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The Gospels | Episode 18

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April 4, 2016
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The Gospels | Episode 18

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  • Dave Stotts: We just completed our journey through
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  • the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
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  • We explored the awesome ministry of Jesus from the actual places
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  • where he lived and taught.
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  • We investigated his horrible crucifixion and
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  • his miraculous resurrection.
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  • In the end, we only had time to scratch the surface of the true
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  • identity and ultimate mission of Jesus.
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  • Therefore, since I'm the host, I get to do one more episode.
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  • It's called an epilogue.
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  • Mr. Webster tells us that an epilogue is a section at
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  • the end of a book or play that serves as a comment or
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  • a conclusion to what has happened.
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  • I'm going to use this episode to try and do that.
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  • Dave: Over the course of this entire series of "Drive Thru
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  • History," we've mentioned ancient prophecies about a
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  • future Messiah that the gospels say were fulfilled in the life,
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  • ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
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  • Remarkably, scholars count hundreds of these prophecies in
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  • the Hebrew Scriptures, over 300 in fact.
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  • Even more remarkable, these predictions were made by
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  • multiple authors over the course of about
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  • a 1.000-year time period.
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  • When the resurrected Jesus was eating fish with his disciples
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  • on the Sea of Galilee, he reminded them of the things that
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  • had happened during his ministry.
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  • For the first time, Jesus opened their eyes to all the prophecies
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  • that had been fulfilled by him.
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  • "He said, 'This is what I told you while I was still with you:
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  • everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the
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  • law of Moses, the prophets and the Psalms,'" Luke 24:44.
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  • Again, we're talking about Jesus being the fulfillment of over
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  • 300 prophecies without missing a single note.
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  • The odds of that happening by chance are zero.
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  • And so, for any person to fulfill them all, it would take
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  • their circumstances being divinely orchestrated.
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  • In fact, that is the claim of the gospels.
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  • Now, while many of the prophecies of the future Messiah
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  • were general in nature, some were very specific, like where
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  • the Messiah would be born and how he would die.
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  • The Messiah will be a descendant of Abraham,
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  • of the tribe of Judah, of the house of David.
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  • He will be conceived by a virgin, born in Bethlehem, and
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  • taken to Egypt as a child.
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  • The Messiah will be heralded by the messenger of the Lord, and
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  • anointed by the Holy Spirit to minister in Galilee,
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  • perform miracles, and preach good news.
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  • He will cleanse the temple, enter Jerusalem as a king riding
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  • on a donkey, be rejected by the Jewish people, and betrayed by a
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  • friend for 30 pieces of silver.
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  • The Messiah will die a humiliating death, involving
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  • rejection, mocking, beating, the piercing of his hands
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  • and feet, and the piercing of his side.
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  • He will be crucified with thieves, and his executioners
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  • will cast lots for his clothing.
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  • They will give him gall and vinegar to drink, but unlike the
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  • other victims, none of his bones will be broken.
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  • In the end, he will be buried in a rich man's tomb, but will rise
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  • from the dead, and ascend into heaven.
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  • Incredibly, none of that story I just presented
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  • to you comes from the gospels.
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  • All of that is from the Hebrew Scriptures, written hundreds of
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  • years before Jesus was ever born.
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  • Perhaps more incredibly, we now have archaeological evidence
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  • that allows us to trust the credibility of those
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  • ancient prophecies like never before.
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  • Dave: The Dead Sea Scrolls have been called the greatest
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  • manuscript discovery in modern times.
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  • They were discovered near the Dead Sea between 1947 and 1956,
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  • in 11 caves in the hills above me.
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  • The discovery is comprised of hundreds of separate scrolls
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  • represented by tens of thousands of fragments, giving us an early
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  • glimpse at nearly every book of the Hebrew Scriptures, or what
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  • Christians call the Old Testament of the Bible.
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  • The Dead Sea Scrolls contain fragments of some of the most
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  • important Old Testament prophecies from books such as
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  • Genesis, Deuteronomy, Psalms, and Isaiah.
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  • And all of these fragments date to the time before Jesus.
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  • For example, the great Isaiah scroll is almost fully intact,
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  • all 66 chapters of Isaiah, containing some of the most
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  • dramatic prophecies of a coming Messiah.
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  • Based on various scientific methods, this scroll, now housed
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  • at the Shrine of the Book Museum in Jerusalem,
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  • dates to between 100 and 335 BC.
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  • This is such powerful evidence to me.
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  • The discoveries here at the caves of Qumran at the Dead Sea
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  • have revitalized and revolutionized our reading of
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  • the messianic prophecies.
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  • We now have dramatic proof that the key Old Testament prophecies
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  • telling of a future Messiah were written long before
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  • Jesus ever walked the earth.
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  • There was no manipulation of the text by the early disciples, as
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  • was claimed by many before this discovery.
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  • And there was no conspiracy by the Roman church hundreds of
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  • years later, as others have claimed.
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  • It just boils down to this.
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  • The evidence from archaeology points to the understanding that
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  • Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled the requirements of the Messiah that
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  • were foretold many centuries before he was even born.
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  • Dave: It seems many people follow political and religious
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  • leaders at different points in history, but often those
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  • movements are temporary and riddled with human folly.
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  • What makes the followers of Jesus different?
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  • Why do so many people follow Jesus today?
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  • As we've discussed throughout this series, it seems to come
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  • down to the difference between the kingdoms of man
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  • and the kingdom of God.
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  • For a dramatic illustration, look what happened to the key
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  • political and religious figures in the gospels.
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  • Just a few years after the trial and crucifixion of Jesus,
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  • Pontius Pilate blocked a large group of Samaritans making a
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  • religious pilgrimage to Mount Gerizim in Samaria.
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  • Many died or were imprisoned, and the Samaritans complained to
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  • the Roman governor.
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  • Pilate was sent to Rome to explain his
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  • actions to Emperor Tiberius.
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  • However, by the time Pilate got to Rome,
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  • Tiberius had died under suspicious circumstances.
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  • Tiberius was replaced by Caligula, his adopted grandson.
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  • The 24-year-old Caligula ruled Rome for only 4 years before
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  • being stabbed to death in an assassination plot.
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  • Claudius followed Caligula.
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  • And Nero, who was infamous for his decadence, cruelty, and
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  • persecution of Christians, followed Claudius.
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  • Within a year of Tiberius's death,
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  • Pontius Pilate was also dead.
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  • Fourth-century historian Eusebius records that Pilate was
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  • forced to commit suicide, becoming, quote, "his own
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  • murderer and executioner."
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  • With Pontius Pilate gone, Caiaphas, the Jewish high
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  • priest, lost his political connection to Rome.
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  • Caiaphas was soon replaced by his
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  • brother-in-law, and vanished into history.
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  • The dates and circumstances of the death of Caiaphas are not
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  • known, but incredibly, in 1990, the bones of Caiaphas were
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  • uncovered in a burial site in Jerusalem.
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  • They were inside of this ornate limestone box, which is now
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  • housed in the Israel Museum.
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  • And what became of Herod's son Antipas, who had
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  • been part of the trial of Jesus?
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  • In 39 AD, his own nephew, Herod Agrippa,
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  • hatched a plot to take him down.
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  • Agrippa began spreading a wild story that Uncle Antipas was
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  • plotting to assassinate Roman emperor Caligula.
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  • Caligula ordered that Herod Antipas be exiled.
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  • Antipas was sent to Gaul, which is present-day France.
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  • He died in obscurity, and he too was lost to history.
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  • Thus, the territories of Judea, Galilee, and Peraea
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  • were turned over to Herod Agrippa.
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  • However, just after Passover in 44 AD, Agrippa died at Caesarea
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  • Maritima, when he experienced heart and stomach pains during a
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  • speech he gave for the Roman emperor Claudius.
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  • Agrippa's death is graphically described in the Bible in the
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  • 12th chapter of the book of Acts.
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  • As a dramatic contrast to the power hungry leaders in the
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  • kingdom of man, what became of some of Jesus' followers, the
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  • servant leaders, in the kingdom of God?
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  • Most of the disciples were simple
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  • tradesmen with little money.
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  • They were the local boys with no formal training.
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  • But something lit them up to travel the
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  • world, telling people about Jesus.
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  • Something so transformed them that they spent the rest of
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  • their lives telling anyone who would listen the gospel story.
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  • And because the good news was so often a threat to the leaders
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  • who were in power, the disciples were often treated
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  • just the way Jesus had promised.
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  • That is to say they were loved by the
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  • people, but feared by those in power.
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  • Earlier in the gospels, as Jesus was leaving for his final trip
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  • to Jerusalem, he said to his disciples and the crowd that was
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  • following him, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny
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  • himself, take up his cross, and follow me.
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  • And whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever
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  • loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.
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  • What good is it for man to gain the whole world,
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  • yet forfeit his soul?"
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  • Mark 8:34 through 36. Jesus told it like it is.
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  • There would be a cost to being a disciple of Jesus.
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  • That cost might be the loss of luxury,
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  • or the loss of friends, or even the loss of life.
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  • Now, according to the kingdoms of man, success in life is
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  • defined by gaining what the world has to offer.
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  • We've all heard the phrase,
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  • "He who dies with the most toys wins."
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  • But Jesus was blunt.
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  • He taught the exact opposite in the kingdom of God.
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  • He said that you can conquer the whole world,
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  • and still lose out on what's most important.
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  • This is what drove the disciples.
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  • They had been transformed by the life of Jesus.
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  • They believed his teaching and his commands.
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  • And they knew that their reward was not of this world.
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  • Their reward had eternal significance.
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  • So, despite the cost, they were willing to leave their home and
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  • travel the world to share the gospel message.
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  • Within decades of the crucifixion of Jesus, his
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  • closest followers went from disciples in hiding to bold
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  • proclaimers of the gospel accounts.
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  • None of them backed down, and many of them gave their lives
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  • for their eyewitness testimonies.
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  • Because of their love for each other, their love for others,
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  • their sacrifices and their personal testimonies, the
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  • Christian church gained a strong early following.
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  • The four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, were proclaimed
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  • throughout the world.
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  • And the four gospel writers became the most
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  • widely read historians in history.
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  • Dave: We're coming to the end of our journey
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  • on "Drive Thru History: The Gospels."
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  • We've done our best to tell you the story of Jesus of Nazareth
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  • as presented in the four gospels.
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  • But I have to admit to you, doing a series like
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  • this can be a bit daunting.
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  • Even with 9 hours of video, it's impossible
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  • to cover everything in the gospels.
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  • But I hope your journey doesn't end here.
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  • I hope we've inspired you to look further into
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  • the life of this extraordinary man.
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  • Now, at the very beginning of the first episode, we posed this
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  • question to you: who do you say is the most
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  • significant person to have ever lived?
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  • Not many disagree that it's Jesus of Nazareth.
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  • But just saying that he's significant doesn't mean much
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  • unless he is who he claimed to be.
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  • So, let's summarize our journey through the gospels.
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  • Let's see if we can peg down the identity of Jesus of Nazareth.
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  • We established that Jesus was a real man, born into the very
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  • real circumstances of first century Judea.
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  • Herod the Great ruled the region as a proxy
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  • king for the Roman Empire.
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  • According to the genealogical records of the Hebrew people,
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  • Jesus was a descendant of David, through
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  • the line of Abraham, through the line of Shem.
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  • This was important because ancient writings foretold that
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  • the Messiah, the Savior, would come through this lineage.
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  • According to the gospels, Jesus was born to Mary, a virgin,
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  • through a miraculous combination of
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  • the physical and the spiritual.
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  • This fulfilled an ancient prophecy, and allowed for Jesus
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  • to be a perfect human being, genetically speaking.
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  • The gospels go on to tell us that Jesus was born in the very
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  • real city of Bethlehem, the birthplace
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  • of King David some 1.000 years earlier.
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  • This is important because his legal father, Joseph, was
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  • required to register in his family's hometown
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  • as part of the Roman census.
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  • Joseph was from the house and line of David.
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  • Jesus was ultimately raised in Nazareth, a small village in the
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  • region of Galilee, ruled by Herod Antipas,
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  • the son of Herod the Great.
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  • It seems Jesus grew up as a normal Jewish boy, learning a
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  • trade with his father and studying
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  • Hebrew in the synagogue.
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  • Luke tells us that by the time he was a teenager, Jesus was
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  • known by his elders for special insight and wisdom.
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  • According to the Gospel of Luke, it was about 28 AD when Jesus
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  • was baptized in the Jordan River by the
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  • historical figure John the Baptizer.
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  • John was the forerunner of the Messiah, proclaiming a baptism
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  • of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, and
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  • preparing the way of the Lord; Luke 3:3-4.
  • 00:18:02.090 --> 00:18:08.130
  • When John saw Jesus approach, Luke tells us he declared,
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  • "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes
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  • away the sin of the world!"
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  • John 1:29.
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  • After John baptized Jesus, the witnesses heard a voice from
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  • heaven saying, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I
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  • am well pleased," Matthew 3:17.
  • 00:18:28.140 --> 00:18:33.260
  • Luke's Gospel goes on to tell us that after his baptism, Jesus
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  • spent 40 days alone, without food, in the Judean wilderness.
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  • At the end of his seclusion, he was tempted by Satan
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  • to see if he would abandon his mission.
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  • Jesus ended the series of tests by saying, "You shall not put
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  • the Lord your God to the test," Luke 4:12.
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  • Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a
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  • report about him went out through all the surrounding
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  • country, Luke 4:17.
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  • Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the
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  • Sabbath began to teach the people.
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  • "They were amazed at his teaching because his
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  • message had authority," Luke 4:31-32.
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  • According to the gospels, Jesus also started performing
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  • miracles, healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind,
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  • and allowing the lame to walk.
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  • He even cast out demons.
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  • The gospels tell us that Jesus established his ministry on the
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  • shores of the Sea of Galilee, where he chose fishermen as his
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  • first disciples: Peter, Andrew, John, and James.
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  • These men witnessed miracles over nature when Jesus filled
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  • their nets with fish, calmed storms, and walked on water.
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  • They knew he was special, and dropped
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  • everything to follow him.
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  • Jesus continued to teach and heal the common people in the
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  • villages and hillsides around the Sea of Galilee.
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  • On one occasion, according to Matthew's Gospel, he delivered
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  • his famous Sermon on the Mount, where he taught a number of
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  • revolutionary ideas: love your enemies, give to the needy when
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  • others aren't looking, judge yourself before judging others,
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  • seek heavenly things rather than material things.
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  • Jesus' followers continued to grow, which was perceived as a
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  • direct threat to the political
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  • and religious leaders of the day.
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  • While the powerful elites focused on fear and control,
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  • Jesus focused on love and forgiveness.
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  • As a leader, he identified himself
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  • as something dramatically different.
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  • "I am the good shepherd.
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  • The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
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  • I am the bread of life.
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  • Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes
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  • in me will never be thirsty.
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  • I am the light of the world.
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  • Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness,
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  • but will have the light of life.
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  • I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
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  • No one comes to the Father except through me.
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  • I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.
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  • I am the resurrection and the life.
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  • The one who believes in me will live, even though they die, and
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  • whoever lives by believing in me will never die."
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  • These were powerful statements.
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  • Jesus had to be more than just a radical teacher
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  • or a religious prophet.
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  • On a visit to Jerusalem, Jesus met a curious
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  • Pharisee named Nicodemus.
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  • Nicodemus asked a number of spiritual questions.
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  • Jesus ultimately answered him by saying, "For God so loved the
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  • world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes
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  • in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
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  • Simon Peter walked with Jesus for at least 3 years.
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  • He experienced his teaching, and he witnessed his miracles.
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  • Near the end of his ministry, Matthew's Gospel tells us that
  • 00:22:29.210 --> 00:22:33.060
  • Jesus asked Peter, "Who do you say that I am?"
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  • Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ,
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  • the Son of the living God."
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  • Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was
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  • not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven,"
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  • Matthew 16:15 through 17.
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  • From that time on, Jesus began to explain to his disciples that
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  • he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands
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  • of the elders, the chief priests, and the teachers of the
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  • law, and that he must be killed, and on the third day be raised
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  • to life, Matthew 16:21.
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  • As we've learned in these last 18 episodes,
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  • the gospels say that Jesus claimed to be the Messiah,
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  • the Savior of the world, the Son of God.
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  • He was even put to death for making that claim.
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  • But the gospels also tell us that that ugly crucifixion was
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  • planned in love from the beginning in order to
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  • bring us back into a relationship with God.
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  • You see, the Bible teaches us that we're sinners,
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  • that we're imperfect.
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  • We're separated from God.
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  • It doesn't take much imagination to see that the world
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  • today is not as it should be.
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  • There are temptations, and sin, and evil everywhere you look.
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  • The Bible describes the whole world as being
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  • in bondage to corruption.
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  • It can be summarized in one word: death.
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  • But Christianity teaches us that Jesus went through death,
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  • and came out the other side victorious.
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  • His historical, physical resurrection
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  • defeated sin and death.
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  • In the Gospel of John, Jesus says, "Truly, truly, I say to
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  • you, whoever hears my word and believes
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  • him who sent me has eternal life.
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  • They do not come into judgment, but have
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  • passed from death to life."
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  • For anyone who believes sin and death are defeated, we are
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  • forgiven, we are brought back into a relationship
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  • with God, we are born again.
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  • And in the end, we too will be raised to new life.
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  • In these last 18 episodes of the gospels, I have come face to
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  • face with the glorious reminder that it's all real.
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  • What will I do with that reminder?
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  • What will you do?
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  • After all, the greatest question that you will ever be asked was
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  • the one that Jesus asked a Galilean fisherman named Peter,
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  • "Who do you say that I am?" That answer is everything.
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