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Not A Good Person Part 2

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March 29, 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 theApostle's Creed.
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  • A statement of truth emodiedin the teaching of the Apostle's
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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 movecertain walls.
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  • This can go down, this kitchencan extened into the living room
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  • or dining room. But this wall,if you take this wall down,it's going to knock the whole
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  • house down. This is, theload bearing wall.
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  • And that is exaclty what we'retalking about when we talk aboutthe Creed.
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  • We're talking about what webelievewhen we say we're followersof Jesus Christ.
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  • I hope this will stimulate youand help you understandwhat it is that
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  • being a Christian is all about.If this message or this seriesblesses you in any way
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  • we would sure appreciateyour support of all that God isdoing
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  • to bring these messages tothe world.
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  • Well thank you so much.Let's buckle up and beginthis adventure.
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  • So where was I? Oh,right, Jaroslav Pelikan.He said,
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  • "Jesus of Nazareth hasbeen the dominant figure in the
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  • history of Western culture foralmost 20 centuries. It is
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  • from His birth that most of thehuman race dates its
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  • calendars." I'll pause there andhashtag that, no big deal.
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  • "And it is by His name thatmillions curse and in His
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  • name millions pray." Think ofit. You don't ever hear of
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  • someone just getting reallyfrustrated and being, like,"Buddha Muhammad," right?
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  • I mean, it's just, what is itabout the name of Jesus
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  • Christ that triggers such anintense reaction in you for
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  • better or for worse? That'sbecause of His identity. That
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  • He is what God said would be thesavior of humanity.
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  • Now let's talk for a secondbecause the Creed goes to next
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  • about His ancestry. That's allrage, isn't it?
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  • Ancestry, spit in this tube andfind out if you really can
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  • blame your bad temper on theIrish that you say is
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  • coursing through you, right?
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  • All right, St. Patrick, so offit goes. And you find your
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  • real family tree is devoid ofIreland, right? It's a
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  • little bit of a disillusionmentreally. You've been
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  • telling everybody that you'repart Cherokee Indian for all
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  • this life, right? And thenyou're, like, argh, where'd
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  • that go, right?
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  • I haven't done it personally,but my brother did. It came
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  • back 1.7% Nigerian. And thatexplains my love for hip hop,
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  • I just feel like.
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  • So the ancestry of Jesus, theChrist. All right. Here we
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  • go, Son of God, Son of man. Oras the Creed puts it, God's
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  • only Son was conceived by thepower of the Holy Spirit and
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  • born of the Virgin Mary.
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  • Now, what this is is tensionbecause here's two things
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  • we're told about Him. The Creedis telling us that Jesus
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  • is fully God and fully man. Hangwith me. I know, it hurts
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  • a little bit. We should beoffering Excedrin during the
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  • meet and greet, you know,today, right?
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  • But what this is is atheological doctrine called the
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  • incarnation. And what theincarnation refers to is the in-
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  • fleshing of God, that when Jesusstepped into our
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  • humanity, it was God who madethe world now entering the
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  • story. It was God, the author,who at the keyboard, said,
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  • "Let there be light," andthere was.
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  • Who at the keyboard ofeverything said, "Let there be
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  • life," and there was. He nowtyped Himself into the story.
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  • And He entered into the theaterof our space-time
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  • continuum, a world that Heupholds by the word of His
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  • power, the strong nuclear force,the weak nuclear force,
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  • right? The gorilla tape nuclearforce, right?
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  • In Him, all things consist. Andyet He enters into the
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  • womb of a teenage unwed motherin a peasant city, who
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  • probably most of themilliterate, her neighbors. Andhere
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  • He is, God in this world. It'sun, it's un, it's
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  • unfathomable, and yet it's whatGod says took place when
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  • Jesus walked this world, thein-fleshing of God.
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  • The incarnation, it was not thesubtraction of divinity.
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  • It was simply-- used verygenerously-- the addition of
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  • humanity. So He was still fullyGod, even though He laid
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  • aside voluntarily the use of Hisdivine privileges.
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  • So while He walked this world,He was fully God. Yet in
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  • His miracles, it was Him relyingon the power of the
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  • Father working through theagency of the Holy Spirit. And
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  • in Jesus' life, we see Himhonoring the Father in yielded
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  • submission, working through thepower of the Holy Spirit,
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  • Himself still being fully divineyet at the same time
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  • being a human just like us.
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  • Now some who would say, youknow, this virgin birth, come
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  • on. Come on, like, even ifthat's not true, we can still
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  • be inspired by Him. Even ifthat's, no, it's not true. You
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  • see, it's a load-bearing wall.
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  • Even Larry King admitted this,who himself, outside of
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  • what we would call the realmof Jesus followers, he
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  • admitted. You know, in hisstoried career, he interviewed
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  • everybody, presidents,everybody, you know, sat there
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  • across the table from LarryKing's suspenders, right? And
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  • he was asked one time, if youcould interview anybody that
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  • you never got to interview--and in fact, they opened it
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  • up-- they said, if you couldinterview anybody in human
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  • history, who would it be?
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  • You know what Larry King said?He didn't skip a beat. He
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  • said, I would interview Jesus,and I would ask Him, were
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  • you really virgin born. And hefollowed it up because the
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  • person was, like, whoa. He said,if I could get the answer
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  • to that one question, that wouldexplain and make sense of
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  • all of history for me.
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  • And someone named RaviZacharias, whose writings have
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  • shaped and helped my worldview, as he has written on
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  • Christianity, he grew up inIndia as a Hindu, but he has
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  • since become a Jesus follower,is one of the smartest
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  • people alive on this planet.He wrote a book called,
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  • "Jesus Among Other Gods,"that changed my life when I
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  • first read it. He has a new bookout called, "Jesus Among
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  • Secular Gods." Anyhow, he,through a mutual friend, wanted
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  • to dig into this to see if it'sreally true.
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  • And so he was able to write toLarry King and say, did you
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  • really mean that, you know.And can I have permission to
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  • quote you on that, you know?And Larry King wrote back, "I
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  • absolutely meant it, and Iwasn't being facetious a bit."
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  • You see, he understands thathow Jesus entered into this
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  • world is essential to us beingable to believe how He exitedthis 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. Doyou have 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 backinto relationship.
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  • So as later developed, and whatwe'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 the
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  • dead, that's what they preached.As time goes on, people
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  • start going, well, the virginbirth wasn't this. And He
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  • 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 postsfrom 1990 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'thave a God who saved us from a
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  • distance. We have a God whogot dirt under His fingernails
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  • and breathed our air and wentthrough third grade. And as
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  • unbelievable as it is, a God whoendured puberty. Think of
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  • Jesus and His 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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  • not just conceived by thepower of the Holy Spirit, also
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  • born. Born just like, all ofus have a birth, only
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  • difference about Him is Hepre-existed His birth. Eh.
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  • What were you doing two yearsbefore you were born? Not a
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  • lot, right? Not so with Him.That's what Hebrews, rather
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  • John's gospel tells us, tells usthe Word, who was always
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  • there-- that's the word forJesus, the Word of God,
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  • right-- He became flesh andblood and moved into theneighborhood.
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  • And even popular Christmasverses, and I think maybe it's
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  • even better for us to bestudying Christmas when it's not
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  • Christmastime, because atChristmastime, there's so much
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  • charm and warmth and eggnog,that it's hard to actually
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  • focus for a second. It's oneof the worst days for a
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  • preacher. Just trust me, it'sthe worst day because
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  • everyone's like, we havethings to do. This better be
  • 00:10:17.932 --> 00:10:19.567
  • really inspiring and short,pal, right? And so just to
  • 00:10:19.634 --> 00:10:22.436
  • take a second and to talkabout the incarnation, the in-
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  • fleshing of God, and theramifications of it at a time
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  • when we're not distracted byall the parties and all the
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  • gifts we need to be wrappingup is really the appropriatetime.
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  • But one of those Christmasyverses is Isaiah, Chapter 9,
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  • verse 6. And notice, the pre-existence of Christ is in it.
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  • "For unto us a Child is"-- sayit with me-- born. But also
  • 00:10:40.287 --> 00:10:44.792
  • at the same time, "unto us aSon is given." He was born,
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  • but that act was God giving Himmeaning He was already in
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  • Heaven, already existingforever, but then given intothis story by the Father.
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  • And now, again, let meacknowledge the temple rubbing
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  • that's going on out there.Charles Spurgeon said, "This is
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  • a mystery which we must notattempt to fathom, for it is
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  • utterly beyond the grasp of anyfinite being. As well
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  • might a gnat seek to drinkin the ocean, as a finite
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  • creature to try and comprehendthe Eternal God, a God whom
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  • we could understand would beno God. If we could grasp
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  • Him, He would not be infinite.If we could understand Him,
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  • then He would not be divine."
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  • So there is an element ofmystery to this. So we do not
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  • presume to think we can fullyunderstand it. But what do
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  • we need to do? We need tobelieve in it. Because once we
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  • stop choosing to put our faithin who He says He is, then
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  • we've removed the load-bearingwalls that hold everything
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  • up in the first place.
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  • What am I trying to get you tosee? I'm trying to get you
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  • to see that without theincarnation, we are not leftwith
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  • a Resurrection to believe in.Or to put it another way,
  • 00:11:51.392 --> 00:11:54.462
  • there can be no second birthwithout the virgin birth.
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  • We don't have a God whocame down to give us that
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  • spiritual birth on the insidethat we need, that we crave,
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  • that new start, that newheart, that new life, that
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  • forgiveness of sins. If Hewasn't God in the flesh, as He
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  • said He was, then He can't dowhat He promised to do
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  • inside of your heart and insideof mine. And we are all
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  • still stuck in our sins, and weshould all probably just
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  • exit right now and go findsomething else.
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  • Let's just go get high, or let'sjust figure something
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  • else out to numb the emptiness.Or as many kind of come to
  • 00:12:25.292 --> 00:12:28.629
  • an intellectual honesty, ifthere is no God, there is no
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  • afterlife, then there is nopoint. And we're all just
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  • going to die, and the secondafter we die, it's justblackness forever.
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  • So the most honest thing wecould do would just be to take
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  • our lives now and end themeaningless of it all. But since
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  • we do have God's Son whocame and since we do have a
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  • Savior, and since we do havehope and since we do have
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  • peace, now all of a suddeneverything makes sense. And
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  • work makes sense, and lifemakes sense, and art makes
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  • sense. And your company makessense, and your dreams, they
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  • make sense. And the passionin your heart makes sense.
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  • And now everybody you evermeet, they make sense because
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  • they're a person that God loves,and God has a plan for
  • 00:13:04.865 --> 00:13:07.868
  • them. And God wants to usethem, and now we can walk the
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  • streets of this world on amission and with hope. And you
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  • Now what about the Virgin Mary?What about this
  • 00:14:47.968 --> 00:14:52.373
  • individual that's a part of thestory, the mother who was
  • 00:14:52.439 --> 00:14:58.012
  • given this difficult assignmentof giving birth and
  • 00:14:58.078 --> 00:15:00.681
  • carrying Jesus to term and allthat? What do we make andthink about Mary?
  • 00:15:00.748 --> 00:15:04.852
  • Her presence in the Creedshould cause us to ask the
  • 00:15:04.919 --> 00:15:06.720
  • question, what about Mary?And now here's what I would
  • 00:15:06.787 --> 00:15:10.391
  • say, scripturally speaking,about Mary. She deserves your
  • 00:15:10.457 --> 00:15:14.595
  • respect, but she would rejectyour worship.
  • 00:15:14.662 --> 00:15:18.098
  • Mary is 100, are you kidding,Mary, she's 100% worthy of
  • 00:15:18.165 --> 00:15:24.471
  • your respect. There should be nodenigrating of Mary. We
  • 00:15:24.538 --> 00:15:28.342
  • should respect Mary. We shouldhonor Mary.
  • 00:15:28.409 --> 00:15:30.744
  • Why? Because she's awesome.Awesome because she accepted
  • 00:15:30.811 --> 00:15:34.315
  • a really hard assignment thatwas admittedly a part of a
  • 00:15:34.381 --> 00:15:37.718
  • kooky plan. Now, don't hearthat and be, like, oh, that's
  • 00:15:37.785 --> 00:15:40.220
  • so irreverent of you. No, it waskooky.
  • 00:15:40.287 --> 00:15:42.756
  • Listen, here's what we'regoing to do. We're going to
  • 00:15:42.823 --> 00:15:44.692
  • find someone who's never havesex with anybody. She's
  • 00:15:44.758 --> 00:15:46.460
  • going to have a baby. Yeah, butshe's going to have a
  • 00:15:46.527 --> 00:15:48.262
  • fiancé. That's going to begreat for him, too.
  • 00:15:48.329 --> 00:15:50.831
  • In fact, the Bible says later,God intentionally made the
  • 00:15:50.898 --> 00:15:57.905
  • whole thing as foolish as Hepossibly could, so that it
  • 00:15:57.972 --> 00:16:00.874
  • wouldn't cause us to think,you know, this is great.
  • 00:16:00.941 --> 00:16:04.411
  • It's not about human wisdomIt would need for usto have faith in God's
  • 00:16:04.478 --> 00:16:07.448
  • crazy, outlandish plan. So weshould give her respect for
  • 00:16:07.514 --> 00:16:12.853
  • that reason. I also would say,she should be given
  • 00:16:12.920 --> 00:16:14.888
  • respect because it was herhonoring God with her body and
  • 00:16:14.955 --> 00:16:18.659
  • her love life before she everknew that she was being
  • 00:16:18.726 --> 00:16:21.228
  • watched that caused her to beable to take part in this
  • 00:16:21.295 --> 00:16:23.263
  • whole thing. And that'sinspiring to me.
  • 00:16:23.330 --> 00:16:25.099
  • You know, she didn't know theangel was coming. She
  • 00:16:25.165 --> 00:16:27.568
  • didn't know. She wasn't hookingup with Bro-seph and, you
  • 00:16:27.634 --> 00:16:29.703
  • know, all this, whatever shecould have been doing.
  • 00:16:29.770 --> 00:16:31.338
  • And so here comes this plan.She thought the fact that
  • 00:16:31.405 --> 00:16:33.640
  • her chastity or her savingherself for marriage was a
  • 00:16:33.707 --> 00:16:36.443
  • barrier to God using her, thatshe wasn't doing what
  • 00:16:36.510 --> 00:16:39.646
  • would be common in her cultureperhaps in that day, just
  • 00:16:39.713 --> 00:16:42.850
  • like in our day, there'sdifferent ways of approaching
  • 00:16:42.916 --> 00:16:44.418
  • sexuality. And the fact that shehonored God in this way,
  • 00:16:44.485 --> 00:16:47.788
  • she thought was a barrier.
  • 00:16:47.855 --> 00:16:49.223
  • She's, like, I can't have thisbaby. I've never known a
  • 00:16:49.289 --> 00:16:50.724
  • man. God's, like, it is becauseof that that I picked you.
  • 00:16:50.791 --> 00:16:52.593
  • You see what I'm saying? I'msaying to you today, I'm not
  • 00:16:52.659 --> 00:16:54.962
  • doing this to shame anybodyfor how you lived up until
  • 00:16:55.029 --> 00:16:57.164
  • this point. But I would say, iffrom this moment forward,
  • 00:16:57.231 --> 00:17:00.100
  • you said, God, I want to honorYou with my life. I want
  • 00:17:00.167 --> 00:17:02.169
  • to honor You with my love lifeand my body and all that.
  • 00:17:02.236 --> 00:17:04.538
  • I'm telling you, there's goingto come moments when you
  • 00:17:04.605 --> 00:17:06.273
  • feel like you're missing out.But there's going to come a
  • 00:17:06.340 --> 00:17:08.042
  • day when you see, you weren'tmissing out. You were
  • 00:17:08.108 --> 00:17:09.843
  • saving up for God's plan for youthat He had in mind for you allalong.
  • 00:17:09.910 --> 00:17:13.213
  • And what I always say is, nowyells louder, but later
  • 00:17:13.280 --> 00:17:18.619
  • lasts longer. And there's goingto come a day when you're
  • 00:17:18.685 --> 00:17:20.854
  • glad that you chose to say,God, I want to honor You in
  • 00:17:20.921 --> 00:17:23.190
  • my life. No matter what'sbehind me, from this day
  • 00:17:23.257 --> 00:17:24.992
  • forward, I want to honor Youin that way, you will watch,
  • 00:17:25.059 --> 00:17:27.061
  • when the day comes, whenyou realize, I'm so glad. I'm so
  • 00:17:27.127 --> 00:17:28.996
  • glad I chose to follow God'splan for my love life.
  • 00:17:29.063 --> 00:17:33.200
  • So Mary is worthy of respect,but she would reject your
  • 00:17:33.267 --> 00:17:35.302
  • worship. And I say thatbecause in scripture, anytime
  • 00:17:35.369 --> 00:17:37.571
  • anybody was ever tempted to beworshipped, Paul, one time
  • 00:17:37.638 --> 00:17:40.474
  • people tried to worship him,right? Anytime, even an
  • 00:17:40.541 --> 00:17:43.110
  • angel, people tried toworship angels in the Bible
  • 00:17:43.177 --> 00:17:45.479
  • because angels are awesome.Like, if we saw one today,
  • 00:17:45.546 --> 00:17:47.481
  • we'd be, like, may, may Iworship you just for a quick
  • 00:17:47.548 --> 00:17:49.383
  • minute? I won't take long.
  • 00:17:49.450 --> 00:17:50.851
  • Anytime that happened, theresponse was embarrassment.
  • 00:17:50.918 --> 00:17:54.788
  • No, no, no, no, no, no, ah,ah, quit it, quit it. Don't
  • 00:17:54.855 --> 00:17:57.357
  • worship me, I'm an angel.Don't worship me.
  • 00:17:57.424 --> 00:17:58.992
  • I'm just a preacher. Don'tworship me. I'm just adude. I'm just a guy.
  • 00:17:59.059 --> 00:18:03.297
  • Yeah, God's using me, great,great. Paul said that,
  • 00:18:03.363 --> 00:18:05.065
  • great, great, I'm a guy, butjust a guy. Worship God.
  • 00:18:05.132 --> 00:18:07.901
  • They would always redirect.
  • 00:18:07.968 --> 00:18:09.670
  • So anybody who's acceptingworship meant for God is not
  • 00:18:09.736 --> 00:18:12.840
  • someone who's doing what Godwants them to do. And that
  • 00:18:12.906 --> 00:18:15.609
  • is not what God would havefor any part of His creation,
  • 00:18:15.676 --> 00:18:18.512
  • right? So our response, right,should be to point the
  • 00:18:18.579 --> 00:18:22.116
  • attention back to God.
  • 00:18:22.182 --> 00:18:23.684
  • I'm on a platform so you cansee me. I'm on a platform so
  • 00:18:23.750 --> 00:18:27.287
  • that the cameras can see me.I'm not on a platform
  • 00:18:27.354 --> 00:18:29.523
  • because I'm better thananybody, you see?
  • 00:18:29.590 --> 00:18:30.924
  • So the worship goes to God.We want to direct the
  • 00:18:30.991 --> 00:18:32.993
  • attention to God. And Iguarantee you, if Mary couldtalk
  • 00:18:33.060 --> 00:18:37.064
  • to you today, she'd say the samething she said to the
  • 00:18:37.131 --> 00:18:38.899
  • servants who ran out of wine atthe wedding that she was at.
  • 00:18:38.966 --> 00:18:41.668
  • They were, like, hey, Mary, whatshould we do. And she's,
  • 00:18:41.735 --> 00:18:43.670
  • like, here's what you should do.Look at it. It's John,
  • 00:18:43.737 --> 00:18:45.639
  • Chapter 2, "Whatever Jesus tellsyou, make sure you do it!"
  • 00:18:45.706 --> 00:18:48.909
  • So we don't see Mary as a co-redeemer, we see her as a
  • 00:18:48.976 --> 00:18:53.580
  • saved sinner, in fact, fromher own lips. Because you
  • 00:18:53.647 --> 00:18:57.317
  • will hear different teachingthat Mary is a co-redeemer,
  • 00:18:57.384 --> 00:19:00.888
  • on equal footing with Christ,and she was sinless, and
  • 00:19:00.954 --> 00:19:03.790
  • she's a perpetual virgin, andshe was received up into a
  • 00:19:03.857 --> 00:19:06.593
  • resurrection body the momentshe died, and things that
  • 00:19:06.660 --> 00:19:09.129
  • you're not going to find taughtin scripture. And so we
  • 00:19:09.196 --> 00:19:12.332
  • would not say we're better thananyone who teaches things
  • 00:19:12.399 --> 00:19:14.434
  • differently. But what we aredoing is clarifying what has
  • 00:19:14.501 --> 00:19:17.337
  • been the teaching from themoment Jesus walked this earth.
  • 00:19:17.404 --> 00:19:20.607
  • And that is, Mary is, from herown mouth, the saved
  • 00:19:20.674 --> 00:19:22.809
  • sinner. Look at her words thatshe said to God. She said,
  • 00:19:22.876 --> 00:19:25.546
  • "My spirit rejoices in God mySavior," meaning, she knew
  • 00:19:25.612 --> 00:19:29.850
  • she needed to be saved fromher sins and just like you
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  • and I do. She's just a personand all of us are on equal
  • 00:19:33.153 --> 00:19:36.323
  • footing, one mediator betweenGod and man, and that is theLord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:19:36.390 --> 00:19:40.427
  • He's the only mediator we got.He's the only high priest
  • 00:19:40.494 --> 00:19:42.663
  • that we've got. So that's howwe see it.
  • 00:19:42.729 --> 00:19:45.432
  • You don't need to talk to apriest. You just talk to God
  • 00:19:45.499 --> 00:19:49.703
  • because of what Jesus has done.And so Mary's an amazing
  • 00:19:49.770 --> 00:19:53.774
  • example for all of us andsomeone God used greatly.
  • 00:19:53.840 --> 00:19:58.011
  • All right. So that's the secondpoint, ancestry. How
  • 00:19:58.078 --> 00:20:01.281
  • about the third? Jot this worddown, prophecy. We have a
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  • reason to believe in Jesus, andthat is because He fulfilledprophecies.
  • 00:20:04.885 --> 00:20:09.089
  • The more stipulations are given,the more difficult and
  • 00:20:09.156 --> 00:20:14.094
  • complex a wager becomes.If you're saying, I believe
  • 00:20:14.161 --> 00:20:17.397
  • Mayweather is going to knockhim out, great. What round
  • 00:20:17.464 --> 00:20:19.700
  • is it going to be in?
  • 00:20:19.766 --> 00:20:21.034
  • Is it going to be a TKO or is itgoing to be a knockout?
  • 00:20:21.101 --> 00:20:23.971
  • What are the, what's going tobe my decision? You see whatI'm saying?
  • 00:20:24.037 --> 00:20:26.707
  • And the more you clarify, no,it's going to be a knockout
  • 00:20:26.773 --> 00:20:29.142
  • in the third, right? You'relike, OK, that, you're going
  • 00:20:29.209 --> 00:20:32.546
  • to make more money if you win.You see what I'm saying?
  • 00:20:32.613 --> 00:20:34.281
  • And when it comes to odds andprobability, what we have
  • 00:20:34.348 --> 00:20:37.851
  • in the Old Testament is Godgiving stipulation after
  • 00:20:37.918 --> 00:20:41.154
  • stipulation, making it moredifficult on Himself than He
  • 00:20:41.221 --> 00:20:43.390
  • needed to, saying eight ball,corner pocket. And it's
  • 00:20:43.457 --> 00:20:46.460
  • going to be this, this, this,Bethlehem. It's going to be
  • 00:20:46.526 --> 00:20:48.495
  • this, this, this, virgin birth.
  • 00:20:48.562 --> 00:20:50.097
  • It's going to be this, this,this. He's going to be
  • 00:20:50.163 --> 00:20:51.932
  • buried in the grave of a wealthyperson. This, this,
  • 00:20:51.999 --> 00:20:54.167
  • this, He's going to diesurrounded by, this, this,this.
  • 00:20:54.234 --> 00:20:57.037
  • 300 prophesies in the OldTestament, God saying when the
  • 00:20:57.104 --> 00:21:01.642
  • Messiah comes, when theChrist gets here, when the shiny
  • 00:21:01.708 --> 00:21:04.745
  • one shows up, here's what it'sgoing to look like, so you
  • 00:21:04.811 --> 00:21:09.016
  • wouldn't be able to say, yeah,it's just fluke, just anaccident.
  • 00:21:09.082 --> 00:21:12.185
  • No, He fulfilled prophecy, andthis is really important.
  • 00:21:12.252 --> 00:21:16.223
  • One of the big things thathelped shaped my faith in God
  • 00:21:16.290 --> 00:21:19.826
  • was coming across a littlebooklet that my pastor when I
  • 00:21:19.893 --> 00:21:23.063
  • was growing up used to referto a lot called Science
  • 00:21:23.130 --> 00:21:25.399
  • Speaks by someone namedPeter Stoner. And he basically
  • 00:21:25.465 --> 00:21:29.670
  • took the chance of anybodyfulfilling the prophesies givenin the Old Testament.
  • 00:21:29.736 --> 00:21:33.473
  • He said, 300's too crazy. Let'sstart with eight. Let's
  • 00:21:33.540 --> 00:21:36.143
  • say, there were only eight.Let's say, God just in the
  • 00:21:36.209 --> 00:21:38.145
  • Old Testament gave useight different things.
  • 00:21:38.211 --> 00:21:39.713
  • What would be the odds of oneperson in human history
  • 00:21:39.780 --> 00:21:43.550
  • fulfilling just eight specificprophesies? He calculated,
  • 00:21:43.617 --> 00:21:47.421
  • and the numbers that hepublished in the book were
  • 00:21:47.487 --> 00:21:49.389
  • verified by mathematiciansand all the citations there.
  • 00:21:49.456 --> 00:21:52.793
  • You could Google it if youwant to look into it yourself.
  • 00:21:52.859 --> 00:21:54.995
  • And he basically said, it wouldbe one in 10 to the 17th
  • 00:21:55.062 --> 00:21:59.566
  • power, the odds of one personjust fulfilling eight
  • 00:21:59.633 --> 00:22:02.169
  • prophecies. Now, one in 10 tothe 17th power is a really
  • 00:22:02.235 --> 00:22:05.939
  • big number, so it's difficult toget your head around
  • 00:22:06.006 --> 00:22:08.408
  • that. So what he said is,imagine the state of Texas, the
  • 00:22:08.475 --> 00:22:11.311
  • landmass of the state of Texas,which is the second-
  • 00:22:11.378 --> 00:22:13.647
  • biggest state behind Alaska,then comes California, and
  • 00:22:13.714 --> 00:22:16.283
  • then comes Montana, right?
  • 00:22:16.350 --> 00:22:19.453
  • And he said, take the landmassof Texas and cover it two
  • 00:22:19.519 --> 00:22:22.656
  • feet thick in silver dollars.That is 10 to the 17th
  • 00:22:22.723 --> 00:22:26.593
  • power. That's how many silverdollars it would take to
  • 00:22:26.660 --> 00:22:28.895
  • cover the state of Texas twofeet thick.
  • 00:22:28.962 --> 00:22:30.764
  • Now, imagine he said, if flyingover it in an airplane,
  • 00:22:30.831 --> 00:22:34.301
  • you marked one silver dollarand tossed it into the pile
  • 00:22:34.368 --> 00:22:38.238
  • somewhere and then blindfoldedsomeone and set them out
  • 00:22:38.305 --> 00:22:41.675
  • walking across Texas, and sothey're somewhere between
  • 00:22:41.742 --> 00:22:43.910
  • Amarillo and El Paso. Andthey're told, you get to walk
  • 00:22:43.977 --> 00:22:48.014
  • as long as you want, you getto spend as much time
  • 00:22:48.081 --> 00:22:50.350
  • thinking about it as you'rewalking around Texas
  • 00:22:50.417 --> 00:22:52.352
  • blindfolded. And basically youhave to pick one silver
  • 00:22:52.419 --> 00:22:56.156
  • dollar that's the one that wemarked when we flew over
  • 00:22:56.223 --> 00:22:58.458
  • the plane and tossed it outat random.
  • 00:22:58.525 --> 00:23:00.460
  • And out of the entire state ofTexas covered two feet
  • 00:23:00.527 --> 00:23:02.562
  • thick in silver dollars, theodds of one person in
  • 00:23:02.629 --> 00:23:05.065
  • history fulfilling just eightunique Messianic prophesies
  • 00:23:05.132 --> 00:23:08.135
  • that were laid out ahead oftime, that would be 1 in 10
  • 00:23:08.201 --> 00:23:10.937
  • to the 17th power, or the oddsof that person finding
  • 00:23:11.004 --> 00:23:13.540
  • that one unique silver dollar.And Jesus didn't fulfill
  • 00:23:13.607 --> 00:23:16.510
  • eight prophesies, friends.He fulfilled 300.
  • 00:23:16.576 --> 00:23:19.513
  • And that's one of the reasonsthat I believe in Jesus,
  • 00:23:19.579 --> 00:23:23.283
  • for me personally. That's one ofthe reasons because of
  • 00:23:23.350 --> 00:23:26.486
  • the fulfilled prophesies, andthat's just one of many
  • 00:23:26.553 --> 00:23:29.656
  • reasons I believe and havemade the life decision to,
  • 00:23:29.723 --> 00:23:32.092
  • listen-- last point-- to giveJesus supremacy. That's
  • 00:23:32.159 --> 00:23:36.263
  • what I've chosen to do. I'vechosen to give Jesus supremacy.
  • 00:23:36.329 --> 00:23:39.766
  • And that means first, and thatmeans, as the Creed says,
  • 00:23:39.833 --> 00:23:43.036
  • He's not just God's only Son.He's not just someone
  • 00:23:43.103 --> 00:23:47.374
  • conceived by the Holy Spiritand born of the Virgin Mary.
  • 00:23:47.441 --> 00:23:50.444
  • But He is Jesus Christ-- I'msaying it for my soul-- our
  • 00:23:50.510 --> 00:23:54.815
  • Lord. Lord, Lord meaningabove everything for me. I like
  • 00:23:54.881 --> 00:23:59.553
  • fashion, above fashion.
  • 00:23:59.619 --> 00:24:01.188
  • I like sport, above sport.Money's great, above money.
  • 00:24:01.254 --> 00:24:06.726
  • Career's great, above career.Church is great, above,above all things.
  • 00:24:06.793 --> 00:24:10.964
  • First born from the dead, inHim all things consist, that
  • 00:24:11.031 --> 00:24:14.367
  • He is God. He is King. I'mtelling you, here's
  • 00:24:14.434 --> 00:24:17.237
  • Christianity. It's someonewho makes the faithful
  • 00:24:17.304 --> 00:24:19.372
  • decision to say, Jesus Christ isLord. And that from the
  • 00:24:19.439 --> 00:24:24.978
  • beginning has been the thingthat this is all about.
  • 00:24:25.045 --> 00:24:28.915
  • What is Christianity? It's aboutJesus choosing with
  • 00:24:28.982 --> 00:24:31.585
  • their life and their soul andtheir death and everything
  • 00:24:31.651 --> 00:24:33.620
  • to say, Jesus, I fall at Yourfeet, and I choose to call
  • 00:24:33.687 --> 00:24:36.156
  • You my Lord. And that has alwaysbeen the powerful, the
  • 00:24:36.223 --> 00:24:40.494
  • irreducible minimum becausethat is what Jesus believedabout Jesus.
  • 00:24:40.560 --> 00:24:44.998
  • Jesus believed that Jesus wasLord, you see? And that's
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  • why He was put to death. Infact, we're told clearly in
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  • John's gospel-- this was at Hismurder trial while He was
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  • being tried; I guess it wasn'ta murder trial, but the
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  • guy whose cross He took, itwasn't murder, so it kind of
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  • was, anyhow-- it says this. Itsays, "We have a law, and
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  • by the law He had to die becauseHe made Himself out to be theSon of God."
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  • Jesus was tried and executedbecause He claimed to be the
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  • Lord. So what does that causeus to realize? It causes us
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  • to realize we have no space togive ourselves the easy
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  • off-ramp of just saying, well,you know, Jesus wasn't
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  • God, but He was awesome.
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  • I like Jesus. Jesus isfantastic. Because what I'm
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  • telling you is, from the verybeginning, His followers
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  • believed Him to be God. Infact, the reason Christians
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  • like fish-- not the food, thesymbol-- have you ever seen
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  • a Christian wearing a fishnecklace or a fish on their car?
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  • And you know, there's a lot Icould say about any and all
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  • of those things, but it's not inthe Bible. But the
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  • reason that icon becamesomething of significance and
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  • import was simply because,at the end of the day,
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  • Christians believed Jesus Christwas Lord. What do you, I
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  • don't see the connection there.
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  • Is it because He did the loavesand fish thing? No, no,
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  • no, it's really simple. The wordfor fish in Greek, which
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  • is the language that was spokenin the first century AD,
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  • was "ichthus." "Ichthus" isfish.
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  • But interestingly enough, if youspell out "ichthus" in
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  • all capital letters, it'schanged. And it is I-X-O-Y-E,
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  • which in that day was anacrostic they realized that
  • 00:26:22.395 --> 00:26:26.232
  • spells out Jesus, Christ, God,Son, Savior, fish. So it
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  • was just a lazy way of speakingto say fish is shorthand
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  • for Jesus, Christ, God, Son,and Savior. And so they
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  • would actually use this kind ofas a secret symbol in the
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  • days of open imperialpersecution to keep graves from
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  • being desecrated by identifyingthem as Christian graves,
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  • not by putting a cross on them,but the fish that no one
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  • really understood. That was asymbol for here lies
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  • someone who believes that JesusChrist is God, Son, and Savior.
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  • And actually I've read-- you canlook into it-- maybe
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  • it's myth or maybe it'shistorical, that Christians, if
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  • they were hanging out and theywere, like, I think that
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  • guy might be a believer, but I'mnot totally sure, you
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  • might just casually, whileyou're sipping your latte-- I
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  • don't know if we can get awide shot here-- you would
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  • kind of draw a half rainbow inthe dirt with your toe,
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  • like you were just talking. Itwas, like, just a casual
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  • gesture. That's real casual.
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  • You don't really notice. Youdon't really notice. Pay no
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  • attention to my legs. Myhips don't lie.
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