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Mary Magdalene, Jesus | Episode 11

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April 10, 2018
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Max Lucado: Unshakable Hope

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Mary Magdalene, Jesus | Episode 11

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  • (Max Lucado) They don't build things like they used to.
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  • Cathedrals, castles, and monuments
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  • still standing centuries after they were constructed,
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  • or buildings like this one.
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  • Cracks and creaks reveal the years,
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  • but it still stands.
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  • From the cathedrals of Rome to the Alamo near my own home,
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  • there is something special about a building
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  • that stands the test of time.
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  • Wars could not destroy them.
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  • Storms could not devastate them.
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  • You might even say they're unshakable.
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  • Hi, I'm Max Lucado, and I wonder,
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  • what kind of life are you building?
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  • We live in a shaky world.
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  • Promises break, stock markets crash,
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  • relationships crumble.
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  • The pillars of our faith will be tested.
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  • Want to be unshakable in a shaky world?
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  • You can build your life on the enduring promises of God.
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  • You have a problem?
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  • God has a promise, and these promises stand the test of time
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  • and they weather life's biggest storms.
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  • Today we're going to explore some of these great
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  • and precious promises found in God's Word.
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  • And when the world rages around you,
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  • you can stand with unshakable hope.
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  • Unshakable
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  • (female announcer) We are building our lives on the promises of God.
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  • Because his Word is unbreakable, our hope is unshakable.
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  • We do not stand on the problems of life or the pain in life,
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  • we stand on the great and precious promises of God.
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  • This is "Unshakable Hope."
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  • (Max Lucado) Have your nights been filled with tears?
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  • Oh, dear one, I have a beautiful and hope-filled promise to share
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  • with you from Psalm 30 and verse 5.
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  • It says, "Weeping may last through the night,
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  • but joy comes with the morning."
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  • No matter how dark the night may seem, no matter how distraught
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  • your heart may be, God loves you, and because he does,
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  • you can be assured joy will come.
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  • Mary Cushman learned this truth.
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  • The financial depression of the 1930s
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  • all but devastated her family.
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  • Her husband's paycheck shrank to $18 a week,
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  • and since he was given to illness,
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  • there were many weeks
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  • that he didn't even earn that much.
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  • She began to take in laundry and ironing.
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  • She dressed her five kids with Salvation Army clothing.
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  • At one point, the local grocer to whom they owed $50 accused
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  • her 11-year-old son of stealing, and that was all she could take.
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  • She could see no hope, so she shut off her washing machine,
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  • she took her beautiful little 5-year-old girl
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  • into the bedroom, plugged up the window and cracks,
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  • and turned on the gas heater in her bedroom,
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  • and she didn't light it.
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  • Instead, she told her daughter that they were going to take
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  • a nap and laid down to take her last.
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  • She said later that she would never forget
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  • the smell of that gas.
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  • Suddenly, she heard music.
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  • She had forgotten to turn the radio off in the kitchen.
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  • As the music continued, she heard someone singing
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  • an old hymn.
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  • "What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear.
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  • "What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.
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  • "Oh what peace we often forfeit.
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  • "Oh what needless pain we bear.
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  • All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer."
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  • As she listened to the hymn, she suddenly realized she had made
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  • a terrible and tragic mistake.
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  • She had tried to fight all her battles alone.
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  • Jumping up, she turned off the gas, opened the door,
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  • and raised her windows to let in the fresh air.
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  • And she spent the rest of the day giving thanks to God
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  • for the blessings she had forgotten,
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  • five healthy children, and she promised that
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  • she would never be ungrateful and acknowledge God
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  • in the midst of the darkness.
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  • They eventually lost their home, but she never lost her hope.
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  • They weathered the depression, and those five children grew up,
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  • and married, and had children of their own.
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  • And she wrote, "As I look back on that terrible day
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  • "when I turned on the gas, I thank God over and over
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  • "that I woke up in time.
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  • "What joys I would have missed, how many wonderful years
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  • "I would have forfeited forever.
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  • "Whenever I hear now of someone who wants to end his life,
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  • "I feel like crying out, 'Don't do it! Don't!'
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  • "The blackest moments we live through can only last
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  • a little time, and then comes the future."
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  • Psalm 30 and verse 5 says weeping may last
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  • through the night, and the next night,
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  • and the next.
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  • This is not news to you.
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  • Night might prolong the dawn, but it cannot defeat it.
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  • Morning comes.
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  • Not as quickly as we want, not as soon as we desire,
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  • but morning comes, and with it comes joy.
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  • We have this precious promise to hold onto.
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  • "Weeping may last through the night,
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  • but joy comes with the morning."
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  • In the forest of the New Testament,
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  • she is the weeping willow.
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  • She is one upon whom tragedy cast its coldest winter.
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  • Before she knew Jesus, she had seven demons.
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  • She was a prisoner of seven afflictions.
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  • What might this list include?
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  • Depression, loneliness, shame, fear?
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  • Perhaps she was a recluse or a prostitute.
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  • Maybe she'd been abused, abandoned.
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  • The number seven is sometimes used in the Bible
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  • to describe completeness.
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  • It could be that Mary Magdalene was completely consumed
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  • with troubles, but then something happened.
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  • Jesus stepped into her world.
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  • Jesus spoke and the demons fled.
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  • With one word, the oppressive forces were gone, banished,
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  • evicted, and for the first time in a long time, Mary Magdalene
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  • could sleep well, and eat enough, and smile again,
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  • and the face in the mirror wasn't anguished.
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  • Jesus restored life to her life.
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  • She reciprocated.
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  • We read that she was among the female followers who were
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  • contributing from their own resources to support Jesus
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  • and his disciples.
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  • Wherever Jesus went, Mary Magdalene followed.
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  • She heard him teach, she saw him perform miracles,
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  • she helped pay expenses.
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  • She may have even prepared his meals.
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  • She was always near Christ, even at his crucifixion.
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  • She was the one who stood near the cross, so when they pounded
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  • the nails in his hands, she heard the hammer.
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  • When the pierced his side with a spear, she saw the blood.
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  • When they lowered his body from the cross,
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  • she was there to help prepare it for burial.
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  • On Friday, Mary Magdalene watched Jesus die.
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  • On Saturday, she observed a sad Sabbath.
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  • When Sunday came, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb to finish
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  • the work she had begun on Friday.
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  • John 20 and verse 1 says, "Early on the first day of the week,
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  • Mary Magdalene went to the tomb while it was still dark."
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  • She knew nothing of the empty tomb.
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  • She came with no other motive except to wash the remaining
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  • clots of blood from his beard and say goodbye.
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  • As she carried the perfume for his burial,
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  • memories returned to her of an evening past
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  • when she had been compelled to pour her precious perfume
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  • on his feet, washing them with her tears,
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  • and wiping them with her hair.
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  • He had changed her life.
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  • He had changed everything, and now?
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  • Before she carried the perfume to Jesus with a grateful,
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  • worshipful heart.
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  • Now, she carried the perfume to Jesus with a grief-stricken,
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  • sorrowful heart.
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  • It was a dark morning.
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  • When she arrived at the cemetery,
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  • the bad news became worse.
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  • She saw that the stone had been rolled away and assumed
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  • that the grave robbers had taken the body.
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  • She hurried back down the trail until she found Peter and John
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  • and told them, "They've taken away the Lord out of the tomb."
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  • Peter and John ran to the grave site.
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  • John was faster, but Peter was bolder.
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  • He stepped inside.
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  • John followed him.
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  • Peter saw the empty slab and stared, but John saw
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  • the empty slab and believed.
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  • The evidence all came together for him:
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  • the resurrection prophecies, the removed stone,
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  • the linen wrappings, the head cloth folded in place.
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  • John did the math.
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  • No one took Jesus' body.
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  • No one robbed the grave.
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  • Jesus rose from the dead.
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  • John looked and believed, and Easter had its first celebrant.
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  • Peter and John hurried to tell the others.
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  • Scripture says that Mary stood outside by the tomb, weeping.
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  • Her face was awash with tears, her shoulders heavied with sobs.
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  • She felt all alone.
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  • It was just Mary Magdalene, her despair, and a vacant tomb.
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  • As she wept, she stooped down and looked into the tomb,
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  • and she saw two angels in white, sitting, one at the head
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  • and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
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  • Then they said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?"
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  • Mary Magdalene mistook the angels for men.
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  • It's easy to see why, it was still dark outside,
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  • even darker in the tomb.
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  • Her eyes were tear-filled.
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  • She had no reason to think that angels would be in the tomb.
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  • Bone-diggers, maybe.
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  • Caretakers, possibly.
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  • But her Sunday was too dark to expect the presence of angels.
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  • She answered, "They have taken away my Lord
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  • and I don't know where they have laid him."
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  • Mary's world officially hit rock bottom.
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  • Her Master was murdered, his body was buried in
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  • a borrowed grave, his tomb was robbed, his body was stolen.
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  • Now, two strangers were sitting on the slab where his body
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  • had been laid.
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  • Sorrow intermingled with anger.
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  • Have you ever had a moment like this, a moment in which bad news
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  • became worse, in which sadness wrapped around you like a fog,
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  • in which you came looking for God but you couldn't find him?
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  • In the midst of Mary's darkest moment, the sun came out.
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  • The next verse says, "Now when she had said this,
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  • "she turned around and saw Jesus standing there,
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  • "and did not know it was Jesus.
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  • "Jesus said to her, 'Woman, why are you weeping?
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  • "Whom are you seeking?'
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  • "She, supposing Him to be the gardener,
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  • "said to Him, 'Sir, if you have carried Him away,
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  • tell me where you have laid Him and I will take Him away.'"
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  • When she heard the voice, she knew the source.
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  • She turned around and cried out, "Rabbi!"
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  • In a second, in the pivot of a neck,
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  • in the amount of time it took her to rotate her head
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  • from this way to that, her world went from a dead Jesus
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  • to a living one.
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  • Weeping may last through the night, but joy.
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  • She threw her arms around him.
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  • We know this to be true because of the next words Jesus said,
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  • "Don't hold on to me,
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  • because I have not yet gone up to the Father."
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  • Maybe she fell at his feet and held his ankles.
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  • Maybe she threw her arms around his shoulders
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  • and held him close.
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  • We don't know how she held him, we just know she did,
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  • and Jesus let her do so.
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  • How wonderful that the resurrected Lord
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  • was not too holy, too otherly, too divine,
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  • and too supernatural to be hugged.
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  • The story continues, "Then Mary Magdalene went and told
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  • "the disciples that she had seen the Lord
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  • and that he had spoken these things to her."
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  • Why did Jesus create this moment for Mary Magdalene?
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  • Perhaps to send the message to all the heavy-hearted people,
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  • "Weeping may last through the night,
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  • but joy comes with the morning."
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  • Are you weeping?
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  • Do what Mary did, keep coming to Jesus.
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  • Even though the trail is dark
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  • and even though the sun seems to sleep,
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  • even though everyone else is silent, you walk to Jesus.
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  • Mary Magdalene did this.
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  • No, she didn't comprehend the promise of Jesus.
  • 00:11:58.120 --> 00:12:01.020
  • She came looking for a dead Jesus, not a living one.
  • 00:12:01.030 --> 00:12:04.190
  • But at least she came, and because she came to him,
  • 00:12:04.200 --> 00:12:08.100
  • he came to her.
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  • And you, you'll be tempted to give up and walk away,
  • 00:12:10.050 --> 00:12:13.140
  • but don't.
  • 00:12:13.150 --> 00:12:14.240
  • Even when you don't feel like it,
  • 00:12:14.250 --> 00:12:17.030
  • keep walking the trail to the empty tomb.
  • 00:12:17.040 --> 00:12:20.070
  • Open your Bible, meditate on Scripture, sing hymns,
  • 00:12:20.080 --> 00:12:23.210
  • talk to other believers, place yourself in a position
  • 00:12:23.220 --> 00:12:27.130
  • to be found by Jesus, and listen carefully, that gardener
  • 00:12:27.140 --> 00:12:31.180
  • very well might be your redeemer.
  • 00:12:31.190 --> 00:12:33.200
  • Weeping comes.
  • 00:12:33.210 --> 00:12:35.210
  • It comes to all of us.
  • 00:12:35.220 --> 00:12:37.220
  • Heartaches leave us with tear-streaked faces
  • 00:12:37.230 --> 00:12:40.280
  • and heavy hearts.
  • 00:12:40.290 --> 00:12:42.230
  • Weeping comes, but so does joy.
  • 00:12:42.240 --> 00:12:45.180
  • Darkness comes, but so does the morning.
  • 00:12:45.190 --> 00:12:48.060
  • Sadness comes, but so does hope.
  • 00:12:48.070 --> 00:12:51.150
  • Remember Psalm 35, "Weeping may last through the night,
  • 00:12:51.160 --> 00:12:55.180
  • but joy comes with the morning."
  • 00:12:55.190 --> 00:12:59.080
  • No matter what in your life seems to be dead in the grave,
  • 00:12:59.090 --> 00:13:01.260
  • your joy, your hope, your circumstances,
  • 00:13:01.270 --> 00:13:04.060
  • put your trust in the God who brings the dead back to life.
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  • Make this hope-filled promise with all that is within you,
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  • "I will seek God, even when I am sad."
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  • Sorrow may have the night, but it cannot have your life.
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  • You have no reason to fear death,
  • 00:15:02.120 --> 00:15:05.050
  • and I'm gonna tell you why.
  • 00:15:05.060 --> 00:15:07.110
  • 1 Corinthians 15:54 says,
  • 00:15:07.120 --> 00:15:09.240
  • "Death has been swallowed up in victory."
  • 00:15:09.250 --> 00:15:13.220
  • If you've attended a memorial service, you've heard the words.
  • 00:15:13.230 --> 00:15:17.030
  • If you've walked through a cemetery, you've read them.
  • 00:15:17.040 --> 00:15:19.230
  • They're quoted at grave sites of paupers
  • 00:15:19.240 --> 00:15:22.020
  • and carved on the headstones of kings.
  • 00:15:22.030 --> 00:15:24.130
  • Those who know nothing of the Bible know
  • 00:15:24.140 --> 00:15:26.220
  • this part of the Bible.
  • 00:15:26.230 --> 00:15:28.030
  • Those who quote no Scripture can remember this Scripture,
  • 00:15:28.040 --> 00:15:31.040
  • the one about the valley, and the shadow,
  • 00:15:31.050 --> 00:15:33.140
  • and the Shepherd.
  • 00:15:33.150 --> 00:15:35.030
  • "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
  • 00:15:35.040 --> 00:15:37.230
  • "I will fear no evil; for You are with me;
  • 00:15:37.240 --> 00:15:40.070
  • and Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me."
  • 00:15:40.080 --> 00:15:43.090
  • Why is this verse so beloved?
  • 00:15:43.100 --> 00:15:46.000
  • David, who often faced death at every turn,
  • 00:15:46.010 --> 00:15:49.080
  • grants us an important reminder
  • 00:15:49.090 --> 00:15:51.170
  • that helps us surrender our fear of the grave.
  • 00:15:51.180 --> 00:15:54.050
  • We all have to face it.
  • 00:15:54.060 --> 00:15:55.230
  • In a life marked by doctor appointments,
  • 00:15:55.240 --> 00:15:58.140
  • dentist appointments, and school appointments,
  • 00:15:58.150 --> 00:16:00.220
  • there is one appointment that none of us will miss,
  • 00:16:00.230 --> 00:16:03.160
  • the appointment with death.
  • 00:16:03.170 --> 00:16:05.230
  • Several years ago, I received an urgent call to visit
  • 00:16:05.240 --> 00:16:08.230
  • a dying man in the hospital.
  • 00:16:08.240 --> 00:16:10.220
  • I didn't know Peter well, but well enough to know that he
  • 00:16:10.230 --> 00:16:13.090
  • was paying a high price for his hard living.
  • 00:16:13.100 --> 00:16:16.190
  • Years of drugs and alcohol abuse had perforated his system.
  • 00:16:16.200 --> 00:16:20.150
  • Though he had made peace with God through Christ,
  • 00:16:20.160 --> 00:16:23.070
  • his liver was at conflict with his body.
  • 00:16:23.080 --> 00:16:26.170
  • When his ex-wife phoned me, she was standing at his bedside.
  • 00:16:26.180 --> 00:16:29.250
  • Peter, she explained, was knocking at death's door.
  • 00:16:29.260 --> 00:16:33.230
  • Though I hurried, he entered it seconds before I arrived.
  • 00:16:33.240 --> 00:16:37.100
  • The hospital room had a "just happened" feel to it.
  • 00:16:37.110 --> 00:16:41.100
  • She was still standing by his bed.
  • 00:16:41.110 --> 00:16:43.120
  • His hair was stroked back from her touch.
  • 00:16:43.130 --> 00:16:46.020
  • As she saw me and looked up, and with her words and her eyes,
  • 00:16:46.030 --> 00:16:50.290
  • she explained he just left.
  • 00:16:51.000 --> 00:16:53.260
  • He silently slipped out, exited, departed.
  • 00:16:53.270 --> 00:16:56.260
  • One moment here, the next moment, where?
  • 00:16:56.270 --> 00:17:00.110
  • He passed, not away, but on, yet onto where, and in what form,
  • 00:17:00.120 --> 00:17:05.230
  • to what place, in what manner?
  • 00:17:05.240 --> 00:17:07.280
  • And once there, what did he see, know, or do?
  • 00:17:07.290 --> 00:17:10.240
  • We so desire to know.
  • 00:17:10.250 --> 00:17:12.210
  • Who in your life just left?
  • 00:17:12.220 --> 00:17:15.160
  • When the breathing of your husband ceased,
  • 00:17:15.170 --> 00:17:18.000
  • when the beating heart in your womb stopped,
  • 00:17:18.010 --> 00:17:20.100
  • when the beep of your grandmother's monitor
  • 00:17:20.110 --> 00:17:22.060
  • became a flatline tone, what happened in that moment?
  • 00:17:22.070 --> 00:17:26.180
  • Death is hard for us to face, especially when it seems like
  • 00:17:26.190 --> 00:17:29.280
  • the ultimate end, but what if death were more like the end
  • 00:17:29.290 --> 00:17:33.070
  • of a wonderful movie before you put in the sequel,
  • 00:17:33.080 --> 00:17:36.140
  • rather than the dead end of a long road?
  • 00:17:36.150 --> 00:17:39.090
  • Hebrews 9:27 tells us, "Everyone must die once,
  • 00:17:39.100 --> 00:17:43.130
  • and after that be judged by God."
  • 00:17:43.140 --> 00:17:45.260
  • Oh, how we'd like to change that verse.
  • 00:17:45.270 --> 00:17:47.220
  • Just a word or two would suffice.
  • 00:17:47.230 --> 00:17:49.210
  • "Nearly everyone must die," or "Everyone but me must die,"
  • 00:17:49.220 --> 00:17:54.000
  • or "Everyone who forgets to eat right and take vitamins
  • 00:17:54.010 --> 00:17:56.140
  • must die," but those are not God's Words.
  • 00:17:56.150 --> 00:17:59.260
  • In his plan, everyone must die, even those who eat right
  • 00:17:59.270 --> 00:18:02.250
  • and take their vitamins.
  • 00:18:02.260 --> 00:18:04.100
  • The wise remember the brevity of life.
  • 00:18:04.110 --> 00:18:07.170
  • Exercise may buy us a few more heartbeats and medicine
  • 00:18:07.180 --> 00:18:10.150
  • may grant us a few more breaths, but in the end, there is an end.
  • 00:18:10.160 --> 00:18:15.220
  • And what will happen to you in your final moment?
  • 00:18:15.230 --> 00:18:19.280
  • Barring the return of Christ, you will have one,
  • 00:18:19.290 --> 00:18:22.250
  • a final gasp, a final pulse.
  • 00:18:22.260 --> 00:18:26.140
  • Your lungs will empty, your blood will still.
  • 00:18:26.150 --> 00:18:31.020
  • When asked the question, "What will we be after we die?"
  • 00:18:31.030 --> 00:18:35.030
  • the human race has conjured up four answers.
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  • Option one, nothing.
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  • We will decay or disintegrate.
  • 00:18:40.170 --> 00:18:42.070
  • Death is a dead end.
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  • Our works and reputation may survive, but not us.
  • 00:18:43.180 --> 00:18:47.140
  • Option two, ghosts.
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  • Phantoms of what we once were, pale as Edgar Winter's beard,
  • 00:18:50.120 --> 00:18:54.170
  • structured as a morning mist.
  • 00:18:54.180 --> 00:18:56.280
  • What will we be after we die?
  • 00:18:56.290 --> 00:18:59.060
  • Specters.
  • 00:18:59.070 --> 00:19:00.250
  • Option three, hawks, or cows, or a car mechanic in Kokomo.
  • 00:19:00.260 --> 00:19:06.170
  • Reincarnation rewards or punishes us
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  • according to our behavior.
  • 00:19:09.240 --> 00:19:11.180
  • We come back to earth in another mortal body.
  • 00:19:11.190 --> 00:19:14.220
  • Or, option four, we will become part of the universe.
  • 00:19:14.230 --> 00:19:19.140
  • Eternity absorbs us like a lake absorbs a storm.
  • 00:19:19.150 --> 00:19:24.200
  • We return to what we were before we were what we are.
  • 00:19:24.210 --> 00:19:29.060
  • We return to the cosmic consciousness of the universe.
  • 00:19:29.070 --> 00:19:34.110
  • Christianity, on the other hand, posits a new,
  • 00:19:34.120 --> 00:19:39.110
  • startling, surprising idea.
  • 00:19:39.120 --> 00:19:41.200
  • What you had before death, you'll have after death,
  • 00:19:41.210 --> 00:19:45.030
  • only better.
  • 00:19:45.040 --> 00:19:46.200
  • Much, much better.
  • 00:19:46.210 --> 00:19:48.090
  • It says you'll go to paradise.
  • 00:19:48.100 --> 00:19:50.160
  • Heaven, but not home.
  • 00:19:50.170 --> 00:19:52.240
  • And upon the return of Christ, you will receive
  • 00:19:52.250 --> 00:19:55.030
  • a spiritual body and inhabit a restored universe.
  • 00:19:55.040 --> 00:20:00.020
  • This is the promise of God, and the best way to face death
  • 00:20:00.030 --> 00:20:04.150
  • is to claim the promise of God
  • 00:20:04.160 --> 00:20:08.000
  • in 1 Corinthians 15, and verse 54.
  • 00:20:08.010 --> 00:20:11.140
  • "Death has been swallowed up in victory."
  • 00:20:11.150 --> 00:20:15.080
  • We believe this promise because of the resurrection of Jesus.
  • 00:20:15.090 --> 00:20:21.120
  • 00:20:24.220 --> 00:20:28.200
  • Jesus had been crucified, the disciples scattered,
  • 00:20:28.210 --> 00:20:31.050
  • the stone rolled in place.
  • 00:20:31.060 --> 00:20:33.050
  • It looked like it was over.
  • 00:20:33.060 --> 00:20:35.150
  • Death had come, death had won, but this was not the end.
  • 00:20:35.160 --> 00:20:39.060
  • Matthew 28:2-6 puts it this way, "There was a violent earthquake,
  • 00:20:39.070 --> 00:20:44.020
  • "for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and,
  • 00:20:44.030 --> 00:20:46.130
  • "going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.
  • 00:20:46.140 --> 00:20:50.270
  • "His appearance was like lightning,
  • 00:20:50.280 --> 00:20:52.270
  • "and his clothes were white as snow.
  • 00:20:52.280 --> 00:20:56.000
  • "The guards were so afraid of him that they shook
  • 00:20:56.010 --> 00:20:58.080
  • "and became like dead men.
  • 00:20:58.090 --> 00:21:00.100
  • "The angel said to the women, 'Do not be afraid, for I know
  • 00:21:00.110 --> 00:21:03.290
  • "'that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.
  • 00:21:04.000 --> 00:21:07.030
  • "'He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.
  • 00:21:07.040 --> 00:21:11.040
  • Come and see the place where he lay.'"
  • 00:21:11.050 --> 00:21:14.260
  • Because Jesus conquered death and the grave,
  • 00:21:14.270 --> 00:21:17.190
  • death is no longer the end.
  • 00:21:17.200 --> 00:21:20.010
  • In the book of Revelation, Jesus says that he now holds the keys
  • 00:21:20.020 --> 00:21:24.040
  • to both death and the grave.
  • 00:21:24.050 --> 00:21:26.110
  • He said, "I am the living one.
  • 00:21:26.120 --> 00:21:28.150
  • "I died, but look--I am alive forever and ever!
  • 00:21:28.160 --> 00:21:32.000
  • I hold the keys to death and the grave."
  • 00:21:32.010 --> 00:21:34.230
  • In other words, he set us free from its power, its hold on us.
  • 00:21:34.240 --> 00:21:39.060
  • No longer does it have the control,
  • 00:21:39.070 --> 00:21:41.180
  • no longer does death have the final say.
  • 00:21:41.190 --> 00:21:43.280
  • The one who defeated the grave defeated it for us as well.
  • 00:21:43.290 --> 00:21:48.100
  • Death is no longer something to be feared.
  • 00:21:48.110 --> 00:21:51.090
  • Here's what's going to happen to you.
  • 00:21:51.100 --> 00:21:53.270
  • Upon death, your spirit will immediately enter into
  • 00:21:53.280 --> 00:21:56.270
  • the presence of God.
  • 00:21:56.280 --> 00:21:58.180
  • You will enjoy conscious fellowship with the Father
  • 00:21:58.190 --> 00:22:01.230
  • and those who have gone before.
  • 00:22:01.240 --> 00:22:03.110
  • Isn't this the promise that Jesus gave the thief
  • 00:22:03.120 --> 00:22:06.000
  • on the cross?
  • 00:22:06.010 --> 00:22:07.140
  • Jesus answered him, "Truly, I tell you,
  • 00:22:07.150 --> 00:22:09.260
  • today you'll be with me in paradise."
  • 00:22:09.270 --> 00:22:12.160
  • The first word of the sentence declares the instant transfer
  • 00:22:12.170 --> 00:22:16.010
  • from this life to the next.
  • 00:22:16.020 --> 00:22:18.020
  • "Today," Jesus promises.
  • 00:22:18.030 --> 00:22:20.120
  • No delay, no pause, no purgatory cleansing or soul sleeping.
  • 00:22:20.130 --> 00:22:24.180
  • The thief closed his eyes on earth and awoke in paradise.
  • 00:22:24.190 --> 00:22:29.070
  • The soul of the believer journeys home,
  • 00:22:29.080 --> 00:22:31.140
  • while the body of the believer awaits resurrection.
  • 00:22:31.150 --> 00:22:35.010
  • Paradise is the first stage of heaven, but paradise is not
  • 00:22:35.020 --> 00:22:38.160
  • the final version of heaven, nor the ultimate expression of home.
  • 00:22:38.170 --> 00:22:42.190
  • The final age will begin when Christ returns on the final day.
  • 00:22:42.200 --> 00:22:46.290
  • The day will begin with a shout.
  • 00:22:47.000 --> 00:22:49.010
  • Scripture says, "For the Lord himself will descend from heaven
  • 00:22:49.020 --> 00:22:52.220
  • with a shout."
  • 00:22:52.230 --> 00:22:54.170
  • Before you see the angels, hear the trumpets,
  • 00:22:54.180 --> 00:22:56.200
  • or embrace your grandparents,
  • 00:22:56.210 --> 00:22:58.110
  • you'll be engulfed by Jesus' voice.
  • 00:22:58.120 --> 00:23:01.250
  • John the disciple described it this way,
  • 00:23:01.260 --> 00:23:04.190
  • "The dead will hear the voice of the Son of God.
  • 00:23:04.200 --> 00:23:07.130
  • "All who are in their graves will hear his voice.
  • 00:23:07.140 --> 00:23:10.210
  • And they will come out."
  • 00:23:10.220 --> 00:23:12.230
  • We will be resurrected from our graves,
  • 00:23:12.240 --> 00:23:15.050
  • our bodies joined with our spirits.
  • 00:23:15.060 --> 00:23:17.170
  • You're gonna love your new body.
  • 00:23:17.180 --> 00:23:19.120
  • You're gonna love your new version of you.
  • 00:23:19.130 --> 00:23:21.130
  • We shall enjoy a body like his, made for heaven and earth.
  • 00:23:21.140 --> 00:23:25.120
  • Not only will disease be gone, sin will be gone as well.
  • 00:23:25.130 --> 00:23:30.200
  • As much as we hate carcinoma and cardiac arrest,
  • 00:23:30.210 --> 00:23:34.140
  • don't we hate jealousy even more?
  • 00:23:34.150 --> 00:23:36.270
  • Cystic Fibrosis steals breath, but selfishness
  • 00:23:36.280 --> 00:23:40.150
  • and stinginess steal joy.
  • 00:23:40.160 --> 00:23:43.020
  • Diabetes can ruin the system of a body, but deceit, denial,
  • 00:23:43.030 --> 00:23:47.070
  • and distrust are ruining society.
  • 00:23:47.080 --> 00:23:50.110
  • In the new kingdom, our eyes won't lust, our minds won't
  • 00:23:50.120 --> 00:23:54.100
  • wander, our hands won't steal, our hearts won't judge,
  • 00:23:54.110 --> 00:23:57.280
  • our appetites won't rage, and our tongues won't lie.
  • 00:23:57.290 --> 00:24:01.180
  • Let this hope for tomorrow bring strength to today.
  • 00:24:01.190 --> 00:24:05.020
  • Some of you indwell such road-weary bodies.
  • 00:24:05.030 --> 00:24:07.270
  • Knees ache, eyes dim, skin sags.
  • 00:24:07.280 --> 00:24:11.110
  • Others of you exited the womb on an uphill ride.
  • 00:24:11.120 --> 00:24:15.110
  • And while I have no easy answers for your struggle, I invite--no,
  • 00:24:15.120 --> 00:24:19.030
  • I implore you to stand with me on the promise of Paul,
  • 00:24:19.040 --> 00:24:24.060
  • "Death has been swallowed up in victory."
  • 00:24:24.070 --> 00:24:28.240
  • Several weeks ago, I spent an hour in the office
  • 00:24:28.250 --> 00:24:31.040
  • of a cemetery director.
  • 00:24:31.050 --> 00:24:33.080
  • Yet another birthday had reminded me that the day of my
  • 00:24:33.090 --> 00:24:35.220
  • departure is increasingly near, and it seemed right to me
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  • to make burial preparations.
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  • As the gentleman was showing me the funeral map
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  • and the available sections, I had an idea.
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  • "You'll likely think I'm crazy," I told him,
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  • "but can I record a message for my tombstone?
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  • A sort of voicemail from the grave."
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  • Well, to his credit, he didn't call me crazy
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  • and he promised to check.
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  • Within a few days, he gave me the good news.
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  • "Yes, it's possible.
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  • "A recorded message can be encased in the grave marker.
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  • At the push of a button, a message can be played."
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  • I thanked him and got to work.
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  • Within a few minutes, I had mine written.
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  • It's not yet recorded, but perhaps I can test it
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  • with you first?
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  • The granite stone will contain a button and an invitation,
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  • "Press for a word from Max."
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  • If you do, here's what you'll hear, "Thanks for coming by.
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  • "Sorry you missed me. I'm not here.
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  • "I'm home, finally home.
  • 00:25:37.070 --> 00:25:40.050
  • "At some point, my King will call and this grave
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  • "will be shown for the temporary tomb it is.
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  • "You might wanna step to the side in case
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  • "that happens while you are here.
  • 00:25:47.290 --> 00:25:50.070
  • "Again, I appreciate the visit.
  • 00:25:50.080 --> 00:25:52.250
  • "Hoping you've made plans for your own departure.
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  • All the best, Max."
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  • Yeah, still needs some work.
  • 00:25:59.050 --> 00:26:01.060
  • While the wording might change, the promise never will.
  • 00:26:01.070 --> 00:26:04.270
  • "Death has been swallowed up in victory."
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  • The ground shook, the stone was rolled away, Jesus is alive.
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  • Death is nothing to be feared, therefore we can make our own
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  • confident promise in this unshakable hope.
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  • I will entrust my death to the Lord of life.
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  • What's shaking in your world?
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  • Your finances, your family, your faith?
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  • when everything around us is shaken.
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  • We can build our lives on the promises of God.
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  • Why?
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  • Well, God's Word is sure, and what he says happens.
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  • God will not, indeed, he cannot break his promises.
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  • His covenants won't collapse.
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  • His Word is his bond, and his bond won't break.
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  • What he says will happen.
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  • Won't you say it with me?
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