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December 22, 2016
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A Hillsong Christmas with Brian & Bobbie

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  • - Brian Houston:
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  • Merry Christmas.
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  • I'm Brian Houston, and this is
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  • my beautiful wife Bobbie.
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  • In today's program we have some
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  • classic Christmas carols
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  • which I know you'll enjoy,
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  • songs like,
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  • "O Come All Ye Faithful,"
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  • and a beautiful rendition
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  • of "Noel" by Hillsong's
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  • Taya Smith.
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  • May you be reminded that
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  • the message of Jesus Christ
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  • is timeless, and yet
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  • still relevant even today.
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  • - Bobbie Houston: Yes,
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  • the Christmas message
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  • is for everyone.
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  • It's not limited
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  • to a few people,
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  • or even just good people.
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  • It's a wonderful message that
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  • is purposed by God the Father
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  • to bring all humanity
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  • into relationship with him
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  • through Jesus.
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  • This Christmas, I'm sure there
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  • will be people within our world
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  • who are struggling,
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  • those who may be excluded
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  • or outcast, others who are
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  • feeling alone or ashamed,
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  • or trying to make sense
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  • of their life.
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  • When I think about these
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  • precious people, I wonder,
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  • "What would Jesus want to say
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  • to them?"
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  • Well, I believe this Christmas,
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  • the Savior of the world would
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  • remind them that they are,
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  • in fact, the very reason
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  • Oh-oh-oh
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  • Oh-oh-oh
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  • Whoa-oh-oh
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  • Oh-oh-oh
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  • We sing O come.
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  • O come all ye faithful
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  • joyful and triumphant
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  • O come ye
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  • o come ye to Bethlehem
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  • Come and behold him
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  • born the King of angels
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  • O come let us adore him
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  • O come let us adore him
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  • O come let us adore him
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  • Christ the Lord
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  • Sing, choirs of angels
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  • Sing in exultation
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  • Sing, all ye citizens
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  • of heaven above
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  • Glory to God
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  • glory in the highest
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  • O come let us adore him
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  • O come let us adore him
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  • O come let us adore him
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  • Christ the Lord
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  • O come all ye faithful
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  • O come let us adore him
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  • O come all ye faithful
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  • O come let us adore him
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  • Hey, yeah
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  • O sing hallelujah
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  • for he alone is worthy
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  • O sing hallelujah
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  • for he alone is worthy
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  • O come all ye faithful
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  • O come let us adore him
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  • O come all ye faithful
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  • O come let us adore him
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  • O sing hallelujah
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  • for he alone is worthy
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  • O sing hallelujah
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  • for he alone is worthy
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  • O come all ye faithful
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  • - Brian: The unlimited,
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  • uncontainable,
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  • the unrestrictable God,
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  • did contain himself,
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  • did limit himself,
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  • did restrict himself,
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  • because he wanted to reach you.
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  • He didn't send an angel.
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  • He didn't send a prophet.
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  • He came himself,
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  • because the infinite God
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  • is infinitely personal.
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  • - Brian: In Galatians
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  • chapter 4, verse 4 it really
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  • brings down to one sentence
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  • all that Jesus did by coming
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  • to earth as a Man.
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  • It says: "But when the fullness
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  • of the time had come,
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  • God sent forth his Son,
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  • born of a woman,
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  • born under the law,"
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  • I love that same portion
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  • of Scripture in
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  • In The Message it says:
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  • "But when the time arrived
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  • that was set by God the Father,"
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  • in other words, in eternity,
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  • way back in eternity,
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  • God set a specific day,
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  • a specific time, for Christ
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  • the Savior to be born.
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  • "But when the time arrived
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  • that was set by God the Father,
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  • God sent his Son,
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  • born among us of a woman,
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  • born under the conditions
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  • of the law so that he might
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  • redeem those of us who have
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  • been kidnapped by the law."
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  • Let me talk about that verse
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  • a little bit.
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  • First of all, just the thought
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  • of what God did.
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  • God is obviously infinite.
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  • He is omnipresent.
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  • He's everywhere
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  • at the same time.
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  • He's omniscient.
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  • He's all-knowing.
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  • He's omnipotent.
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  • He's all-powerful.
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  • And as I say, he's infinite.
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  • We are finite.
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  • He is infinite.
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  • Everything about the Christmas
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  • message is about the unlimited,
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  • unrestricted, uncontained God
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  • containing himself,
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  • limiting himself,
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  • restricting himself.
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  • By how?
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  • Well, firstly, he restricted
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  • himself to the form of a man.
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  • An infinite God became finite.
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  • God eternal suddenly came
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  • into time and space.
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  • 'Cause In the fullness
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  • of time, God, what did he do?
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  • Sent forth is Son.
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  • I love the fact he
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  • didn't send an angel.
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  • He didn't send a prophet.
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  • No, he sent himself,
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  • because God is personal.
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  • And then, of course, it goes on
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  • and it talks there about,
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  • "He was conceived in the womb
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  • of a woman,
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  • born of a woman."
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  • And I love that fact that God
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  • would contain himself within
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  • the womb of a woman so that
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  • he could reach humanity.
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  • And ultimately, it says that,
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  • "He was born of a woman.
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  • He was born under the law."
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  • Now, it's God
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  • who established the law.
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  • But by his Son Jesus Christ
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  • restricting himself to the law,
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  • it meant Jesus was able
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  • to fulfill the Old Testament law
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  • because that Old Testament law,
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  • it simply, it was too small
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  • for the whole world to be able
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  • to fit through it.
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  • And what God wanted to do was be
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  • the Savior of the world.
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  • He wanted to save everyone.
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  • "That all may come,"
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  • is the message.
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  • I look at Luke chapter 2
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  • where it's telling
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  • the Christmas story.
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  • And it says there in verse 10
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  • and 11 that: "The angel said,
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  • 'Fear not, for behold,
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  • I will bring you good news
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  • of great joy that will be
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  • for all the people.'"
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  • There it is.
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  • The Christmas message
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  • is not for a few people.
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  • It's not for a group of people.
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  • It's not even just
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  • for good people.
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  • It is for all people, everyone,
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  • the Scripture says.
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  • It also, in Luke 2,
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  • tells the story of Simeon.
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  • Now, Simeon was an old man.
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  • And the Holy Spirit had told him
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  • that before he died,
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  • before his death,
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  • that he would witness Jesus,
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  • that he would witness
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  • the Savior, that he would
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  • witness the Messiah.
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  • And he goes on there in Luke
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  • chapter 2, verse 30 to 32,
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  • and it talks about this.
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  • It talks about the fact that
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  • salvation was for all people.
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  • Those were the words of Simeon.
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  • He saw the Savior before
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  • he went on into glory.
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  • Well, I love that thought
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  • that God is for everyone.
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  • And because he is for everyone,
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  • the unlimited, uncontainable,
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  • the unrestrictable God,
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  • did contain himself,
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  • did limit himself,
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  • did restrict himself
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  • because he wanted to reach you.
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  • That's a powerful,
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  • beautiful thing.
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  • You think about God
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  • in his omnipresence.
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  • In other words,
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  • God is everywhere
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  • at the same time.
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  • In terms of everywhere,
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  • it's not just everywhere
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  • now around the globe,
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  • and though he is that,
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  • but everywhere, past,
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  • present, and future.
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  • Because God is eternal.
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  • So he's already in the future.
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  • He doesn't just know
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  • your future.
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  • He's there, drawing you
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  • towards himself.
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  • He's here, and he was there,
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  • when it comes to times past,
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  • maybe hurtful times,
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  • heart aching times, you know,
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  • horrid times.
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  • What did he do?
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  • He came to earth.
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  • The eternal God came to earth.
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  • So he literally stepped
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  • into time and space.
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  • You know, whatever's going on
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  • in your world at this time,
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  • to us it could seem the most
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  • inconvenient time.
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  • But for God,
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  • it's the perfect time.
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  • It was in the fullness of time.
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  • It was literally the day,
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  • the day that God
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  • in eternity past had chosen
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  • to allow his Son Jesus
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  • to be born of a woman,
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  • to be born under the law.
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  • No matter how it feels
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  • in your life at this time,
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  • whatever's going on,
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  • don't forget what to us
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  • seems so difficult,
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  • so challenging.
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  • God, it's the perfect time
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  • for him to intervene.
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  • It's the perfect time for him,
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  • through Christ the Savior,
  • 00:10:52.140 --> 00:10:53.280
  • to bring love and grace
  • 00:10:53.280 --> 00:10:54.290
  • into your situation,
  • 00:10:54.290 --> 00:10:56.130
  • in Jesus' name.
  • 00:10:56.130 --> 00:10:57.220
  • You see, on that perfect time,
  • 00:10:57.220 --> 00:11:00.140
  • the Scripture said,
  • 00:11:00.140 --> 00:11:01.210
  • "The Word became flesh."
  • 00:11:01.210 --> 00:11:02.230
  • Literally, Jesus, he came
  • 00:11:02.230 --> 00:11:04.120
  • from his place in eternity.
  • 00:11:04.120 --> 00:11:06.080
  • And in The Message Bible
  • 00:11:06.080 --> 00:11:07.260
  • it says, "He became flesh
  • 00:11:07.260 --> 00:11:09.040
  • and he moved
  • 00:11:09.040 --> 00:11:10.110
  • into the neighborhood."
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  • What a powerful thing.
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  • I just want you to understand
  • 00:11:13.010 --> 00:11:14.230
  • that sometimes what to us
  • 00:11:14.230 --> 00:11:16.050
  • seems an impossible time,
  • 00:11:16.050 --> 00:11:17.200
  • to God is the perfect time
  • 00:11:17.200 --> 00:11:19.090
  • for him to move,
  • 00:11:19.090 --> 00:11:20.140
  • for him to work,
  • 00:11:20.140 --> 00:11:21.160
  • for him to do something
  • 00:11:21.160 --> 00:11:22.170
  • beautiful in your life.
  • 00:11:22.170 --> 00:11:24.020
  • I spoke on Joseph just a couple
  • 00:11:24.020 --> 00:11:25.100
  • of weeks ago in Advent,
  • 00:11:25.100 --> 00:11:27.060
  • the events leading up
  • 00:11:27.060 --> 00:11:29.000
  • to the coming of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:11:29.000 --> 00:11:31.020
  • "Advent" meaning "Coming."
  • 00:11:31.020 --> 00:11:32.200
  • And talking about that,
  • 00:11:32.200 --> 00:11:34.220
  • it's when Joseph found out
  • 00:11:34.220 --> 00:11:36.060
  • that Mary was pregnant.
  • 00:11:36.060 --> 00:11:38.080
  • At that point, he hadn't heard
  • 00:11:38.080 --> 00:11:39.120
  • from the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:11:39.120 --> 00:11:40.210
  • At that point, he hadn't heard
  • 00:11:40.210 --> 00:11:41.250
  • from any angel.
  • 00:11:41.250 --> 00:11:43.140
  • He just suddenly finds out
  • 00:11:43.140 --> 00:11:45.030
  • that Mary was pregnant.
  • 00:11:45.030 --> 00:11:46.090
  • And it couldn't have been
  • 00:11:46.090 --> 00:11:47.090
  • at a worse time.
  • 00:11:47.090 --> 00:11:48.200
  • Because the Bible says
  • 00:11:48.200 --> 00:11:49.220
  • in Matthew 1:18 that:
  • 00:11:49.220 --> 00:11:51.270
  • "It was after that they
  • 00:11:51.270 --> 00:11:54.030
  • were betrothed."
  • 00:11:54.030 --> 00:11:55.060
  • Do you see the word,
  • 00:11:55.060 --> 00:11:55.270
  • "After his mother Mary
  • 00:11:55.270 --> 00:11:57.030
  • was betrothed to Joseph"?
  • 00:11:57.030 --> 00:11:58.140
  • A betrothal in the Bible times,
  • 00:11:58.140 --> 00:12:00.130
  • it's like an engagement except
  • 00:12:00.130 --> 00:12:02.090
  • it's an actual contract signed
  • 00:12:02.090 --> 00:12:03.210
  • between families.
  • 00:12:03.210 --> 00:12:05.030
  • And the only way it could
  • 00:12:05.030 --> 00:12:06.140
  • be broken is by divorce.
  • 00:12:06.140 --> 00:12:08.070
  • And so it's after he's
  • 00:12:08.070 --> 00:12:09.160
  • committed, but before
  • 00:12:09.160 --> 00:12:12.110
  • they came together.
  • 00:12:12.110 --> 00:12:13.180
  • In other words,
  • 00:12:13.180 --> 00:12:14.170
  • before the marriage
  • 00:12:14.170 --> 00:12:15.140
  • was consummated.
  • 00:12:15.140 --> 00:12:16.130
  • It couldn't have been
  • 00:12:16.130 --> 00:12:17.110
  • a worse time for Joseph.
  • 00:12:17.110 --> 00:12:18.090
  • I mean, it couldn't have been
  • 00:12:18.090 --> 00:12:19.070
  • a worse time.
  • 00:12:19.070 --> 00:12:20.030
  • He is committed.
  • 00:12:20.030 --> 00:12:21.020
  • And but before he actually
  • 00:12:21.020 --> 00:12:22.160
  • had the chance
  • 00:12:22.160 --> 00:12:23.150
  • to sleep with his wife,
  • 00:12:23.150 --> 00:12:25.160
  • in that moment right there,
  • 00:12:25.160 --> 00:12:26.240
  • the worst possible time,
  • 00:12:26.240 --> 00:12:28.070
  • it seemed, naturally speaking,
  • 00:12:28.070 --> 00:12:30.140
  • is when he finds out
  • 00:12:30.140 --> 00:12:32.050
  • that Mary is pregnant.
  • 00:12:32.050 --> 00:12:33.250
  • You know, that's an incredible
  • 00:12:33.250 --> 00:12:35.040
  • thing because what for him
  • 00:12:35.040 --> 00:12:36.170
  • was the worst time,
  • 00:12:36.170 --> 00:12:38.110
  • for God was the perfect time.
  • 00:12:38.110 --> 00:12:40.150
  • "In the fullness of the time,"
  • 00:12:40.150 --> 00:12:42.120
  • in the time that God had set,
  • 00:12:42.130 --> 00:12:45.130
  • "God sent his Son."
  • 00:12:45.130 --> 00:12:47.180
  • He could've sent an angel.
  • 00:12:47.180 --> 00:12:49.110
  • He could've sent a prophet.
  • 00:12:49.110 --> 00:12:50.270
  • He even could've
  • 00:12:50.270 --> 00:12:52.010
  • just given an impression
  • 00:12:52.010 --> 00:12:53.040
  • by the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:12:53.040 --> 00:12:54.170
  • But he didn't do any of that.
  • 00:12:54.170 --> 00:12:56.140
  • God eternal, God infinite,
  • 00:12:57.210 --> 00:13:00.230
  • became finite, became a Man.
  • 00:13:00.230 --> 00:13:03.100
  • And why did he do that?
  • 00:13:03.100 --> 00:13:04.250
  • Because he wanted
  • 00:13:04.250 --> 00:13:05.270
  • to reach down into our reality.
  • 00:13:05.270 --> 00:13:07.160
  • I live in time and space.
  • 00:13:07.160 --> 00:13:09.060
  • I can only be here
  • 00:13:09.060 --> 00:13:10.110
  • at one particular time.
  • 00:13:10.110 --> 00:13:11.200
  • I can't be everywhere.
  • 00:13:11.200 --> 00:13:12.240
  • I can only--although,
  • 00:13:12.240 --> 00:13:14.030
  • I must say, I am up there
  • 00:13:14.030 --> 00:13:15.230
  • this morning.
  • 00:13:15.230 --> 00:13:16.260
  • And I am up there.
  • 00:13:16.260 --> 00:13:18.040
  • And I up there as well.
  • 00:13:18.040 --> 00:13:19.140
  • And I am everywhere,
  • 00:13:19.140 --> 00:13:21.160
  • but that's technology.
  • 00:13:21.160 --> 00:13:22.290
  • I'm sure not God.
  • 00:13:22.290 --> 00:13:24.120
  • Whatever's going on
  • 00:13:24.120 --> 00:13:25.150
  • in your world, God is there.
  • 00:13:25.150 --> 00:13:27.010
  • And that's because he came
  • 00:13:27.010 --> 00:13:28.020
  • to earth as a Man.
  • 00:13:28.020 --> 00:13:29.050
  • Christ the Savior was born.
  • 00:13:29.050 --> 00:13:31.280
  • Do you know, it's beautiful.
  • 00:13:31.280 --> 00:13:33.050
  • C.S. Lewis, he, of course,
  • 00:13:33.050 --> 00:13:35.000
  • is a philosopher,
  • 00:13:35.000 --> 00:13:36.080
  • a writer, and a beautiful writer
  • 00:13:36.090 --> 00:13:39.090
  • and man of God he was.
  • 00:13:39.090 --> 00:13:41.030
  • And he said this.
  • 00:13:41.030 --> 00:13:42.010
  • He said, "God's choice to become
  • 00:13:42.010 --> 00:13:43.200
  • a Man is a bit like one of us
  • 00:13:43.200 --> 00:13:45.100
  • choosing to become a slug."
  • 00:13:45.100 --> 00:13:47.280
  • [laughing]
  • 00:13:47.280 --> 00:13:49.090
  • In other words,
  • 00:13:49.090 --> 00:13:50.070
  • he lowered himself.
  • 00:13:50.070 --> 00:13:51.100
  • He literally, the uncontainable,
  • 00:13:51.100 --> 00:13:52.230
  • unrestricted, unlimited God
  • 00:13:52.230 --> 00:13:54.210
  • chose to be contained
  • 00:13:54.210 --> 00:13:56.270
  • within the womb of a woman,
  • 00:13:56.270 --> 00:13:58.050
  • chose to be contained on earth
  • 00:13:58.050 --> 00:14:00.180
  • in time and space,
  • 00:14:00.180 --> 00:14:01.290
  • chose, literally, to come
  • 00:14:01.290 --> 00:14:03.230
  • in under the law.
  • 00:14:03.230 --> 00:14:05.070
  • It's amazing what he did.
  • 00:14:05.070 --> 00:14:07.030
  • He didn't send an angel.
  • 00:14:07.030 --> 00:14:08.100
  • He didn't send a prophet.
  • 00:14:08.100 --> 00:14:10.100
  • He came himself,
  • 00:14:10.100 --> 00:14:11.110
  • because the infinite God
  • 00:14:11.110 --> 00:14:12.140
  • is infinitely personal.
  • 00:14:12.140 --> 00:14:15.020
  • He loves you.
  • 00:14:15.020 --> 00:14:16.130
  • He loves you.
  • 00:14:16.130 --> 00:14:17.120
  • The real Christmas message,
  • 00:14:17.120 --> 00:14:18.180
  • the message of Jesus:
  • 00:14:18.180 --> 00:14:20.140
  • Noel, Noel
  • 00:14:29.230 --> 00:14:32.230
  • the story of amazing love!
  • 00:14:35.010 --> 00:14:38.010
  • The light of the world
  • 00:14:38.260 --> 00:14:41.260
  • given for us
  • 00:14:42.270 --> 00:14:45.270
  • - Brian: "For us a Savior
  • 00:15:02.150 --> 00:15:03.150
  • was born."
  • 00:15:03.150 --> 00:15:04.120
  • For us, of course,
  • 00:15:04.120 --> 00:15:05.090
  • a Savior was to go on to live
  • 00:15:05.090 --> 00:15:06.140
  • an incredible life,
  • 00:15:06.140 --> 00:15:08.040
  • impacting people
  • 00:15:08.040 --> 00:15:09.020
  • everywhere he went.
  • 00:15:09.020 --> 00:15:10.280
  • Till, ultimately,
  • 00:15:10.280 --> 00:15:12.100
  • it's the Easter message,
  • 00:15:12.100 --> 00:15:13.180
  • he gave his life.
  • 00:15:13.180 --> 00:15:14.250
  • He rose again, today seated
  • 00:15:14.250 --> 00:15:16.120
  • at the right hand of the Father.
  • 00:15:16.120 --> 00:15:18.090
  • This wasn't an ending,
  • 00:15:18.090 --> 00:15:19.120
  • Christmas.
  • 00:15:19.120 --> 00:15:20.120
  • It was just a beautiful
  • 00:15:20.120 --> 00:15:21.120
  • beginning to everything
  • 00:15:21.120 --> 00:15:22.100
  • that's possible to you,
  • 00:15:22.100 --> 00:15:23.190
  • to your family, to your home,
  • 00:15:23.190 --> 00:15:25.090
  • to God's purposes in your life.
  • 00:15:25.090 --> 00:15:27.090
  • All of it possible
  • 00:15:27.090 --> 00:15:28.150
  • because he chose
  • 00:15:28.150 --> 00:15:29.270
  • to contain himself,
  • 00:15:29.270 --> 00:15:31.190
  • time and space,
  • 00:15:31.190 --> 00:15:32.290
  • contain himself as he came
  • 00:15:33.110 --> 00:15:36.110
  • to earth as a Man,
  • 00:15:36.110 --> 00:15:37.180
  • contain himself by being
  • 00:15:37.180 --> 00:15:39.020
  • conceived in the womb
  • 00:15:39.020 --> 00:15:41.010
  • of a woman, contain himself
  • 00:15:41.010 --> 00:15:43.130
  • by coming under the law
  • 00:15:43.130 --> 00:15:45.010
  • which God had established
  • 00:15:45.010 --> 00:15:46.020
  • in the first place.
  • 00:15:46.020 --> 00:15:47.080
  • He was under the law,
  • 00:15:47.080 --> 00:15:48.080
  • but he wasn't bound
  • 00:15:48.080 --> 00:15:49.060
  • by the law.
  • 00:15:49.060 --> 00:15:50.070
  • But he came under the law
  • 00:15:50.070 --> 00:15:51.070
  • so he could fulfill it.
  • 00:15:51.070 --> 00:15:52.180
  • Because as I said, the law,
  • 00:15:52.180 --> 00:15:54.080
  • it was too small to fit
  • 00:15:54.080 --> 00:15:55.100
  • the whole world through.
  • 00:15:55.100 --> 00:15:56.230
  • But Jesus is the Savior
  • 00:15:56.230 --> 00:15:57.250
  • of the world, for all people,
  • 00:15:57.250 --> 00:15:59.090
  • for everyone.
  • 00:15:59.090 --> 00:16:00.160
  • And of course, the Pharisees
  • 00:16:00.160 --> 00:16:01.150
  • and the religious people,
  • 00:16:01.150 --> 00:16:02.200
  • they took what was already
  • 00:16:02.200 --> 00:16:03.180
  • too small, in other words,
  • 00:16:03.180 --> 00:16:05.060
  • we couldn't all get
  • 00:16:05.060 --> 00:16:06.090
  • through there,
  • 00:16:06.090 --> 00:16:07.070
  • it was too difficult.
  • 00:16:07.070 --> 00:16:08.140
  • The Pharisees,
  • 00:16:08.140 --> 00:16:09.120
  • the religious people,
  • 00:16:09.120 --> 00:16:10.110
  • made it even smaller.
  • 00:16:10.110 --> 00:16:11.160
  • So when Christ the Savior
  • 00:16:11.160 --> 00:16:12.190
  • was born, no wonder
  • 00:16:12.190 --> 00:16:14.020
  • it was good news to all mankind.
  • 00:16:14.020 --> 00:16:16.070
  • No wonder it was good news
  • 00:16:16.070 --> 00:16:17.270
  • for you, for me,
  • 00:16:17.270 --> 00:16:19.080
  • and for everybody else
  • 00:16:19.080 --> 00:16:20.240
  • on Planet Earth.
  • 00:16:20.240 --> 00:16:21.260
  • For all humanity,
  • 00:16:21.260 --> 00:16:23.220
  • Christ the Savior is born.
  • 00:16:23.220 --> 00:16:26.120
  • The uncontainable
  • 00:16:26.120 --> 00:16:27.210
  • contained himself.
  • 00:16:27.210 --> 00:16:29.180
  • How beautiful, how powerful,
  • 00:16:29.180 --> 00:16:32.070
  • when you understand what
  • 00:16:32.070 --> 00:16:33.080
  • Jesus Christ has done for you.
  • 00:16:33.080 --> 00:16:35.160
  • Finally, some of you have seen
  • 00:16:35.160 --> 00:16:37.220
  • the movie "Taken."
  • 00:16:37.220 --> 00:16:39.100
  • If you're a dad, that movie,
  • 00:16:39.100 --> 00:16:41.250
  • it can just get at you.
  • 00:16:41.250 --> 00:16:42.280
  • Because Liam Neeson
  • 00:16:42.280 --> 00:16:45.090
  • was the actor,
  • 00:16:45.090 --> 00:16:46.120
  • and the part he played
  • 00:16:46.120 --> 00:16:47.100
  • was of a retired CIA agent.
  • 00:16:47.100 --> 00:16:49.190
  • And if you remember,
  • 00:16:49.190 --> 00:16:50.180
  • he was living the good life
  • 00:16:50.180 --> 00:16:51.170
  • in California, retired.
  • 00:16:51.170 --> 00:16:53.000
  • But he finds out in Europe that
  • 00:16:53.000 --> 00:16:54.230
  • his daughter had been kidnapped
  • 00:16:54.230 --> 00:16:57.060
  • by human traffickers,
  • 00:16:57.090 --> 00:17:00.110
  • Albanian human traffickers.
  • 00:17:00.110 --> 00:17:02.060
  • And so he manages
  • 00:17:02.060 --> 00:17:03.110
  • to make contact
  • 00:17:03.110 --> 00:17:04.110
  • with the kidnappers,
  • 00:17:04.110 --> 00:17:05.100
  • and he says he's coming,
  • 00:17:05.100 --> 00:17:06.200
  • he's coming to get his daughter.
  • 00:17:06.200 --> 00:17:08.060
  • And if you think about it,
  • 00:17:08.060 --> 00:17:09.130
  • in some ways it's
  • 00:17:09.130 --> 00:17:10.110
  • a feeble analogy,
  • 00:17:10.110 --> 00:17:11.170
  • but really, it's an amazing
  • 00:17:11.170 --> 00:17:13.090
  • analogy because he left his
  • 00:17:13.090 --> 00:17:14.250
  • place of comfort in California
  • 00:17:14.250 --> 00:17:17.010
  • to go to Europe to look
  • 00:17:17.010 --> 00:17:18.050
  • for his daughter.
  • 00:17:18.050 --> 00:17:19.140
  • Jesus, he left his place
  • 00:17:19.140 --> 00:17:20.180
  • in heaven to come to earth
  • 00:17:20.180 --> 00:17:22.240
  • so he could reach you,
  • 00:17:22.240 --> 00:17:24.000
  • his child, so he could
  • 00:17:24.000 --> 00:17:25.210
  • change your life,
  • 00:17:25.210 --> 00:17:26.230
  • so he could love you,
  • 00:17:26.230 --> 00:17:27.280
  • so he could save your sins,
  • 00:17:27.280 --> 00:17:29.100
  • so he could heal
  • 00:17:29.100 --> 00:17:30.120
  • and bring his life to you.
  • 00:17:30.120 --> 00:17:32.050
  • And of course, Liam Neeson
  • 00:17:32.050 --> 00:17:33.210
  • didn't hire a hit man.
  • 00:17:33.210 --> 00:17:34.220
  • He didn't call a friend.
  • 00:17:34.220 --> 00:17:35.260
  • He went himself, because to him
  • 00:17:35.260 --> 00:17:37.250
  • it was personal.
  • 00:17:37.250 --> 00:17:39.010
  • This is his daughter.
  • 00:17:39.010 --> 00:17:39.290
  • And that's exactly what God did.
  • 00:17:39.290 --> 00:17:41.040
  • He didn't send an angel,
  • 00:17:41.040 --> 00:17:42.020
  • and he didn't send a prophet.
  • 00:17:42.020 --> 00:17:43.000
  • He came for you himself
  • 00:17:43.000 --> 00:17:45.120
  • because he loves you.
  • 00:17:45.120 --> 00:17:46.190
  • And ultimately, ha,
  • 00:17:46.190 --> 00:17:49.010
  • you think of that movie
  • 00:17:49.010 --> 00:17:51.240
  • and the part played
  • 00:17:51.240 --> 00:17:52.240
  • by Liam Neeson, and the truth
  • 00:17:52.240 --> 00:17:54.090
  • is that ultimately
  • 00:17:54.090 --> 00:17:55.270
  • he was a law agent.
  • 00:17:55.270 --> 00:17:57.030
  • He was a retired CIA agent.
  • 00:17:57.030 --> 00:17:59.230
  • And so he was a man
  • 00:17:59.230 --> 00:18:01.080
  • who was from the law,
  • 00:18:01.080 --> 00:18:03.100
  • but he wasn't bound by the law.
  • 00:18:03.100 --> 00:18:04.280
  • He lived within the spirit
  • 00:18:04.280 --> 00:18:05.280
  • of the law.
  • 00:18:05.280 --> 00:18:06.280
  • Because the truth is
  • 00:18:06.280 --> 00:18:08.050
  • the law, perhaps,
  • 00:18:08.050 --> 00:18:09.040
  • was too small for him
  • 00:18:09.040 --> 00:18:11.040
  • to reach his daughter and to do
  • 00:18:11.040 --> 00:18:13.180
  • what he wanted to do.
  • 00:18:13.180 --> 00:18:15.020
  • And for God, the law was
  • 00:18:15.020 --> 00:18:16.270
  • too small for him
  • 00:18:16.270 --> 00:18:18.100
  • to reach everyone,
  • 00:18:18.100 --> 00:18:19.160
  • for him to reach all people,
  • 00:18:19.160 --> 00:18:21.010
  • for him to reach you.
  • 00:18:21.010 --> 00:18:22.130
  • And so he came to earth,
  • 00:18:22.130 --> 00:18:24.290
  • the unlimited and unlimitable,
  • 00:18:24.290 --> 00:18:27.190
  • the uncontained
  • 00:18:27.190 --> 00:18:28.290
  • and uncontainable,
  • 00:18:28.290 --> 00:18:30.170
  • the unrestricted
  • 00:18:30.170 --> 00:18:31.240
  • and unrestrictable God,
  • 00:18:31.240 --> 00:18:34.010
  • he contained himself,
  • 00:18:34.010 --> 00:18:36.080
  • restricted himself.
  • 00:18:36.080 --> 00:18:37.230
  • He limited himself
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  • so that he came into your time,
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  • your space, your reality,
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  • to bring hope to a dying world.
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  • Listen to it carefully.
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  • Listen to it.
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  • Jesus left his place in majesty
  • 00:18:47.250 --> 00:18:49.230
  • so he could reach down
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  • into our misery.
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  • Without Jesus, we have
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  • a hopeless end.
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  • With Jesus, we have
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  • an endless hope.
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  • Jesus, Christ the Savior,
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  • is born.
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  • Jesus, Christ the Savior,
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  • - Bobbie: I still stand
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  • in awe and in wonder
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  • that an infinite God
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  • would willingly bring himself
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  • down to our level.
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  • He didn't send an angel
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  • or a prophet.
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  • Instead, he came as an innocent
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  • child because our infinite God
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  • is infinitely personal.
  • 00:19:25.270 --> 00:19:27.230
  • - Brian: Matthew 1:18 to 23
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  • details the moment when Joseph
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  • discovered that Mary,
  • 00:19:30.210 --> 00:19:32.140
  • who he was engaged to,
  • 00:19:32.140 --> 00:19:33.210
  • was pregnant.
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  • The key words that stood out
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  • to me were the words "after"
  • 00:19:35.260 --> 00:19:37.110
  • and "before."
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  • After Mary was betrothed,
  • 00:19:38.170 --> 00:19:40.080
  • but before they came together.
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  • What a dream destroyer
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  • for Joseph.
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  • Joseph would've looked forward
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  • to being married to Mary.
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  • Like many of us,
  • 00:19:47.190 --> 00:19:48.220
  • he would've dreamed
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  • about the children
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  • they would have together
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  • and what those moments
  • 00:19:51.250 --> 00:19:52.230
  • would be like.
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  • He would've imagined the joy
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  • of holding his firstborn,
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  • and now this, an unexpected
  • 00:19:56.240 --> 00:19:58.260
  • and unexplainable baby.
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  • He didn't even know
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  • who the father was.
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  • He just knew it wasn't him.
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  • Not only was it the most
  • 00:20:04.120 --> 00:20:05.170
  • inconvenient shock,
  • 00:20:05.170 --> 00:20:07.090
  • but it also came
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  • at the most inconvenient time.
  • 00:20:08.150 --> 00:20:10.250
  • Joseph was betrothed to Mary,
  • 00:20:10.250 --> 00:20:12.290
  • a contract that could
  • 00:20:12.290 --> 00:20:14.020
  • only be ended by divorce.
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  • They were fully committed
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  • to each other.
  • 00:20:16.250 --> 00:20:17.280
  • They had not moved
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  • into their glorious future.
  • 00:20:19.010 --> 00:20:21.070
  • And it was in these moments
  • 00:20:21.070 --> 00:20:22.180
  • that Joseph must have felt
  • 00:20:22.180 --> 00:20:23.210
  • so alone, so confused,
  • 00:20:23.210 --> 00:20:25.170
  • and so anxious
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  • about what lay ahead.
  • 00:20:26.180 --> 00:20:27.240
  • However, all of this was
  • 00:20:27.240 --> 00:20:28.270
  • a part of our all-knowing
  • 00:20:28.270 --> 00:20:30.110
  • God's good and perfect plan
  • 00:20:30.110 --> 00:20:32.020
  • to rescue humanity.
  • 00:20:32.020 --> 00:20:33.210
  • - Bobbie: For many people
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  • in the world today,
  • 00:20:34.190 --> 00:20:35.230
  • fear of the unknown
  • 00:20:35.230 --> 00:20:36.240
  • is crippling,
  • 00:20:36.240 --> 00:20:37.250
  • and it often causes them
  • 00:20:37.250 --> 00:20:39.000
  • to walk through life
  • 00:20:39.000 --> 00:20:40.050
  • without a sense of hope
  • 00:20:40.050 --> 00:20:41.050
  • for the future.
  • 00:20:41.050 --> 00:20:42.190
  • Much like Mary and Joseph,
  • 00:20:42.190 --> 00:20:44.090
  • our own lives can be filled
  • 00:20:44.090 --> 00:20:45.180
  • with uncertainty and questions.
  • 00:20:45.180 --> 00:20:47.230
  • Perhaps it's regarding health,
  • 00:20:47.230 --> 00:20:49.060
  • family, future, or loved ones.
  • 00:20:49.060 --> 00:20:51.160
  • Yet, what was unknown and seemed
  • 00:20:51.160 --> 00:20:53.070
  • like the end for Joseph
  • 00:20:53.070 --> 00:20:54.210
  • was only just the beginning.
  • 00:20:54.210 --> 00:20:56.160
  • His current circumstance
  • 00:20:56.160 --> 00:20:58.080
  • may have been unplanned,
  • 00:20:58.080 --> 00:20:59.210
  • but to God it was
  • 00:20:59.210 --> 00:21:00.260
  • not the unknown.
  • 00:21:00.260 --> 00:21:02.010
  • The same applies to you
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  • and me today.
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  • Whatever it is that lies ahead
  • 00:21:04.130 --> 00:21:05.170
  • of you, both your worst days
  • 00:21:05.170 --> 00:21:07.110
  • and your best days,
  • 00:21:07.110 --> 00:21:08.210
  • nothing is unknown
  • 00:21:08.210 --> 00:21:09.240
  • to the Creator of the universe.
  • 00:21:09.240 --> 00:21:11.120
  • He always has a plan.
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  • This Christmas we're praying
  • 00:21:13.070 --> 00:21:14.140
  • that you will experience
  • 00:21:14.140 --> 00:21:15.140
  • the love and joy of knowing
  • 00:21:15.140 --> 00:21:16.260
  • that God is on your side,
  • 00:21:16.260 --> 00:21:18.200
  • no matter what your
  • 00:21:18.200 --> 00:21:19.190
  • circumstances may be.
  • 00:21:19.190 --> 00:21:21.110
  • Love incarnate
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  • love divine
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  • Star and angels
  • 00:21:40.100 --> 00:21:42.070
  • Bow to babe
  • 00:21:47.090 --> 00:21:48.210
  • on bended knee
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  • the Savior of humanity
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  • Unto us a Child is born
  • 00:22:05.080 --> 00:22:08.080
  • He shall reign forevermore
  • 00:22:11.160 --> 00:22:14.160
  • Noel, Noel
  • 00:22:19.040 --> 00:22:22.040
  • come and see
  • 00:22:22.040 --> 00:22:23.170
  • what God has done
  • 00:22:25.080 --> 00:22:28.080
  • Noel, Noel
  • 00:22:32.190 --> 00:22:35.190
  • the story of amazing love
  • 00:22:37.270 --> 00:22:40.270
  • The light of the world
  • 00:22:41.250 --> 00:22:44.250
  • given for us
  • 00:22:45.270 --> 00:22:48.270
  • Son of God
  • 00:22:57.040 --> 00:22:58.190
  • and Son of man
  • 00:23:00.250 --> 00:23:03.250
  • there before
  • 00:23:03.250 --> 00:23:05.050
  • the world began
  • 00:23:07.260 --> 00:23:10.260
  • Born to suffer
  • 00:23:10.260 --> 00:23:12.070
  • born to save
  • 00:23:14.240 --> 00:23:17.240
  • Born to raise us
  • 00:23:17.240 --> 00:23:19.090
  • from the grave
  • 00:23:21.230 --> 00:23:24.230
  • Christ the everlasting Lord
  • 00:23:28.160 --> 00:23:31.160
  • he shall reign forevermore
  • 00:23:35.010 --> 00:23:38.010
  • Noel, Noel
  • 00:23:42.190 --> 00:23:45.190
  • come and see
  • 00:23:45.190 --> 00:23:46.280
  • what God has done
  • 00:23:48.260 --> 00:23:51.260
  • Noel, Noel
  • 00:23:56.050 --> 00:23:59.050
  • the story of amazing love
  • 00:24:01.130 --> 00:24:04.130
  • The light of the world
  • 00:24:05.000 --> 00:24:08.000
  • given for us
  • 00:24:09.140 --> 00:24:12.140
  • Noel, Noel
  • 00:24:51.280 --> 00:24:54.280
  • come and see
  • 00:24:54.280 --> 00:24:56.130
  • what God has done
  • 00:24:58.090 --> 00:25:01.110
  • Noel, Noel
  • 00:25:06.000 --> 00:25:09.000
  • the story of amazing love
  • 00:25:12.080 --> 00:25:15.080
  • Noel, Noel
  • 00:25:20.000 --> 00:25:23.000
  • come and see
  • 00:25:23.000 --> 00:25:24.120
  • what God has done
  • 00:25:26.070 --> 00:25:29.070
  • Noel, Noel
  • 00:25:33.180 --> 00:25:36.180
  • the story of amazing love
  • 00:25:38.250 --> 00:25:41.250
  • The light of the world
  • 00:25:42.220 --> 00:25:45.220
  • given for us
  • 00:25:46.200 --> 00:25:49.200