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Not A Good Person Part 1

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March 22, 2020
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Pastor Levi Lusko from Fresh Life Church teaches the Bible and brings a message of hope.

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  • Thank you so much for joining uson Fresh Life TV.
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  • For a series of messages thatwe're calling, Creed.
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  • We're taking a look at theapostles creed.
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  • A statement of truthembodied in the teachingof the Apostles.
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  • That has been believed onby Jesus people ever sinceHe rose from the dead.
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  • These are sort of the loadbearing walls of Christianity.
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  • You think about if you remodelyour house you can move certainwalls.
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  • This can go down, this kitchencan extend into the livingroom or dining room.
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  • But this wall, if you takethis wall down, it's gonnaknock the whole house down
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  • This is the load bearing wall.And that is exactly what we'retalking about
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  • when we talk about the Creed.We're talking about what webelieve
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  • When we say we're followersof Jesus Christ. I hopethis will stimulate you
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  • And help you understandwhat it is that being aChristian is all about.
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  • If this message or this seriesblesses you in any way,we would sure appreciate
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  • your support of all thatGod is doing to bring thesemessages to the world.
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  • Well thank you so much,let's buckle up and begin thisadventure.
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  • So the title of my messagethis week is Not a Good
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  • Person, Not a Good Person. Iknow you have to act really
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  • like, you have it all together.But I think we've all
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  • thought that meeting some ofGod's special children, you
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  • know, like we've all just, we'vebeen smiling nice, but
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  • we're not a good person, right?
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  • Colossians, Chapter 1, what I'mreally talking about is,
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  • have you ever met a Cowboysfan? All right. So here's
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  • what we find in-- just readingthe Bible here, guys--
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  • here's what we find inColossians 1, verses 15 through
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  • 19. I'm just talking about thearrogance really.
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  • Here's what verse 15 says,"He is the image of the
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  • invisible God, the firstbornover all creation." He's
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  • talking about Jesus. "For byHim, all things were created
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  • that are in Heaven and that areon earth, visible and
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  • invisible, whether thrones ordominions or principalities
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  • or powers. All things werecreated through Him and for
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  • Him. And He is before allthings, and in Him all thingsconsist.
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  • And He is the head of the body,the Church, who is the
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  • beginning, the firstborn fromthe dead, that in all
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  • things, He may have thepreeminence. For it pleased the
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  • Father that in Him all thefullness should dwell." Youmay be seated.
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  • And what we're doing in thisseries, and this is week two
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  • of a series, what we like to dois we like to take a
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  • collection of talks, and they'reall lumped together on
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  • the same topic. And so thiscollection of talks, we've
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  • called Creed. And what it is isan examination of the
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  • load-bearing walls of theChristian faith.
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  • It's important to identify,especially when you're doing
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  • any sort of remodel orconstruction work, what are the
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  • load-bearing walls. And that'swhere you want to be
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  • mindful, you're not removingthem. It's, like, can we
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  • kind of remove this wall andmake the kitchen and the
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  • dining room into just sort ofa great room.
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  • It's like, that'd be great, butthe roof would fall down.
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  • So, no, you cannot remove thatwall. It is important that
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  • it stays. It is essential to thestructural integrity of
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  • this facility. That wall is aload-bearing wall.
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  • What the Creed is is it'sbasically identifying for us,
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  • out of this whole Bible andwhat we believe. And within
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  • the diversity of ChristianChurches that have existed,
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  • and that I believe bring Godglory and have been since
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  • Jesus walked this earth, youknow, the Churches that see
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  • different things stylisticallyand different ways of
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  • doing things that are differentand maybe not how we
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  • would do it or not ourconviction, but we all agree on
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  • these things, right? There's theunity of the historic
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  • Christian faith and what wewould say the load-bearing
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  • walls are, and that's what we'reexamining in this seriesbetween now and Easter.
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  • If we call ourselves Jesusfollowers, what do we mean by
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  • that? And we're sort of nailingthat down. And if you
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  • didn't catch the talk that beganthe series last week,
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  • please do grab our YouTubeaccount, YouTube.com/freshlifechurch
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  • or our podcast or app, which arefreely
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  • available, where we see 60.000to 80.000 people will
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  • listen to messages each week,just listening into what we
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  • get to be a part of here atChurch online and Fresh Life
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  • Church every single week.
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  • And so it's amazing that youcan do that, so check it out
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  • because I took a good amountof time, really nailing down
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  • some of what the Creed is, whatthe Creed isn't, what's
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  • valuable about them, whatthey don't do. One of the
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  • things we said was that it's aconsolidation not an
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  • incantation. So it's not like aHarry Potter thing, where
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  • if you say, the big bad spiderleaves because you said
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  • something, you know.
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  • And neither is it punitive,where it's like, oh, I sinned
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  • last week. I'd better say theCreed 14 times today,
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  • instead of 11. And God's like,good, OK, good thing. 14?
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  • OK, we're good, because if ithad been just 12, no.
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  • You know, there's not value init except so far as where
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  • it's truth about scripture thatinforms our mind and
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  • encourages our hearts. We'rebasically taking a big book
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  • of truth, and we're nailing itdown to what is essential
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  • about it. Or as we said, it'sthe irreducible minimum
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  • when we talk aboutfollowing Jesus.
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  • But if you missed last week,listen to that because I'm
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  • not going to go through allof that every single week. As
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  • we have new people jumpingin, I'll just point you to
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  • that. And then we'll just kindof continue as we go.
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  • Now the phrase in the Creedthat we're going to be kind
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  • of focusing in on and guidingour time today is the line
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  • that says, "I believe in JesusChrist, God's only Son,
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  • our Lord. He was conceivedby the power of the Holy
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  • Spirit, and born of the VirginMary." Hello, that's
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  • awesome. Would you just realquickly, put your hand
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  • towards me, if you believe insuch things, and say a
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  • quick prayer. Ready, repeatafter me.
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  • Dear God. Help this guy. Preachstuff.
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  • That is way the heck overhis head.
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  • In Jesus' name, amen. Thankyou for that. I appreciate
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  • that. All right, because that'ssome, that's some stuff
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  • right there, man, right?
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  • We've now come in our studyof the creed to the part that
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  • focuses on Jesus. And theCreed is basically an
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  • enlargement of what Jesussaid when He told us how to
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  • baptize people. It's so helpfulbeing a pastor, when
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  • Jesus said, hey, you want tobaptize somebody, here's
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  • what you do. You baptizethem in the name of the Father,
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  • the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
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  • And that's the outline for theCreed. Because the first
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  • paragraph-- what we studiedlast week-- is all about the
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  • Father. Who is that guy, right?Who is He, right?
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  • And then the end of the Creed isa paragraph all about
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  • the Holy Spirit. And that'll bewhat we'll be focused on
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  • as we get to Easter Sunday,where it ends with this whole
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  • thing about, I believe in theResurrection of the body
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  • and life everlasting, amen.Drops mic, walks off stage. I
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  • mean, amazing, right? Great,great ending, really nailed it.
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  • But the middle portion andwhat is the most bulky of the
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  • whole Creed is the paragraphin the middle that's all
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  • about Jesus. And we're nowin it now. Now of the 24
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  • statements that the Creed has,a full 14 of them are
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  • dedicated to Jesus. Why is that?
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  • Because at the center of theCreed and at the center of
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  • the Christian faith is theperson, the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • He is the center. And in fact,He said-- you want to nail
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  • down the Bible even further--He said, you want to read
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  • the whole Bible looking forreligion. You want to read
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  • the whole Bible thinking you'regoing to find everlasting life?
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  • He goes, if you miss Me, youmiss the entire thing
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  • because Christianity and theBible, according to Jesus,
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  • is all about Him. And by theway, He said that to highly
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  • religious people, who thoughtthey were so holy and so
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  • special and really God's giftto this planet, but they
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  • completely missed Him anddidn't like Him much. And so
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  • what He said was, you'redoing it wrong.
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  • You're doing it wrong if youcan read scripture but miss
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  • Jesus because it's all aboutHim. And so, as we come into
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  • this portion now, we're askingthe question, who is Jesus
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  • exactly. Who is Jesus? That ifwe miss Him, we miss the wholething.
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  • Or as one theologian put it andput it well, "Take away
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  • from Christianity the name andperson of Jesus Christ and
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  • what have you left? Nothing!The whole substance and
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  • strength of the Christian faithcenters in Jesus Christ.
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  • Without Him, there's absolutelynothing."
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  • One author in scripture actuallysaid, if you miss
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  • Christ, then we're wasting ourtime. No Jesus? Then what
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  • are we even doing here? There'sbetter things we could be
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  • doing. It'd be a waste of ourtime and energy. All right.
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  • So who is Jesus exactly? I wasin the grocery store this
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  • week. And while checking out,the bottles are being slid
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  • across and being scanned, andthe containers and things
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  • are going by. Beep, beep.There's so many funny things
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  • about the grocery storeexperience, you know, likepicking a lane, right?
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  • You ever been there? Whereyou're, like, which one should
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  • I go to? Oh, you should justpick the shortest one. No
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  • way, no way, that's a novicemistake because you could be
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  • in a short line but be behindsome coupon-clipping,
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  • check-writing, chatty Cathy,you know. And, hm, I've madethat mistake.
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  • And so it's not about justlength of line, it's really
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  • what you're looking for isyou're trying to size people
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  • up for efficiency, you knowwhat I'm saying. And if you
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  • see a lot of friendliness, no,just pick a different
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  • lane, you know what I'm saying.And so, I'm going through
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  • all this. And as the checkoutthing's happening, I'm
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  • getting ready with my moneybecause I want to be quick onthe draw.
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  • And a bottle falls over,literally just tips over. She's
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  • like, just grab that, bluh. Andit just completely just,
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  • uh, and both of us, it was,like, we saw in each other's
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  • eyes, like, time stood still.And we're, like, nooooo.
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  • And just as she grabbed it, thewords just flew out of
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  • her mouth, "Jesus, Joseph, andMary." To which I wanted
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  • to respond, and AlexanderHamilton and Adolf Hitler.
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  • Like, are we just grabbinghistorical people and citing
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  • them? Like, what's happeninghere, right?
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  • Amelia Earhart, I can do it,too, right? Hit yourself
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  • with a hammer, the Wrightbrothers, right? It's, like,
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  • what is this? Like, why Jesus?
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  • Out of any name that could bespoken, out of anything
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  • that would fly out of our lips,here's the question. Who
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  • exactly is Jesus? Well, let'sstart with His name, Jesus.That's His first name.
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  • And by the way, His last nameis not Christ, all right.
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  • That's important to understand.It's not like it was Mary
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  • Christ and Joseph Christ. Andthey had a baby, well, they
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  • named Him, Jesus Christ.
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  • No, listen, Christ is His title.Jesus is His name. And
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  • it was actually the name Godpicked for His Son when He
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  • was born into this world.
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  • In Matthew's gospel, Chapter 1,verse 21, speaking to
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  • Joseph, the angel Gabriel said,"And she," Mary, "will
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  • bring forth a Son," because hewas getting ready to
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  • divorce this chick, man. I mean,they were betrothed. But
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  • in that day, you had to have aform of divorce to cancel
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  • an engagement. Our version iscalled engagement. They
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  • called it being betrothed.
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  • But you had to go through adivorce to break that off.
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  • And he was getting ready todo so, but the angel is,
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  • like, no, no, no, it's good. Shewasn't cheating on you,
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  • bro. This was actually God'sdoing, and you should be Hisadopted father.
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  • "She'll bring forth a Son, andyou need to call His name
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  • Jesus, for He will save Hispeople from their sins." Now
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  • that's a pun, and it speaks tothe destiny of Jesus.
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  • Because the name Jesus means"God is salvation." So he
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  • said, you need to name Him"God is salvation," for that's
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  • what He's going to do.
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  • God always intends for us toname something based on what
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  • we believe is going to be,right? God brought animals to
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  • Adam. He was to name them.And what he called them, sothey were.
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  • So there's an importance to howwe speak. How we speak
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  • really does shape reality. Itshapes how we think.
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  • One of the things that reallyshowed us God was calling
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  • us to start this Churchoriginally was we reallybelieved
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  • that God wanted to do a freshwork. God wanted to do a
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  • new thing. And the word, FreshLife, was-- if you've ever
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  • That's the funny thing. Theequivalent would be in the Old
  • 00:14:07.159 --> 00:14:09.528
  • Testament, Joshua, to namehim Joshua.
  • 00:14:09.595 --> 00:14:11.930
  • And there would've been 20Jesuses in his kindergarten.
  • 00:14:11.997 --> 00:14:15.033
  • Isn't that funny to think aboutYou know, all the
  • 00:14:15.100 --> 00:14:16.501
  • lunchboxes hanging up, Joshua,Joshua, Joshua. It was a
  • 00:14:16.568 --> 00:14:19.404
  • super, super common name.
  • 00:14:19.471 --> 00:14:21.740
  • Like, today, Noah or Liam, thoseare the number one and
  • 00:14:21.807 --> 00:14:24.776
  • number two boy names in 2019,by the way, right? Why?
  • 00:14:24.843 --> 00:14:28.080
  • Because that's what celebritiesare naming their kids.
  • 00:14:28.146 --> 00:14:29.514
  • That's usually how it goes.
  • 00:14:29.581 --> 00:14:31.383
  • But the interesting thing, andI always hated that,
  • 00:14:31.450 --> 00:14:33.886
  • because when I was a kid, noone was named Levi. So
  • 00:14:33.952 --> 00:14:36.555
  • whenever you'd go into thosegift stores, at the tourist
  • 00:14:36.622 --> 00:14:38.824
  • attraction, they had the littlelicense plates on the
  • 00:14:38.891 --> 00:14:40.792
  • carousel, never a Levi. I stillusually check, and I'm
  • 00:14:40.859 --> 00:14:44.029
  • hoping, now that in 2019, Leviis number 16 most popular
  • 00:14:44.096 --> 00:14:47.499
  • boy name-- how do you like menow-- that eventually
  • 00:14:47.566 --> 00:14:50.435
  • they're going to show up.
  • 00:14:50.502 --> 00:14:52.237
  • But hearing that, please do notmail me one, right? I
  • 00:14:52.304 --> 00:14:54.139
  • just say that because I'll get17 this week in the mail,
  • 00:14:54.206 --> 00:14:57.042
  • and I don't like knickknacks.All right. So clean and
  • 00:14:57.109 --> 00:15:00.579
  • streamlined is how I wantthings to be. All right.
  • 00:15:00.646 --> 00:15:02.981
  • So what were we talking about?Jesus' lunchbox. I said,
  • 00:15:03.048 --> 00:15:09.154
  • Joshua. "God is salvation." Andthat is His name, a God-
  • 00:15:09.221 --> 00:15:15.794
  • given name that spoke of Hisassignment.
  • 00:15:15.861 --> 00:15:18.563
  • Then, Christ is His title. Andthis goes all the way back
  • 00:15:18.630 --> 00:15:22.868
  • to the Old Testament when theworld first got broken. You
  • 00:15:22.935 --> 00:15:25.337
  • and I know that the world isbroken. That's what we see
  • 00:15:25.404 --> 00:15:29.041
  • and feel. We sense it, don'twe?
  • 00:15:29.107 --> 00:15:30.475
  • There's a hundred things thatwe interact with, that
  • 00:15:30.542 --> 00:15:33.612
  • we're, like, that's not right.This shouldn't be. This is
  • 00:15:33.679 --> 00:15:36.682
  • horrible. This is awful.
  • 00:15:36.748 --> 00:15:38.917
  • There's goodness in it. There'sbeauty in it. But a
  • 00:15:38.984 --> 00:15:41.386
  • broken clock is still righttwice a day. The original
  • 00:15:41.453 --> 00:15:44.756
  • beauty of this world that wasinfused, we still see momentsof it.
  • 00:15:44.823 --> 00:15:48.327
  • We still see pieces of it. Westill see parts of it. I
  • 00:15:48.393 --> 00:15:51.797
  • have a drone that I like to flyaround. It's super fun to
  • 00:15:51.863 --> 00:15:53.932
  • do, and I crashed it. And whenit was broken, there were
  • 00:15:53.999 --> 00:15:56.435
  • parts of it that still worked.
  • 00:15:56.501 --> 00:15:57.869
  • This world is damaged becauseof something. There was a
  • 00:15:57.936 --> 00:16:00.906
  • collision. There was an impact.And as you read the
  • 00:16:00.973 --> 00:16:02.741
  • Bible, the Bible doesn't tellus, oh, this world's so
  • 00:16:02.808 --> 00:16:04.977
  • nice. We just need to, we justneed to make the best of it.
  • 00:16:05.043 --> 00:16:07.512
  • The Bible tells us, this is nota good old place. It was
  • 00:16:07.579 --> 00:16:10.282
  • a wonderful, glorious placethat's been broken. And God
  • 00:16:10.349 --> 00:16:13.418
  • promised that He was going tofix it. And that promise,
  • 00:16:13.485 --> 00:16:17.089
  • as it's revealed in scripture,always came through
  • 00:16:17.155 --> 00:16:19.825
  • someone who would havethe title of Messiah.
  • 00:16:19.891 --> 00:16:23.228
  • Messiah, there's a Messiah.You need a hero. There's a
  • 00:16:23.295 --> 00:16:26.665
  • Christ figure. It literallymeans, "shining one" or"anointed one."
  • 00:16:26.732 --> 00:16:31.937
  • Someone's going to show up,and He is going to set things
  • 00:16:32.004 --> 00:16:36.475
  • right. He is going to deal withthe real issue internally
  • 00:16:36.541 --> 00:16:40.612
  • in our souls and thenexternally. The Bible speaksto a
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  • day-- if you read the backof this book-- where
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  • everything ends well, wherethere's a glorious renewingof this world.
  • 00:16:46.618 --> 00:16:51.023
  • Heaven, where we know of itnow, is not the long term.
  • 00:16:51.089 --> 00:16:55.727
  • Come back on Easter Sunday.We'll talk a little bit aboutthat.
  • 00:16:55.794 --> 00:16:58.130
  • Heaven is not the end ofeverything. I want to go be up
  • 00:16:58.196 --> 00:17:00.999
  • in the clouds. No, no, listen,it ends back on this earth.
  • 00:17:01.066 --> 00:17:04.002
  • The Bible speaks of and what itends with, before happily
  • 00:17:04.069 --> 00:17:07.005
  • ever after, is this world butwithout cancer. This world
  • 00:17:07.072 --> 00:17:11.743
  • without people that we lovejust having a stroke one day.
  • 00:17:11.810 --> 00:17:14.479
  • This world without someonethat you care about, that you
  • 00:17:14.546 --> 00:17:17.315
  • just said goodbye to, gettingin a car accident, and thenjust the pain of it.
  • 00:17:17.382 --> 00:17:21.319
  • This world without someoneputting a GoPro on and walking
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  • into a mosque and gunningpeople down while they're
  • 00:17:24.322 --> 00:17:26.291
  • praying. I'm telling you, JesusChrist is coming again to
  • 00:17:26.358 --> 00:17:29.327
  • judge the living and the deadand to breathe out a power
  • 00:17:29.394 --> 00:17:32.597
  • of creation over this world, andGod's restored people in
  • 00:17:32.664 --> 00:17:38.703
  • perfect bodies living in aperfect place. That's the
  • 00:17:38.770 --> 00:17:42.174
  • ending that we're longing forand that God promises. And
  • 00:17:42.240 --> 00:17:45.043
  • it was through the Messiahany of that was ever
  • 00:17:45.110 --> 00:17:48.080
  • connected, as weread scripture.
  • 00:17:48.146 --> 00:17:51.016
  • So Jesus is the promised snakecrusher. Because it was
  • 00:17:51.083 --> 00:17:55.320
  • through the snake lying anddeceiving mankind originally,
  • 00:17:55.387 --> 00:17:59.591
  • that everything went wrong.And God said, hey, I'm going
  • 00:17:59.658 --> 00:18:03.328
  • to send my Son. And you,serpent, are going to bite Hisheel.
  • 00:18:03.395 --> 00:18:06.665
  • We just sang it. You're going tobite His heel, but He is
  • 00:18:06.731 --> 00:18:09.367
  • going to crush your head. AndChrist is that snake
  • 00:18:09.434 --> 00:18:13.705
  • crusher. He's the one allthrough the history we've been
  • 00:18:13.772 --> 00:18:16.541
  • hoping would come. And He's theone who indeed came.
  • 00:18:16.608 --> 00:18:20.412
  • Jesus, the Christ, is Hisidentity. That's the first
  • 00:18:20.479 --> 00:18:25.383
  • point. I'm going to give youfour words I hope you'll jot
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  • down, if you take notes inyour phone or whatever.
  • 00:18:27.953 --> 00:18:29.521
  • Identity is the first one. It'sthe identity of Jesus.
  • 00:18:29.588 --> 00:18:32.858
  • And whether or not you likeHim or follow Him, you have
  • 00:18:32.924 --> 00:18:36.828
  • to appreciate the historicalimpact His life, His single
  • 00:18:36.895 --> 00:18:42.601
  • solitary life, has made on theworld. He hasn't just
  • 00:18:42.667 --> 00:18:47.005
  • changed the world for Jesusfollowers. Jesus Christ just
  • 00:18:47.072 --> 00:18:49.708
  • straight up changed the world.And He's in the
  • 00:18:49.774 --> 00:18:52.277
  • dictionary. I mean, that's abig deal, right? All right.
  • 00:18:52.344 --> 00:18:55.747
  • So one noted historian put itthis way, "Regardless of
  • 00:18:55.814 --> 00:19:00.085
  • what anyone may personallythink or believe about Him."
  • 00:19:00.152 --> 00:19:02.487
  • And I'll just pause there andsay, if you're here and you
  • 00:19:02.554 --> 00:19:04.422
  • don't believe in Jesus, you'rewelcome here. We welcome
  • 00:19:04.489 --> 00:19:06.858
  • and appreciate your presencethat you would feel safe
  • 00:19:06.925 --> 00:19:09.194
  • enough to come and hangout with us, as we lift upJesus.
  • 00:19:09.261 --> 00:19:12.297
  • And we willingly, gladly letyou know what that life
  • 00:19:12.364 --> 00:19:14.900
  • looks like. Not that we'rebetter than you at all. It's
  • 00:19:14.966 --> 00:19:16.801
  • just that we found somethingthat's changed our lives.
  • 00:19:16.868 --> 00:19:18.703
  • And so we would be selfish andrude to not want to share
  • 00:19:18.770 --> 00:19:20.605
  • that to you and offer it to you,just like I would tell
  • 00:19:20.672 --> 00:19:22.307
  • you about a killer app I foundabout. I'd be, like, dude,
  • 00:19:22.374 --> 00:19:24.242
  • get this app. It's ridiculous.It's the best thing I've
  • 00:19:24.309 --> 00:19:25.477
  • ever heard in my life, right?
  • 00:19:25.544 --> 00:19:26.711
  • We don't just evangelize whenit comes to God. We
  • 00:19:26.778 --> 00:19:28.413
  • evangelize when it comes to agreat restaurant. Bro, oh,
  • 00:19:28.480 --> 00:19:30.515
  • oh, my, you're going toHouston? Well, have I got the
  • 00:19:30.582 --> 00:19:33.552
  • Tex-Mex for you. You seewhat I'm saying?
  • 00:19:33.618 --> 00:19:35.720
  • I love to recommend thingsthat are awesome. And why
  • 00:19:35.787 --> 00:19:39.824
  • would I not, it's not arrogancethat would lead me to
  • 00:19:39.891 --> 00:19:42.460
  • evangelism. It's the fact thatGod's done something
  • 00:19:42.527 --> 00:19:44.663
  • wicked awesome in my soul,and I want to tell you about it.
  • 00:19:44.729 --> 00:19:47.232
  • So where was I? Oh, right,Jaroslav Pelikan. He said,
  • 00:19:47.299 --> 00:19:56.141
  • "Jesus of Nazareth has beenthe dominant figure in the
  • 00:19:56.208 --> 00:20:00.645
  • history of Western culture foralmost 20 centuries. It is
  • 00:20:00.712 --> 00:20:03.949
  • from His birth that most ofthe human race dates its
  • 00:20:04.015 --> 00:20:06.284
  • calendars." I'll pause there andhashtag that, no big deal.
  • 00:20:06.351 --> 00:20:09.988
  • "And it is by His name thatmillions curse and in His
  • 00:20:10.055 --> 00:20:14.626
  • name millions pray." Think ofit. You don't ever hear of
  • 00:20:14.693 --> 00:20:19.764
  • someone just getting reallyfrustrated and being, like,
  • 00:20:19.831 --> 00:20:21.399
  • "Buddha Muhammad," right?
  • 00:20:21.466 --> 00:20:23.268
  • I mean, it's just, what is itabout the name of Jesus
  • 00:20:23.335 --> 00:20:26.137
  • Christ that triggers such anintense reaction in you for
  • 00:20:26.204 --> 00:20:29.808
  • better or for worse? That'sbecause of His identity. That
  • 00:20:29.874 --> 00:20:35.413
  • He is what God said wouldbe the savior of humanity.
  • 00:20:35.480 --> 00:20:39.484
  • Now let's talk for a secondbecause the Creed goes to
  • 00:20:39.551 --> 00:20:41.720
  • next about His ancestry.That's all the rage, isn't it?
  • 00:20:41.786 --> 00:20:44.489
  • Ancestry, spit in this tube andfind out if you really
  • 00:20:44.556 --> 00:20:47.492
  • can blame your bad temper onthe Irish that you say is
  • 00:20:47.559 --> 00:20:50.629
  • coursing through you, right?
  • 00:20:50.695 --> 00:20:52.097
  • All right, St. Patrick, so offgoes. And you find your
  • 00:20:52.163 --> 00:20:54.566
  • real family tree is devoid ofIreland, right? It's a
  • 00:20:54.633 --> 00:20:58.136
  • little bit of a disillusionmentreally. You've been
  • 00:20:58.203 --> 00:21:00.438
  • telling everybody that you'repart Cherokee Indian for
  • 00:21:00.505 --> 00:21:02.707
  • all this life, right? And thenyou're, like, argh,
  • 00:21:02.774 --> 00:21:04.709
  • where'd that go, right?
  • 00:21:04.776 --> 00:21:06.077
  • I haven't done it personally,but my brother did. It came
  • 00:21:06.144 --> 00:21:08.046
  • back 1.7% Nigerian. And thatexplains my love for hip
  • 00:21:08.113 --> 00:21:11.316
  • hop, I just feel like.
  • 00:21:11.383 --> 00:21:14.819
  • So the ancestry of Jesus, theChrist. All right. Here we
  • 00:21:14.886 --> 00:21:22.594
  • go, Son of God, Son of man.Or as the Creed puts it,
  • 00:21:22.661 --> 00:21:26.131
  • God's only Son was conceivedby the power of the Holy
  • 00:21:26.197 --> 00:21:29.701
  • Spirit and born of the VirginMary.
  • 00:21:29.768 --> 00:21:33.905
  • Now, what this is is tensionbecause here's two things
  • 00:21:33.972 --> 00:21:38.310
  • we're told about Him. TheCreed is telling us that Jesus
  • 00:21:38.376 --> 00:21:41.246
  • is fully God and fully man.Hang with me. I know, it
  • 00:21:41.313 --> 00:21:47.519
  • hurts a little bit. We should beoffering Excedrin during
  • 00:21:47.585 --> 00:21:50.522
  • the meet and greet, youknow, today, right?
  • 00:21:50.588 --> 00:21:51.990
  • But what this is is atheological doctrine called the
  • 00:21:52.057 --> 00:21:55.560
  • incarnation. And what theincarnation refers to is the
  • 00:21:55.627 --> 00:22:00.031
  • in-fleshing of God, that whenJesus stepped into our
  • 00:22:00.098 --> 00:22:04.536
  • humanity, it was God whomade the world now entering the
  • 00:22:04.602 --> 00:22:08.406
  • story. It was God, the author,who at the keyboard, said,
  • 00:22:08.473 --> 00:22:12.010
  • "Let there be light," and therewas.
  • 00:22:12.077 --> 00:22:13.878
  • Who at the keyboard ofeverything said, "Let there be
  • 00:22:13.945 --> 00:22:17.282
  • life," and there was. He nowtyped Himself into the
  • 00:22:17.349 --> 00:22:20.618
  • story. And He entered into thetheater of our space-time
  • 00:22:20.685 --> 00:22:25.190
  • continuum, a world that Heupholds by the word of His
  • 00:22:25.256 --> 00:22:29.294
  • power, the strong nuclearforce, the weak nuclear force,
  • 00:22:29.361 --> 00:22:33.264
  • right? The gorilla tape nuclearforce, right?
  • 00:22:33.331 --> 00:22:36.201
  • In Him, all things consist. Andyet He enters into the
  • 00:22:36.267 --> 00:22:41.206
  • womb of a teenage unwedmother in a peasant city, who
  • 00:22:41.272 --> 00:22:47.278
  • probably most of themilliterate, her neighbors. Andhere
  • 00:22:47.345 --> 00:22:50.849
  • He is, God in this world. It'sun, it's un, it's
  • 00:22:50.915 --> 00:22:55.019
  • unfathomable, and yet it'swhat God says took place when
  • 00:22:55.086 --> 00:23:00.191
  • Jesus walked this world, thein-fleshing of God.
  • 00:23:00.258 --> 00:23:03.628
  • The incarnation, it was not thesubtraction of divinity.
  • 00:23:03.695 --> 00:23:08.533
  • It was simply-- used verygenerously-- the addition of
  • 00:23:08.600 --> 00:23:14.172
  • humanity. So He was still fullyGod, even though He laid
  • 00:23:14.239 --> 00:23:17.809
  • aside voluntarily the use ofHis divine privileges.
  • 00:23:17.876 --> 00:23:22.080
  • So while He walked thisworld, He was fully God. Yet in
  • 00:23:22.147 --> 00:23:26.351
  • His miracles, it was Him relyingon the power of the
  • 00:23:26.418 --> 00:23:29.721
  • father working through theagency of the Holy Spirit. And
  • 00:23:29.788 --> 00:23:34.192
  • in Jesus' life, we see Himhonoring the Father in yielded
  • 00:23:34.259 --> 00:23:37.262
  • submission, working throughthe power of the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:23:37.328 --> 00:23:40.999
  • Himself still being fully divineyet at the same time
  • 00:23:41.065 --> 00:23:45.570
  • being a human just like us.
  • 00:23:45.637 --> 00:23:49.207
  • Now some who would say,you know, this virgin birth,come
  • 00:23:49.274 --> 00:23:52.377
  • on. Come on, like, even ifthat's not true, we can still
  • 00:23:52.444 --> 00:23:55.680
  • be inspired by Him. Even ifthat's, no, it's not true.
  • 00:23:55.747 --> 00:23:58.783
  • You see, it's a load-bearingwall.
  • 00:23:58.850 --> 00:24:01.019
  • Even Larry King admitted this,who himself, outside of
  • 00:24:01.085 --> 00:24:05.657
  • what we would call the realmof Jesus followers, he
  • 00:24:05.723 --> 00:24:07.792
  • admitted. You know, in hisstoried career, he interviewed
  • 00:24:07.859 --> 00:24:11.029
  • everybody, presidents,everybody, you know, sat there
  • 00:24:11.095 --> 00:24:13.998
  • across the table from LarryKing's suspenders, right? And
  • 00:24:14.065 --> 00:24:16.334
  • he was asked one time, if youcould interview anybody
  • 00:24:16.401 --> 00:24:20.872
  • that you never got tointerview-- and in fact, they
  • 00:24:20.939 --> 00:24:22.907
  • opened it up-- they said, ifyou could interview anybody
  • 00:24:22.974 --> 00:24:24.843
  • in human history, who wouldit be?
  • 00:24:24.909 --> 00:24:26.611
  • You know what Larry King said?He didn't skip a beat. He
  • 00:24:26.678 --> 00:24:28.746
  • said, I would interview Jesus,and I would ask Him, were
  • 00:24:28.813 --> 00:24:31.483
  • you really virgin born. And hefollowed it up because the
  • 00:24:31.549 --> 00:24:35.186
  • person was, like, whoa. Hesaid, if I could get the
  • 00:24:35.253 --> 00:24:37.989
  • answer to that one question,that would explain and make
  • 00:24:38.056 --> 00:24:40.859
  • sense of all of history for me.
  • 00:24:40.925 --> 00:24:42.260
  • And someone named RaviZacharias, whose writings have
  • 00:24:42.327 --> 00:24:46.297
  • shaped and helped my worldview, as he has written on
  • 00:24:46.364 --> 00:24:49.100
  • Christianity, he grew up inIndia as a Hindu, but he has
  • 00:24:49.167 --> 00:24:54.272
  • since become a Jesus follower,is one of the smartest
  • 00:24:54.339 --> 00:24:56.975
  • people alive on this planet. Hewrote a book called,
  • 00:24:57.041 --> 00:24:59.978
  • "Jesus Among Other Gods,"that changed my life when
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  • I first read it. He has a newbook out called, "Jesus Among
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  • Secular Gods." Anyhow, he,through a mutual friend,
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  • wanted to dig into this tosee if it's really true.
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  • And so he was able to writeto Larry King and say, did
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  • you really mean that, youknow. And can I have permission
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  • to quote you on that, youknow? And Larry King wrote
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  • back, I absolutely meant it,and I wasn't being facetious
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  • a bit. You see, he understandsthat how Jesus entered
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  • into this world is essential tous being able to believe
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  • how He exited this world.
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  • And once we start playing fastand loose with what the
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  • Bible declares, all of a sudden,what do we find? This
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  • house, this structure, weremove the wrong wall, and
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  • everything topples down. Do youhave to have a pipe organ
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  • in Church or can you have arock band? Look, that's a
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  • style issue. That's an open-handed issue. But when we're
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  • talking about the virgin birthof Jesus, who needed to be
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  • fully God, but also needed tobe fully man, otherwise He
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  • couldn't take the hand of HisFather and take the hand of
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  • a sinful humanity, and that'sexactly what He did on the
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  • cross, and bring us back intoconnection and bring us
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  • back into relationship.
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  • So as later developed, andwhat we're doing in the Creed
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  • is we're going back to theoriginal, going back to how it
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  • was communicated by thosewho walked with Jesus, heard
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  • Jesus speak, and then werewith Him after He rose from
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  • the dead, that's what theypreached. As time goes on,
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  • people start going, well, thevirgin birth wasn't this.
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  • And He wasn't fully God. He wasactually just a guy that Godreally loved.
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  • Or He was just fully God butdidn't have a body, or
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  • whatever developed. He didn'tleave footprints in the
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  • sand. You know, that's whenheresies develop later on.
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  • You'd walk on the beach.
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  • It's, like, what, where's yourfootprints, right? And,
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  • man, if you throw that out,you're throwing out 90% of
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  • Christian Facebook posts from1990 through 1997, right,
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  • because it's all based on the"Footprints in the Sand."
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  • And we can't not have that.
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  • But the point is we don't havea God who saved us from a
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  • distance. We have a Godwho got dirt under His
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  • fingernails and breathed ourair and went through third
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  • grade. And as unbelievable asit is, a God who endured
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  • puberty. Think of Jesus andHis voice cracking.
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  • And it really is marvelous tothink about what Hebrews
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  • says, Hebrews 4:15, He wasjust like we are, tempted in
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  • all points, yet withoutweakness. Therefore He can
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  • sympathize with us as ourgreat High Priest and mediator.
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