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February 14, 2021
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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't you hear allthe angels are singing ♪
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  • ♪ This is the day theday when life begins ♪
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  • - Hey everybody, welcomeback to Harvest at Home.
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  • We're back in our seriesin the Gospel of Mark
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  • which we're calling thegospel for busy people,
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  • and the title of my message is,
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  • a new kind of family, family.
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  • Well, we all have afamily of some kind,
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  • some families are big and loud,
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  • some families aresmall and quiet,
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  • pretty much every family is,
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  • I would say generallydysfunctional.
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  • If your family is a bitweird, welcome to the club
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  • we all have strangeuncles and weird cousins.
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  • Did it ever occur to youthat you're the weird cousin
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  • or you're the strangeuncle in your family?
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  • You probably are.
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  • Every family has itsform of dysfunction.
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  • I came from adysfunctional family,
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  • now I'm the head of adysfunctional family.
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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 familyin another city."
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  • End quote.
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  • So you can probablyrelate to that.
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  • Guess what?
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  • Jesus had a family too.
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  • He had a mother named Mary,
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  • and a father namedGod, tap that.
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  • Jesus also hadbrothers and sisters,
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  • and Jesus had a childhood, amysterious childhood no doubt.
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  • After all there'snever been a man
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  • who has ever walked the earth
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  • that was fullyGod and fully man.
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  • He was not a man becomingGod, that's impossible,
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  • He was God who becamea man, God came near.
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  • Jesus was God with skin on,
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  • Jesus was God walkingamong us, God had a face.
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  • And here in the Gospelof Mark we see Him
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  • beginning His public ministry.
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  • You know, the ministryof Christ lasted
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  • around three and a half years,
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  • but yet He lived 30 yearsbefore that, 33 years total.
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  • So what was He doing for thefirst 30 years of His life?
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  • Why didn't He havea 15 year ministry,
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  • why only basicallythree year ministry?
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  • Answer, because Jesuswas out living our life.
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  • He was breathing our air,
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  • He was experiencingour pressures,
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  • He was facing our temptations
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  • and ultimately Hewould die our death.
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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 usas a helpless little baby
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  • born in a manger thatneeded to be cared for
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  • and nurtured and nursedlike any other little baby,
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  • but that's exactly what happened
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  • and what we call the nativity.
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  • When He was in that manger,He cried like any other baby,
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  • and He grew up likeany other child.
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  • It's not like Hewas in the manger
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  • and with, you know,the ability to speak.
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  • "Hello, Mary, Joseph, I'mJesus I'm hear on a omission."
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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,
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  • "He grew in height and wisdom,
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  • "and was loved by Godand by all who knew Him."
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  • So He had the privilegesof deity that He laid aside
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  • as He walked among us as a man.
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  • He never ceased to be God,
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  • but He walked amongus as a human being.
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  • He never sinned once.
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  • Not only did He never sin,
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  • but He never even had athought out of harmony
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  • with the will of HisFather in heaven.
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  • Jesus said,
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  • "I always do the thingsthat please Him."
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  • Who could say that,but Christ Himself,
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  • He always did the thingsthat pleased the Father.
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  • So question, how doesthe biological family
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  • of Jesus respond to all of this?
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  • How does Mary respond?
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  • How do the othersiblings 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 heardwhat was happening,
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  • "they tried to takeHim away saying,
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  • "'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 say
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  • "He's out of His mind."
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  • This brings us topoint number one,
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  • the hardest people toreach with the gospel
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  • are those who areclosest to you.
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  • The hardest people toreach with 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 you may thinkbecause I'm a preacher
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  • that all of my familybelieved immediately.
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  • The fact of the matter is
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  • is my mom was notresponsive to me
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  • when I first came to Christ.
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  • Now I have to admit
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  • I probably was a biton the overkill side,
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  • and I hit her with bothbarrels of my gospel gun
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  • telling her she neededto repent of her sins,
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  • but it took not just years,
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  • it took decades for mymother to come around
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  • and believe in Jesus Christ.
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  • And in fact, she did notreally come to believe in Him
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  • until the end of her life,
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  • and the same was trueof her husband, Bill
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  • who I tried to reachwith the gospel.
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  • I didn't really reach himuntil the very end of his life.
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  • So again the hardestpeople to reach
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  • are those in your family.
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  • Lemme say a word to you.
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  • If you're marriedto a non-believer,
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  • especially if you're a womanand maybe you came to Christ
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  • and your husband hasnot come to Christ yet,
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  • and you're saying,how do I reach him?
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  • I'll preach a sermonto him every day.
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  • I'll put little gospeltracks in His sandwiches
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  • and when he has lunchhe'll bite into them
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  • and that'll reach him.
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  • No, actually what you need to do
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  • is probably not givehim any more sermons,
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  • you need to just live it.
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  • 1 Peter 3, talksabout the way to reach
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  • a non-believing personis not by your words,
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  • but by living the word.
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  • As one translation puts it,
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  • the silent preachingof a lovely wife.
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  • So there comes a point wherethey don't need more sermons,
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  • they need to seeit demonstrated.
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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,
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  • your family are hereto visit with you.
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  • And we read in Mark 3:31,
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  • "Jesus' mother andbrothers came to see Him.
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  • "They stood outside
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  • "and sent word for Him tocome out and talk with them.
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  • "And there was a crowdsitting around Jesus
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  • "and someone said,
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  • "'Your mother and brothersare outside asking for you.'"
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  • 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 those whowere around Him and He said,
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  • "This is my mother, theseare my brothers 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,but He's saying,
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  • "Hey, who is my mother?
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  • "Who are my brothersand 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 bond betweenChristians can be closer
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  • than what we callthe 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 Christthat was shed on the cross
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  • for all of our sins.
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  • Bringing me topoint 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 the had eachdiverse 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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  • Recently I watched an oldmovie from my childhood,
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  • it was called the "Dirty Dozen"
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  • ever seen that movie?
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  • Starring Lee Marvin andCharles Bronson and others,
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  • and the story of this militaryguy that goes to a prison
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  • and recruits a bunch ofguys some headed for death
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  • and others who would spend
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  • the rest of theirlives in prison,
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  • and he recruits themfor a special mission.
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  • So they were calledthe dirty dozen.
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  • I'm not suggesting that the 12apostles were the dirty dozen
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  • but I am suggesting they werevery ordinary individual.
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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,
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  • "to whom he gave the name Peter,
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  • "James the son of Zebedeeand 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, Matthew,
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  • "Thomas, James son ofAlphaeus, Thaddeus,
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  • "Simon the Zealot and JudasIscariot 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 JesusHimself no other name
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  • is mentioned in the NewTestament more 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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  • Now other thing Iwould 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,
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  • no other disciple isreproved and corrected
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  • as often as Simon Peter was.
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  • See what distinguishedPeter from others is
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  • he would just saywhat he was thinking.
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  • You know how you have insightthoughts 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, Peterseemed to just blurt out
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  • 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 is sort of likeyour lovable loud uncle
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  • who will hold court,
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  • you know, after the mealtelling great stories
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  • and entertaining everybody,that was Peter, very out spoken.
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  • And on one occasion,
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  • he made this amazingstatement to Jesus.
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  • He said in Matthew19:27 to Christ,
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  • "Lord we've lefteverything to follow you.
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  • "What then will therebe there for us?"
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  • In other words, he's saying,
  • 00:11:48.155 --> 00:11:49.656
  • hey Lord, we've given upeverything to follow you,
  • 00:11:49.656 --> 00:11:51.892
  • what's in it for us.
  • 00:11:51.892 --> 00:11:53.493
  • I mean, one of the thingsthat he just blurt out,
  • 00:11:53.493 --> 00:11:55.162
  • but that was Peter.
  • 00:11:55.162 --> 00:11:56.663
  • He thought it so, he thoughtI'm just going to say it.
  • 00:11:56.663 --> 00:11:59.633
  • There's an old proverb,it's not a biblical one,
  • 00:11:59.633 --> 00:12:01.768
  • but it has some truth init which basically says,
  • 00:12:01.768 --> 00:12:05.972
  • when you don't know whatto say, don't say anything
  • 00:12:05.972 --> 00:12:09.309
  • because it's betterto be thought a fool
  • 00:12:09.309 --> 00:12:11.912
  • than to open your mouthand dispel all doubt.
  • 00:12:11.912 --> 00:12:15.382
  • Then we have Andrew,the brother of Peter,
  • 00:12:15.382 --> 00:12:18.084
  • they couldn't beany more different.
  • 00:12:18.084 --> 00:12:20.620
  • If Peter was like your louduncle at the family reunion,
  • 00:12:21.755 --> 00:12:25.158
  • Andrew was likethe quiet cousin.
  • 00:12:25.158 --> 00:12:27.727
  • While Peter's talkingAndrew's clearing the table
  • 00:12:27.727 --> 00:12:30.530
  • and working behind the scenes.
  • 00:12:30.530 --> 00:12:33.400
  • In fact, it was actually Andrew
  • 00:12:33.400 --> 00:12:35.135
  • who brought hisbrother Peter to Jesus.
  • 00:12:35.135 --> 00:12:39.105
  • In John 1:41, we read,
  • 00:12:39.105 --> 00:12:41.141
  • "The first thing Andrew did,"
  • 00:12:41.141 --> 00:12:42.943
  • After he realized thatJesus was the Messiah.
  • 00:12:42.943 --> 00:12:45.579
  • "Was he broughthis brother Peter,
  • 00:12:45.579 --> 00:12:48.381
  • "and he said to him,
  • 00:12:48.381 --> 00:12:49.683
  • "'We found the Messiah.'
  • 00:12:49.683 --> 00:12:51.184
  • "And he brought him to Jesus."
  • 00:12:51.184 --> 00:12:53.854
  • And that's what Andrewwas always doing,
  • 00:12:53.854 --> 00:12:56.156
  • bringing people to Jesus,
  • 00:12:56.156 --> 00:12:59.092
  • and what a greatthing to be known for,
  • 00:12:59.092 --> 00:13:01.461
  • bringing people to Jesus.
  • 00:13:01.461 --> 00:13:03.797
  • You remember the story ofthe feeding of the 5.000,
  • 00:13:03.797 --> 00:13:07.934
  • and the people were hungry andthey didn't know what to do,
  • 00:13:07.934 --> 00:13:11.137
  • and Andrew went andfound a little boy
  • 00:13:11.137 --> 00:13:13.106
  • with some loaves and fishesand he brought him to Jesus.
  • 00:13:13.106 --> 00:13:18.445
  • And you know we givea lot of attention
  • 00:13:19.279 --> 00:13:20.447
  • to the Simon Petersof the world,
  • 00:13:20.447 --> 00:13:22.883
  • but we must notforget the fact that
  • 00:13:22.883 --> 00:13:24.751
  • there are also the Andrews.
  • 00:13:24.751 --> 00:13:26.620
  • Remember if therewere no Andrews
  • 00:13:26.620 --> 00:13:28.822
  • there would be no Simon Peters,
  • 00:13:28.822 --> 00:13:31.358
  • people that work faithfullyand quietly behind the scenes.
  • 00:13:31.358 --> 00:13:35.896
  • So we've got Peter the loud one,
  • 00:13:35.896 --> 00:13:38.198
  • we've got Andrew, the quiet one,
  • 00:13:38.198 --> 00:13:40.667
  • and now we have Jamesand John, the fiery ones.
  • 00:13:40.667 --> 00:13:44.938
  • If Peter's like your loud uncle,
  • 00:13:44.938 --> 00:13:46.306
  • and Andrew's your quiet cousin,
  • 00:13:46.306 --> 00:13:48.575
  • these are the brotherswho were always arguing.
  • 00:13:48.575 --> 00:13:51.144
  • You know, they're atthe family reunion
  • 00:13:51.144 --> 00:13:53.446
  • and they turn everythinginto to a big debate
  • 00:13:54.314 --> 00:13:57.450
  • and they get veryupset about things.
  • 00:13:57.450 --> 00:13:59.152
  • These are the kinda people that
  • 00:13:59.152 --> 00:14:00.720
  • when they post on socialmedia, it's all in caps, right?
  • 00:14:00.720 --> 00:14:04.357
  • They're always firedup about something
  • 00:14:04.357 --> 00:14:07.193
  • and that is a gooddescription of James and John,
  • 00:14:07.193 --> 00:14:10.730
  • they're described as the Sonsof Thunder for good reason.
  • 00:14:10.730 --> 00:14:14.567
  • They had fiery temperaments.
  • 00:14:14.567 --> 00:14:17.203
  • So we've got the loudone, Simon Peter,
  • 00:14:17.203 --> 00:14:19.406
  • we've got the quiet one, Andrew,
  • 00:14:19.406 --> 00:14:21.908
  • we've got the fired-up ones,
  • 00:14:21.908 --> 00:14:24.110
  • James and John theSons of Thunder,
  • 00:14:24.110 --> 00:14:26.579
  • now we have the skeptical one,
  • 00:14:26.579 --> 00:14:28.615
  • and that of course is Thomas.
  • 00:14:28.615 --> 00:14:31.251
  • When you're at a family reunion,
  • 00:14:31.251 --> 00:14:32.752
  • you know, everybody'ssees things a certain way,
  • 00:14:32.752 --> 00:14:36.656
  • and Thomas is likethat relative will say,
  • 00:14:36.656 --> 00:14:39.326
  • well, I see itcompletely differentlythan the rest of you.
  • 00:14:39.326 --> 00:14:43.763
  • That's just his nature.
  • 00:14:43.763 --> 00:14:46.099
  • He was a guy whothought for himself.
  • 00:14:46.099 --> 00:14:50.637
  • Of course we remember Thomas
  • 00:14:50.637 --> 00:14:52.272
  • because He did missthe resurrected Christ.
  • 00:14:52.272 --> 00:14:55.942
  • After Jesus was crucified,
  • 00:14:55.942 --> 00:14:59.346
  • He rose again and Heappeared to the disciples
  • 00:14:59.346 --> 00:15:01.982
  • in the upper room,and they told Thomas,
  • 00:15:01.982 --> 00:15:04.851
  • hey, man you should havebeen there last night,
  • 00:15:04.851 --> 00:15:07.654
  • guess who showed up?
  • 00:15:07.654 --> 00:15:08.822
  • "Year, who?"
  • 00:15:08.822 --> 00:15:09.689
  • Thomas says,
  • 00:15:09.689 --> 00:15:10.924
  • "Jesus, He appeared tous, all right yeah."
  • 00:15:10.924 --> 00:15:14.194
  • Thomas says,
  • 00:15:14.194 --> 00:15:15.395
  • "I'll believe thatwhen I can put my hand
  • 00:15:15.395 --> 00:15:18.498
  • "in the prints of the nails,
  • 00:15:18.498 --> 00:15:20.600
  • "and put my fingerinto his side."
  • 00:15:20.600 --> 00:15:23.870
  • Well, the next timethey got together
  • 00:15:23.870 --> 00:15:26.706
  • for a meeting, Thomas was there,
  • 00:15:26.706 --> 00:15:28.508
  • and guess who shows up?
  • 00:15:28.508 --> 00:15:30.043
  • Jesus.
  • 00:15:30.043 --> 00:15:31.311
  • Well, Thomas seeing therisen Christ just said,
  • 00:15:31.311 --> 00:15:33.680
  • "My Lord and my God."
  • 00:15:33.680 --> 00:15:35.849
  • And he believed on the spot.
  • 00:15:35.849 --> 00:15:37.817
  • See, we call himdoubting Thomas.
  • 00:15:37.817 --> 00:15:39.486
  • I don't think he was at doubter,I think he was a skeptic,
  • 00:15:39.486 --> 00:15:42.355
  • and he wanted whateverybody else had,
  • 00:15:42.355 --> 00:15:45.191
  • he wanted to see andknow for himself.
  • 00:15:45.191 --> 00:15:47.560
  • And by the way,
  • 00:15:47.560 --> 00:15:49.029
  • you don't have to liveoff somebody else's faith.
  • 00:15:49.029 --> 00:15:51.264
  • It's okay for youto say to the Lord,
  • 00:15:51.264 --> 00:15:53.266
  • make yourself real to me,help me with my doubts,
  • 00:15:53.266 --> 00:15:57.103
  • help me with my questions.
  • 00:15:57.103 --> 00:15:58.605
  • I certainly did that whenI was a brand new believer,
  • 00:15:58.605 --> 00:16:01.608
  • I was filled with skepticismand I said to Jesus,
  • 00:16:01.608 --> 00:16:05.578
  • if you're real you're gonnahave to make yourself known
  • 00:16:05.578 --> 00:16:08.415
  • to me 'cause I havea hard time believing
  • 00:16:08.415 --> 00:16:11.017
  • some of these things for myself.
  • 00:16:11.017 --> 00:16:13.019
  • And you know what?
  • 00:16:13.019 --> 00:16:13.853
  • He did, and He does,
  • 00:16:13.853 --> 00:16:16.156
  • and He'll do the same for you.
  • 00:16:16.156 --> 00:16:19.025
  • Yeah, Thomas if he didn'tunderstand something,
  • 00:16:19.025 --> 00:16:21.428
  • would talk about it out loud.
  • 00:16:21.428 --> 00:16:23.897
  • One occasion inJohn 14, Jesus said,
  • 00:16:23.897 --> 00:16:26.099
  • "At my Father's houseare many mansions
  • 00:16:26.966 --> 00:16:29.169
  • "if it were not so, Iwould have told you.
  • 00:16:29.169 --> 00:16:30.703
  • "I go to preparea place for you.
  • 00:16:30.703 --> 00:16:32.705
  • "And if I go andprepare a place for you,
  • 00:16:32.705 --> 00:16:34.641
  • "I will come again andreceive you unto myself
  • 00:16:34.641 --> 00:16:37.911
  • "and where you go you know,and the way you know."
  • 00:16:37.911 --> 00:16:41.214
  • I think all the disciples areprobably nodding in unison,
  • 00:16:41.214 --> 00:16:44.884
  • in agreement, yeah, that'sdeep, that is really true.
  • 00:16:44.884 --> 00:16:48.221
  • And it's Thomas whosays, excuse me,
  • 00:16:48.221 --> 00:16:50.323
  • I don't know if he raises hishand, but I have a question.
  • 00:16:50.323 --> 00:16:53.026
  • Yes Thomas.
  • 00:16:53.026 --> 00:16:54.194
  • "We don't knowwhere you're going,
  • 00:16:54.194 --> 00:16:55.695
  • "and we don't know the way."
  • 00:16:55.695 --> 00:16:57.630
  • I liked that, he was honest.
  • 00:16:57.630 --> 00:16:59.432
  • And what does Jesus say?
  • 00:16:59.432 --> 00:17:00.533
  • He doesn't rebuke him.
  • 00:17:00.533 --> 00:17:02.135
  • He says,
  • 00:17:02.135 --> 00:17:03.369
  • "I am the way, thetruth, and the life,
  • 00:17:03.369 --> 00:17:05.872
  • "and no man comes tothe Father, but by me."
  • 00:17:05.872 --> 00:17:10.276
  • Listen skepticism is not asign that a person is wrong,
  • 00:17:10.276 --> 00:17:15.148
  • it may be a signthat he is thinking.
  • 00:17:15.148 --> 00:17:18.585
  • You may have childrenwho are pushing back
  • 00:17:18.585 --> 00:17:21.287
  • on the way you've raisedthem in your Christian home.
  • 00:17:21.287 --> 00:17:24.157
  • They have their own questions,
  • 00:17:24.157 --> 00:17:25.625
  • hey mom, how can I know theBible is the Word of God?
  • 00:17:25.625 --> 00:17:28.595
  • Hey dad, I'm grapplingwith this question.
  • 00:17:28.595 --> 00:17:30.964
  • You're thinking, oh,look what we have done,
  • 00:17:30.964 --> 00:17:32.265
  • we fail our kids.
  • 00:17:32.265 --> 00:17:33.466
  • No, they're thinkingfor themselves,
  • 00:17:33.466 --> 00:17:34.801
  • they're like Thomas,
  • 00:17:34.801 --> 00:17:36.169
  • so help them workthrough those things
  • 00:17:36.169 --> 00:17:38.171
  • and help them developtheir own faith.
  • 00:17:38.171 --> 00:17:41.241
  • Now I wish I had time to go
  • 00:17:41.241 --> 00:17:42.475
  • into all the othersthat are on our list,
  • 00:17:42.475 --> 00:17:44.244
  • but there's one last namethat I wanna end with,
  • 00:17:44.244 --> 00:17:47.013
  • and that would beJudas Iscariot.
  • 00:17:47.013 --> 00:17:50.116
  • So Peter is likeyour loud uncle,
  • 00:17:50.116 --> 00:17:52.418
  • Andrew's the workingbehind the scenes guy,
  • 00:17:52.418 --> 00:17:54.721
  • James and John are alwaysfired up about something,
  • 00:17:54.721 --> 00:17:58.158
  • Thomas is this skeptical one,
  • 00:17:58.158 --> 00:18:00.193
  • who's Judas?
  • 00:18:00.193 --> 00:18:01.461
  • He's not the evilguy you may think.
  • 00:18:01.461 --> 00:18:04.697
  • You know, when we seemovies about Jesus
  • 00:18:04.697 --> 00:18:08.434
  • or religious artdepicting the disciples
  • 00:18:08.434 --> 00:18:11.471
  • you can always figureout who Judas is
  • 00:18:11.471 --> 00:18:13.673
  • because he looks so treacherous,
  • 00:18:13.673 --> 00:18:15.642
  • he's always hidingover in the shadows.
  • 00:18:15.642 --> 00:18:18.244
  • If all the other discipleswere wearing white robes
  • 00:18:18.244 --> 00:18:20.480
  • he's got a black robe,a black leather robe
  • 00:18:20.480 --> 00:18:22.649
  • with the collar turned up,wearing sunglasses, right?
  • 00:18:22.649 --> 00:18:25.185
  • Not really, butyou get the idea,
  • 00:18:25.185 --> 00:18:26.953
  • oh, that's Judas.
  • 00:18:26.953 --> 00:18:28.555
  • That is not theway Judas appear,
  • 00:18:28.555 --> 00:18:30.990
  • he appeared as the mostvirtuous of the lot.
  • 00:18:30.990 --> 00:18:34.961
  • Judas is sort of like yourself righteous relative
  • 00:18:34.961 --> 00:18:39.465
  • who's alwaysmoralizing, judging,and putting others down,
  • 00:18:39.465 --> 00:18:44.704
  • and one day you find out
  • 00:18:45.205 --> 00:18:46.406
  • he is the biggesthypocrite of them all.
  • 00:18:46.406 --> 00:18:49.842
  • Judas is the literaldefinition of a hypocrite.
  • 00:18:49.842 --> 00:18:54.180
  • Now I don't think we even know
  • 00:18:54.180 --> 00:18:55.515
  • what the word hypocrite means,
  • 00:18:55.515 --> 00:18:57.083
  • we throw it around a lot.
  • 00:18:57.083 --> 00:18:59.352
  • We say someone who claims tobe a Christian and slips up,
  • 00:18:59.352 --> 00:19:02.088
  • that's not hypocrisy.
  • 00:19:02.088 --> 00:19:03.356
  • That's not hypocrisy,that's humanity.
  • 00:19:03.356 --> 00:19:06.593
  • Every one of us asfollowers of Jesus mess up,
  • 00:19:06.593 --> 00:19:09.862
  • we make mistakes, wesay the wrong thing,
  • 00:19:09.862 --> 00:19:12.799
  • we do the wrong thing,
  • 00:19:12.799 --> 00:19:14.167
  • hopefully we ownit and admit it,
  • 00:19:14.167 --> 00:19:16.202
  • that's not a hypocrite.
  • 00:19:16.202 --> 00:19:17.904
  • A hypocrite literallydefined as an actor.
  • 00:19:17.904 --> 00:19:21.374
  • It's a performer,
  • 00:19:21.374 --> 00:19:22.976
  • it's a person who is pretending
  • 00:19:22.976 --> 00:19:24.911
  • to be something they are not,
  • 00:19:24.911 --> 00:19:26.913
  • and that was Judas.
  • 00:19:26.913 --> 00:19:28.781
  • He appeared to be themost virtuous guy of all
  • 00:19:28.781 --> 00:19:31.684
  • when in reality hewas the most wicked.
  • 00:19:31.684 --> 00:19:34.887
  • Here's a perfect example,
  • 00:19:34.887 --> 00:19:37.056
  • all the disciples weregathered together for a meal,
  • 00:19:37.056 --> 00:19:40.727
  • and we read how Marybegan to wipe the feet
  • 00:19:40.727 --> 00:19:44.030
  • of Jesus with somevery expensive perfume
  • 00:19:44.030 --> 00:19:47.333
  • and the fragrancefilled the air.
  • 00:19:47.333 --> 00:19:49.969
  • So this perfume thatshe wiped His feet with
  • 00:19:49.969 --> 00:19:53.139
  • because she was givenan insight into the fact
  • 00:19:53.139 --> 00:19:55.675
  • that Christ was gonna gosuffer and die on the cross.
  • 00:19:55.675 --> 00:19:59.279
  • She wanted to dosomething extravagant,
  • 00:19:59.279 --> 00:20:02.048
  • something next level,
  • 00:20:02.048 --> 00:20:03.616
  • something to demonstrate toJesus how much she loved Him.
  • 00:20:03.616 --> 00:20:08.488
  • So this is probablya family heirloom
  • 00:20:08.488 --> 00:20:10.957
  • worth thousands andthousands of dollars.
  • 00:20:10.957 --> 00:20:13.226
  • So she's anointingthe feet of Jesus
  • 00:20:13.226 --> 00:20:16.195
  • with this beautiful fragrantperfume, and Judas says,
  • 00:20:16.195 --> 00:20:19.832
  • "That perfume isworth a small fortune.
  • 00:20:19.832 --> 00:20:22.769
  • "It could have been sold andthe money given to the poor."
  • 00:20:22.769 --> 00:20:26.306
  • The other disciples probablynodded in unison and said,
  • 00:20:26.306 --> 00:20:28.941
  • you know, that's true Judas,
  • 00:20:28.941 --> 00:20:30.610
  • and Mary I don't know ifthat was good stewardship
  • 00:20:30.610 --> 00:20:33.646
  • to waste that perfumein the feet of Jesus.
  • 00:20:33.646 --> 00:20:36.316
  • But then we're giventhis little detail
  • 00:20:36.316 --> 00:20:38.985
  • in the Gospel ofJohn in John 12:6,
  • 00:20:38.985 --> 00:20:41.788
  • "Judas said that not becausehe cared for the poor,
  • 00:20:41.788 --> 00:20:44.123
  • "he said it becausehe was a thief
  • 00:20:44.123 --> 00:20:46.225
  • "and he was in chargeof the disciples funds
  • 00:20:46.225 --> 00:20:49.495
  • "and he took somefor his own use."
  • 00:20:49.495 --> 00:20:52.165
  • Wow.
  • 00:20:52.165 --> 00:20:53.633
  • So at the moment he appearedto be the most virtuous,
  • 00:20:53.633 --> 00:20:56.602
  • he was actually the most wicked,
  • 00:20:56.602 --> 00:20:59.005
  • and it's this greed for money
  • 00:20:59.005 --> 00:21:01.841
  • that destroyed thelife of Judas Iscariot.
  • 00:21:01.841 --> 00:21:05.445
  • Let's not forget he sold outJesus for 30 pieces of silver.
  • 00:21:05.445 --> 00:21:10.683
  • And how did he betray Christ?
  • 00:21:11.317 --> 00:21:13.753
  • With a handshake?
  • 00:21:13.753 --> 00:21:15.254
  • With a pat on the back?
  • 00:21:15.254 --> 00:21:16.422
  • Oh no, you know the answer.
  • 00:21:16.422 --> 00:21:17.957
  • He betrayed him with a kiss.
  • 00:21:17.957 --> 00:21:19.859
  • He told the religious rulers,
  • 00:21:19.859 --> 00:21:21.527
  • "The one that I kiss,
  • 00:21:21.527 --> 00:21:23.796
  • "He's the oneyou're looking for."
  • 00:21:23.796 --> 00:21:25.898
  • So they're in the Gardenof Gethsemane here's Jesus
  • 00:21:25.898 --> 00:21:28.534
  • and Judas approachesHim and kisses Him.
  • 00:21:28.534 --> 00:21:31.504
  • And in the originallanguage, it's implied,
  • 00:21:31.504 --> 00:21:33.573
  • He kissed Him overand over again
  • 00:21:33.573 --> 00:21:36.476
  • not just a peck on the cheek.
  • 00:21:36.476 --> 00:21:38.745
  • He kissed Him like,
  • 00:21:38.745 --> 00:21:39.679
  • oh, I love you so much, Jesus,
  • 00:21:39.679 --> 00:21:42.281
  • but he was just identifyingChrist so he could be arrested.
  • 00:21:42.281 --> 00:21:46.185
  • He was the worst kindof hypocrite out there,
  • 00:21:46.185 --> 00:21:49.188
  • but you wanna knowsomething amazing,
  • 00:21:49.188 --> 00:21:51.624
  • he could have been forgiven.
  • 00:21:51.624 --> 00:21:52.959
  • Jesus knew Judaswould betray Him,
  • 00:21:52.959 --> 00:21:56.763
  • Jesus knew Judaswould abandon Him,
  • 00:21:56.763 --> 00:22:01.200
  • but Jesus offered to Judasan opportunity to repent.
  • 00:22:01.200 --> 00:22:05.638
  • When the disciples gatheredtogether in the upper room
  • 00:22:05.638 --> 00:22:08.708
  • for what wouldbecome Last Supper,
  • 00:22:08.708 --> 00:22:11.677
  • we read that Jesus washthe disciples feet.
  • 00:22:12.545 --> 00:22:16.115
  • Now that doesn't makea lot of sense to us,
  • 00:22:16.115 --> 00:22:18.751
  • but back in these days
  • 00:22:18.751 --> 00:22:19.986
  • when you would govisit a person's house
  • 00:22:19.986 --> 00:22:21.888
  • the servant in the homewould wash your feet.
  • 00:22:21.888 --> 00:22:26.025
  • So Jesus was takingthe role of a servant,
  • 00:22:26.926 --> 00:22:29.262
  • He washed their feet,
  • 00:22:29.262 --> 00:22:31.831
  • and He came to the feet ofJudas Iscariot and washed him.
  • 00:22:31.831 --> 00:22:34.400
  • 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 to Judas,
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  • "Whatever you do goand 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.
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  • No, he made a deliberatedecision to betray Jesus,
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  • but even there in theGarden of Gethsemane
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  • as Judas approach, weread Jesus said to him,
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  • "Friend, why have you come?"
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  • If Judas had repented 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 againinto 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,
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  • "For as many 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 walked 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,
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  • he denied three timesthat he knew Jesus,
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  • 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 like some of theothers who have had setbacks,
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  • but Jesus loved everyone of these men,
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  • He loved every one of thesewomen that followed Him,
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  • 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,if we confess our sin,
  • 00:24:55.274 --> 00:24:57.643
  • 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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  • Hey, maybe God hasspeaking to your heart
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  • through this message.
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  • I want you to knowthat Jesus Christ died
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  • on the cross for you,
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  • He shed His blood onthe cross for you.
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  • And you know what?
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  • It wasn't nails thatheld Him to the cross,
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  • it was love for you.
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  • God loves you, and Godhas a plan for your life.
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  • And Christ wants to comeand live inside of you,
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  • but He will notforce His way in.
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  • The same Jesus whodied in the cross
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  • and rose from thedead three days later
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  • is standing now at the door ofyour life and He's knocking,
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  • and He is saying,
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  • if you'll hear my voice andopen the door, I will come in.
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  • Would you like Jesus Christ tocome and live in your heart?
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  • Would you likeyour sin forgiven?
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  • Would you like to fill thatbig hole inside of you?
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  • Would you like to haveyour guilt removed?
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  • And would you like tohave this certainty
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  • that when you die youwill go to heaven?
  • 00:26:02.508 --> 00:26:04.810
  • If so, I'm gonna leadyou in a simple prayer
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  • and I would ask that youwould pray this prayer
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  • out loud if you like after me,
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  • this is a simple prayer
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  • of asking Christ tocome into your life.
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  • So again, if you want Jesusto come into your life
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  • pray this with meright here right now.
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  • Pray these words,
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  • Lord Jesus,
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  • I know that I am a sinner,
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  • but I know thatyou're the Savior
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  • who died on the cross for my sin
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  • and rose again from the dead.
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  • I turn from my sin now,
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  • and 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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  • Hey, did you justpray that prayer?
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  • Maybe you felt somethingreally emotional,
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  • maybe you felt nothing.
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  • I'll tell you this,
  • 00:26:50.823 --> 00:26:52.258
  • the day I prayed that prayer,I didn't feel anything,
  • 00:26:52.258 --> 00:26:54.660
  • but I look back and Iknow that is the day
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  • Christ came into my life,
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  • and if you prayed thatprayer and meant it,
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  • God heard it andHe's answered it
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  • and you are now a child of God.
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  • Thanks for watching,
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  • and until next time,
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  • God bless you.
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  • ♪ This is the day theday when life begins ♪
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