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November 1, 2020
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Pastor and Evangelist Greg Laurie teaches the simple yet life changing message of the Gospel.

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  • ♪ This is the day whenthe lost are found ♪
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  • ♪ Oh can you hear allthe angels are singing ♪
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  • ♪ This is the day
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  • ♪ The day when life begins
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  • - We're startinga brand new series
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  • based on the gospel of Mark
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  • that I'm calling, thegospel for busy people.
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  • Another thing youcould call it is,
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  • the gospel for peoplewith ADD, right?
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  • People was shortattention spans.
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  • You see, Mark's gospelis a very fast pace
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  • series of truths laidout in this amazing book.
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  • He uses the wordimmediately, 42 times.
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  • Mark uses a historicalpresent tense, 150 times.
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  • In other words, Jesuscomes, Jesus heals,
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  • Jesus says, all in the presenttense, not the past tense.
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  • So, it's almostlike you are there.
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  • Mark almost reminds usof a breathless reporter
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  • giving us the events in realtime as they're unfolding.
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  • And I think this is a gospelwe can all relate to today,
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  • because it seemslike we collectively
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  • have a short attention span.
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  • Unique to Mark, ishe does not record
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  • all that many sermons of Jesus.
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  • In fact, Mark focusesmore on what Jesus did,
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  • than he does on what Jesus said.
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  • It's a record ofthe achievements ofJesus, if you will,
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  • and it's action packedfrom beginning to end.
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  • It's a short, concisebook of 16 chapters.
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  • And by the way, it'sprobably the first
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  • of the gospels that was written.
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  • So, who is this guy Mark?
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  • His full name is John Mark.
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  • He's the author of this gospel,
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  • and he is thenephew of Barnabas.
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  • You may remember Barnabasbecause he traveled with Paul.
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  • And let's just saythat John Mark,
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  • who was much youngerthan the others,
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  • got off to a weak start.
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  • He was given the opportunityto go on a missionary journey
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  • with his uncle Barnabasand the great apostle Paul.
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  • And I don't know what happened,
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  • but Mark got cold feetand wanted to go home.
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  • Maybe he was just homesickand he bailed on them.
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  • So when they went on theirnext missionary journey
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  • and Barnabas suggestedthey take Mark along,
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  • Paul was supposed to,
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  • and I don't wantto take him along,
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  • and because he didn't staywith us on the last journey.
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  • And so, this was asetback for Mark,
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  • but whatever had happened,
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  • he was able to repair hisrelationship with Paul,
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  • because later Paul writes ofMark in Second Timothy 4:11,
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  • "He's been helpfulto me in ministry."
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  • So think about thisguy, he's a kid.
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  • His uncle is Barnabas.
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  • He is a personal friendwith the apostle Paul,
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  • and then add to this, the fact
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  • that he was veryclose to Simon Peter.
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  • In fact, Peter refers to Mark
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  • as his son in First Peter 5:13.
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  • And in fact, many believethat the gospel of Mark
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  • was actually written byMark, but dictated by Peter.
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  • So, it is believed by many,
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  • and I happen to agree with them,
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  • that this is effectively thegospel according to Peter,
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  • but yet at the sametime, Mark was there.
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  • He was a young man,
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  • but he did witness theministering of Jesus.
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  • Later on in the book of Acts,
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  • we read that Peterwas put in prison.
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  • You remember thatstory in Acts 12?
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  • And they were praying for him,
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  • and Peter showed up at a houseas an answer to their prayer
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  • because God deliveredhim from the jail.
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  • What house was that?
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  • That was the house of John Mark,
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  • that he lived in withhis mother, Mary.
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  • I mean, so this guy wasright in the epicenter
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  • of so many biblical events
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  • that were soincredibly significant.
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  • So the backdrop ofthe gospel of Mark
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  • as the believers weresuffering in Rome.
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  • According to the Romanhistorian Tacitus Nero,
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  • the Caesar overRome at that time,
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  • had declared waron the Christians.
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  • He had a hand inburning Rome down,
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  • and then he blamed it on thefollowers of Jesus Christ,
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  • who had nothing to do with it.
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  • So the Christians were forced
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  • to flee to thecatacombs to survive.
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  • So Mark wanted to write a book
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  • that would encouragethese believers.
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  • He wanted to show Jesusin the present tense,
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  • able to deliver them duringtheir times of crisis.
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  • As the Bible says of God,
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  • "He is a present helpin times of trouble."
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  • So I hope, as youmight be going through
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  • your own difficulties,
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  • maybe you're beingharassed for your faith.
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  • Maybe you're being hassledfor what you believe.
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  • I pray that this newest series
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  • that we're doing inthe gospel of Mark
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  • will be a greatencouragement to you.
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  • So let's read some ofthis gospel together,
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  • grab your Bible or yourphone or your tablet,
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  • or wherever you have your Bible
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  • and read these wordswith me if you would.
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  • I'm in Mark chapter one,
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  • I'm gonna readverses one to eight.
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  • And by the way, this isthe New Living Translation.
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  • This is the goodnews about Jesus,
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  • the Messiah, the Son of God.
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  • It began just as theprophet Isaiah had written,
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  • "Look, I'm sending mymessenger ahead of you,
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  • "and he will prepare the way.
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  • "He is a voice shoutingin the wilderness,
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  • "'Prepare the way forthe Lord's coming,
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  • "'clear the road for him.'
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  • "This messenger wasJohn, the Baptist.
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  • "He was in thewilderness and preached
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  • "that people should be baptized
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  • "to show that they hadrepented of their sins
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  • "and turned to Godto be forgiven.
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  • "All of Judea, including allof the people of Jerusalem
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  • "came out to see and hear John.
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  • "They confessed their sins
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  • and he baptized themin the Jordan River.
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  • "His clothes were wovenfrom course camel hair,
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  • "and he wore a leatherbelt around his waist,
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  • "and for food, he atelocusts and wild honey.
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  • "John announced,someone is coming soon,
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  • "who is greater than I am,so much greater," says John,
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  • "I'm not even worthy tostoop down like a slave
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  • "and untie the strapsof his sandals.
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  • "I baptize you with water,
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  • but he will baptize youwith the Holy Spirit."
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  • Wow, well, we'll stop there.
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  • John the Baptist, theforerunner of Jesus Christ.
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  • He was a radical, hewas a revolutionary.
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  • He was like a rock star.
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  • Everybody wanted tosee and hear John.
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  • As Mark writes, "All of Judea,
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  • "including the peopleof Jerusalem, wentout to see John."
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  • You have to understand,
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  • that John was not justa prominent figure,
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  • he was super prominent.
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  • The ancient Jewishhistorian Josephus
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  • actually wrote more aboutthe life and ministry of John
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  • that he wrote aboutJesus Christ himself.
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  • And so John, what wasa significant figure?
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  • You ask well why?
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  • Well understand, Israelhad not heard from God
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  • for a long time.
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  • From the time of thelast Old Testament book,
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  • the book of Malachi, to theemergence of John was 400 years.
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  • Think about that, Israel,
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  • which was so used to prophetsand miracles and angels,
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  • hadn't heard fromGod for 400 years,
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  • and then seeminglyout of nowhere,
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  • but right on God's schedule,
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  • emerges this colorful, colorfulcharacter, John the Baptist.
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  • And he had a simple job to do,
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  • which was to preparethe way of the Lord.
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  • John was the last of theOld Testament prophets.
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  • The last of theMohicans, if you will.
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  • And not only was he the lastof the Old Testament prophets,
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  • he was the greatestof all of the prophets
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  • of the Old Testament.
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  • Jesus himself said in Luke 7:28,
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  • "I tell you, ofmen born of women,
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  • "there has never beena greater prophet
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  • "than John the Baptist."
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  • Now, you know, we read thestory of John and we think,
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  • well, I understand hewas a great prophet,
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  • but greater than Isaiah,greater than Jeremiah,
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  • greater than a Elijah theprophet who performed miracles.
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  • I mean, to the point,
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  • John never calledfire down from heaven.
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  • John never stoppedit from raining.
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  • John never raised aperson from the dead.
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  • John never wrote agreat Old Testament book
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  • like Isaiah and others.
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  • So, why was John the greatestof the Old Testament prophets?
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  • Here's the answer.
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  • John and John alonewas the direct herald
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  • and forerunner of Jesus.
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  • His greatness wasa direct result
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  • of his nearness andconnection to Christ.
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  • Now, he was dressedin an unusual way,
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  • because he was an unusual guy.
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  • Interesting, archeologistsrecently discovered
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  • an image of John, so we can seeexactly what he looked like.
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  • So here's what John looked like.
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  • No, that's actually PhilRobertson from Duck Dynasty,
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  • I'm just kidding, but itkind of gives you an idea
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  • of how John may have appearedto the people of that day.
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  • And despite this greatcalling on his life,
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  • despite this greatpopularity that he had,
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  • he was a really humble guy.
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  • Look at verse sevenof Mark chapter one.
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  • He said, "Someone is coming,who is greater than me.
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  • "So much greater,I'm not even worthy
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  • "to stoop down like a slave
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  • "and untie the strapsof His sandals."
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  • Let me update that.
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  • John is saying, I'm not evenworthy to tie his shoes.
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  • He's so great!
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  • But John understoodexactly what his role was.
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  • Even though he was a greatpublic figure and very popular,
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  • his mission was toget out of the way
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  • and prepare people for Jesus.
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  • That's amazing, and guess what?
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  • That's our mission as well.
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  • You might say thatJohn's motto was,
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  • I must decrease andHe must increase.
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  • Can you imagine if youput that on your mirror,
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  • and you saw it as you'regetting ready in the morning,
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  • I must decrease andHe must increase.
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  • Or if you put that onyour Instagram account,
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  • before you did a post, I mustdecrease and He must increase,
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  • but that was John, he wassetting the stage for Jesus.
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  • Now, Jesus enters the scene.
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  • Go back to Mark chapterone, look at verse nine.
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  • "It came to pass on those days,
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  • "that Jesus came fromNazareth of Galilee
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  • "and He was baptized by John,
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  • "and immediately comingout of the water."
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  • Notice the way that Markwrites, coming out of the water,
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  • not he came out of the water.
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  • Coming out of the water,
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  • we're there, Markputs us right there.
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  • And you know, he's this veryurgent kind of a writer,
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  • coming from the water.
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  • "He saw the heavens parting
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  • "and the Spirit descendingon Him like a dove.
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  • "Then a voice came from heaven,
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  • "which said, "Youare my beloved Son,
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  • "in whom I am well-pleased."
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  • Now look at this, "Immediately,
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  • "the Spirit drove Himinto the wilderness
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  • "where He was temptedby Satan for 40 days.
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  • "He was out amongthe wild animals,
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  • "and the angelstook care of Him."
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  • Have you heard of the Trinity?
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  • Did you know the Trinity,
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  • or at least the wordTrinity is not in the Bible,
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  • but the Trinity is in the Bible.
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  • And I don't know thatthere's a clearer verse
  • 00:11:33.616 --> 00:11:35.484
  • in all of scripture than this,
  • 00:11:35.484 --> 00:11:38.921
  • showing us theTrinity in action.
  • 00:11:38.921 --> 00:11:41.457
  • We have Jesus theSon being baptized,
  • 00:11:41.457 --> 00:11:44.660
  • we have the Holy Spiritcoming upon Him as a dove,
  • 00:11:44.660 --> 00:11:48.130
  • and we have the voiceof the Father saying,
  • 00:11:48.130 --> 00:11:50.800
  • "This is my beloved Son,in whom I am well pleased."
  • 00:11:50.800 --> 00:11:54.804
  • Now, Mark does notgive us a full account
  • 00:11:54.804 --> 00:11:57.640
  • of the temptation ofChrist as do Matthew.
  • 00:11:57.640 --> 00:12:00.976
  • In Matthew chapter fourand Luke chapter four.
  • 00:12:00.976 --> 00:12:05.748
  • But we'll start here,
  • 00:12:05.748 --> 00:12:06.982
  • and then I'm gonnago over to Luke
  • 00:12:06.982 --> 00:12:08.250
  • for a little more detail.
  • 00:12:08.250 --> 00:12:09.785
  • But look at verse 12of Mark chapter one,
  • 00:12:09.785 --> 00:12:12.188
  • "Immediately, the Spirit droveHim into the wilderness."
  • 00:12:12.188 --> 00:12:16.759
  • The Spirit drove Himinto the wilderness.
  • 00:12:16.759 --> 00:12:20.029
  • This is not suggestingJesus didn't wanna go.
  • 00:12:20.029 --> 00:12:23.432
  • What it is saying is, thiswas something that was urgent
  • 00:12:23.432 --> 00:12:27.203
  • that the Holy Spirit was doing,
  • 00:12:27.203 --> 00:12:29.805
  • because this was somethingJesus had to go through.
  • 00:12:29.805 --> 00:12:33.042
  • So, no time baskingin the glory of God,
  • 00:12:33.042 --> 00:12:37.746
  • this was straight to work,
  • 00:12:37.746 --> 00:12:39.615
  • and that's pretty muchthe painting of Mark.
  • 00:12:39.615 --> 00:12:42.117
  • Jesus has a job to do,
  • 00:12:42.117 --> 00:12:45.120
  • but it also shows ussomething very important.
  • 00:12:45.120 --> 00:12:47.890
  • Often, trials ortestings or temptations
  • 00:12:47.890 --> 00:12:52.661
  • come after momentsof great blessing.
  • 00:12:52.661 --> 00:12:55.497
  • I mean, here is Jesusin the Jordan River,
  • 00:12:55.497 --> 00:12:58.067
  • being baptized by John,having the Father say,
  • 00:12:58.067 --> 00:13:01.270
  • "This is My beloved Son inwhom I am well pleased."
  • 00:13:03.339 --> 00:13:06.041
  • And the Holy Spirit come uponHim in the form of a dove,
  • 00:13:06.041 --> 00:13:09.078
  • and immediately, righton the heels of that,
  • 00:13:09.078 --> 00:13:12.181
  • He goes into thewilderness to face Satan.
  • 00:13:12.181 --> 00:13:14.950
  • After the dove came the devil.
  • 00:13:14.950 --> 00:13:18.120
  • After the blessingcame the trial.
  • 00:13:18.120 --> 00:13:21.724
  • Now, He faced three temptationsby the devil and in effect,
  • 00:13:21.724 --> 00:13:26.295
  • you and I will face these samethree temptations in life.
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  • Here's the first one.
  • 00:13:30.099 --> 00:13:31.300
  • Now I'm going overto Luke chapter four,
  • 00:13:31.300 --> 00:13:33.302
  • who fills in some gaps for us
  • 00:13:33.302 --> 00:13:35.037
  • that we don't havehere in Mark's gospel.
  • 00:13:35.037 --> 00:13:37.606
  • In Luke chapterfour, verse three,
  • 00:13:37.606 --> 00:13:39.408
  • Satan says to Jesus, "Ifyou are the Son of God,
  • 00:13:39.408 --> 00:13:44.413
  • "tell this stone tobecome a loaf of bread."
  • 00:13:45.547 --> 00:13:47.816
  • Now, by the way, inthe original language,
  • 00:13:47.816 --> 00:13:49.585
  • a better translation wouldbe, since you are, not if.
  • 00:13:49.585 --> 00:13:53.088
  • So Satan was not challengingthe deity of Christ,
  • 00:13:53.088 --> 00:13:57.693
  • in a way he was affirming it.
  • 00:13:57.693 --> 00:13:59.461
  • So what he was saying is,
  • 00:13:59.461 --> 00:14:00.763
  • "Since you're theSon of God, Jesus,
  • 00:14:00.763 --> 00:14:04.533
  • "and you've been fastingfor 40 days and 40 nights,
  • 00:14:04.533 --> 00:14:07.836
  • "and obviously you're on thevery brink of starvation.
  • 00:14:07.836 --> 00:14:11.807
  • "Why don't you tell that rock
  • 00:14:11.807 --> 00:14:13.943
  • "to turn into a piece of bread?"
  • 00:14:13.943 --> 00:14:15.778
  • Interesting.
  • 00:14:15.778 --> 00:14:17.179
  • You know, it's worth noting
  • 00:14:17.179 --> 00:14:18.614
  • that Jesus never did amiracle for His own benefit.
  • 00:14:18.614 --> 00:14:22.384
  • You know, if Jesus had toget from point A to point B,
  • 00:14:22.384 --> 00:14:24.887
  • He walked therelike anybody else.
  • 00:14:24.887 --> 00:14:27.122
  • You know, if He had to walkfrom Galilee to Jerusalem,
  • 00:14:27.122 --> 00:14:30.225
  • He could have airlifted Himselfover there if he wanted to,
  • 00:14:30.225 --> 00:14:33.028
  • but He would walkwith his disciples,
  • 00:14:33.028 --> 00:14:35.331
  • thus Jesus wastired like we are.
  • 00:14:35.331 --> 00:14:37.866
  • Jesus was sleepy like we are.
  • 00:14:37.866 --> 00:14:40.636
  • Jesus was hungry when we are.
  • 00:14:40.636 --> 00:14:43.505
  • I mean, He could havedone whatever He wanted.
  • 00:14:43.505 --> 00:14:45.841
  • He could have been eatingan In-N-Out burger,
  • 00:14:45.841 --> 00:14:48.610
  • gone forward in time, grabbedthat thing, eating it,
  • 00:14:48.610 --> 00:14:50.946
  • and the discipleswould say, "Lord,
  • 00:14:50.946 --> 00:14:52.948
  • "what is it that you'reeating over there?"
  • 00:14:52.948 --> 00:14:54.950
  • And He could havesaid something like,
  • 00:14:54.950 --> 00:14:56.418
  • "It is not for youto know these things.
  • 00:14:56.418 --> 00:14:58.487
  • "Just eat your fishand unleavened bread
  • 00:14:58.487 --> 00:15:01.123
  • "and I'll get back to you."
  • 00:15:01.123 --> 00:15:02.391
  • Or he could have justmet them in Jerusalem,
  • 00:15:02.391 --> 00:15:04.626
  • and just poppedover there, but no,
  • 00:15:04.626 --> 00:15:06.895
  • He put Himself under therestraints of human frailty.
  • 00:15:06.895 --> 00:15:11.900
  • Now look, Jesus hada physical body.
  • 00:15:13.035 --> 00:15:15.537
  • He was tempted and tested,
  • 00:15:15.537 --> 00:15:17.840
  • but He did not have theinward vulnerability to fall.
  • 00:15:17.840 --> 00:15:21.577
  • So he felt the presence oftemptation, but being God,
  • 00:15:21.577 --> 00:15:25.814
  • He didn't reallyhave a sinful nature
  • 00:15:25.814 --> 00:15:27.750
  • that would inclinehim to give into it.
  • 00:15:27.750 --> 00:15:30.052
  • The Bible says, "He wasmade in the likeness
  • 00:15:30.052 --> 00:15:32.588
  • "of sinful flesh."
  • 00:15:32.588 --> 00:15:33.722
  • So yes, He had a body.
  • 00:15:33.722 --> 00:15:35.324
  • Yes, He bled like any man,He had tears like any man,
  • 00:15:35.324 --> 00:15:39.395
  • but He was God walking among us.
  • 00:15:39.395 --> 00:15:42.064
  • Fully God and fully man.
  • 00:15:42.064 --> 00:15:44.366
  • There has never been a man thatwalked the earth like Jesus.
  • 00:15:44.366 --> 00:15:47.002
  • So, if this is the case,
  • 00:15:47.002 --> 00:15:48.604
  • what is the pointof Him being tested?
  • 00:15:48.604 --> 00:15:50.439
  • Here's the answer, ready for it?
  • 00:15:50.439 --> 00:15:52.207
  • To show us how toface temptation.
  • 00:15:52.207 --> 00:15:55.277
  • He's giving us a model.
  • 00:15:55.277 --> 00:15:56.979
  • He's showing uswhat we should do
  • 00:15:56.979 --> 00:15:59.048
  • when temptation comes our way.
  • 00:15:59.048 --> 00:16:01.517
  • "Hey, Jesus," says Satan,
  • 00:16:01.517 --> 00:16:03.352
  • "Why don't you turn a rockinto a piece of bread?"
  • 00:16:03.352 --> 00:16:06.655
  • What does Christ say?
  • 00:16:06.655 --> 00:16:08.290
  • He says, "It is written,
  • 00:16:08.290 --> 00:16:10.592
  • "man shall not liveby bread alone,
  • 00:16:10.592 --> 00:16:12.961
  • "but by every word thatproceeds from the mouth of God."
  • 00:16:12.961 --> 00:16:17.032
  • Now look, we facethis all the time.
  • 00:16:17.032 --> 00:16:20.202
  • Here is the essence of whatSatan was saying to Jesus.
  • 00:16:20.202 --> 00:16:24.473
  • Put the physicalbefore the spiritual.
  • 00:16:24.473 --> 00:16:27.976
  • He'll come to us and say,
  • 00:16:27.976 --> 00:16:29.211
  • Hey look, man, you needto have a little fun.
  • 00:16:29.211 --> 00:16:32.314
  • You know, you can playnow and pay later.
  • 00:16:33.449 --> 00:16:37.086
  • Don't worry about therepercussions of sin.
  • 00:16:37.086 --> 00:16:40.456
  • You'll be okay,you're the exception.
  • 00:16:40.456 --> 00:16:42.257
  • God's okay with this, youcan trust me, Satan says.
  • 00:16:42.257 --> 00:16:46.929
  • That was the kissing of asnake, in case you missed it.
  • 00:16:46.929 --> 00:16:50.265
  • Listen, the Bible saysthe devil is a liar
  • 00:16:50.265 --> 00:16:53.435
  • and he is the father of lies.
  • 00:16:53.435 --> 00:16:55.871
  • And sometimes people gettheir lives out of whack.
  • 00:16:55.871 --> 00:16:58.373
  • You know, they put physicalthings before spiritual things.
  • 00:16:58.373 --> 00:17:01.810
  • Look, there's nothingwrong with eating food.
  • 00:17:01.810 --> 00:17:04.313
  • God has given us food toenjoy and to eat together,
  • 00:17:04.313 --> 00:17:08.450
  • but there's a difference between
  • 00:17:08.450 --> 00:17:11.019
  • eating to liveand living to eat.
  • 00:17:11.019 --> 00:17:13.789
  • Some people are obsessedby their appetite.
  • 00:17:13.789 --> 00:17:16.191
  • They're obsessed by food.
  • 00:17:16.191 --> 00:17:17.960
  • They're obsessed by things,
  • 00:17:17.960 --> 00:17:19.394
  • they're obsessedby sensual things,
  • 00:17:19.394 --> 00:17:21.697
  • and they let those thingsbecome more important to them
  • 00:17:21.697 --> 00:17:24.366
  • than God Himself.
  • 00:17:24.366 --> 00:17:25.834
  • So, just put God in Hisrightful place in your life.
  • 00:17:25.834 --> 00:17:29.238
  • It's fine to have a career,
  • 00:17:29.238 --> 00:17:30.739
  • but don't put yourcareer above God.
  • 00:17:30.739 --> 00:17:33.208
  • It's great to havea relationship,
  • 00:17:33.208 --> 00:17:34.943
  • but don't put arelationship above God.
  • 00:17:34.943 --> 00:17:37.679
  • So by saying, "Man shallnot live by bread alone,
  • 00:17:37.679 --> 00:17:42.251
  • "but by every word thatproceeds from God,"
  • 00:17:42.251 --> 00:17:44.520
  • Jesus is simply pointing out,
  • 00:17:44.520 --> 00:17:46.722
  • that we should have ourspiritual priorities in order
  • 00:17:46.722 --> 00:17:49.892
  • and put God first.
  • 00:17:49.892 --> 00:17:51.927
  • Here's another thing, andwe don't want to miss this.
  • 00:17:51.927 --> 00:17:54.429
  • What did Jesus do when Hewas tempted by the devil?
  • 00:17:54.429 --> 00:17:57.432
  • He quoted scripture.
  • 00:17:57.432 --> 00:17:59.101
  • Now, remember, Jesus was God.
  • 00:17:59.101 --> 00:18:01.537
  • And be God, he could havesaid, "Satan, be banished."
  • 00:18:01.537 --> 00:18:04.940
  • And Satan would have left.
  • 00:18:04.940 --> 00:18:06.408
  • He had that authorityand power over the devil.
  • 00:18:06.408 --> 00:18:09.811
  • In fact, when He wouldencounter demons,
  • 00:18:09.811 --> 00:18:11.647
  • the demons would say to Him,
  • 00:18:11.647 --> 00:18:13.148
  • through the peoplethey were possessing.
  • 00:18:13.148 --> 00:18:15.517
  • "Don't send us tojudgment before our time."
  • 00:18:15.517 --> 00:18:18.387
  • They recognized the power andauthority that Christ had.
  • 00:18:18.387 --> 00:18:21.990
  • But He didn't do this,He faced the devil
  • 00:18:21.990 --> 00:18:26.628
  • as we should face the devil.
  • 00:18:26.628 --> 00:18:28.163
  • You say, well, how?
  • 00:18:28.163 --> 00:18:29.798
  • Well, first of all,we quote scripture.
  • 00:18:29.798 --> 00:18:32.267
  • He's giving us a model.
  • 00:18:32.267 --> 00:18:33.535
  • This is what you dowhen you're tempted,
  • 00:18:33.535 --> 00:18:35.437
  • you quote the word of God.
  • 00:18:35.437 --> 00:18:37.906
  • This is why you needto study the Bible.
  • 00:18:37.906 --> 00:18:40.475
  • This is why you needto memorize the Bible.
  • 00:18:40.475 --> 00:18:44.746
  • Over in Psalm 119verse nine, it says,
  • 00:18:44.746 --> 00:18:47.015
  • "How can a youngman cleanse his way?
  • 00:18:47.015 --> 00:18:49.785
  • "By taking heedaccording to Your Word."
  • 00:18:49.785 --> 00:18:53.555
  • Psalm 119 verse 11 says,
  • 00:18:53.555 --> 00:18:55.924
  • "Your Word have Ihid in my heart,
  • 00:18:55.924 --> 00:18:59.194
  • "that I might notsin against You."
  • 00:18:59.194 --> 00:19:01.930
  • Look, it's good to carrya Bible in your briefcase
  • 00:19:01.930 --> 00:19:05.300
  • or in your purse, or havea Bible app on your phone,
  • 00:19:05.300 --> 00:19:08.370
  • but the best place tocarry the Word of God
  • 00:19:08.370 --> 00:19:10.706
  • is in your heart.
  • 00:19:10.706 --> 00:19:12.241
  • So don't just getit in your mind,
  • 00:19:12.241 --> 00:19:14.209
  • get in your heart,commit it to memory.
  • 00:19:14.209 --> 00:19:17.446
  • And then when you are tempted,
  • 00:19:17.446 --> 00:19:19.181
  • you can pull out theappropriate scriptures
  • 00:19:19.181 --> 00:19:22.050
  • to defend yourself.
  • 00:19:22.050 --> 00:19:24.586
  • So the devil realizes
  • 00:19:24.586 --> 00:19:26.088
  • that this firsttemptation is not working.
  • 00:19:26.088 --> 00:19:29.124
  • Now he does somethingreally strange,
  • 00:19:29.124 --> 00:19:32.227
  • or it seems strangeto us perhaps.
  • 00:19:32.227 --> 00:19:34.663
  • He's giving Jesus a hack,if you will, a shortcut.
  • 00:19:34.663 --> 00:19:39.668
  • He's effectively sayingin this next temptation,
  • 00:19:40.869 --> 00:19:43.038
  • "Look, Jesus, we bothknow why You're here.
  • 00:19:43.038 --> 00:19:46.508
  • "You're here to purchase back
  • 00:19:46.508 --> 00:19:48.644
  • "that which was lostin the garden of Eden.
  • 00:19:48.644 --> 00:19:51.747
  • "And I'm gonna make You adeal You cannot refuse."
  • 00:19:51.747 --> 00:19:54.983
  • Bad Godfather imitation.
  • 00:19:54.983 --> 00:19:56.685
  • I'm gonna giveYou what You want.
  • 00:19:57.819 --> 00:19:59.388
  • I'll give it to youon a silver platter,
  • 00:19:59.388 --> 00:20:01.523
  • all you have to do isgive me the satisfaction
  • 00:20:01.523 --> 00:20:05.227
  • of worshiping me for a moment.
  • 00:20:05.227 --> 00:20:07.195
  • Look at Luke chapterfour, verse five.
  • 00:20:07.195 --> 00:20:09.498
  • "The devil took Jesusto a high mountain
  • 00:20:09.498 --> 00:20:12.301
  • "and showed Him all thekingdoms of the world
  • 00:20:12.301 --> 00:20:15.203
  • "in a moment of time.
  • 00:20:15.203 --> 00:20:17.339
  • "And the devil said to Him,
  • 00:20:17.339 --> 00:20:18.874
  • "'All this authority I willgive to you and their glory,'"
  • 00:20:18.874 --> 00:20:23.278
  • and it's been delivered tome and then the devil says,
  • 00:20:23.278 --> 00:20:26.315
  • "And I can give itto whomever I wish.
  • 00:20:26.315 --> 00:20:28.650
  • "Therefore, if youwill worship before me,
  • 00:20:28.650 --> 00:20:32.054
  • "all of this will be Yours."
  • 00:20:32.054 --> 00:20:35.057
  • Notice Jesus did not refute it.
  • 00:20:35.057 --> 00:20:38.026
  • Notice Jesus did notsay you're wrong devil,
  • 00:20:38.026 --> 00:20:40.128
  • you can't do that.
  • 00:20:40.128 --> 00:20:41.396
  • And I'll tell you why Hedidn't say to the devil
  • 00:20:41.396 --> 00:20:43.298
  • that he was wrong,because the devil
  • 00:20:43.298 --> 00:20:45.600
  • was actually telling thetruth in this instance.
  • 00:20:45.600 --> 00:20:47.903
  • The Bible says thatSatan, who by the way,
  • 00:20:47.903 --> 00:20:50.572
  • is a fallen angel.
  • 00:20:50.572 --> 00:20:51.940
  • A very powerfulfallen angelic being
  • 00:20:51.940 --> 00:20:54.976
  • is the God of this world,
  • 00:20:54.976 --> 00:20:57.879
  • the prince of thepower of the air.
  • 00:20:57.879 --> 00:21:01.516
  • So, when our first parents,
  • 00:21:01.516 --> 00:21:03.485
  • Adam and Eve sinnedin the Garden of Eden
  • 00:21:03.485 --> 00:21:05.754
  • and fellowship withGod was cut off,
  • 00:21:05.754 --> 00:21:08.623
  • a curse came upon the world.
  • 00:21:08.623 --> 00:21:11.159
  • It's effectively underthe control of the devil.
  • 00:21:11.159 --> 00:21:13.695
  • Jesus came from heaven on arescue operation to planet earth
  • 00:21:13.695 --> 00:21:18.467
  • to buy back that whichwas lost in the garden.
  • 00:21:18.467 --> 00:21:21.436
  • The devil saying, "Look,
  • 00:21:21.436 --> 00:21:22.738
  • "I'm gonna make thiseasy for You Jesus,
  • 00:21:22.738 --> 00:21:24.639
  • "no pain, no suffering,no crucifixion.
  • 00:21:24.639 --> 00:21:29.044
  • "I'll give it to You ifYou'll just worship me."
  • 00:21:29.044 --> 00:21:33.715
  • But here's what Jesus did,He refused this offer.
  • 00:21:33.715 --> 00:21:37.552
  • Look at verse eightof Luke, chapter four,
  • 00:21:37.552 --> 00:21:40.389
  • Jesus answered and said,"Get behind Me Satan,
  • 00:21:40.389 --> 00:21:44.126
  • "for it is written, "You shallworship the Lord, your God
  • 00:21:44.126 --> 00:21:46.995
  • "'and Him only shall you serve."
  • 00:21:46.995 --> 00:21:48.630
  • I heard he story of a woman
  • 00:21:48.630 --> 00:21:50.399
  • that was gonna godown to the mall
  • 00:21:50.399 --> 00:21:52.734
  • and look at the new outfitsthat were coming out.
  • 00:21:52.734 --> 00:21:56.705
  • And her husband said, "No,
  • 00:21:56.705 --> 00:21:57.973
  • "I don't want youto go to the mall.
  • 00:21:57.973 --> 00:21:59.241
  • "Every time you go,you buy something."
  • 00:21:59.241 --> 00:22:00.709
  • She said, "No, I'mjust gonna browse.
  • 00:22:00.709 --> 00:22:02.411
  • "I won't buy anything."
  • 00:22:02.411 --> 00:22:03.345
  • "No, you always buy something.
  • 00:22:03.345 --> 00:22:05.013
  • "I don't want you togo, we can't afford it."
  • 00:22:05.013 --> 00:22:06.948
  • "I'm just gonna look."
  • 00:22:06.948 --> 00:22:08.450
  • He said, "All right, look,but don't buy anything."
  • 00:22:08.450 --> 00:22:09.785
  • She said, "Okay."
  • 00:22:09.785 --> 00:22:11.319
  • So she comes home a few hourslater with a brand new outfit.
  • 00:22:11.319 --> 00:22:14.689
  • He goes, "Well, I asked you
  • 00:22:14.689 --> 00:22:16.358
  • "not to go buy anoutfit, what happened?"
  • 00:22:16.358 --> 00:22:18.660
  • She says, "Well,I went into this,
  • 00:22:18.660 --> 00:22:20.128
  • "I walked by this store,
  • 00:22:20.128 --> 00:22:21.630
  • "there was this cute outfit inthe window on the mannequin,
  • 00:22:21.630 --> 00:22:24.433
  • "and so I walked in andasked if I could try it on."
  • 00:22:24.433 --> 00:22:27.269
  • He goes, "Ah, I can'tbelieve you did that.
  • 00:22:27.269 --> 00:22:29.237
  • "Well, what happened?"
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  • She says the devilhimself appeared
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  • and he came and appeared inthe dressing room and said,
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  • "You look great in that outfit."
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  • And then the husband said,
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  • you should have said,"Get behind me Satan."
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  • She said, "I did."
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  • I said, "Get behind me, Satan."
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  • And then the devil said,
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  • "Hey, it looks goodfrom the back too."
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  • No, but seriously,
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  • when the devil tempts you, youdon't want to listen to him.
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  • You don't want to have extendedconversations with him.
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  • You want to put them behind you,
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  • and that's exactlywhat Jesus did.
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  • Now we come to the lasttemptation of Christ,
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  • at least in the wilderness.
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  • Luke chapter four, verse nine,
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  • "The devil broughtJesus to Jerusalem.
  • 00:23:04.973 --> 00:23:08.009
  • "Set Him on the pinnacleof the peak of the temple,
  • 00:23:08.009 --> 00:23:11.012
  • "and Satan said, 'IfYou are the Son of God,
  • 00:23:11.012 --> 00:23:13.582
  • "'throw Yourselfdown from here.'"
  • 00:23:13.582 --> 00:23:15.684
  • Notice, the devil thensays, "For it is written,
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  • "He will give hisangels charge over You,
  • 00:23:18.854 --> 00:23:21.122
  • "to keep You, andin their hands,
  • 00:23:21.122 --> 00:23:22.824
  • "they will bear You up,
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  • "lest You dash Yourfoot against a stone."
  • 00:23:24.059 --> 00:23:26.495
  • Wow, the Devil'squoting the Bible.
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  • Did you know, the devilknows the Bible too?
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  • The story is told of the famouscomedic actor, WC Fields,
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  • who was known tobe an alcoholic.
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  • And one day someone wassurprised to see Fields
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  • actually reading from the Bible.
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  • It said, "I can'tbelieve the you,
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  • WC Fields are readingthe Bible, why?
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  • And Fields responded,"Looking for loopholes."
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  • And that's what the devil'sbeen doing for a long time.
  • 00:23:52.120 --> 00:23:54.589
  • Reading it, quotingit out of context,
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  • misusing it, looking forloopholes, if you will.
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  • Closing thoughts,every Christian isgoing to be tempted,
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  • but listen, it's notthe bait that constitute
  • 00:24:07.102 --> 00:24:10.305
  • temptation andsin, it's the bite.
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  • Just because the baitis dangled before you,
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  • doesn't mean you're sinning.
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  • By the way, it's nota sin to be tempted.
  • 00:24:18.346 --> 00:24:22.484
  • As my friend ErwinLuther said, and I quote,
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  • "Temptation is not a sin, it'sa call to battle," end quote.
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  • You know, we may think ifwe're really spiritual,
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  • we'll never be tempted.
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  • Let me tell you thatthat is not true.
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  • The fact is, if youare really spiritual,
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  • if you are reallyliving a godly life,
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  • you will be tempted, why?
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  • Because the devil doesnot want you to succeed.
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  • He will oppose you.
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  • So if you are watchingthis right now,
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  • and you're saying, "Greg,I get tempted all the time.
  • 00:24:49.210 --> 00:24:51.780
  • "What's wrong with me?"
  • 00:24:51.780 --> 00:24:53.081
  • Maybe it's not what'swrong with you,
  • 00:24:53.081 --> 00:24:55.383
  • maybe it's what'sright with you.
  • 00:24:55.383 --> 00:24:57.452
  • Remember the storyin the book of Job,
  • 00:24:58.620 --> 00:25:00.121
  • when God was bragging on hisservant, Job, and He said,
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  • "Have you consideredmy servant Job?
  • 00:25:03.925 --> 00:25:06.194
  • "A perfect and upright man,
  • 00:25:06.194 --> 00:25:07.829
  • "one that fears Godand shuns evil."
  • 00:25:07.829 --> 00:25:09.764
  • And the devil heard Godsay this, what happened?
  • 00:25:09.764 --> 00:25:12.767
  • A series of attacks cameagainst God's man named, Job.
  • 00:25:12.767 --> 00:25:17.405
  • And sometimes theattacks we're facing
  • 00:25:17.405 --> 00:25:19.808
  • are a result of living agodly, not an ungodly life.
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  • Hey, thanks forwatching our TV program.
  • 00:25:25.814 --> 00:25:28.783
  • And I wonder if you yourselfhave accepted Jesus Christ.
  • 00:25:28.783 --> 00:25:32.387
  • You know, a lot of times people
  • 00:25:32.387 --> 00:25:34.122
  • tune into programs likethis who aren't believers
  • 00:25:34.122 --> 00:25:36.358
  • and they're kindof checking it out.
  • 00:25:36.358 --> 00:25:38.059
  • Maybe you're laughingat it at first.
  • 00:25:38.059 --> 00:25:40.395
  • Maybe you think it's not real,
  • 00:25:40.395 --> 00:25:42.664
  • but something has happened,
  • 00:25:42.664 --> 00:25:43.865
  • and maybe in somethingthat's been said,
  • 00:25:43.865 --> 00:25:46.534
  • you've suddenly discoveredyou need Jesus Christ.
  • 00:25:46.534 --> 00:25:49.337
  • You know, the day I acceptedJesus, let me tell you,
  • 00:25:49.337 --> 00:25:52.240
  • it was the last thingI planned on doing.
  • 00:25:52.240 --> 00:25:54.943
  • I didn't plan on becominga Christian that day,
  • 00:25:54.943 --> 00:25:57.479
  • but that was the day thatwas appointed in eternity
  • 00:25:57.479 --> 00:26:01.282
  • for me to believe in Jesus.
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  • I wonder if this isnot that day for you.
  • 00:26:02.984 --> 00:26:06.421
  • You've been eavesdropping,you've been checking it out,
  • 00:26:06.421 --> 00:26:08.757
  • but now God's speakingright to your heart
  • 00:26:08.757 --> 00:26:10.592
  • and you realize youneed Jesus Christ.
  • 00:26:10.592 --> 00:26:12.861
  • Would you like to haveyour sin forgiven?
  • 00:26:12.861 --> 00:26:15.697
  • Would you like asecond chance in life?
  • 00:26:15.697 --> 00:26:17.966
  • Would you like to goto heaven when you die?
  • 00:26:17.966 --> 00:26:20.268
  • Would you likeyour guilt removed?
  • 00:26:20.268 --> 00:26:22.370
  • Listen, it can all happen,
  • 00:26:22.370 --> 00:26:23.605
  • because Jesus Christwent to a cross
  • 00:26:23.605 --> 00:26:26.374
  • and died for your sin and thenrose again three days later,
  • 00:26:26.374 --> 00:26:30.211
  • and He'll come intoyour life right now
  • 00:26:30.211 --> 00:26:31.946
  • and be your savior and your Lord
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  • and the best friendyou've ever had.
  • 00:26:33.948 --> 00:26:36.151
  • Let's pray together.
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  • Pray this after me.
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  • Lord Jesus, I knowthat I'm a sinner,
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  • but I believe You diedon the cross for my sin,
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  • and I'm sorry for that sinand I turn from it now.
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  • And I ask You to come intomy life and be my savior
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  • and be my Lord and be myGod, and be my friend.
  • 00:26:53.368 --> 00:26:57.939
  • I choose to follow youfrom this moment forward.
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  • In Jesus name I pray.
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  • Amen.
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  • If you just prayed that prayer,
  • 00:27:04.679 --> 00:27:06.181
  • I want you to know on theauthority of God's Word,
  • 00:27:06.181 --> 00:27:08.249
  • that Christ Himself hascome to live inside of you.
  • 00:27:08.249 --> 00:27:11.586
  • The Bible says, "Thesethings we write to you
  • 00:27:11.586 --> 00:27:13.421
  • "that believe in thename of the Son of God,
  • 00:27:13.421 --> 00:27:15.790
  • "that you may know thatyou have eternal life."
  • 00:27:15.790 --> 00:27:19.027
  • But let me say, God bless you,and welcome to God's family.
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  • ♪ This is the day
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  • ♪ That day when life begins
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