00:23:51.140
  • but it gives you great texture for the Bible,
  • 00:23:51.140 --> 00:23:53.190
  • some of you guys went, and we went to see,
  • 00:23:53.190 --> 00:23:56.090
  • there's one existing wall left from the Temple
  • 00:23:56.090 --> 00:23:58.260
  • that was built in Jesus' day.
  • 00:23:58.260 --> 00:24:00.200
  • If you visit the wall,
  • 00:24:00.200 --> 00:24:02.030
  • the rest has been destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD
  • 00:24:02.030 --> 00:24:03.220
  • but there's one wall, it's called the Western Wall,
  • 00:24:03.220 --> 00:24:06.020
  • or the Wailing Wall.
  • 00:24:06.020 --> 00:24:07.090
  • You've probably seen things on TV
  • 00:24:07.090 --> 00:24:08.160
  • where Jewish people are praying,
  • 00:24:08.160 --> 00:24:09.230
  • in fact anyone can come pray there,
  • 00:24:09.230 --> 00:24:10.210
  • and the women are on one side
  • 00:24:10.210 --> 00:24:12.030
  • and the men are on the other side,
  • 00:24:12.030 --> 00:24:13.080
  • and they put little slips of paper
  • 00:24:13.080 --> 00:24:14.150
  • with written prayers in the crevices.
  • 00:24:14.150 --> 00:24:16.100
  • Now that is the actual wall from the Temple of Jesus' day,
  • 00:24:16.100 --> 00:24:19.250
  • but that's not the grade or street level, why?
  • 00:24:19.250 --> 00:24:22.090
  • 2.000 years of dust and debris.
  • 00:24:22.090 --> 00:24:23.250
  • So they had to dig down about 20 feet below present grade
  • 00:24:23.250 --> 00:24:27.090
  • to get to the level of the first century,
  • 00:24:27.090 --> 00:24:29.180
  • and the cool thing is they've done it,
  • 00:24:29.180 --> 00:24:31.100
  • that the archeologists have excavated
  • 00:24:31.100 --> 00:24:33.030
  • and there's these tunnels right by the wall,
  • 00:24:33.030 --> 00:24:35.170
  • and you can go through these well-lit tunnels
  • 00:24:35.170 --> 00:24:37.070
  • with your tour guide,
  • 00:24:37.070 --> 00:24:38.130
  • and you can actually touch the walls
  • 00:24:38.130 --> 00:24:40.200
  • of the Temple of Jesus' day,
  • 00:24:40.200 --> 00:24:42.100
  • walk at street level of Jesus' day, it's remarkable.
  • 00:24:42.100 --> 00:24:44.290
  • So we're doing this, taking the whole thing in,
  • 00:24:44.290 --> 00:24:47.060
  • and we see a small group of Israeli women
  • 00:24:47.060 --> 00:24:50.090
  • praying passionately.
  • 00:24:50.090 --> 00:24:51.230
  • And I asked the guide what are they doing?
  • 00:24:52.280 --> 00:24:55.110
  • He said this is what we believe is the closest spot
  • 00:24:55.110 --> 00:24:58.090
  • we can get to the Holy of Holies of the Temple.
  • 00:24:58.090 --> 00:25:01.120
  • And if you're like, what's the Holy of Holies?
  • 00:25:01.120 --> 00:25:03.210
  • Well the ancient Temple had an outer courtyard
  • 00:25:03.210 --> 00:25:07.150
  • called the Courtyard of the Nations,
  • 00:25:07.150 --> 00:25:09.180
  • and if you were a gentile, you'd go there, but no closer,
  • 00:25:09.180 --> 00:25:12.080
  • that's as close as you could get to God,
  • 00:25:12.080 --> 00:25:13.220
  • there was a barrier.
  • 00:25:13.220 --> 00:25:15.040
  • Within that there was another concentric courtyard,
  • 00:25:15.040 --> 00:25:16.120
  • the Courtyard of the Hebrew Women,
  • 00:25:16.120 --> 00:25:18.200
  • so Jewish women could go there to be close to God
  • 00:25:18.200 --> 00:25:20.230
  • but no further.
  • 00:25:20.230 --> 00:25:22.080
  • Hebrew men could come into another courtyard closer
  • 00:25:22.080 --> 00:25:24.160
  • called the Court of the Hebrew Men,
  • 00:25:24.160 --> 00:25:27.000
  • but the closest spot or God Central, the inner sanctum
  • 00:25:27.000 --> 00:25:30.060
  • was called The Holy Place,
  • 00:25:30.060 --> 00:25:31.200
  • and inside the Holy Place there was a small room
  • 00:25:31.200 --> 00:25:33.030
  • called the Holy of Holies.
  • 00:25:33.030 --> 00:25:34.250
  • Inside that room there were sacred artifacts
  • 00:25:34.250 --> 00:25:37.050
  • and once upon a time the Ark of the Covenant,
  • 00:25:37.050 --> 00:25:39.100
  • and that's where they thought God was present.
  • 00:25:39.100 --> 00:25:41.080
  • Only one guy, one time a year the high priest
  • 00:25:41.080 --> 00:25:45.190
  • on the Day of Atonement could go into the Holy of Holies
  • 00:25:45.190 --> 00:25:48.000
  • into the presence of God, one guy, one time a year,
  • 00:25:48.000 --> 00:25:50.290
  • but now in heaven, there are no barriers,
  • 00:25:50.290 --> 00:25:54.150
  • there are no walls, there are no divisions.
  • 00:25:54.150 --> 00:25:57.160
  • Doesn't matter who you are, male, female, Jew or Gentile,
  • 00:25:57.160 --> 00:26:01.100
  • you are ushered into the presence of God.
  • 00:26:01.100 --> 00:26:04.030
  • You will not meet St. Peter at the gate,
  • 00:26:04.030 --> 00:26:06.170
  • he's not gonna ask you a spelling question,
  • 00:26:06.170 --> 00:26:08.180
  • you will meet Jesus at the gate and you will see your King
  • 00:26:08.180 --> 00:26:11.280
  • face to face, eye to eye.
  • 00:26:11.280 --> 00:26:14.190
  • So I've mentioned in past weeks
  • 00:26:14.190 --> 00:26:16.000
  • if you've got some why questions,
  • 00:26:16.000 --> 00:26:17.230
  • why did this thing happen on earth?
  • 00:26:17.230 --> 00:26:19.180
  • Why this problem?
  • 00:26:19.180 --> 00:26:20.240
  • You bring your big bag of why questions,
  • 00:26:20.240 --> 00:26:22.280
  • and Jesus Himself will answer your questions why.
  • 00:26:22.280 --> 00:26:26.150
  • I got some why questions as well, but you go first,
  • 00:26:26.150 --> 00:26:29.030
  • we got plenty of time,
  • 00:26:29.030 --> 00:26:30.100
  • we're gonna be there for millions of years.
  • 00:26:30.100 --> 00:26:32.090
  • And God is near in heaven,
  • 00:26:32.090 --> 00:26:34.010
  • so if you've ever sensed
  • 00:26:34.010 --> 00:26:35.070
  • or felt the presence of God on earth,
  • 00:26:35.070 --> 00:26:37.090
  • maybe at your salvation or your baptism,
  • 00:26:37.090 --> 00:26:40.030
  • or the birth of a child, or when a loved one passed,
  • 00:26:40.030 --> 00:26:42.080
  • you've ever felt close to God,
  • 00:26:42.080 --> 00:26:43.200
  • multiply that by about a billion,
  • 00:26:43.200 --> 00:26:45.200
  • that's what you'll feel like in heaven.
  • 00:26:47.010 --> 00:26:49.020
  • 'Cause God lives on the block in heaven.
  • 00:26:49.020 --> 00:26:52.020
  • We're gonna dwell with God,
  • 00:26:52.020 --> 00:26:53.250
  • He will be with His people, we'll be with Him.
  • 00:26:53.250 --> 00:26:56.050
  • - Thanks so much for being here.
  • 00:26:57.120 --> 00:26:59.120
  • We hope you were encouraged by today's teaching.
  • 00:26:59.120 --> 00:27:01.270
  • Just so you know it's not over yet.
  • 00:27:01.270 --> 00:27:04.020
  • We're going to continue next time
  • 00:27:04.020 --> 00:27:05.080
  • with Part Two of Pastor David's message,
  • 00:27:05.080 --> 00:27:07.140
  • and we hope to see you there.
  • 00:27:07.140 --> 00:27:08.270
  • - We would love to meet you,
  • 00:27:09.240 --> 00:27:11.120
  • and our campuses are the perfect place to make that happen.
  • 00:27:11.120 --> 00:27:14.150
  • We have multiple locations here in south Florida
  • 00:27:14.150 --> 00:27:16.240
  • and a ton of services over the weekend to choose from.
  • 00:27:16.240 --> 00:27:19.170
  • Just go to www.cbglades.com
  • 00:27:19.170 --> 00:27:23.080
  • and there you'll find our times, directions,
  • 00:27:23.080 --> 00:27:25.160
  • and more information about who we are.
  • 00:27:25.160 --> 00:27:27.160