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Fresh Life with Levi Lusko

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  • I came to church to tell somebody never doubt in shade what Jesus told you in
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  • the sunshine. You just got to hang on to whatever He told you on the shore,
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  • when you're in the middle of the storm, if He said go to the other side He's not
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  • gonna let you drown in the middle and I think sometimes we get so freaked out
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  • and emotional and when things are bad we make permanent decisions because
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  • of temporary emotions.
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  • Hey this is Levi and I wanna thank you so much for watching Fresh Life TV. It is
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  • such an incredible privilege to get to bring God's word into your life, and that's
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  • exactly what we're about to do.
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  • We're gonna have our attention turned to the Gospel of John, where we're going
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  • to be looking at the seven different times that Jesus disclosed His identity using
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  • the words, I Am, and then telling us who He is.
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  • We'll be going from the bread of life, to the true vine, to the door of the sheep
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  • and the good shepherd, to the resurrection and the life.
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  • Come one, it's going to be an incredible ride.
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  • And I also love that He chose seven different times to tell us who He is.
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  • Cause if you know anything about scripture you'll know the number seven is
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  • kind of like one of God's favorite Easter eggs.
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  • He loves to hide in and pepper in, not only into the scripture but really into all of
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  • creation this number seven.
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  • That really speaks of completion or fullness. It's in the calendar, seven days in
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  • the week.
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  • It's in the rainbow, seven colors. It's in the musical scale, it's even in the amount
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  • of Harry Potter books there are.
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  • Now I'm not sure that God had anything to do with that but it is an incredible
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  • thing because in the seven statements of Jesus this magnificent seven, we're
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  • going to get a totality a full picture of the rainbow of who He is and how He
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  • wanted to reveal Himself to us.
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  • And through that our lives can be changed in the process.
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  • If in anyway you're encouraged by this message or blessed, we sure would love
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  • to hear about it.
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  • Shoot me an email, Levi@freshlife.church and I would love to hear what God is doing in your life.
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  • And as well if you wanna support this ministry financially and help us to bring God's
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  • word to more people, we would be thrilled to partner with you in that way.
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  • You can click the give button at Levilusko.com.
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  • Well let's jump into today's message.
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  • All right. John chapter 14 is where we're going to be. John chapter 14-- the title of my
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  • message is Welcome Home. Two simple words-- Welcome Home. And John 14, we find
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  • the fifth I am statement that we're looking at in this series
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  • of messages, this collection of talks. And it says this in John, starting in verse 1.
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  • Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe alsn Me. In my
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  • father's house are many mansion. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go
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  • to prepare a place for you.And f I go and prepare a place for you I will come
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  • again and receive you to myself that where I am, there you may be also. And
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  • where I go you know and the way you know.
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  • Thomas objected at this point and said to Him, Lord, we have no idea where
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  • you're going. And we have no idea how to get there. We don't know the way.
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  • How can we know the way?
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  • I like his honesty, by the way. Can we just admit that we're grateful He
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  • interjected? Because if he hadn't objected and-- because you see in this
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  • scene, Jesus is talking eloquently about all this stuff. You know exactly where
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  • I'm going. You know exactly how I'm going to get there.
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  • And you just imagine Peter. You imagine John. You imagine James just all
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  • trying to look deep, trying to look smart. They furrowed their brows like, yes,
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  • we do know the way.And yes, we do understand how you're going to get
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  • there. And Thomas seeing this, raises his hand. We have no idea where you're
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  • going, and none of us have any idea how you're going to get there.
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  • And Jesus probably looked at the group and was like, is that true? And they're like
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  • yeah, technically true. But we were trying to look smart and sophisticated.
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  • I'm thankful for Thomas.
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  • This is one of those Thomas epic days. Come on, we trash Thomas when he
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  • fails. Let's celebrate Thomas.
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  • Tell you what. If you're new to church, people like to call him "doubting
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  • Thomas," right? How would you like it if the biggest mistake you ever made in
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  • your entire life became your nickname? I'm thankful that Jesus never once
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  • called him "doubting Thomas" and neither does He summarize you by your greatest failure.
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  • We have no idea where you're going-- verse 5. We have no idea how to get
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  • there. Jesus has a helpful answer for him. Verse 6-- look at this.Jesus said to
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  • him, I am the way. "Ego eimi"-- I am, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No
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  • one comes to the Father except through me.
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  • Welcome home. Welcome home. Those two words are simultaneously what
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  • we hope you feel here in our church. We hope you feel welcome home. We
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  • hope you just feel that you're wanted here, and we're not trying to size you up
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  • to figure out what you believe so we can determine whether or not you belong.
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  • Let me just tell you something. This is a place where you can belong before
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  • you believe.You can belong without believing. We're glad you're here. This is
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  • a place where you are welcome to be here as you explore the Jesus that we
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  • believe in, and we are honored by your presence.
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  • We hope you sense hospitality. We're not waiting for you to go or hoping you'll
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  • fit in so that you can stay. We're glad that you're here so we can tell you about
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  • the Jesus who has saved our soul. You're welcome here in this Fresh Life home.
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  • But it's also-- listen to me-- if you do believe in Jesus, if you have given your
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  • heart to Him. I was talking to someone this week who said, what do I have to
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  • do? They've been coming to our church for a while. They said, what do I have
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  • to do to be saved like you're always talking about?
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  • I said, you don't have to do anything. It's been done.You just have to believe.
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  • The gospel isn't behave and get saved, it's believe and receive salvation
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  • through the name of Jesus.
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  • So I took him to Ephesians 2, and I showed him in the Bible. I said, salvation is
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  • by grace through faith, not of works, because otherwise, you would boast. And
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  • I said, look. If you could earn heaven-- if you would do something and earn it--
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  • you would brag about it to everybody you meet. But when salvation is
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  • something God gives you because of what His son has done, all you want to
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  • do is react with worship and praise because of what He did for you in salvation.
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  • He said, I'm glad I asked that question. I said, so am I. But let me just say this
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  • to you. The title of this message and what we see here is this the fifth
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  • statement of Jesus about who He is that helps us figure out whoe are is this.
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  • If you do believe in Jesus, and as a result God puts the salvation into your soul
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  • that you could never earn, then the moment you die-- the moment you leave
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  • this world-- those will be the first two words you hear a minute after you die as
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  • God greets you into paradise by saying to you with a big smile and arm
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  • extended, welcome home.
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  • That is the promise of the gospel,and it is the living hope of the Christian
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  • church. It is that which we get excited about. So here at the beginning of the
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  • message, I'm rolling it out for you. That's all we got. That's the big climax of this message
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  • We get heaven. We get home. We die, but we win. Because the worst thing
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  • that could ever happen to us actually because of Jesus becomes the best
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  • thing as we are ushered into eternity with the smile of our Father and all of
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  • eternity to look forward to in a place called Paradise.
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  • Come on. Take a second early on in the message and celebrate if you are
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  • thankful for the hope of Heaven. And that is what Jesus gives us here-- the
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  • promise of a welcome home into Paradise when we leave this world.
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  • Now, to get context-- because I think it will become even more powerful when
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  • you understand these words in the setting in which they occurred. Jesus is
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  • with His disciples.It's Thursday night-- the Thursday night before He dies on
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  • Good Friday. It's the Thursday night where He'll get arrested in just a little bit.
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  • It's the Thursday night where He had just washed His disciples' feet, including
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  • Judas, who was welcome with Jesus. And all the way to the very end, Jesus
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  • gave him opportunities, opportunities, opportunities. He wasn't waiting to
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  • condemn him. He was hoping to forgive him.
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  • And so Jesus washed the disciples' feet. He had had that communion meal
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  • with them, where He gave bread out and gave juice out and spoke about His
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  • death and all of that. And in that supper, He dropped a bombshell on them.
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  • And the bombshell wasn't just that He was going to die. He had been talking
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  • about that for quite a while.
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  • In fact, Matthew 17 tells us very specifically-- it's rather 16. From that time--
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  • this was earlier on in the story. From that time, Jesus began to show to His
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  • disciples that He must go to Jerusalem. He must suffer many things from the
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  • elders and chief priests and scribes and be killed and raise the third day.
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  • So Jesus did on this night tell them, I'm about to die. But that's not why their
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  • hearts were troubled.That's not why they were afraid. That's not why they
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  • were stressed out. That had been like a skipping record--the story He had been telling them.
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  • And they tried to talk Him out of it. They learned the hard way that is not a
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  • good call. Peter was like, no, no,no. We can't have you down on the cross.
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  • And Jesus was like, get behind me, Satan.And it's not a great day when God calls you the devil.
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  • So they learned that He is not to be talked out of that, but He had been telling
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  • them that He was going to rise. So that wasn't the new news. The new news
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  • was this. After He died and rose He was going to leave and go back to
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  • Heaven and that His plan was not to stay with them physically, bodily on Earth any more.
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  • And that frazzled them. That shocked them to the core,because that was not
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  • their life plan. Their life plan was stay as close to Jesus as you can and enjoy
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  • everything that comes your way as a result of that.They thought He was going
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  • to usher in Heaven on Earth right then, you see?
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  • And so they, who had given up everything to follow Jesus, now all of a sudden
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  • everything was thrown into upheaval. Why? Because they didn't have the
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  • revelation of the Holy Spirit. They didn't understand how good it was going to
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  • be to have the Holy Spirit put into our hearts by the Father.
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  • You have to understand. For them, all they could see was walking around with
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  • Jesus. And when they had a need, they had Jesus to take care of the need.
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  • But they couldn't see past their own personal selfishness to understand that's
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  • what it's like for all of us today who have the Holy Spirit with us all the time.
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  • Jesus said, it's far better that I go. Because if I go, everybody can have access
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  • to God like you have access right now. And listen. According to Jesus, what
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  • you and I get to enjoy-- is this your daily life with God? What you and I are
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  • supposed to be enjoying is the same thing-- even He said, a better thing-- than
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  • the disciples getting to have Jesus.
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  • They had answers to every problem. They had comfort for everything that
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  • stressed them out. They had hope for every fear. They could, when they got
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  • stressed out, look to Jesus. They could freak out, look to Jesus.
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  • That's what you have. Do you see that? That's your life right now. Are you
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  • stressed out about something you haven't brought to Him? It's not because
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  • you can't. It's simply because you won't.All you have to do is look to Jesus.
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  • According to your Savior, you right now have something every bit as powerful
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  • and as potent as what the 12 disciples had for 3 and 1/2 years on the earth.
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  • Only the Holy Spirit is in you, where Jesus was just with them. Holy Spirit's in
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  • us in a unique way and willing to come upon us. And our failure to understand
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  • the Holy Spirit will always cause us to be experiencing unnecessary fear.
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  • But where we know we have the Holy Spirit, we can tap into that.We can walk
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  • in that. The person who says in response to that, that sounds fantastic. Pastor,
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  • how? You ask, you receive, and you obey.
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  • Over the last 4 years Levi Lusko has written 3 best selling books Through The
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  • Eyes of a Lion, Swipe Right and I Declare War.
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  • Each of these books targets different yet important topics that will help you live
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  • the life of freedom and power that God has planned for you.
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  • Through The Eyes of a Lion is all about facing impossible pain and finding incredible power through it.
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  • Swipe Right exposes the Life and Death Power of Sex and Romance. It will
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  • equip you to train today for the relationship you want tomorrow.
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  • I Declare War will help you get out of your own way by giving you the four keys
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  • you need to win the battle with yourself.
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  • For a donation of 30$ you could receive a bundle of all three of these
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  • books. Get your bundle today by visiting LeviLusko.com
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  • You ask, you receive, and then you obey.
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  • So whatever it is that you need the help for, you ask for the help.You receive it
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  • with hands open, hearts open. What does it look like? Well, practically, it's as
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  • simple as, God, I need your help today. And I believe that you're giving me power for it.
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  • This meeting is hard. Parenting my kids is hard. Being a good employee is
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  • hard. God, this is hard. I wanto have a tantrum. I want to pout. I want to bite somebody.
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  • God, I ask for it, I receive it, and then I go obey. And the blessing is in the
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  • going. You see, the last step's crucial. The blessing's in the going. You go and
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  • act. I can't do it, but you step out in faith.The power kicks in. You step out in
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  • faith. The power kicks in.
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  • The Holy Ghost is like one of those treadmills or ellipticals or exercise bikes
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  • where nothing's on the screen until you start moving.You ever get on one?
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  • Oh, why isn't it on? I want to pick one of the loops. I want to pick intervals. I
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  • want to pick hills. Get moving, and you'll see it spring to life.
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  • The Holy Spirit-- He's motion activated. So you ask, you receive. You step out
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  • in faith. The moment you do,He's going to flood into your life. He's going to
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  • give you power. He's going to give you energy.
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  • So they were freaking out, because they didn't understand what it was going
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  • to be like when Jesus went away to come back. So ultimately, it was their
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  • response to his death that was causing them to be so freaked out. And so
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  • Jesus in response gave them words of help, and he gave them words of
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  • hope-- six short verses that we just read that are some of the greatest, most
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  • poignant, most profound in all of scripture that He knew they needed on this
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  • day of them slipping and being afraid and plunging into despair and into doom.
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  • But these verses were not just to help them understand and come to terms
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  • with His death. He gave them these words, not just to transform how they
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  • thought about His death,but to transform how they thought about their own
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  • death. And what we find in them is the proper way to think about our own
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  • death-- the proper way to look at our own death and make sense of it. And
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  • that's what we find.
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  • And so I've jotted down just a couple quick takeaway truths that could help
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  • you-- not just make sense of Jesus' death but make sense of your own as
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  • well. Number one is this. Jot it down. Jesus is the answer to the ache within.
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  • He's the answer to the ache within.
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  • Now, the truth is, all of us have an ache on the inside. There's something
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  • inside of all of us that just feels like our hearts are a puzzle that's missing a
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  • piece. How frustrating is it to do a puzzle and then to get to the end and
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  • realize, oh, my gosh, we're missing a piece. This is stressful.This is hectic.
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  • You almost want to call the manufacturer and be like, no, no No, no, no, no,
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  • no, no, no, no, no. Not on my watch. I miss it. It's got a little bit of a kitten's tail
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  • on it. I need it. I need my piece.I need my piece. I'll go make one.
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  • You need the satisfaction. Because how many of you know the joy of doing a
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  • puzzle is actually all about putting the last piece into place,stepping back, and
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  • going, ka-bam! That's what you got to say. How you like me now, right-- and to
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  • just feel like this is done.
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  • Why is it that for all of us, no matter how much we accumulate, however many
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  • trips we take and shiny things we can buy, places we can go, and followers we
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  • can get, and people we can sleep with, and things we can drink-- why is it that
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  • we're always feeling like there's one last puzzle piece we haven't found yet?
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  • No one gets drunk and the next day goes, yeah, I don't need to get drunk ever
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  • again. I was drunk last night. It was fantastic.
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  • I never need to get-- some of us in the early morning hours have felt in our
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  • lives like, I never want to get drunk again. But a week later when the next party
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  • comes, you don't think, no. I don't need to go party now, because I was drunk
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  • six months ago. It was so great I'm going to live on that high forever. No, no.
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  • We chase the initial high.We're looking for one more thing, looking for one more thing.
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  • What are our hearts in a word? Our hearts are troubled-- troubled. That's why
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  • Jesus spoke immortal words when He told them, let not your hearts be
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  • troubled. That's a big word in the Greek. It means being agitated, being
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  • churned up. It means being very afraid.
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  • One time, Jesus-- He was just a sneaky guy. I mean, He was a prankster. The
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  • disciples were in the storm that He told them to go into.He's like, go to the other side.
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  • You just see Him--I see mischievous Jesus. He said, go to the other side. I'll
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  • meet you over there later. And He runs off, and then a storm comes. And they
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  • get afraid. Their hearts are troubled.
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  • Now, here's the thing. The answer to their fear is in His instructions originally.
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  • He said, I'll see you on the other side. He didn't say, go die in the middle of the
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  • lake. But when they got into the storm, they started acting like they were going
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  • to die in the middle of the lake.
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  • I came to the church and tell somebody, never doubt in the shade what Jesus
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  • told you in the sunshine.You just got to hang on to whatever He told you on
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  • the shore when you're in the middle of the storm. If He said, go to the other
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  • side, He's not going to let you drown in the middle.
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  • And I think sometimes we get so freaked out and emotional. And when things
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  • are bad, we make permanent decisions because of temporary emotions.
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  • We're mad in the moment, so we hit the ejector seat on the relationship. We
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  • bounce from the job.What are we doing? We're reacting to the storm instead
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  • of remembering the revelation He spoke to us on the shore.Why don't you just keep going?
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  • My wife and I-- we encourage each other not to make drastic decisions when
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  • we're feeling agitated. If we committed to something with saner emotions, then
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  • we just got to walk out of that word and walk out of that through this present
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  • difficulty. Just keep going.Just keep marching. Just keep rolling. Eventually,
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  • you're going to get to the other side.And you'll think,gosh, did I ever think
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  • about jumping out of this boat?
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  • So Jesus came to them walking on water. That's the part that's funny to me.
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  • You're like, where the part that's mischievous? Well, it's the part where He
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  • just-- listen. I don't have time for this, but I have to do it, because it's so good.
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  • They're in the middle of the storm. The Bible says, Jesus came to them
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  • walking on water but was going to walk by them-- was going to pass them by.
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  • Had they not been like,hey,you, He was just going to keep on walking. He's
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  • just, hey, just out for a walk, guys. Just out for a walk, right?
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  • And He waited to be wanted.He waited for them to invite Him in the boat to
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  • actually get into the boat. Right now, Jesus is waiting to be wanted by you.
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  • He's ready to come into your life. He's ready to come into your relationship.
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  • He's ready to surge into what you're struggling with.
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  • But He's waiting to be asked, because He's a gentleman. He's not just going
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  • to come take over unless you ask Him to take the wheel. Hey.
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  • So listen, listen, listen.The Bible says that when they were afraid at the
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  • storm, their hearts were troubled. Same word in the Greek. So now the panic
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  • of a storm is what He says,don't let your hearts do, because that's what was
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  • happening to them.And I think all of us if we're honest are going to-- if we
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  • haven't yet-- feel those kinds of feelings-- fear, dread, agitation.
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  • It's how we feel when we read about shootings that have taken place.
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  • Another one? Vegas, and Parkland, and Columbine-- all these things. They
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  • just swirl together into this agitation that we feel. We feel so unsettled.
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  • And then we think about our own personal difficulties-- people that we love
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  • who pass away, and hardships that we face, and difficulties that come our
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  • way, dreams that are snatched from our hands viciously and unexpectedly.
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  • And what Jesus is saying is, I'm the answer to the ache within. Let not your
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  • hearts be troubled.
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  • And then He spoke Himself into their lives, because I am was just a couple
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  • verses away. Let not your hearts be troubled. I am here for you. You see
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  • what I'm saying? Whatever's troubling your heart today, Jesus is the answer
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  • for the ache that you're feeling within.
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  • You were made for a place,and you were made for a person. The place is
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  • Heaven, the person is Jesus.And until you're headed to Heaven in a
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  • relationship with Jesus, you're always going to be scrambling around for one
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  • more puzzle piece, one more experience, one more purchase, one more, one
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  • more, just one more, and one more. But it's in knowing Jesus.
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  • Max Lucado-- he said, the greatest calamity is not to feel far from home when
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  • you are, but to feel right at home when you're not. We shouldn't feel like
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  • everything's right, because we lost Eden. We lost the presence of God face
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  • to face. Those things that are in our future-- if we're believers, they are what we were made for.
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  • So we should struggle and recoil to make sense of death. We were never
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  • meant to die. That's why He said don't eat from this tree. But we fell for the
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  • original lie-- that richness is possible outside of God if you just take this.
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  • And what we found-- we found ourself evicted. We found ourselves cast out
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  • of the garden. Homelessness was the original penalty for disobedience, and
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  • we've been grasping for a home, grasping for a home ever since. And to feel
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  • like we're at home when we're not is actually the biggest prom in this life.
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  • We should remember we are headed home, not currently home. But in
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  • Jesus, we find that answer to the ache that's within.
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  • There's a second thing. Jot this down. This passage tells us death is not the
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  • end. It tells us that death is not the end. Jot that down in your notes. It's a
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  • different way to think about death.
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  • Why? Because-- listen to me-- you have body, and you also have soul. And
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  • we tend to think about our physical body as our true life- as everything that
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  • there is. But the proper way to look at it is to remember that you are a soul.
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  • You currently have a body.
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  • Therefore, death is not the end of the road. It's merely a bend in the road.
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  • And that's why it's important once more to look to the words of Jesus. They
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  • were freaking out. They were panicking because of their misunderstanding
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  • about the actual facts about death.
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  • So Jesus spoke to them. Look. In my father's house, there are many
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  • mansions-- meaning there's more after death. If it were not so, I would have
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  • told you. If it were not so, I would have told you. I wouldn't have been telling
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  • you all these lies about eternal life if all you got was this life here on Earth.
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  • So what happens when a person dies? Well, their body becomes a lifeless
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  • shell. Their body is lifeless, at least for the present time. And we'll talk a little
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  • bit more in the coming weeks as we get to number seven about what awaits
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  • the body. But presently, the moment someone dies, their soul leaves their
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  • body-- their soul, which is still them.
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  • But out of your body, you're still you just as much as you were inside of your
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  • body. And if you don't understand that, it will cause there to be fear. So when
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  • you go to a cemetery, there's not a single person to be found except the
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  • caretaker and those who are well-wishers and those who are leaving flowers.
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  • There's not a person in the cemetery. It's just full of lifeless shells. It's just full
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  • of places where people at one point used to live.
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  • So the question-- and listen to me-- is not will you live forever, but where will
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  • you live forever? Since one minute after you die and 1.000 years after you
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  • die, you will still be you just as much as you are currently. You will be ultimately.
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  • Jesus put it this way in Hebrews chapter 9 speaking to the author of the book
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  • of Hebrews. It is appointed for men to die once, but after this comes the
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  • judgment. So there's something after death, you see? There is something
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  • after death, and it's a sorting. It's a sifting. It's a judging. It's where is this going to go.
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  • When you put away your groceries, you're judging.You take these bags now.
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  • You assemble them on the counter. Are they recyclable bags? Well done,
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  • Portland. We're glad to have you with us as well. Are they eco-conscious and
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  • full of organic, farm raised chickens that you know their name? OK.
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  • So anyhow, you're sorting now. Where do I put these groceries? You see,
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  • everyone has to choose. You're judging where they go. When we die, there's
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  • a judgment. It's a sorting. Where is this going to go?
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  • Jesus said there are only two roads-- a broad road that leads to destruction
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  • that many are on and a narrow road that leads to everlasting life. So it's Hell
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  • and it's Heaven. It's life and it's death. But regardless of which of the two
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  • waiting for you, death is not going to be the end. There is something more.
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  • For the believer, we have this great confidence that comes from knowing
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  • that-- 2 Corinthians 5:8-- absent from the body, present with the Lord. That's
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  • how we think about death.That's what Jesus secured for us-- absent from
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  • the body, present with the Lord. You don't pass go. You don't collect $200.
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  • There's no waiting in purgatory for people who love you to do some nice
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  • things, rack up a few more points, and then maybe you can get.
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  • No, no. It's immediately to be present with the Lord. It's a helpful way to
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  • remember it. Death is then not leaving home, but going home.
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  • We think about leaving this world.That's so sad. Gone too soon. No, no. It's
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  • not leaving home, it's actually heading home where Jesus says to you,
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  • welcome home. Enter into the joy of your Lord. That's death. That's what
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  • happens when someone who loves Jesus and believes in Him dies.
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  • But it's only possible because of the price that was paid. That's what Jesus
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  • said when He said to the disciples, I go to prepare-- look at it-- prepare. Jot it
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  • down. He's preparing a place for them.
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  • What does that mean? I've heard so many sermons about Jesus up there in
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  • Heaven as a carpenter working to get all the dwelling places done.Not how Jesus builds, FYI.
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