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A New Kind of Family

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November 15, 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 whenthe angels are singing ♪
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  • ♪ This is the day, theday, when life begins ♪
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  • - It was comedian George Burns,who once said, and I quote,
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  • "Happiness is having alarge, loving, caring,
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  • close knit family, inanother city," end quote.
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  • So you can probablyrelate to that.
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  • Guess what? Jesushad a family too.
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  • He had a mother named Mary,
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  • and a father namedGod, top that.
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  • Jesus also hadbrothers and sisters,
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  • and Jesus had a childhood,
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  • a mysteriouschildhood, no doubt.
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  • After all, there'snever been a man
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  • who has ever walked theEarth that was fully God,
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  • and fully man.
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  • He was not a man becomingGod, that's impossible.
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  • He was God who became a man.
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  • I know it's hard forus to wrap our mind
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  • around the fact thatGod became an embryo,
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  • that God came among us asa helpless little baby,
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  • born in a manger, thatneeded to be cared for,
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  • and nurtured and nursed,like any other little baby.
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  • But that's exactlywhat happened,
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  • and what we call the nativity.
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  • When he was in that manger,he tried like any other baby,
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  • and he grew up likeany other child.
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  • It's not like was in the manger,
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  • and with the ability tospeak, "Hello, Mary, Joseph,
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  • I'm Jesus, I'mhere on a mission."
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  • No, he was just a little baby,
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  • that grew up likeany other baby,
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  • and grew physically, andgrew in every other way.
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  • In fact, Luke 2:52 says hegrew in height, and wisdom,
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  • and was loved by God,and by all who knew him.
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  • So he had the privileges ofdeity, that he laid aside,
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  • as he walked among us as a man.
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  • He he never ceased to be God,
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  • but he walked amongus as a human being.
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  • Well, now he's beginninghis public ministry,
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  • as recorded in thegospel of Mark.
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  • And remember, Mark isa gospel of action.
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  • The word immediately isused over and over again.
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  • Jesus is on the move.Jesus is healing people.
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  • Jesus is delivering peoplefrom demonic possession.
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  • Jesus is forgiving sins,
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  • and he has been confirmed byhis Father, at the baptism.
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  • When the Father says ofJesus, "This is my beloved Son
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  • in who I am well-pleased,"
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  • and the Holy Spirit comes uponJesus in the form of a dove.
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  • So question, how does thebiological family of Jesus
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  • respond to all of this?
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  • How does Mary respond? How dothe other siblings respond?
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  • That brings us to ourtext, Mark 3:20-21.
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  • One time Jesus entered a house,
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  • and the crowds beganto gather again.
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  • Soon he and his disciplescouldn't even find time to eat.
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  • When his family heardwas what was happening,
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  • they tried to take him away,saying, "He's out of his mind."
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  • Wait, what?
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  • He's doing all these miracles.
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  • He's busy doing thework of the Father,
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  • and his family shows up, andthey wanna take him back home,
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  • because they sayhe's out of his mind.
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  • This brings us topoint number one,
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  • the hardest people toreach for the gospel
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  • are those who areclosest to you.
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  • The hardest people toreach for the gospel
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  • are your parents, or yourchildren, or your husband,
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  • or your wife, or yourbrothers, or your sisters.
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  • Now this was especially truein the hometown of Jesus,
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  • where we read that he coulddo no mighty works there,
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  • because of unbelief.
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  • And Jesus himself said, "Aprophet is not without honor,
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  • except in his own country."
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  • But now as our story progresses,
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  • we see the family ofJesus showing up again.
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  • Now, I'm not sure what happenedto bring this event about,
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  • but they let him knowthat they were there,
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  • and maybe they wantedspecial attention,
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  • or a better seat in thehouse, or whatever it was.
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  • But word came to Jesus,"Your family are here
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  • to visit with you."
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  • And we read in Mark 3:31,Jesus' mother and brothers
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  • came to see him, they stoodoutside and sent word for him
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  • to come out and talk with them.
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  • And there was a crowdsitting around Jesus,
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  • and someone said, "Yourmother and brothers
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  • are outside asking for you,"
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  • and listen to thisresponse of Christ,
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  • "Who is my mother?Who are my brothers?"
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  • Then he looked at thosewho were around him,
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  • and he said, "This is my mother,
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  • these are mybrothers and sisters.
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  • In fact, anyone who doesthe will of my Father
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  • is my brother andsister and mother."
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  • Bringing us to point number two,
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  • when we become Christians,we're placed in a new family.
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  • Jesus could have elevatedhis mother at that point,
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  • or even his siblings.
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  • But he's saying, "Hey,who is my mother?
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  • Who are my brothers and sisters.
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  • Those that do the will of God,"
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  • reminding us that whenyou become a Christian,
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  • you become a partof a new family.
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  • Now that doesn't meanyou're not still part
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  • of your biological family,
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  • but sometimes the bondbetween Christians
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  • can be closer than whatwe call the blood bond.
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  • We say that we'rerelated by blood,
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  • but when we becomefollowers of Jesus,
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  • are we not alsorelated by blood?
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  • The blood of Jesus Christ,that was shed on the cross,
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  • for all of our sins, bringingme to point number three.
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  • Jesus now establishes hisnew family of disciples.
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  • So we're gonna reada list of the men
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  • that he used tochange the world.
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  • Some are familiar names,others not as familiar.
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  • But as we look at these people,
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  • we see they had suchdiverse personalities.
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  • We see these peoplebecause we recognize them.
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  • They're probably likerelatives we already have.
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  • An eclectic bunch,no doubt about it.
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  • But these are the onesthat Jesus called.
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  • We might call themquestionable hires,
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  • but each one was handselected by Jesus.
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  • And they could not be moredifferent from one another.
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  • We read about them in Mark 3:16.
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  • Now he appointed Simon, towhom he gave the name Peter,
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  • James the son of Zebedee,and his brother John,
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  • to them he gavethe name Boanerges,
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  • which means sons of thunder.
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  • There was Andrew,Philip, Bartholomew,
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  • Matthew, Thomas,James son of Alphaeus,
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  • Thaddeus, Simon thezealot, and Judas Iscariot,
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  • who betrayed them.
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  • So right at the top of the list,
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  • a very familiarname, Simon Peter.
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  • Apart from Jesus himself,no other name is mentioned
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  • in the New Testamentmore than Simon Peter.
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  • He was a central figure ofJesus' three years of ministry.
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  • And also for the first threeyears of the early church.
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  • And Jesus spent more timewith Peter, than anybody else.
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  • Another thing I would point out,
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  • no other person speaks as often,
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  • or as spoken to asoften, as Simon Peter.
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  • I might also add, noother disciple is reproved
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  • and corrected as oftenas Simon Peter was.
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  • See, what distinguishedPeter from others
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  • is he would just saywhat he was thinking.
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  • You know how you have insidethoughts and outside thoughts?
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  • And you veto a lot ofthings you think about,
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  • and don't say them.
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  • Peter seemed to just blurtout whatever he was thinking.
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  • You always knew where youstood with the big fishermen.
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  • I think he always meant well,
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  • he just didn't thinkthings through.
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  • So if we were to comparethis to a family reunion,
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  • Peter's sort of likeyour lovable loud uncle,
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  • who will hold court, youknow, after the meal,
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  • telling great stories, andentertaining everybody.
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  • That was Peter, very outspoken.
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  • Listen, Peter was not onlyinquisitive, he had initiative.
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  • On one occasion, Jesus said,"Who do men say that I am?"
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  • And Peter says, "Well,they say a lot of things,
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  • but I'll tell youwho I think you are."
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  • And Jesus said,"Okay, go ahead."
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  • He says, "I thinkyou're the Christ,
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  • the Son of the living God."
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  • And Jesus says, "Flesh and blood
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  • did not revealthat to you, Peter,
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  • but my Father,who is in heaven."
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  • And then he says,"Your name is Peter,
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  • and upon this rock, Iwill build my church."
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  • Not on Peter, of course,
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  • but on the statementthat Peter made,
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  • "You're the Christ, theSon of the living God."
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  • The church has not built
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  • on the foundationof Simon Peter.
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  • God help us, if it is.
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  • The church is builton Christ himself,
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  • the chief cornerstone,but Peter got it right.
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  • And then Jesus went onto talk about the fact
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  • that he was gonna bebetrayed, and crucified.
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  • And Peter begins to rebukeJesus, right to his face.
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  • He rebukes him, saying, "Bethat far from you, Lord."
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  • And Jesus said, "Getbehind me, Satan,
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  • for you do not understandthe things of God."
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  • So on one hand,Peter was being led
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  • by the Father in what he said.
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  • And on the other hand, thedevil got in the details,
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  • and he made that statement,discouraging Christ
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  • from going to the crucifixion.
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  • Flood character, yes.
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  • According to churchtradition, Peter did die
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  • the death of a martyr.
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  • And according tochurch tradition,
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  • Peter was crucified upside down.
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  • But he was faithful to the end.
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  • Oh sure, he denied the Lord,
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  • but he was there withJesus in the last hours
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  • of his earthly ministry,along with the apostle John.
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  • And though he had hislapse, and his setback,
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  • he also had his mega comeback,
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  • when Jesusrecommissioned him again.
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  • Yeah, he was partof God's family.
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  • Then we have Andrew,the brother of Peter.
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  • They couldn't beany more different.
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  • If Peter was like your louduncle at the family reunion,
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  • Andrew was likethe quiet cousin.
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  • While Peter's talking,Andrew's clearing the table,
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  • and working behind the scenes.
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  • In fact, it was actually Andrew
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  • who brought hisbrother Peter to Jesus.
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  • In John 1:41 we read thefirst thing Andrew did,
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  • after he realized thatJesus was the Messiah,
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  • was he broughthis brother Peter.
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  • And he said to him,"We've found the Messiah,"
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  • and he brought him to Jesus.
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  • And that's what Andrewwas always doing,
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  • bringing people to Jesus.
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  • And what a greatthing to be known for,
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  • bringing people to Jesus.
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  • You remember the story ofthe feeding of the 5.000,
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  • and the people were hungry, andthey didn't know what to do.
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  • And Andrew went andfound a little boy,
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  • with some loaves and fishes,and he brought him to Jesus.
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  • And you know, we givea lot of attention
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  • to the Simon Petersof the world,
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  • but we must not forget the fact
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  • that there are also the Andrews.
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  • Remember, if therewere no Andrews,
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  • there would be no Simon Peters,
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  • people that work faithfullyand quietly behind the scenes.
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  • So we've got Peter,the loud one.
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  • We've got Andrew, the quiet one.
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  • And now we have Jamesand John, the fiery ones.
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  • If Peter's like your loud uncle,
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  • and Andrew's your quiet cousin,
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  • these were the brotherswho were always arguing.
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  • You know, they're atthe family reunion,
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  • and they turn everythinginto a big debate.
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  • And they get veryupset about things.
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  • These are the kind of people,
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  • that when they poston social media,
  • 00:11:51.933 --> 00:11:54.002
  • it's all in caps, right?
  • 00:11:54.002 --> 00:11:55.937
  • They're always firedup about something.
  • 00:11:55.937 --> 00:11:58.773
  • And that is a gooddescription of James and John.
  • 00:11:58.773 --> 00:12:02.343
  • They're described as the sonsof thunder for good reason.
  • 00:12:02.343 --> 00:12:06.181
  • They had fiery temperaments.
  • 00:12:06.181 --> 00:12:08.616
  • On one occasion,
  • 00:12:08.616 --> 00:12:09.851
  • the disciples went intoa village of Samaria,
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  • and the people werenot responsive.
  • 00:12:13.154 --> 00:12:15.356
  • They were not hospitable.
  • 00:12:15.356 --> 00:12:17.058
  • So James and John cometo Jesus, and they said,
  • 00:12:17.058 --> 00:12:19.427
  • "Lord, shall we callfire down from heaven
  • 00:12:19.427 --> 00:12:22.964
  • on these people,like Elijah did?"
  • 00:12:22.964 --> 00:12:25.466
  • Jesus was like, "Wait, what?
  • 00:12:25.466 --> 00:12:27.869
  • Call fire down from heaven?"
  • 00:12:27.869 --> 00:12:30.138
  • And then he had to remindthem what his mission was.
  • 00:12:30.138 --> 00:12:32.407
  • He says, "Guys, you don't know
  • 00:12:32.407 --> 00:12:33.942
  • what kind of spirityou're of, the Son of Man
  • 00:12:33.942 --> 00:12:36.511
  • did not come to destroypeople, he came to save them."
  • 00:12:36.511 --> 00:12:40.648
  • So he's saying, "Guys, Ididn't come to toast people.
  • 00:12:40.648 --> 00:12:43.685
  • I came to forgivepeople, kapisch?"
  • 00:12:43.685 --> 00:12:45.587
  • I mean, give me a break.
  • 00:12:45.587 --> 00:12:47.355
  • But these guys were veryfull of fire and passion.
  • 00:12:47.355 --> 00:12:51.559
  • And so they were upset thatpeople were not responsive
  • 00:12:51.559 --> 00:12:56.364
  • to what Jesus had to say.
  • 00:12:56.364 --> 00:12:57.665
  • They can also bevery insensitive,
  • 00:12:57.665 --> 00:13:00.068
  • because Jesus talked about
  • 00:13:00.068 --> 00:13:01.870
  • his impending crucifixionwith them, on one occasion.
  • 00:13:01.870 --> 00:13:05.807
  • And he says, "The Son ofMan is gonna be betrayed,
  • 00:13:05.807 --> 00:13:09.577
  • and he's gonna becondemned to death,
  • 00:13:09.577 --> 00:13:11.646
  • and they will floghim and kill him.
  • 00:13:11.646 --> 00:13:13.982
  • And three days later,he'll rise again."
  • 00:13:13.982 --> 00:13:16.217
  • I mean, imaginehearing Jesus say that,
  • 00:13:16.217 --> 00:13:18.486
  • that's heavy stuff.
  • 00:13:18.486 --> 00:13:19.854
  • You would just sitin stunned silence.
  • 00:13:19.854 --> 00:13:22.056
  • You wouldn't know what to say.
  • 00:13:22.056 --> 00:13:23.191
  • Well, not the son of thunder.
  • 00:13:23.191 --> 00:13:25.026
  • They had plenty to say,because then they blurt out,
  • 00:13:25.026 --> 00:13:28.029
  • "Well, we were wonderingif you would do
  • 00:13:28.029 --> 00:13:30.098
  • whatever we want you to do?"
  • 00:13:30.098 --> 00:13:32.901
  • Wait, what?
  • 00:13:32.901 --> 00:13:34.402
  • Jesus just got done sayingthat he is going to die,
  • 00:13:34.402 --> 00:13:37.639
  • And they say, "Ohyeah, interesting.
  • 00:13:37.639 --> 00:13:39.507
  • What can you do for us?"
  • 00:13:39.507 --> 00:13:41.342
  • That would be likesomebody is saying to you,
  • 00:13:41.342 --> 00:13:42.877
  • "Why, I just found out I'mvery sick, and I'm dying,
  • 00:13:42.877 --> 00:13:45.813
  • and I only have afew weeks to live."
  • 00:13:45.813 --> 00:13:47.582
  • And then you respond, "Yeah,
  • 00:13:47.582 --> 00:13:49.083
  • so what are you gonna do withthat car you just bought?
  • 00:13:49.083 --> 00:13:51.686
  • Could I have it?"
  • 00:13:51.686 --> 00:13:53.121
  • So the conversationcontinues on,
  • 00:13:53.121 --> 00:13:55.723
  • "We want you to dowhatever we ask you to do."
  • 00:13:55.723 --> 00:13:58.893
  • And so Jesus says,"Okay, I'll bite,
  • 00:13:58.893 --> 00:14:02.163
  • well, what do youwant me to do?"
  • 00:14:02.163 --> 00:14:03.831
  • We would like to sit on yourright and left hand in glory.
  • 00:14:03.831 --> 00:14:08.803
  • Well, they should be thankful
  • 00:14:09.671 --> 00:14:10.838
  • Jesus did notanswer that prayer,
  • 00:14:10.838 --> 00:14:12.974
  • because what happenedshortly after this?
  • 00:14:12.974 --> 00:14:14.976
  • Jesus went and was crucified.
  • 00:14:14.976 --> 00:14:17.946
  • And who was on hisright and left hand?
  • 00:14:17.946 --> 00:14:20.048
  • Two criminals who werecrucified next to him.
  • 00:14:20.048 --> 00:14:23.551
  • See, if he would haveanswered their prayer,
  • 00:14:23.551 --> 00:14:25.253
  • they would have beenthe ones on the crosses
  • 00:14:25.253 --> 00:14:27.255
  • on each side of Jesus.
  • 00:14:27.255 --> 00:14:28.957
  • So thank God forunanswered prayers, right?
  • 00:14:28.957 --> 00:14:32.360
  • So we've got the loudone, Simon Peter.
  • 00:14:32.360 --> 00:14:34.495
  • We've got the quiet one, Andrew
  • 00:14:34.495 --> 00:14:37.031
  • We've got the fired-upones, James and John,
  • 00:14:37.031 --> 00:14:40.168
  • the sons of thunder.
  • 00:14:40.168 --> 00:14:41.703
  • Now we have the skeptical one,and that of course is Thomas.
  • 00:14:41.703 --> 00:14:46.407
  • When you're at a family reunion,
  • 00:14:46.407 --> 00:14:47.909
  • you know everybody seesthings a certain way,
  • 00:14:47.909 --> 00:14:51.813
  • and Thomas is likethat relative,
  • 00:14:51.813 --> 00:14:54.248
  • who will say, "Well, I seeit completely differently
  • 00:14:54.248 --> 00:14:57.118
  • than the rest of you."
  • 00:14:57.118 --> 00:14:58.953
  • That's just his nature.
  • 00:14:58.953 --> 00:15:01.322
  • He was a guy whothought for himself.
  • 00:15:01.322 --> 00:15:05.827
  • Of course, we remember Thomas,
  • 00:15:05.827 --> 00:15:07.462
  • because he did missthe resurrected Christ,
  • 00:15:07.462 --> 00:15:11.065
  • after Jesus wascrucified, he rose again,
  • 00:15:11.065 --> 00:15:15.470
  • and he appeared to thedisciples in the upper room.
  • 00:15:15.470 --> 00:15:18.639
  • And they told Thomas, "Hey man,
  • 00:15:18.639 --> 00:15:20.408
  • you shoulda beenthere last night.
  • 00:15:20.408 --> 00:15:22.810
  • Guess who showed up?"
  • 00:15:22.810 --> 00:15:23.945
  • "Yeah, who?" Thomas says.
  • 00:15:23.945 --> 00:15:26.014
  • "Jesus, he appeared to us."
  • 00:15:26.014 --> 00:15:28.316
  • "Oh, right, yeah," Thomassays, "I'll believe that
  • 00:15:28.316 --> 00:15:31.185
  • when I can put my hand inthe prints of the nails,
  • 00:15:31.185 --> 00:15:35.823
  • and put my fingerinto his side."
  • 00:15:35.823 --> 00:15:38.993
  • Well, the next time theygot together for a meeting,
  • 00:15:38.993 --> 00:15:42.764
  • Thomas was there, andguess who shows up?
  • 00:15:42.764 --> 00:15:45.166
  • Jesus.
  • 00:15:45.166 --> 00:15:46.434
  • Well, Thomas, seeingthe risen Christ,
  • 00:15:46.434 --> 00:15:48.569
  • just said, "My Lord and my God,"
  • 00:15:48.569 --> 00:15:50.972
  • and he believed on the spot.
  • 00:15:50.972 --> 00:15:52.974
  • See, we call himdoubting Thomas.
  • 00:15:52.974 --> 00:15:54.609
  • I don't think he was a doubter,I think he was a skeptic.
  • 00:15:54.609 --> 00:15:57.512
  • And he wanted whateverybody else had.
  • 00:15:57.512 --> 00:16:00.348
  • He wanted to see andknow for himself.
  • 00:16:00.348 --> 00:16:02.717
  • And by the way, youdon't have to live
  • 00:16:02.717 --> 00:16:04.419
  • off somebody else's faith.
  • 00:16:04.419 --> 00:16:06.421
  • It's okay for youto say to the Lord,
  • 00:16:06.421 --> 00:16:08.356
  • "Make yourself real to me,help me with my doubts.
  • 00:16:08.356 --> 00:16:12.293
  • Help me with my questions."
  • 00:16:12.293 --> 00:16:13.795
  • I certainly did that whenI was a brand new believer.
  • 00:16:13.795 --> 00:16:16.798
  • I was filled with skepticism.
  • 00:16:16.798 --> 00:16:19.300
  • And I said to Jesus,"If you're real,
  • 00:16:19.300 --> 00:16:21.469
  • you're gonna have to makeyourself known to me,
  • 00:16:21.469 --> 00:16:23.971
  • 'cause I have ahard time believing
  • 00:16:23.971 --> 00:16:26.174
  • some of thesethings for myself."
  • 00:16:26.174 --> 00:16:28.176
  • And you know what,he did, and he does.
  • 00:16:28.176 --> 00:16:31.212
  • And he'll do the same for you.
  • 00:16:31.212 --> 00:16:34.148
  • Yeah, Thomas, if he didn'tunderstand something,
  • 00:16:34.148 --> 00:16:36.517
  • would talk about it, out loud.
  • 00:16:36.517 --> 00:16:39.020
  • One occasion in Johnchapter 14, Jesus said,
  • 00:16:39.020 --> 00:16:41.589
  • "At my father's houseare many mansions,
  • 00:16:41.589 --> 00:16:44.358
  • if it were not so, Iwould have told you.
  • 00:16:44.358 --> 00:16:45.927
  • I go to prepare a place for you.
  • 00:16:45.927 --> 00:16:47.962
  • And if I go and prepare a placefor you, I will come again,
  • 00:16:47.962 --> 00:16:51.099
  • and receive you unto myself,
  • 00:16:51.099 --> 00:16:53.167
  • and where you go, you know,and the way you know."
  • 00:16:53.167 --> 00:16:56.404
  • I think all the disciples areprobably nodding in unison,
  • 00:16:56.404 --> 00:17:00.041
  • in agreement, "Yeah, that'sdeep, that is really true."
  • 00:17:00.041 --> 00:17:03.344
  • And it's Thomas whosays, "Excuse me,"
  • 00:17:03.344 --> 00:17:05.480
  • I don't know if heraised his hand,
  • 00:17:05.480 --> 00:17:06.547
  • but, "I have a question."
  • 00:17:06.547 --> 00:17:08.182
  • "Yes, Thomas?"
  • 00:17:08.182 --> 00:17:09.350
  • "We don't knowwhere you're going,
  • 00:17:09.350 --> 00:17:10.985
  • and we don't know the way."
  • 00:17:10.985 --> 00:17:12.353
  • I liked that, he was honest.
  • 00:17:12.353 --> 00:17:14.622
  • And what does Jesus say?
  • 00:17:14.622 --> 00:17:15.723
  • He doesn't rebuke him.
  • 00:17:15.723 --> 00:17:17.325
  • He says, "I am the way,the truth, and the life.
  • 00:17:17.325 --> 00:17:21.129
  • And no man comes tothe Father, but by me."
  • 00:17:21.129 --> 00:17:25.399
  • Listen, skepticism is not asign that a person is wrong.
  • 00:17:25.399 --> 00:17:30.238
  • It may be a signthat he is thinking.
  • 00:17:30.238 --> 00:17:33.674
  • You may have childrenwho are pushing back
  • 00:17:33.674 --> 00:17:36.377
  • on the way you've raisedthem in your Christian home.
  • 00:17:36.377 --> 00:17:39.247
  • They have their own questions.
  • 00:17:39.247 --> 00:17:40.748
  • "Hey mom, how can I know theBible is the Word of God?"
  • 00:17:40.748 --> 00:17:43.684
  • "Hey dad, I'm grapplingwith this question."
  • 00:17:43.684 --> 00:17:46.154
  • You're thinking, "Oh,what have we done?
  • 00:17:46.154 --> 00:17:47.455
  • We failed our kids."
  • 00:17:47.455 --> 00:17:48.856
  • No, they're thinking forthemselves, they're like Thomas,
  • 00:17:48.856 --> 00:17:51.359
  • to help them workthrough those things,
  • 00:17:51.359 --> 00:17:53.361
  • and help them developtheir own faith.
  • 00:17:53.361 --> 00:17:56.430
  • Now I wish I had time togo into all the others
  • 00:17:56.430 --> 00:17:58.499
  • that are on our list,but there's one last name
  • 00:17:58.499 --> 00:18:01.135
  • that I wanna end with, andthat would be Judas Iscariot.
  • 00:18:01.135 --> 00:18:05.239
  • So Peter's like your loud uncle.
  • 00:18:05.239 --> 00:18:07.542
  • Andrew's the workingbehind the scenes guy.
  • 00:18:07.542 --> 00:18:09.877
  • James and John are alwaysfired up about something.
  • 00:18:09.877 --> 00:18:13.314
  • Thomas is the skeptical one.
  • 00:18:13.314 --> 00:18:14.949
  • Who's Judas? He's not theevil guy you may think.
  • 00:18:14.949 --> 00:18:19.854
  • You know, when we seemovies about Jesus,
  • 00:18:19.854 --> 00:18:23.624
  • or religious artdepicting the disciples,
  • 00:18:23.624 --> 00:18:26.661
  • you can always figureout who Judas is,
  • 00:18:26.661 --> 00:18:28.863
  • because he looks so treacherous.
  • 00:18:28.863 --> 00:18:30.865
  • He's always hidingover in the shadows.
  • 00:18:30.865 --> 00:18:33.401
  • If all the other discipleswere wearing white robes,
  • 00:18:33.401 --> 00:18:35.670
  • he's got a black robe,a black leather robe,
  • 00:18:35.670 --> 00:18:37.772
  • with the collar turned up,wearing sunglasses, right?
  • 00:18:37.772 --> 00:18:40.341
  • Not really, butyou get the idea.
  • 00:18:40.341 --> 00:18:42.076
  • Oh, that's Judas.
  • 00:18:42.076 --> 00:18:43.744
  • That is not theway Judas appeared.
  • 00:18:43.744 --> 00:18:45.780
  • He appeared as the mostvirtuous of the lot.
  • 00:18:45.780 --> 00:18:50.151
  • Judas is sort of like yourself righteous relative,
  • 00:18:50.151 --> 00:18:54.655
  • who's alwaysmoralizing, judging,
  • 00:18:54.655 --> 00:18:57.558
  • and putting others down.
  • 00:18:57.558 --> 00:18:59.961
  • And one day you find out
  • 00:18:59.961 --> 00:19:01.495
  • he is the biggesthypocrite of them all.
  • 00:19:01.495 --> 00:19:05.032
  • Judas is the literaldefinition of a hypocrite.
  • 00:19:05.032 --> 00:19:09.370
  • Now, I don't think we even know
  • 00:19:09.370 --> 00:19:10.705
  • what the word hypocrite means.
  • 00:19:10.705 --> 00:19:12.273
  • We throw it around a lot.
  • 00:19:12.273 --> 00:19:14.508
  • We say someone whoclaims to a Christian,
  • 00:19:14.508 --> 00:19:16.510
  • and slips up, that's hypocrisy.
  • 00:19:16.510 --> 00:19:18.512
  • That's not hypocrisy,that's humanity.
  • 00:19:18.512 --> 00:19:21.782
  • Every one of us, asfollowers of Jesus, mess up.
  • 00:19:21.782 --> 00:19:25.052
  • We make mistakes. Wesay the wrong thing.
  • 00:19:25.052 --> 00:19:27.989
  • We do the wrong thing.
  • 00:19:27.989 --> 00:19:29.257
  • Hopefully we ownit, and admit it.
  • 00:19:29.257 --> 00:19:31.292
  • That's not a hypocrite.
  • 00:19:31.292 --> 00:19:32.994
  • A hypocrite literallydefined is an actor.
  • 00:19:32.994 --> 00:19:36.464
  • It's a performer, it's aperson who is pretending
  • 00:19:36.464 --> 00:19:39.967
  • to be something they are not.
  • 00:19:39.967 --> 00:19:41.902
  • And that was Judas.
  • 00:19:41.902 --> 00:19:43.804
  • He appeared to be themost virtuous guy of all,
  • 00:19:43.804 --> 00:19:46.841
  • when in reality, hewas the most wicked.
  • 00:19:46.841 --> 00:19:50.044
  • Here's a perfect example,
  • 00:19:50.044 --> 00:19:52.213
  • all the disciples weregathered together for a meal.
  • 00:19:52.213 --> 00:19:55.916
  • And we read how Mary beganto wipe the feet of Jesus,
  • 00:19:55.916 --> 00:19:59.954
  • with some veryexpensive perfume,
  • 00:19:59.954 --> 00:20:02.490
  • and the fragrancefilled the air.
  • 00:20:02.490 --> 00:20:05.192
  • So this perfume thatshe wiped his feet with,
  • 00:20:05.192 --> 00:20:08.296
  • because she was givenan insight into the fact
  • 00:20:08.296 --> 00:20:10.865
  • that Christ was gonna gosuffer and die on the cross,
  • 00:20:10.865 --> 00:20:14.435
  • she wanted you to dosomething extravagant,
  • 00:20:14.435 --> 00:20:17.204
  • something next level, somethingto demonstrate to Jesus
  • 00:20:17.204 --> 00:20:22.109
  • how much she loved him.
  • 00:20:22.109 --> 00:20:23.711
  • So this has probablya family heirloom,
  • 00:20:23.711 --> 00:20:26.113
  • worth thousands andthousands of dollars.
  • 00:20:26.113 --> 00:20:28.416
  • So she's anointingthe feet of Jesus,
  • 00:20:28.416 --> 00:20:31.319
  • with this beautifulfragrant perfume.
  • 00:20:31.319 --> 00:20:34.121
  • And Judas says, "That perfumeis worth a small fortune.
  • 00:20:34.121 --> 00:20:37.958
  • It could have been sold, andthe money given to the poor."
  • 00:20:37.958 --> 00:20:41.062
  • The other disciplesprobably nodded in unison,
  • 00:20:41.062 --> 00:20:43.397
  • and said, "You know,that's true, Judas."
  • 00:20:43.397 --> 00:20:45.366
  • "And Mary, I don't know ifthat was good stewardship,
  • 00:20:45.366 --> 00:20:48.469
  • to waste that perfumeon the feet of Jesus."
  • 00:20:48.469 --> 00:20:51.138
  • But then we're giventhis little detail,
  • 00:20:51.138 --> 00:20:53.808
  • in the gospel of John, inJohn 12:6, Judas said that,
  • 00:20:53.808 --> 00:20:57.511
  • not because hecared for the poor.
  • 00:20:57.511 --> 00:20:59.013
  • He said it becausehe was a thief,
  • 00:20:59.013 --> 00:21:01.148
  • and he was in charge ofthe disciples' funds.
  • 00:21:01.148 --> 00:21:04.385
  • And he took some forhis own use, wow.
  • 00:21:04.385 --> 00:21:08.022
  • So at the moment he appearedto be the most virtuous,
  • 00:21:08.022 --> 00:21:11.459
  • he was actually the most wicked.
  • 00:21:11.459 --> 00:21:13.861
  • And it's this greed for money
  • 00:21:13.861 --> 00:21:16.731
  • that destroyed thelife of Judas Iscariot.
  • 00:21:16.731 --> 00:21:20.301
  • Let's not forget, he sold outJesus for 30 pieces of silver.
  • 00:21:20.301 --> 00:21:25.272
  • And how did he betray Christ?
  • 00:21:26.173 --> 00:21:28.642
  • When a handshake, witha pat on the back?
  • 00:21:28.642 --> 00:21:31.145
  • Oh no, you know the answer.
  • 00:21:31.145 --> 00:21:32.680
  • He betrayed him with a kiss.
  • 00:21:32.680 --> 00:21:34.548
  • He told the religiousrulers, "The one that I kiss,
  • 00:21:34.548 --> 00:21:38.619
  • he's the one you'relooking for."
  • 00:21:38.619 --> 00:21:40.654
  • So they're in the Garden ofGethsemane, here's Jesus,
  • 00:21:40.654 --> 00:21:43.290
  • and Judas approacheshim, and kisses him.
  • 00:21:43.290 --> 00:21:46.360
  • And in the original language,
  • 00:21:46.360 --> 00:21:47.862
  • it's implied he kissedhim over and over again,
  • 00:21:47.862 --> 00:21:51.332
  • not just a peck on the cheek.
  • 00:21:51.332 --> 00:21:53.601
  • He kissed him like, "Oh, Ilove you so much, Jesus."
  • 00:21:53.601 --> 00:21:57.104
  • But he was just identifyingChrist, so he could be arrested.
  • 00:21:57.104 --> 00:22:01.008
  • He was the worst kindof hypocrite out there.
  • 00:22:01.008 --> 00:22:04.011
  • But you wanna knowsomething amazing?
  • 00:22:04.011 --> 00:22:06.447
  • He could have been forgiven.
  • 00:22:06.447 --> 00:22:07.815
  • Jesus knew Judaswould betray him.
  • 00:22:07.815 --> 00:22:11.619
  • Jesus knew Judaswould abandon him.
  • 00:22:11.619 --> 00:22:16.023
  • But Jesus offered to Judasan opportunity to repent.
  • 00:22:16.023 --> 00:22:20.494
  • When the disciples gatheredtogether in the upper room,
  • 00:22:20.494 --> 00:22:23.597
  • for what would becomethe Last Supper,
  • 00:22:23.597 --> 00:22:25.966
  • we read that Jesus washedthe disciples' feet.
  • 00:22:27.401 --> 00:22:30.871
  • Now, that doesn't makea lot of sense to us.
  • 00:22:30.871 --> 00:22:33.507
  • But back in these days,
  • 00:22:33.507 --> 00:22:34.742
  • when you would govisit a person's house,
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  • the servant in the homewould wash your feet.
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  • So Jesus was takingthe role of a servant.
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  • He washed their feet,
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  • and he came to the feet ofJudas Iscariot and washed them.
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  • If I was Jesus, I would nothave washed the feet of Judas.
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  • I would have brokenthe feet of Judas,
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  • but the Lord evenwashed his feet.
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  • And then he identifiedJudas as the betrayer.
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  • And then he said toJudas, "Whatever you do,
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  • go and do it quickly."
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  • And we read that Satanfilled the heart of Judas.
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  • So he was not somehelpless pawn, no.
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  • He made a deliberatedecision to betray Jesus.
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  • But even there in theGarden of Gethsemane,
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  • as Judas approached, weread, Jesus said to him,
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  • "Friend, why have you come?"
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  • If Judas hadrepented of his sin,
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  • Jesus would haveforgiven him even there.
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  • But he was neverpart of God's family.
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  • He could have been, buthe was a wicked man.
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  • Listen, we can all bea part of God's family.
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  • You say, how do you do that?
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  • Well, you're born intothe family of God.
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  • Oh, you're saying you have tobe raised in a Christian home?
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  • No, not at all.
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  • You need to be born again,into the family of God.
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  • Jesus said, "Youmust be born again."
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  • So when you turn from your sin,
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  • and you ask God to forgive you,
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  • you become a partof God's family.
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  • The Bible says for asmany as received him,
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  • he gave them the powerto become sons of God.
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  • So you can be in thisincredible family of God,
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  • no matter what you've done.
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  • Maybe you relate toone of the people
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  • I've talked aboutin this message.
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  • Maybe you're like Simon Peter,
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  • and you walk withthe Lord for a time,
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  • but you messed up, and youfailed, and you sinned.
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  • And in the case of Peter,he denied three times
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  • that he knew Jesus,but he was forgiven.
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  • Or maybe you're likeThomas, you believe,
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  • but you've had your doubts.
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  • Or you're likesome of the others,
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  • who have had setbacks,
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  • but Jesus loved everyone of these men.
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  • He loved everyone of these women
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  • that followed him,and he loves you.
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  • And if you're apart of his family,
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  • he wants to maintainfellowship with you.
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  • You know, when we'resinning against God,
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  • we don't break off relationship,we break off fellowship.
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  • You're still in the family,you're just not communicating.
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  • And it's 'cause we've brokencommunication down by our sin.
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  • But the Bible says ifwe'll confess our sin,
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  • he's faithful and justto forgive us our sin,
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  • and cleanse us fromall unrighteousness,
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  • and communicationcan be restored.
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  • (gentle music)
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  • Hey, thanks forwatching our TV program.
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  • And I wonder if you yourselfhave accepted Jesus Christ.
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  • You know, a lot oftimes people tune
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  • in to programs like this,who aren't believers,
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  • and they're kindof checking it out.
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  • Maybe you're laughingat it at first.
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  • Maybe you think it's not real,but something has happened,
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  • and maybe somethingthat's been said,
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  • you've suddenly discoveredyou need Jesus Christ.
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  • You know, the day I acceptedJesus, let me tell you,
  • 00:25:46.433 --> 00:25:49.370
  • it was the last thingI planned on doing.
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  • I didn't plan on becominga Christian that day,
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  • but that was the day thatwas appointed in eternity
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  • for me to believe in Jesus.
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  • I wonder if this isnot that day for you?
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  • You've been eavesdropping,you've been checking it out,
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  • but now God's speakingright to your heart,
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  • and you realize youneed Jesus Christ.
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  • Would you like to haveyour sin forgiven?
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  • Would you like asecond chance in life?
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  • Would you like to goto heaven when you die?
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  • Would you likeyour guilt removed?
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  • Listen, it can all happen,
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  • because Jesus Christwent to a cross,
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  • and died for your sin, and thenrose again three days later,
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  • and he'll come intoyour life right now,
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  • and be your Savior,and your Lord,
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  • and the best friendyou've ever had.
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  • Let's pray together.
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  • Pray this after me, Lord Jesus,
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  • I know that 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 sin.
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  • And I turn from it now.
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  • And I asked you to come intomy life, and be my Savior,
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  • and be my Lord, and bemy God, and be my friend.
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  • I choose to follow youfrom this moment forward,
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  • in Jesus name I pray, amen.
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  • If you just prayed that prayer,
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  • I want you to know, on theauthority of God's Word,
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  • that Christ himself hascome to live inside of you.
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  • The Bible says thesethings we write to you
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  • that believe in thename of the Son of God,
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  • that you may know thatyou have eternal life.
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  • But let me say, God bless you,and welcome to God's family.
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