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TBN Easter Special: No Wonder They Call Him the Savior

Watch TBN Easter Special:  No Wonder They Call Him the Savior
April 9, 2017
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This Easter, Matt and Laurie Crouch celebrate the Easter season from the heart of the Holy Land, with special guests Max Lucado, Joel and Victoria Osteen, and music by Matthew West.

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TBN Easter Special: No Wonder They Call Him the Savior

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  • the Easter season with a special broadcast
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  • straight from beautiful Jerusalem
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  • right here in the Holy Land.
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  • Hosts Matt and Laurie Crouch will be joined by
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  • bestselling author Max Lucado,
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  • as well as voices of hope and inspiration,
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  • Joel and Victoria Osteen.
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  • Plus, we'll enjoy a special concert led by award-winning
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  • musician Matthew West and the Oak Hills Worship Team.
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  • Join with us as we journey to the place of Jesus' birth
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  • and resurrection, from the Jerusalem skyline
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  • to the garden of Gethsemane, to the resurrection tomb.
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  • Experience the wonder behind it all as we explore
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  • the greatest miracle in history,
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  • and discover why it's no wonder they call him the Savior.
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  • He is risen.
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  • (all) He is risen indeed.
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  • Okay, wherever you're watching around the world,
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  • we are here in Jerusalem, Israel.
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  • Our guests today, Max Lucado, the Osteens,
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  • Joel and Victoria Osteen are with us.
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  • This is not a studio, I promise you.
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  • Makes a beautiful studio.
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  • You know, it feels like a studio,
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  • the way that all the technicians did the lighting and the cameras
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  • and all, I mean, and the weather.
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  • Thank you, Jesus, for this amazing weather here today.
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  • Wherever you're watching, we're celebrating with you.
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  • We're celebrating the difference,
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  • the difference, he is alive.
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  • He is risen.
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  • (all) He is risen indeed.
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  • (Matt) Okay, Max, we need to do a little setup.
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  • We understand that people watch Trinity Broadcasting Signal,
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  • you know, pretty much everywhere there's electricity
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  • and many places there's not even electricity.
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  • And so, maybe there's a little setup.
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  • We're celebrating a empty tomb.
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  • That concept might get lost on somebody.
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  • Kind of backfill some of the--some of the story
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  • a little bit.
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  • There was a birth, a cross, a death,
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  • an ugly, terrible death, but then this amazing thing
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  • that we're celebrating now.
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  • A little back story if you will.
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  • Well, the images of the Christian faith
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  • are the cradle, the cross,
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  • and the empty tomb, and then the crown.
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  • All are equally important.
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  • the cradle teaches us that God became a human being,
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  • and he lived on this earth.
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  • And he came not like a human, but as a human.
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  • But he did not sin while he was here.
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  • That is to say he never violated one of God's commands,
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  • never, never.
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  • Even when he was on trial, Pilate said,
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  • "I cannot find anything wrong."
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  • And then there was a time that the crowd was asked,
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  • "Can anybody find anything wrong with this man?"
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  • You ask a crowd that about Max Lucado,
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  • hands are going to go up like, you know--
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  • I'll start it.
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  • Right, "I'll start.
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  • Oh, we can tell you some things."
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  • Nobody could, not even his accusers could find anything
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  • wrong with him, so he lived a sinless life.
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  • He's the only one who ever has.
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  • But when he died on the cross,
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  • he died a sinner's death.
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  • And so, the apostles said it like this,
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  • he said that God made him who had no sin to be sin for us
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  • so that in him, we could become the righteousness of God.
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  • In other words, Jesus swapped places with us,
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  • or we often say he was our substitute.
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  • He took our place.
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  • But how can we trust that?
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  • How can we believe that?
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  • Well, on Friday night when Christ was buried,
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  • we couldn't.
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  • When Saturday came and Saturday night came,
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  • we were still in despair,
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  • but it was Sunday morning when Christ rose
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  • from the dead, that he raised
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  • that triumphant fist into heaven,
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  • and declared that what he had done was valid.
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  • It validated the sacrifice.
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  • And so, that's why the resurrection
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  • matters so much.
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  • It's often called the arch-- the stone and the archway
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  • of the Christian faith.
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  • If it's removed, everything crumbles.
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  • But because Christ rose from the dead,
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  • we have faith.
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  • Wow. Your thoughts, Joel?
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  • No, just the fact that we can be here and just remember
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  • what Christ has done, you know,
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  • the fact that he didn't stay in the grave.
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  • It looked like it was over, but sometimes,
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  • you know, we can't go by what we see.
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  • God has the final say, and just the fact that because he lives,
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  • we can live as well.
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  • And you know, it's not just--he didn't just give us
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  • eternal life, although that was plenty,
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  • but he gave us a way that we can live an abundant life
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  • here on this earth.
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  • And I think that's what our ministries are about,
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  • teaching us to--you know, we don't have to drag through life.
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  • We can live a resurrected life.
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  • And you know, some things in our life may not look like
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  • they're going to work out, but God did it right here.
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  • He came out of what looked like an impossible situation,
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  • and no matter what you may be facing today,
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  • God can still turn it around.
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  • He's in complete control.
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  • I love it, God has the final say.
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  • That even those 3 days when Jesus was in the earth,
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  • in the grave, you know, it looked like it was over.
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  • I'm sure there was some forces of darkness
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  • that were celebrating, but you know what?
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  • They don't have the final say, God does,
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  • and so, I just believe if there's anything in your life
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  • that you think is dead, a dead dream,
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  • a dead marriage, you know, dead in your health in a sense,
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  • that this is going to be the time that God's
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  • going to begin to resurrect it.
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  • Starts in our own heart, in our own thoughts.
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  • So, this special today is about bringing you hope,
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  • bringing you life, and celebrating what Jesus did.
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  • You know, he's the champion of the world.
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  • We serve a world champion.
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  • And when you think about it, you know,
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  • we don't have to rely on what we can do,
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  • we rely on what he already did.
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  • And he is the champion, and you know what?
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  • When you're on a champion winning side,
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  • you have something to celebrate and something to cheer about.
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  • And so, that's what I love.
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  • You know, I can only imagine those demons thought,
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  • "Oh yeah, you know, we got him."
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  • You know, and then they heard the sound.
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  • They--you know, the stone was rolled away,
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  • and then they began to tremble, and they began to run.
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  • And he came forth and, you know, that's who we get to serve,
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  • a living God.
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  • So, that's exciting.
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  • There was this song growing up that we used to sing
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  • or that I used to hear,
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  • "If God Is Dead, Then Who's This Living in my Soul?"
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  • You remember that?
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  • I think it was the Lanny Wolfe Trio.
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  • And my parents used to sing that song.
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  • And then just standing here this evening,
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  • and you think,
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  • "Why are you seeking the living among the dead?"
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  • You know, and that's what we proclaim tonight.
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  • We serve a risen Savior.
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  • How many other gods are alive?
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  • You know, why are we looking for the living among the dead?
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  • Beautiful, beautiful.
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  • He is risen.
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  • (all) He is risen indeed.
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  • Passion Week, it's the most significant week in the history
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  • of the world, a week of Christ's final moments.
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  • Jesus and the apostles' last meal.
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  • The last time Jesus prays in the garden of Gethsemane.
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  • The concluding confrontation with the enemies,
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  • the final encounter with pain.
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  • And the last event, a daring display of unleashed divine
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  • power, the entombed Savior unbound by a holy explosion.
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  • A gravestone became a symbol of life,
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  • landmarking the greatest victory in the most crucial battle.
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  • A week of final moments, a week of endings,
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  • or was it the beginning?
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  • When I think about Passion Week, I can't help but consider
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  • Jesus' passion for you.
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  • He endured all the final moments so that you could have
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  • a new beginning.
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  • Jesus' life ended so your life could begin.
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  • The only remaining question is, so what should I do with Jesus?
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  • Pilate asked the question first, and millions of us
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  • have been asking it ever since.
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  • It's a fair question, a necessary question.
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  • What do you do with such a man?
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  • He called himself God, but wore the clothes of a man.
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  • He called himself Messiah, but never marshaled an army.
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  • He was regarded as a king,
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  • but his only crown was made of thorns.
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  • People revered him as regal,
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  • yet his only robe was stitched with mockery.
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  • Small wonder Pilate was puzzled, how do you explain such a man?
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  • Well, one way is to take a walk, his walk,
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  • his final walk.
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  • Follow his steps, stand in his shadow from Jericho
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  • to Jerusalem, from the temple to the garden,
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  • from the garden to the trial,
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  • from Pilates' palace to Golgotha's cross.
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  • Watch him walk angrily into the temple,
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  • wearily into Gethsemane, and painfully up the Via Dolorosa,
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  • and powerfully out of the vacated tomb.
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  • As you witness his walk, reflect on your own,
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  • for all of us have our own walk to Jerusalem,
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  • our own path through hollow religion,
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  • our own journey down the narrow path of rejection.
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  • And each of us, like Pilate, must cast a verdict on Jesus.
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  • Pilate heard the voice of the people and left Jesus
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  • to walk the road alone.
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  • Will we?
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  • I hope that permanently planted in your soul is the moment
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  • that the Father led you down the path to freedom.
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  • It's a memory like no other, for when he sets you free,
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  • you're free indeed.
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  • Can I tell you my story?
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  • It begins in a Bible class in a small west Texas town.
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  • I don't know what was more remarkable,
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  • that the teacher was trying to teach the book of Romans
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  • to a group of 10-year-olds or that I remember what he said.
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  • The classroom was midsized, one of a dozen or so
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  • in a small church, and my desk had carving on it
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  • and gum under it.
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  • Twenty or so others were in the room,
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  • though only four or five of us were paying attention.
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  • We all sat in the back,
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  • too sophisticated to appear interested.
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  • Starched jeans, high top tennis shoes,
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  • it was summer, and the slow setting sun
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  • cast the window in gold.
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  • The teacher was an earnest man, I can still see his flattop,
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  • his belly bulging from beneath his coat
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  • that he doesn't even try to button.
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  • His tie stops midway down his chest,
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  • and he has a black mole on his forehead,
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  • a soft voice, and a kind smile.
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  • Though he is hopelessly out of touch with the kids of 1965,
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  • he doesn't know it.
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  • His notes are stacked on a podium
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  • underneath a heavy black Bible.
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  • His back is turned to us, and his jacket goes up and down
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  • his belt line as he write on the board.
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  • He speaks with genuine passion.
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  • God only knows why I heard him that night.
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  • His text was Romans chapter 6.
  • 00:10:56.040 --> 00:10:59.030
  • The blackboard was littered with long words and diagrams,
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  • and somewhere in the process of describing how Jesus went
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  • into the tomb and came out, it happened.
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  • The jewel of grace was lifted and turned so I could see it
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  • from a new angle.
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  • And it stole my breath.
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  • I didn't see a moral code, I didn't see a church,
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  • I didn't see the Ten Commandments
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  • or hellish demons.
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  • I saw my Father enter my dark night and awaken me
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  • from my slumber, and gently guide me,
  • 00:11:26.000 --> 00:11:28.220
  • no, carry me to freedom.
  • 00:11:28.230 --> 00:11:32.190
  • I said nothing to my teacher, I said nothing to my friends.
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  • I'm not sure I even said anything to God,
  • 00:11:36.130 --> 00:11:38.200
  • and I didn't know what to say.
  • 00:11:38.210 --> 00:11:40.200
  • And I didn't know what to do, but for all I didn't know,
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  • there was one fact of which I was absolutely sure.
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  • I wanted to be with Jesus.
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  • I told my father that I was ready to give my life to God.
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  • He thought I was too young to make such a decision.
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  • He asked me what I knew.
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  • I told him that Jesus was in heaven,
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  • and I wanted to be with him.
  • 00:12:00.070 --> 00:12:01.220
  • And for my dad, that was enough.
  • 00:12:01.230 --> 00:12:04.190
  • And to this day, I wonder if my love has ever been as pure
  • 00:12:04.200 --> 00:12:08.100
  • as it was that first hour.
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  • Had you told me that Jesus was in hell,
  • 00:12:09.280 --> 00:12:11.240
  • I would've agreed to go.
  • 00:12:11.250 --> 00:12:13.200
  • Public confession and baptism came naturally for me.
  • 00:12:13.210 --> 00:12:17.130
  • You see, when your Father comes to deliver you from bondage,
  • 00:12:17.140 --> 00:12:21.080
  • you don't ask questions, you obey instructions.
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  • You take his hand, you walk the path,
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  • you leave the bondage behind, and you never, never forget.
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  • I pray you never forget your walk or his,
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  • Jesus' final walk from Jericho to Jerusalem,
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  • for it was this walk that promised you freedom,
  • 00:12:39.270 --> 00:12:44.010
  • his final walk through the temple,
  • 00:12:44.020 --> 00:12:46.000
  • his final walk to the Mount of Olives
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  • right here where I'm standing.
  • 00:12:48.030 --> 00:12:50.060
  • It was in this place he promised to return and take you home.
  • 00:12:50.070 --> 00:12:54.160
  • And his final walk from Pilate's palace to Golgotha's cross,
  • 00:12:54.170 --> 00:12:59.020
  • bare bloody feet struggling up a stony narrow path.
  • 00:12:59.030 --> 00:13:03.110
  • But just as vivid as the pain of the beam across his raw back is
  • 00:13:03.120 --> 00:13:07.230
  • his vision of you and him walking together.
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  • He could see the hour he would come into your life to stir you
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  • out of your sleep and to guide you to freedom,
  • 00:13:14.150 --> 00:13:17.060
  • but the walk isn't over.
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  • The journey isn't complete.
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  • There is one more walk that must be made.
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  • "I will come back," Jesus promised.
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  • And to prove it, he ripped in two the temple curtain,
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  • he split open the doors of death.
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  • He will come back.
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  • "The one who has redeemed us has come," we will cry.
  • 00:13:33.290 --> 00:13:38.070
  • And the journey will end as we take our seats with him forever.
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  • Hello, my name is regret
  • 00:13:47.020 --> 00:13:51.130
  • Well, I'm pretty sure we have met
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  • Every single day of your life
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  • I'm the whisper inside that won't let you forget
  • 00:13:59.180 --> 00:14:05.110
  • Hello, my name is defeat
  • 00:14:06.080 --> 00:14:10.140
  • Well, I know you recognize me
  • 00:14:10.150 --> 00:14:15.010
  • But just when you think you can win
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  • I'll drag you right back down again
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  • 'til you've lost all belief
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  • Well, these are the voices
  • 00:14:25.170 --> 00:14:30.010
  • Oh, these are the lies, yeah
  • 00:14:30.020 --> 00:14:34.160
  • And I have believed them for the very last time
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  • Hello, my name is child of the one true King
  • 00:14:43.270 --> 00:14:48.160
  • Well, I've been saved, I've been changed
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  • I have been set free
  • 00:14:51.170 --> 00:14:53.200
  • "Amazing Grace" is the song I sing
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  • Hello, my name is child of the one true King
  • 00:14:57.180 --> 00:15:02.080
  • Yeah, whoa, oh, oh
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  • Whoa, oh, oh
  • 00:15:05.170 --> 00:15:06.290
  • Whoa, oh, oh
  • 00:15:07.230 --> 00:15:10.290
  • Well, I am no longer defined
  • 00:15:12.090 --> 00:15:16.220
  • by all the wreckage behind
  • 00:15:16.230 --> 00:15:19.170
  • That's good news, amen?
  • 00:15:19.180 --> 00:15:21.080
  • 'Cause the one who makes all things new
  • 00:15:21.090 --> 00:15:24.100
  • Has proven it's true
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  • Just take a look at my life, oh, oh
  • 00:15:26.170 --> 00:15:30.220
  • Hello, my name is child of the one true King
  • 00:15:30.230 --> 00:15:35.170
  • Well, I've been saved, I've been changed
  • 00:15:35.180 --> 00:15:37.250
  • I have been set free
  • 00:15:37.260 --> 00:15:40.170
  • "Amazing Grace" is the song I sing
  • 00:15:40.180 --> 00:15:44.200
  • Hello, my name is child of the one true King
  • 00:15:44.210 --> 00:15:49.130
  • Whoa, oh, oh
  • 00:15:49.140 --> 00:15:51.140
  • Whoa, oh, oh
  • 00:15:52.020 --> 00:15:53.120
  • Whoa, oh, oh
  • 00:15:53.280 --> 00:15:56.150
  • All right, come on, church,
  • 00:15:56.160 --> 00:15:57.250
  • put your hands together like this.
  • 00:15:57.260 --> 00:15:59.150
  • We got a victory song to sing.
  • 00:15:59.160 --> 00:16:01.290
  • What love the Father has lavished upon us
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  • That we should be called his children
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  • Well, I am a child of the one true King
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  • Let me hear you!
  • 00:16:14.210 --> 00:16:16.060
  • What love the Father has lavished upon us
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  • that we should be called his children
  • 00:16:21.220 --> 00:16:25.210
  • Now, tell me who you are.
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  • Hello, my name is child of the one true King
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  • I've been saved, I've been changed
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  • I have been set free
  • 00:16:34.110 --> 00:16:36.180
  • "Amazing Grace" is the song I sing
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  • Hello, my name is child of the one true King
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  • Whoa, oh, oh
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  • Whoa, oh, oh
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  • Whoa, oh, oh
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  • Do you believe it?
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  • Hi, I'm Mark Batterson, wishing Matt and Laurie,
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  • the entire TBN family a happy Easter.
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  • The resurrection isn't something we just celebrate
  • 00:18:16.180 --> 00:18:19.100
  • one day a year, it's something we celebrate every day
  • 00:18:19.110 --> 00:18:23.060
  • in every way, believing for God's miracle power
  • 00:18:23.070 --> 00:18:26.260
  • to be at work in your life this Easter and beyond.
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  • God bless.
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  • Hey there, I'm Priscilla, and I just wanted to take
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  • an opportunity to say happy Easter to the entire TBN family.
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  • Hope that you're having a fantastic weekend,
  • 00:18:38.220 --> 00:18:41.020
  • a fantastic day, and that you will enjoy the presence of God
  • 00:18:41.030 --> 00:18:43.140
  • maybe in a way that is unique to how you enjoy it all
  • 00:18:43.150 --> 00:18:46.080
  • throughout the rest of the year, just remembering that it is
  • 00:18:46.090 --> 00:18:49.040
  • because of the resurrection of Jesus that all of our lives
  • 00:18:49.050 --> 00:18:52.080
  • have been completely transformed and changed.
  • 00:18:52.090 --> 00:18:54.190
  • His death, his resurrection, it changed everything.
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  • His resurrection is the receipt that lets us know that he is who
  • 00:18:58.160 --> 00:19:02.090
  • he says he is, and that he can accomplish everything that
  • 00:19:02.100 --> 00:19:05.010
  • he says that he can accomplish in all of our lives.
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  • May we never downplay the beauty and the power
  • 00:19:08.100 --> 00:19:11.180
  • of the resurrected Jesus.
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  • I don't know about you, but I'm so glad that I can't go
  • 00:19:13.110 --> 00:19:15.290
  • into any museum and see the body of my Lord.
  • 00:19:16.000 --> 00:19:19.040
  • Nope, because he has been raised from the dead.
  • 00:19:19.050 --> 00:19:21.090
  • He is alive to this day, and he's alive to speak
  • 00:19:21.100 --> 00:19:25.010
  • and to interact with the details of our everyday living.
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  • So, happy Easter.
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  • Enjoy your entire year, but this day,
  • 00:19:29.240 --> 00:19:32.110
  • enjoy it and remember the beauty of our Savior doing it.
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  • We welcome you back to
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  • "No Wonder They Call Him the Savior."
  • 00:19:39.170 --> 00:19:43.070
  • That is a title of one of the books that Max Lucado
  • 00:19:43.080 --> 00:19:46.240
  • is sitting right here in the garden tomb with us,
  • 00:19:46.250 --> 00:19:49.030
  • and you wrote that when?
  • 00:19:49.040 --> 00:19:51.160
  • I wrote that back in the mid-80s.
  • 00:19:51.170 --> 00:19:53.180
  • That's a long time ago, isn't it?
  • 00:19:53.190 --> 00:19:55.190
  • I had more hair back then, and it was a different color.
  • 00:19:55.200 --> 00:19:58.230
  • You know, I think I actually started reading right after
  • 00:19:58.240 --> 00:20:02.160
  • that book came out, my aunt gave it to me.
  • 00:20:02.170 --> 00:20:06.070
  • And I read it, and oh my goodness,
  • 00:20:06.080 --> 00:20:09.020
  • I'll just never forget.
  • 00:20:09.030 --> 00:20:10.130
  • And every book has affected me that same way.
  • 00:20:10.140 --> 00:20:14.160
  • Max Lucado, he says that writing's the easiest thing he
  • 00:20:14.170 --> 00:20:18.110
  • does, and you just cannot--you just cannot get over that.
  • 00:20:18.120 --> 00:20:22.030
  • But it's just amazing, and just so happy that you're here.
  • 00:20:22.040 --> 00:20:26.260
  • Thank you, it's a great honor to be with all of you.
  • 00:20:26.270 --> 00:20:29.240
  • We're really celebrating, you know, the difference.
  • 00:20:29.250 --> 00:20:32.260
  • Christianity is about a risen Christ.
  • 00:20:32.270 --> 00:20:36.160
  • And other, you know, religions around the world have the tomb
  • 00:20:36.170 --> 00:20:42.030
  • of this person or that person, the other person.
  • 00:20:42.040 --> 00:20:44.090
  • That's the difference.
  • 00:20:44.100 --> 00:20:45.280
  • The difference is what we're celebrating
  • 00:20:45.290 --> 00:20:48.180
  • right here at the garden tomb
  • 00:20:48.190 --> 00:20:50.130
  • with Max Lucado, and Joel and Victoria Osteen.
  • 00:20:50.140 --> 00:20:53.070
  • Well, you're right on target.
  • 00:20:53.080 --> 00:20:54.220
  • The two things that separate the Christian faith
  • 00:20:54.230 --> 00:20:56.220
  • from any other religion in all of history are
  • 00:20:56.230 --> 00:20:59.110
  • salvation by grace and an empty tomb.
  • 00:20:59.120 --> 00:21:03.020
  • We're saved not because of what we do,
  • 00:21:03.030 --> 00:21:05.190
  • but because of what God has done for us.
  • 00:21:05.200 --> 00:21:07.200
  • Every other religion says, "Do this and maybe you'll be saved."
  • 00:21:07.210 --> 00:21:11.110
  • Christianity says, "Christ did this,
  • 00:21:11.120 --> 00:21:13.250
  • and you can be sure that you're saved."
  • 00:21:13.260 --> 00:21:16.040
  • And so, it's assurance of grace.
  • 00:21:16.050 --> 00:21:18.020
  • But then there's the promise of the power of the empty tomb.
  • 00:21:18.030 --> 00:21:21.130
  • Like Joel said earlier, not only do we have the promise of
  • 00:21:21.140 --> 00:21:24.090
  • eternal life, but we have the promise of abundant life.
  • 00:21:24.100 --> 00:21:27.130
  • Because the Bible says that the same power that brought
  • 00:21:27.140 --> 00:21:29.210
  • Christ out of the tomb takes up residence within us.
  • 00:21:29.220 --> 00:21:32.230
  • And that same mighty power that emptied the grave is available
  • 00:21:32.240 --> 00:21:37.010
  • to help us overcome bad habits, overcome anger,
  • 00:21:37.020 --> 00:21:40.080
  • resentment, fear.
  • 00:21:40.090 --> 00:21:42.080
  • It gives us power to live today.
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  • Beautiful.
  • 00:21:44.210 --> 00:21:46.020
  • Okay, Brother Joel, you realize--you realize that
  • 00:21:46.030 --> 00:21:49.170
  • it's empty over your shoulder there, right?
  • 00:21:49.180 --> 00:21:51.190
  • You kind of got the--you kind of got this amazing shot
  • 00:21:51.200 --> 00:21:53.200
  • over your shoulder.
  • 00:21:53.210 --> 00:21:55.050
  • Just in this place, you know, the Bible declares that
  • 00:21:55.060 --> 00:21:59.140
  • God's eyes are always on Jerusalem, Pastor Joel.
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  • (Joel) Well, it is special being here.
  • 00:22:03.110 --> 00:22:04.290
  • You feel something special here in the garden,
  • 00:22:05.000 --> 00:22:06.240
  • and just walking where Jesus walked,
  • 00:22:06.250 --> 00:22:08.180
  • and being with all of you too.
  • 00:22:08.190 --> 00:22:10.080
  • And I was just thinking about as we're talking about
  • 00:22:10.090 --> 00:22:12.140
  • the different principles and aspects of the resurrection,
  • 00:22:12.150 --> 00:22:15.240
  • I think about how, you know, when Jesus rose from the dead,
  • 00:22:15.250 --> 00:22:20.000
  • he finished it.
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  • It's the final chapter.
  • 00:22:21.150 --> 00:22:23.150
  • He won the victory, he's our risen Savior.
  • 00:22:23.160 --> 00:22:25.250
  • And sometimes when we go through life,
  • 00:22:25.260 --> 00:22:28.200
  • you know, we wonder how something's going to turn out,
  • 00:22:28.210 --> 00:22:31.270
  • but I like to say that we're in a fixed fight.
  • 00:22:31.280 --> 00:22:34.070
  • You know, we already know the end.
  • 00:22:34.080 --> 00:22:35.210
  • We end in victory.
  • 00:22:35.220 --> 00:22:37.140
  • And you know, Max, what I found is interesting
  • 00:22:37.150 --> 00:22:39.120
  • is, you know, as we teach our services,
  • 00:22:39.130 --> 00:22:42.080
  • they're usually--ours end around 1 o'clock on Sunday,
  • 00:22:42.090 --> 00:22:45.100
  • while the football games start about noon.
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  • And by the time I get through visiting with people,
  • 00:22:48.020 --> 00:22:50.000
  • the games are already over, but my friends will always call me
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  • and say, "You know what?
  • 00:22:52.210 --> 00:22:54.090
  • The Texans won or the Texans lost."
  • 00:22:54.100 --> 00:22:55.240
  • But there's been many times that they told me we've won,
  • 00:22:55.250 --> 00:22:58.110
  • and I'll go back and I'll watch the game
  • 00:22:58.120 --> 00:23:00.110
  • 'cause I always record it.
  • 00:23:00.120 --> 00:23:01.280
  • And you know, there's times that we're down in the first quarter,
  • 00:23:01.290 --> 00:23:04.140
  • down in the second quarter, but when I know what's happened
  • 00:23:04.150 --> 00:23:06.160
  • at the end, I know we already won, I don't worry.
  • 00:23:06.170 --> 00:23:09.110
  • I don't yell at the referees, I don't get upset.
  • 00:23:09.120 --> 00:23:11.100
  • I just enjoy it 'cause I think, "You know what?
  • 00:23:11.110 --> 00:23:13.040
  • "Even if we get way behind, you know,
  • 00:23:13.050 --> 00:23:15.020
  • a big comeback is on the way."
  • 00:23:15.030 --> 00:23:16.190
  • And I think that's the way we can live our lives
  • 00:23:16.200 --> 00:23:18.240
  • 'cause there's times that we feel like,
  • 00:23:18.250 --> 00:23:20.100
  • "Hey man, I'm getting behind. I've got this sickness.
  • 00:23:20.110 --> 00:23:22.120
  • I'm dealing with this situation at work."
  • 00:23:22.130 --> 00:23:24.180
  • But you got to remember, in the end,
  • 00:23:24.190 --> 00:23:26.220
  • God always causes us to triumph.
  • 00:23:26.230 --> 00:23:28.260
  • It may not always turn out the way we thought,
  • 00:23:28.270 --> 00:23:30.210
  • but I like to live from a place of victory,
  • 00:23:30.220 --> 00:23:33.150
  • from a place of it is finished.
  • 00:23:33.160 --> 00:23:35.010
  • God, you've already--you know, you've already designed a plan
  • 00:23:35.020 --> 00:23:38.050
  • for my life.
  • 00:23:38.060 --> 00:23:39.170
  • You didn't say we didn't have difficulties,
  • 00:23:39.180 --> 00:23:41.060
  • but you said you'd give me the strength to make it through.
  • 00:23:41.070 --> 00:23:43.100
  • So, maybe something today doesn't look like you're on
  • 00:23:43.110 --> 00:23:46.080
  • the way to victory, but this is what faith is all about.
  • 00:23:46.090 --> 00:23:48.220
  • You know, it may be Friday, but you got to know Sunday
  • 00:23:48.230 --> 00:23:51.140
  • is coming, God's on the throne, he's already called us all
  • 00:23:51.150 --> 00:23:54.270
  • to be victorious to triumph.
  • 00:23:54.280 --> 00:23:56.270
  • So, I think when you have that victory attitude in your mind,
  • 00:23:56.280 --> 00:24:01.040
  • it's going to help you to get to where you're supposed to be.
  • 00:24:01.050 --> 00:24:03.210
  • That's good.
  • 00:24:03.220 --> 00:24:05.020
  • It's a change of perspective, it really is.
  • 00:24:05.030 --> 00:24:07.060
  • It's in--that's what you're saying.
  • 00:24:07.070 --> 00:24:08.230
  • You're saying you're going to have to change your perspective.
  • 00:24:08.240 --> 00:24:10.230
  • You know what?
  • 00:24:10.240 --> 00:24:12.120
  • You're not defeated, but God's already won the victory.
  • 00:24:12.130 --> 00:24:14.200
  • And you know what I love about Easter?
  • 00:24:14.210 --> 00:24:16.060
  • I personally love Easter because I love the springtime,
  • 00:24:16.070 --> 00:24:19.220
  • I love flowers, I love the new beginning that it represents.
  • 00:24:19.230 --> 00:24:23.080
  • And you know, we all need a new beginning.
  • 00:24:23.090 --> 00:24:25.030
  • And every morning, I get up and I ask God,
  • 00:24:25.040 --> 00:24:27.090
  • "You know what?
  • 00:24:27.100 --> 00:24:28.200
  • Forgive me of my sins, and I want a new beginning."
  • 00:24:28.210 --> 00:24:31.040
  • You know, I just like to go from that place of just,
  • 00:24:31.050 --> 00:24:34.000
  • you know, that consciousness of, "You know what?
  • 00:24:34.010 --> 00:24:36.150
  • "I've already asked for my sins to be forgiven,
  • 00:24:36.160 --> 00:24:39.160
  • "and that's all I need to do.
  • 00:24:39.170 --> 00:24:41.030
  • "Now, I'm going to move forward and live the best
  • 00:24:41.040 --> 00:24:43.090
  • I can that day."
  • 00:24:43.100 --> 00:24:44.210
  • And that's what the resurrection is all about.
  • 00:24:44.220 --> 00:24:46.170
  • It's about getting up every day and saying,
  • 00:24:46.180 --> 00:24:48.230
  • "God, forgive me for my sins.
  • 00:24:48.240 --> 00:24:50.280
  • "I'm going to move forward today with confidence
  • 00:24:50.290 --> 00:24:53.050
  • "that I'm the winner, I'm the champion
  • 00:24:53.060 --> 00:24:55.090
  • because of what Jesus Christ has done."
  • 00:24:55.100 --> 00:24:57.030
  • And too often, people live discouraged,
  • 00:24:57.040 --> 00:24:59.130
  • they live defeated, they live in the past.
  • 00:24:59.140 --> 00:25:02.010
  • And the resurrection is about a new beginning.
  • 00:25:02.020 --> 00:25:04.150
  • And you know what?
  • 00:25:04.160 --> 00:25:05.250
  • All you have to do is say, "You know what?
  • 00:25:05.260 --> 00:25:07.180
  • "Today is my new beginning because of what Jesus did
  • 00:25:07.190 --> 00:25:09.130
  • and because of the empty tomb."
  • 00:25:09.140 --> 00:25:11.090
  • Just empty out yourself every day, you know?
  • 00:25:11.100 --> 00:25:13.280
  • Think about it and just move forward in him.
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  • I love it.
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  • We're celebrating right here in Jerusalem, Israel
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  • with you wherever you're watching around the world.
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  • If you just tuned in, this is the Easter special,
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  • resurrection special, "No Wonder They Call Him Savior."
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  • Max Lucado, take it away from garden of Gethsemane.
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  • It's nearly midnight when Jesus and his disciples leave
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  • the upper room and descend through the streets of the city.
  • 00:25:37.240 --> 00:25:40.260
  • They pass the lower pool and exit the fountain gate,
  • 00:25:40.270 --> 00:25:44.040
  • and walk out of Jerusalem.
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  • The roads are lined with fires and tents of Passover pilgrims.
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  • Most are asleep, heavied with the evening meal.
  • 00:25:50.190 --> 00:25:53.230
  • Those still awake think little of the band of men walking up
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  • the chalky road.
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  • They pass through the valley and ascend the path
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  • which will take them to Gethsemane,
  • 00:26:01.180 --> 00:26:03.250
  • right here on the Mount of Olives.
  • 00:26:03.260 --> 00:26:06.210
  • The road is steep, so they stop to rest.
  • 00:26:06.220 --> 00:26:09.260
  • And somewhere within the city walls,
  • 00:26:09.270 --> 00:26:11.280
  • the 12th apostle darts down a street.
  • 00:26:11.290 --> 00:26:15.050
  • His feet have been washed by the man he will betray.
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  • His heart has been claimed by the evil one he has heard.
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  • He runs to find Caiaphas,
  • 00:26:22.090 --> 00:26:24.170
  • and the final encounter of the battle has begun.
  • 00:26:24.180 --> 00:26:29.030
  • As Jesus looks at the city of Jerusalem,
  • 00:26:29.040 --> 00:26:31.230
  • he sees what the disciples cannot.
  • 00:26:31.240 --> 00:26:34.080
  • It is here on the outskirts of Jerusalem
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  • that the battle will end.
  • 00:26:37.140 --> 00:26:39.150
  • He sees the staging of Satan, he sees the dashing of the demons,
  • 00:26:39.160 --> 00:26:43.250
  • he sees the evil one preparing for the final encounter.
  • 00:26:43.260 --> 00:26:47.200
  • The enemy looks as a specter over the hour.
  • 00:26:47.210 --> 00:26:51.110
  • Satan, the host of hatred, has seized the heart of Judas
  • 00:26:51.120 --> 00:26:54.260
  • and whispered in the ear of Caiaphas.
  • 00:26:54.270 --> 00:26:57.080
  • Satan, the master of death, has opened the caverns
  • 00:26:57.090 --> 00:27:00.160
  • and prepared to receive the source of light.
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  • Hell is breaking loose.
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  • History records it as the battle of Jews against Jesus.
  • 00:27:05.250 --> 00:27:11.010
  • It wasn't, it was a battle of God against Satan,
  • 00:27:11.020 --> 00:27:15.100
  • and Jesus knew it.
  • 00:27:15.110 --> 00:27:17.080
  • Jesus knew that before the war was over,
  • 00:27:17.090 --> 00:27:20.030
  • he would be taken captive.
  • 00:27:20.040 --> 00:27:21.220
  • He knew that before victory would come defeat.
  • 00:27:21.230 --> 00:27:25.060
  • And he knew that before the throne would come the cup.
  • 00:27:25.070 --> 00:27:28.170
  • He knew that before the light of Sunday would come
  • 00:27:28.180 --> 00:27:31.220
  • the blackness of Friday and he is afraid.
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  • He turns and begins the final ascent into the garden.
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  • And when he reaches the entry, he stops and turns his eyes
  • 00:27:38.230 --> 00:27:42.020
  • toward his circle of friends.
  • 00:27:42.030 --> 00:27:44.030
  • It will be the last time he sees them before they abandon him.
  • 00:27:44.040 --> 00:27:49.060
  • He knows what they will do when the soldiers come.
  • 00:27:49.070 --> 00:27:51.230
  • He knows their betrayal is only minutes away.
  • 00:27:51.240 --> 00:27:54.080
  • But he doesn't accuse, he doesn't lecture.
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  • Instead, he prays.
  • 00:27:59.130 --> 00:28:02.090
  • His last moments with his disciples are spent in prayer.
  • 00:28:02.100 --> 00:28:07.150
  • And the words he speaks are as eternal as the stars
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  • which hear them.
  • 00:28:12.080 --> 00:28:14.060
  • Imagine for a moment yourself in this situation,
  • 00:28:14.070 --> 00:28:17.190
  • your final hour with a son about to be sent overseas,
  • 00:28:17.200 --> 00:28:21.090
  • your last moments with your dying spouse,
  • 00:28:21.100 --> 00:28:23.150
  • one last visit with your parent.
  • 00:28:23.160 --> 00:28:25.240
  • What do you say? What do you do?
  • 00:28:25.250 --> 00:28:28.050
  • What words do you choose?
  • 00:28:28.060 --> 00:28:29.250
  • It's worth noting that Jesus chose prayer,
  • 00:28:29.260 --> 00:28:33.050
  • and he chose to pray for us.
  • 00:28:33.060 --> 00:28:36.050
  • Consider his words.
  • 00:28:36.060 --> 00:28:37.290
  • "I pray for these men, but I'm also praying for all people
  • 00:28:38.000 --> 00:28:41.010
  • "who will believe in me because of the teaching of these men.
  • 00:28:41.020 --> 00:28:44.200
  • "Father, I pray that all people who believe in me can be one.
  • 00:28:44.210 --> 00:28:48.220
  • "I pray that these people can also be one in us
  • 00:28:48.230 --> 00:28:51.200
  • so that the world will believe that you sent me."
  • 00:28:51.210 --> 00:28:54.210
  • You need to note that in his final prayer,
  • 00:28:54.220 --> 00:28:58.060
  • Jesus prayed for you.
  • 00:28:58.070 --> 00:28:59.230
  • You need to underline in red
  • 00:28:59.240 --> 00:29:02.280
  • and highlight in yellow his love.
  • 00:29:02.290 --> 00:29:05.100
  • I am also praying for all people who will believe in me
  • 00:29:05.110 --> 00:29:08.280
  • because of the teaching.
  • 00:29:08.290 --> 00:29:10.280
  • That is you.
  • 00:29:10.290 --> 00:29:12.170
  • As Jesus stepped into his garden,
  • 00:29:12.180 --> 00:29:15.130
  • you were on his mind, and you were in his prayer.
  • 00:29:15.140 --> 00:29:19.290
  • As Jesus looked into the heaven, you were in his vision.
  • 00:29:20.000 --> 00:29:24.110
  • As Jesus dreamed of the day we will be where he is,
  • 00:29:24.120 --> 00:29:27.030
  • he saw you there.
  • 00:29:27.040 --> 00:29:28.180
  • His final prayer was about you, his final pain was for you,
  • 00:29:28.190 --> 00:29:32.120
  • his final passion was you.
  • 00:29:32.130 --> 00:29:35.140
  • He then turns and steps into the garden,
  • 00:29:35.150 --> 00:29:37.230
  • and he invites Peter, and James, and John to come.
  • 00:29:37.240 --> 00:29:41.130
  • He tells them that his soul is overwhelmed with sorrow
  • 00:29:41.140 --> 00:29:44.060
  • to the point of death, and he begins to pray.
  • 00:29:44.070 --> 00:29:47.130
  • Never has he felt so alone.
  • 00:29:47.140 --> 00:29:49.120
  • What must be done only he can do.
  • 00:29:49.130 --> 00:29:52.230
  • An angel can't do it.
  • 00:29:52.240 --> 00:29:54.040
  • No angel has the power to break open hell's gates.
  • 00:29:54.050 --> 00:29:57.020
  • A man can't do it.
  • 00:29:57.030 --> 00:29:58.270
  • No man has the purity to destroy sin's claim.
  • 00:29:58.280 --> 00:30:02.040
  • No force on earth can face the force of evil
  • 00:30:02.050 --> 00:30:04.200
  • and win except God.
  • 00:30:04.210 --> 00:30:07.170
  • The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak,
  • 00:30:07.180 --> 00:30:10.220
  • Jesus confesses.
  • 00:30:10.230 --> 00:30:12.100
  • His humanity begged to be delivered
  • 00:30:12.110 --> 00:30:14.180
  • from what his divinity could see.
  • 00:30:14.190 --> 00:30:17.050
  • And Jesus the carpenter implores.
  • 00:30:17.060 --> 00:30:19.250
  • Jesus the man peers into the dark pit and begs,
  • 00:30:19.260 --> 00:30:23.150
  • "Can't there be another way?"
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  • Did he know the answer before he asked the question?
  • 00:30:25.130 --> 00:30:28.240
  • Did his human heart hope his heavenly Father
  • 00:30:28.250 --> 00:30:31.150
  • had found another way?
  • 00:30:31.160 --> 00:30:32.270
  • We don't know, but we do know he asked to get out,
  • 00:30:32.280 --> 00:30:36.210
  • and we know he begged for an exit.
  • 00:30:36.220 --> 00:30:38.270
  • And we do know that there was a time when,
  • 00:30:38.280 --> 00:30:41.140
  • if he could have, he would have turned his back
  • 00:30:41.150 --> 00:30:44.060
  • on the whole mess and gone away.
  • 00:30:44.070 --> 00:30:46.190
  • But he couldn't.
  • 00:30:46.200 --> 00:30:48.030
  • He couldn't because he saw you.
  • 00:30:48.040 --> 00:30:51.200
  • Right there in the middle of a world which isn't fair,
  • 00:30:51.210 --> 00:30:54.070
  • he saw you cast into a river of life you didn't request.
  • 00:30:54.080 --> 00:30:57.180
  • He saw you betrayed by those you love.
  • 00:30:57.190 --> 00:31:00.100
  • He saw you with a body which gets sick
  • 00:31:00.110 --> 00:31:02.120
  • and a heart that grows weak.
  • 00:31:02.130 --> 00:31:04.120
  • He saw you in your own garden of gnarled trees
  • 00:31:04.130 --> 00:31:06.240
  • and sleeping friends.
  • 00:31:06.250 --> 00:31:08.140
  • He saw you staring into the pit of your own failures
  • 00:31:08.150 --> 00:31:11.010
  • and the mouth of your own grave.
  • 00:31:11.020 --> 00:31:13.050
  • He saw you in your garden of Gethsemane,
  • 00:31:13.060 --> 00:31:16.050
  • and he didn't want you to be alone.
  • 00:31:16.060 --> 00:31:19.220
  • He wanted you to know that he's been there too.
  • 00:31:19.230 --> 00:31:23.020
  • He's been here.
  • 00:31:23.030 --> 00:31:25.120
  • He knows what it's like to be plotted against.
  • 00:31:25.130 --> 00:31:27.240
  • He knows what it's like to be confused.
  • 00:31:27.250 --> 00:31:29.140
  • He knows what it's like to be torn between two desires.
  • 00:31:29.150 --> 00:31:32.200
  • He knows what it's like to smell the stench of Satan.
  • 00:31:32.210 --> 00:31:36.280
  • And perhaps most of all, he knows what it's like to beg
  • 00:31:36.290 --> 00:31:39.230
  • God to change his mind and to hear God say
  • 00:31:39.240 --> 00:31:42.100
  • gently but firmly, "No."
  • 00:31:42.110 --> 00:31:45.060
  • For that is what God said to Jesus.
  • 00:31:45.070 --> 00:31:47.190
  • And Jesus accepts the answer.
  • 00:31:47.200 --> 00:31:51.020
  • At some moment during that midnight hour,
  • 00:31:51.030 --> 00:31:54.050
  • an angel of mercy comes over the weary body of the man
  • 00:31:54.060 --> 00:31:56.280
  • in the garden.
  • 00:31:56.290 --> 00:31:58.150
  • And as he stands, the anguish is gone from his eyes.
  • 00:31:58.160 --> 00:32:02.000
  • His fists will clench no more.
  • 00:32:02.010 --> 00:32:04.060
  • His heart will fight no more.
  • 00:32:04.070 --> 00:32:06.000
  • The battle is won.
  • 00:32:06.010 --> 00:32:07.190
  • You may have thought that it was won on Golgotha, it wasn't.
  • 00:32:07.200 --> 00:32:11.160
  • The final battle was won right here in Gethsemane.
  • 00:32:11.170 --> 00:32:17.030
  • And the sign of conquest is Jesus at peace
  • 00:32:17.040 --> 00:32:20.290
  • in the olive trees.
  • 00:32:21.000 --> 00:32:23.050
  • For it was in this garden that he made his decision that he
  • 00:32:23.060 --> 00:32:28.150
  • would rather go to hell for you than go to heaven without you.
  • 00:32:28.160 --> 00:32:34.090
  • In my weakest moment, I see you
  • 00:32:38.240 --> 00:32:42.270
  • Shaking your head in disgrace
  • 00:32:42.280 --> 00:32:47.190
  • I can read the disappointment
  • 00:32:48.000 --> 00:32:51.150
  • That's written all over your face
  • 00:32:51.160 --> 00:32:56.150
  • Here come those whispers in my ear saying
  • 00:32:56.160 --> 00:33:01.110
  • Who do you think you are?
  • 00:33:01.120 --> 00:33:04.260
  • Looks like you're on your own from here
  • 00:33:04.270 --> 00:33:09.110
  • Grace could never reach that far
  • 00:33:09.120 --> 00:33:14.220
  • But in the shadow of that shame
  • 00:33:14.230 --> 00:33:18.110
  • Beat down by all the blame
  • 00:33:18.120 --> 00:33:20.190
  • I hear you call my name
  • 00:33:20.200 --> 00:33:22.180
  • Saying it's not over
  • 00:33:22.190 --> 00:33:24.120
  • And my heart starts to beat so loud now
  • 00:33:24.130 --> 00:33:27.130
  • Drowning out the doubt
  • 00:33:27.140 --> 00:33:29.160
  • Well, I'm down, but I'm not out
  • 00:33:29.170 --> 00:33:32.000
  • 'cause there is a war between guilt and grace
  • 00:33:32.010 --> 00:33:37.090
  • And they're fighting for a sacred space
  • 00:33:37.100 --> 00:33:42.020
  • But I'm living proof that grace wins every time
  • 00:33:42.030 --> 00:33:48.240
  • Oh yes, I am
  • 00:33:48.250 --> 00:33:50.240
  • No more lying down in death's defeat
  • 00:33:50.250 --> 00:33:55.120
  • Well, I'm rising up in victory
  • 00:33:55.130 --> 00:33:59.210
  • Singing hallelujah, grace wins every time
  • 00:33:59.220 --> 00:34:07.020
  • Words can't describe the way it feels
  • 00:34:07.030 --> 00:34:10.280
  • When mercy floods a thirsty soul
  • 00:34:10.290 --> 00:34:15.040
  • Oh, the broken side begins to heal
  • 00:34:15.050 --> 00:34:18.190
  • Yes it does, and grace returns
  • 00:34:18.200 --> 00:34:21.060
  • What guilt he stole
  • 00:34:21.070 --> 00:34:25.050
  • Well, in the shadow of that shame
  • 00:34:25.060 --> 00:34:28.190
  • Beat down by all the blame
  • 00:34:28.200 --> 00:34:30.210
  • I can hear you call my name
  • 00:34:30.220 --> 00:34:33.010
  • Saying it's not over
  • 00:34:33.020 --> 00:34:34.180
  • And my heart starts to beat so loud now
  • 00:34:34.190 --> 00:34:37.180
  • It's drowning out the doubt
  • 00:34:37.190 --> 00:34:39.160
  • I might be down, but I'm not out
  • 00:34:39.170 --> 00:34:42.000
  • 'cause there is a war between guilt and grace
  • 00:34:42.010 --> 00:34:47.100
  • And they're fighting for a sacred space
  • 00:34:47.110 --> 00:34:51.230
  • But I'm living proof grace wins every time
  • 00:34:51.240 --> 00:34:57.280
  • Oh, no more lying down in death's defeat
  • 00:34:57.290 --> 00:35:04.250
  • Well, I'm rising up in victory
  • 00:35:04.260 --> 00:35:08.280
  • Singing hallelujah
  • 00:35:08.290 --> 00:35:11.290
  • Grace wins every time
  • 00:35:12.000 --> 00:35:17.150
  • For the prodigal sons, grace wins
  • 00:35:18.150 --> 00:35:23.100
  • For the woman at the well, grace wins
  • 00:35:23.110 --> 00:35:27.140
  • For blind men and the beggars
  • 00:35:27.150 --> 00:35:29.270
  • Grace wins
  • 00:35:29.280 --> 00:35:32.000
  • For always and forever, grace wins
  • 00:35:32.010 --> 00:35:36.090
  • For the lost out on the streets
  • 00:35:36.100 --> 00:35:38.170
  • Sing it out, grace wins
  • 00:35:38.180 --> 00:35:40.190
  • For the worst part of you and me
  • 00:35:40.200 --> 00:35:43.150
  • Grace wins
  • 00:35:43.160 --> 00:35:45.120
  • For the thief on the cross, grace wins
  • 00:35:45.130 --> 00:35:49.220
  • For a world that is lost, grace wins
  • 00:35:49.230 --> 00:35:56.160
  • There's a war between guilt and grace
  • 00:35:56.170 --> 00:36:01.080
  • And they're fighting for a sacred space
  • 00:36:01.090 --> 00:36:05.220
  • But I'm living proof that grace wins every time
  • 00:36:05.230 --> 00:36:12.040
  • Amen!
  • 00:36:12.050 --> 00:36:14.030
  • So, no more lying down in death's defeat
  • 00:36:14.040 --> 00:36:18.170
  • Well, I'm rising up in victory
  • 00:36:18.180 --> 00:36:22.120
  • I'm singing hallelujah
  • 00:36:22.130 --> 00:36:25.140
  • Grace wins every time
  • 00:36:25.150 --> 00:36:31.200
  • Every time
  • 00:36:32.170 --> 00:36:36.160
  • Well, I'm living proof that grace wins every time
  • 00:36:36.170 --> 00:36:43.110
  • [audience cheering]
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  • Years ago, there was a missionary in Africa.
  • 00:36:49.050 --> 00:36:51.170
  • He was traveling by horseback down this narrow winding trail.
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  • It was a hot Sunday afternoon,
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  • and he was on his way to one of the little villages.
  • 00:36:57.220 --> 00:37:00.040
  • As he approached a sharp turn in that trail,
  • 00:37:00.050 --> 00:37:03.070
  • the horse stopped and wouldn't go any further.
  • 00:37:03.080 --> 00:37:06.000
  • It sensed that something was wrong around the corner,
  • 00:37:06.010 --> 00:37:08.290
  • and he couldn't make the horse go.
  • 00:37:09.000 --> 00:37:10.270
  • He finally got off and looked around the curb.
  • 00:37:10.280 --> 00:37:13.190
  • There was this huge snake about 10 feet long,
  • 00:37:13.200 --> 00:37:16.280
  • very thick, curled up right in the middle of the path,
  • 00:37:16.290 --> 00:37:20.190
  • basking in the sun.
  • 00:37:20.200 --> 00:37:22.200
  • He had his head hidden under this small, flat stone.
  • 00:37:22.210 --> 00:37:26.170
  • This man's heart was gripped with fear.
  • 00:37:26.180 --> 00:37:28.230
  • He'd been warned about how dangerous and poisonous
  • 00:37:28.240 --> 00:37:31.120
  • the snakes were, and he didn't know what to do.
  • 00:37:31.130 --> 00:37:33.280
  • He didn't have any kind of weapon,
  • 00:37:33.290 --> 00:37:35.210
  • there wasn't any other way around this path.
  • 00:37:35.220 --> 00:37:38.090
  • It was thick with trees and brush on each side.
  • 00:37:38.100 --> 00:37:41.040
  • After about 15 minutes, he got his nerve up.
  • 00:37:41.050 --> 00:37:44.170
  • He picked up the biggest rock he could possibly find.
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  • He was going to throw it on top of that flat stone
  • 00:37:47.230 --> 00:37:50.150
  • where the snake was hiding his head.
  • 00:37:50.160 --> 00:37:53.060
  • He hoped the force of that big rock would cause that flat stone
  • 00:37:53.070 --> 00:37:56.070
  • to crush his head and kill the snake.
  • 00:37:56.080 --> 00:37:58.260
  • He moved very cautiously trembling with fear.
  • 00:37:58.270 --> 00:38:02.060
  • The back of his mind thinking, "What if I don't kill him?
  • 00:38:02.070 --> 00:38:05.100
  • "What if I just make him mad?
  • 00:38:05.110 --> 00:38:06.250
  • He could turn around and bite me."
  • 00:38:06.260 --> 00:38:08.150
  • Amid all those fears, with the adrenaline flowing,
  • 00:38:08.160 --> 00:38:11.190
  • he hurled that rock on top of that snake
  • 00:38:11.200 --> 00:38:14.120
  • with all of his might.
  • 00:38:14.130 --> 00:38:16.040
  • Much to his surprise, the snake didn't move.
  • 00:38:16.050 --> 00:38:19.110
  • He got up a little closer and suddenly realized the snake
  • 00:38:19.120 --> 00:38:22.170
  • was already dead.
  • 00:38:22.180 --> 00:38:24.160
  • Somebody passing that way before him crushed the snake's head
  • 00:38:24.170 --> 00:38:28.160
  • and just left him lying there in the path.
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  • The good news today is somebody has already been down our path
  • 00:38:31.110 --> 00:38:35.150
  • and cleared it of everything that could harm us.
  • 00:38:35.160 --> 00:38:38.200
  • We have nothing to fear.
  • 00:38:38.210 --> 00:38:40.030
  • Over 2.000 years ago, Jesus walked the earth.
  • 00:38:40.040 --> 00:38:43.070
  • He went about doing good, healing, teaching,
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  • serving, showing mercy.
  • 00:38:46.110 --> 00:38:48.030
  • The religious leaders, they didn't like him.
  • 00:38:48.040 --> 00:38:50.260
  • They were jealous, they found fault.
  • 00:38:50.270 --> 00:38:53.010
  • Even though he did no wrong, unjustly they beat him with
  • 00:38:53.020 --> 00:38:56.180
  • a lead whip, they put a crown of thorns on his head,
  • 00:38:56.190 --> 00:39:00.020
  • forced him to carry his own cross to be crucified.
  • 00:39:00.030 --> 00:39:03.190
  • The soldiers mocked him, ridiculed him,
  • 00:39:03.200 --> 00:39:06.150
  • spit upon him.
  • 00:39:06.160 --> 00:39:08.020
  • They put him on the cross, nailed the spikes in his hands
  • 00:39:08.030 --> 00:39:11.010
  • and his feet.
  • 00:39:11.020 --> 00:39:13.030
  • The pain, the suffering,
  • 00:39:13.040 --> 00:39:14.150
  • the agony was more than anyone should have to bear.
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  • He had all power.
  • 00:39:17.260 --> 00:39:19.120
  • He could've called down 10.000 angels.
  • 00:39:19.130 --> 00:39:21.260
  • He could've ended it in a split second.
  • 00:39:21.270 --> 00:39:24.090
  • The angels were standing by at attention ready to come,
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  • but he didn't do it.
  • 00:39:27.180 --> 00:39:29.090
  • The nails didn't hold him to the cross, love held him.
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  • He did it for you, he did it for me.
  • 00:39:33.070 --> 00:39:35.230
  • Hanging on that cross, the earth he spoke into existence
  • 00:39:35.240 --> 00:39:39.240
  • got nervous and began to tremble.
  • 00:39:39.250 --> 00:39:41.290
  • It knew something was wrong.
  • 00:39:42.000 --> 00:39:43.270
  • There was a great earthquake, the sun turned its back
  • 00:39:43.280 --> 00:39:47.070
  • and refused to look, got dark in the middle of the day.
  • 00:39:47.080 --> 00:39:50.270
  • When the soldiers saw the whole world revolting,
  • 00:39:50.280 --> 00:39:53.200
  • they said, "Surely he was the Son of God."
  • 00:39:53.210 --> 00:39:57.100
  • When Jesus breathed his last breath on earth,
  • 00:39:57.110 --> 00:40:00.110
  • the veil of the temple was ripped from the top
  • 00:40:00.120 --> 00:40:02.190
  • to the bottom.
  • 00:40:02.200 --> 00:40:04.040
  • Behind that veil was where the Ark of the Covenant was.
  • 00:40:04.050 --> 00:40:07.090
  • That's where God lived, the Holy of Holies.
  • 00:40:07.100 --> 00:40:10.020
  • Nobody could go in except the priest,
  • 00:40:10.030 --> 00:40:12.130
  • and then only certain times a year.
  • 00:40:12.140 --> 00:40:14.260
  • And when the veil was ripped, it wasn't to let God out,
  • 00:40:14.270 --> 00:40:18.140
  • it was to let us in.
  • 00:40:18.150 --> 00:40:20.080
  • Now, we can all go boldly to the throne of grace.
  • 00:40:20.090 --> 00:40:23.260
  • We don't need a priest, a pastor,
  • 00:40:23.270 --> 00:40:26.080
  • a minister to go to God for us.
  • 00:40:26.090 --> 00:40:28.080
  • You can go to God for yourself.
  • 00:40:28.090 --> 00:40:30.100
  • He wants to talk to you.
  • 00:40:30.110 --> 00:40:32.080
  • He wants to be your friend.
  • 00:40:32.090 --> 00:40:33.260
  • Doesn't matter how religious you are or aren't,
  • 00:40:33.270 --> 00:40:36.230
  • doesn't matter the mistakes you've made,
  • 00:40:36.240 --> 00:40:38.180
  • what's in your past, or even what you're doing right now.
  • 00:40:38.190 --> 00:40:41.290
  • He took all of our sin,
  • 00:40:42.000 --> 00:40:43.200
  • he paid the price for every mistake, every wrong.
  • 00:40:43.210 --> 00:40:47.010
  • His blood covered it once and for all.
  • 00:40:47.020 --> 00:40:49.090
  • The veil is open.
  • 00:40:49.100 --> 00:40:50.290
  • He's waiting to hear from you.
  • 00:40:51.000 --> 00:40:52.230
  • People tell me all the time,
  • 00:40:52.240 --> 00:40:54.190
  • "Joel, I'm not a religious person.
  • 00:40:54.200 --> 00:40:56.250
  • I wasn't raised in church like you."
  • 00:40:56.260 --> 00:40:59.060
  • Not talking about being religious.
  • 00:40:59.070 --> 00:41:01.030
  • Jesus didn't come to start a religion.
  • 00:41:01.040 --> 00:41:03.150
  • He came to have a relationship with you.
  • 00:41:03.160 --> 00:41:06.090
  • He has a purpose and a destiny for your life.
  • 00:41:06.100 --> 00:41:09.150
  • He's the one that created you.
  • 00:41:09.160 --> 00:41:11.110
  • He knows why you're here.
  • 00:41:11.120 --> 00:41:13.100
  • When you come into relationship with him,
  • 00:41:13.110 --> 00:41:15.190
  • your life will be more rewarding, more fulfilling.
  • 00:41:15.200 --> 00:41:18.270
  • Your heavenly Father, your creator is longing to have
  • 00:41:18.280 --> 00:41:22.290
  • a relationship with you.
  • 00:41:23.000 --> 00:41:24.190
  • That's the day we're living in.
  • 00:41:24.200 --> 00:41:26.120
  • The veil has been torn.
  • 00:41:26.130 --> 00:41:28.010
  • God's mercy is available to whoever will accept it.
  • 00:41:28.020 --> 00:41:31.170
  • They put Jesus in the tomb on Friday,
  • 00:41:31.180 --> 00:41:34.090
  • thinking that was the end.
  • 00:41:34.100 --> 00:41:36.010
  • I'm sure Satan and all of his forces were having
  • 00:41:36.020 --> 00:41:38.110
  • a great party, celebrating their victory.
  • 00:41:38.120 --> 00:41:41.000
  • But on Sunday morning, in the midst of their celebration,
  • 00:41:41.010 --> 00:41:44.240
  • I can imagine they hear some footsteps
  • 00:41:44.250 --> 00:41:46.290
  • getting closer and closer.
  • 00:41:47.000 --> 00:41:48.260
  • They see this person coming, they can't figure out who it is.
  • 00:41:48.270 --> 00:41:52.210
  • Everybody is accounted for.
  • 00:41:52.220 --> 00:41:54.050
  • He walks with an authority that they've never seen before.
  • 00:41:54.060 --> 00:41:57.290
  • His eyes are like fire, his hair is like wool,
  • 00:41:58.000 --> 00:42:01.030
  • his face radiating with such a brilliance
  • 00:42:01.040 --> 00:42:03.100
  • that it makes them turn away.
  • 00:42:03.110 --> 00:42:05.110
  • He crashes the party and says, "I've got a big announcement.
  • 00:42:05.120 --> 00:42:08.040
  • "I'm back.
  • 00:42:08.050 --> 00:42:09.230
  • "You thought you got rid of me, but it was all a part of my plan
  • 00:42:09.240 --> 00:42:13.040
  • "to redeem mankind.
  • 00:42:13.050 --> 00:42:15.080
  • You didn't take my life, I gave it away."
  • 00:42:15.090 --> 00:42:18.050
  • And the battle of the ages took place,
  • 00:42:18.060 --> 00:42:20.130
  • good versus evil, light versus darkness,
  • 00:42:20.140 --> 00:42:22.230
  • Jesus versus Satan.
  • 00:42:22.240 --> 00:42:24.110
  • It was no match.
  • 00:42:24.120 --> 00:42:26.000
  • Jesus crushed Satan's head and totally defeated him.
  • 00:42:26.010 --> 00:42:29.220
  • The Scripture says he paralyzed him and rendered him powerless.
  • 00:42:29.230 --> 00:42:33.290
  • He made a show of him openly.
  • 00:42:34.000 --> 00:42:36.070
  • In those days, when a king conquered a city,
  • 00:42:36.080 --> 00:42:38.290
  • they would parade the losing king
  • 00:42:39.000 --> 00:42:40.270
  • down through the city,
  • 00:42:40.280 --> 00:42:42.230
  • beat up, bedraggled, stripped of any
  • 00:42:42.240 --> 00:42:44.270
  • royal clothing in front of all his people
  • 00:42:44.280 --> 00:42:47.220
  • to make sure it was clear who the victor was.
  • 00:42:47.230 --> 00:42:50.210
  • And that's what Jesus did.
  • 00:42:50.220 --> 00:42:52.070
  • He wanted to make certain that every force
  • 00:42:52.080 --> 00:42:54.180
  • of darkness clearly saw Satan with his head
  • 00:42:54.190 --> 00:42:57.270
  • bruised, defeated, and powerless.
  • 00:42:57.280 --> 00:43:00.240
  • Looked dark on Friday, looked like it was over,
  • 00:43:00.250 --> 00:43:03.220
  • but the grave couldn't hold Jesus in.
  • 00:43:03.230 --> 00:43:06.050
  • Sunday morning, he came bursting out.
  • 00:43:06.060 --> 00:43:08.170
  • He said, "I am he that lives.
  • 00:43:08.180 --> 00:43:10.130
  • I was dead, but I am alive forevermore."
  • 00:43:10.140 --> 00:43:13.190
  • He said, "One more thing.
  • 00:43:13.200 --> 00:43:15.060
  • I've got the keys to death and hell."
  • 00:43:15.070 --> 00:43:17.100
  • He came out with all power, and then he turned right around
  • 00:43:17.110 --> 00:43:20.160
  • and said in Luke, "I have given you power
  • 00:43:20.170 --> 00:43:23.140
  • over all the power of the enemy."
  • 00:43:23.150 --> 00:43:25.280
  • The same power he had, he gave to us.
  • 00:43:25.290 --> 00:43:28.180
  • Now, you and I have all power.
  • 00:43:28.190 --> 00:43:31.000
  • It's resurrection power.
  • 00:43:31.010 --> 00:43:32.240
  • After all Christ has done for us,
  • 00:43:32.250 --> 00:43:34.290
  • don't you dare go around feeling weak,
  • 00:43:35.000 --> 00:43:37.080
  • intimidated, at a disadvantage.
  • 00:43:37.090 --> 00:43:39.280
  • One translation says, "Jesus brought Satan to naught."
  • 00:43:39.290 --> 00:43:43.270
  • Another word for naught is zero.
  • 00:43:43.280 --> 00:43:46.000
  • Thoughts of fear, worry, doubt, intimidation come.
  • 00:43:46.010 --> 00:43:49.090
  • Instead of being afraid, getting negative,
  • 00:43:49.100 --> 00:43:51.200
  • no, just give the enemy the zero sign.
  • 00:43:51.210 --> 00:43:54.050
  • Remember that he has no power over you.
  • 00:43:54.060 --> 00:43:56.160
  • When you do that, learn to look down.
  • 00:43:56.170 --> 00:43:58.210
  • That's where he is, under your feet.
  • 00:43:58.220 --> 00:44:00.290
  • The thought says, "You'll never get out of your problem,"
  • 00:44:01.000 --> 00:44:03.190
  • put up the zero sign.
  • 00:44:03.200 --> 00:44:05.070
  • "Your family is never going to serve God," zero sign.
  • 00:44:05.080 --> 00:44:08.140
  • As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
  • 00:44:08.150 --> 00:44:10.290
  • "You're never going to accomplish your dreams,"
  • 00:44:11.000 --> 00:44:12.240
  • zero sign.
  • 00:44:12.250 --> 00:44:14.130
  • I can do all things through Christ.
  • 00:44:14.140 --> 00:44:16.140
  • "You've made too many mistakes," zero sign.
  • 00:44:16.150 --> 00:44:19.060
  • God's mercy is bigger than any mistake.
  • 00:44:19.070 --> 00:44:22.010
  • Remind the enemy of his defeat.
  • 00:44:22.020 --> 00:44:24.250
  • 00:44:26.110 --> 00:44:36.100
  • 00:44:45.270 --> 00:44:55.180
  • The resurrection of Jesus is an exploding flare,
  • 00:44:58.220 --> 00:45:01.230
  • announcing to all sincere seekers
  • 00:45:01.240 --> 00:45:03.210
  • that it's safe to believe.
  • 00:45:03.220 --> 00:45:06.020
  • You see, because of the resurrection,
  • 00:45:06.030 --> 00:45:08.030
  • everything changes.
  • 00:45:08.040 --> 00:45:09.240
  • Death changes.
  • 00:45:09.250 --> 00:45:11.180
  • It used to be the end, now it's the beginning.
  • 00:45:11.190 --> 00:45:14.230
  • In Romans 6 and verse 9, the Apostle Paul says,
  • 00:45:14.240 --> 00:45:18.190
  • "When Jesus was raised from the dead,
  • 00:45:18.200 --> 00:45:21.020
  • it was a signal of the end of death as the end."
  • 00:45:21.030 --> 00:45:24.120
  • The cemetery changes.
  • 00:45:24.130 --> 00:45:26.090
  • People once went there to say goodbye,
  • 00:45:26.100 --> 00:45:28.100
  • now they go there to say, "We'll be together again."
  • 00:45:28.110 --> 00:45:31.230
  • Even the coffin changes.
  • 00:45:31.240 --> 00:45:33.170
  • It's no longer a box where we hide bodies,
  • 00:45:33.180 --> 00:45:35.260
  • but rather a cocoon in which the body is kept until God
  • 00:45:35.270 --> 00:45:39.160
  • sets it free to fly.
  • 00:45:39.170 --> 00:45:41.130
  • Jesus said, "I will come back and take you to be with me."
  • 00:45:41.140 --> 00:45:46.050
  • And to prove that he was serious about this promise,
  • 00:45:46.060 --> 00:45:49.050
  • the stone was rolled away,
  • 00:45:49.060 --> 00:45:50.250
  • and his body was raised from the dead.
  • 00:45:50.260 --> 00:45:53.090
  • Why?
  • 00:45:53.100 --> 00:45:54.230
  • Well, the answer is in John 3:16,
  • 00:45:54.240 --> 00:45:56.270
  • "Because God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
  • 00:45:56.280 --> 00:46:00.280
  • "that whoever believes in him will not perish,
  • 00:46:00.290 --> 00:46:03.170
  • but have everlasting life."
  • 00:46:03.180 --> 00:46:06.040
  • That's an Easter sermon if I've ever heard one.
  • 00:46:06.050 --> 00:46:09.070
  • The message is simple, but it's expansive.
  • 00:46:09.080 --> 00:46:12.010
  • Jesus defeated death and restored life,
  • 00:46:12.020 --> 00:46:15.170
  • not just to himself, but to all humanity.
  • 00:46:15.180 --> 00:46:19.140
  • That, my friend, is a reason to celebrate.
  • 00:46:19.150 --> 00:46:22.220
  • The most miraculous event in human history,
  • 00:46:22.230 --> 00:46:26.210
  • God orchestrated it, prophets predicted it,
  • 00:46:26.220 --> 00:46:30.050
  • but no one expected it.
  • 00:46:30.060 --> 00:46:32.060
  • Put yourself in the dusty sandals of Mary Magdalene
  • 00:46:32.070 --> 00:46:36.150
  • on the very first resurrection Sunday.
  • 00:46:36.160 --> 00:46:38.280
  • A surprise party was the last thing she was expecting
  • 00:46:38.290 --> 00:46:42.130
  • as she approached the tomb.
  • 00:46:42.140 --> 00:46:44.180
  • The last few days had brought nothing to celebrate.
  • 00:46:44.190 --> 00:46:47.140
  • The Jews could celebrate, Jesus was out of the way.
  • 00:46:47.150 --> 00:46:50.200
  • The soldiers could celebrate, their work was done.
  • 00:46:50.210 --> 00:46:53.240
  • But Mary couldn't celebrate.
  • 00:46:53.250 --> 00:46:55.110
  • To her, the last few days had brought nothing but tragedy.
  • 00:46:55.120 --> 00:46:58.220
  • Mary had seen the pain and the heartache.
  • 00:46:58.230 --> 00:47:01.120
  • She had heard the leaders clamor for Jesus' blood.
  • 00:47:01.130 --> 00:47:04.260
  • She had witnessed the Roman whip rip skin off of Jesus' back.
  • 00:47:04.270 --> 00:47:09.270
  • She had winced as the thorn sliced his brow,
  • 00:47:09.280 --> 00:47:13.020
  • and wept at the weight of the cross.
  • 00:47:13.030 --> 00:47:16.060
  • In the Louvre, there's a painting of the scene
  • 00:47:16.070 --> 00:47:19.020
  • of the cross.
  • 00:47:19.030 --> 00:47:20.160
  • In the painting, the stars are dead,
  • 00:47:20.170 --> 00:47:22.180
  • and the world is wrapped in darkness.
  • 00:47:22.190 --> 00:47:24.260
  • And in the shadows, there is the kneeling form.
  • 00:47:24.270 --> 00:47:27.050
  • It is Mary.
  • 00:47:27.060 --> 00:47:28.200
  • She is holding her hands and lips against the bleeding feet
  • 00:47:28.210 --> 00:47:32.040
  • of the Christ.
  • 00:47:32.050 --> 00:47:33.290
  • Now, we don't know if Mary did that,
  • 00:47:34.000 --> 00:47:35.180
  • but we know she could have.
  • 00:47:35.190 --> 00:47:37.050
  • She was there.
  • 00:47:37.060 --> 00:47:38.260
  • She was there to hold her arm around the shoulder of Mary,
  • 00:47:38.270 --> 00:47:42.040
  • the mother of Jesus.
  • 00:47:42.050 --> 00:47:43.150
  • She was there to close his eyes.
  • 00:47:43.160 --> 00:47:45.110
  • She was there, so it's not surprising that she wants
  • 00:47:45.120 --> 00:47:48.140
  • to be there again.
  • 00:47:48.150 --> 00:47:50.070
  • In the early morning mist, she arises from her mat,
  • 00:47:50.080 --> 00:47:53.240
  • and takes her spices and aloes, and leaves her house
  • 00:47:53.250 --> 00:47:57.050
  • past the gate of Gennath and up to the hillside.
  • 00:47:57.060 --> 00:48:00.050
  • She anticipates a somber task.
  • 00:48:00.060 --> 00:48:02.150
  • By now, the body will be swollen,
  • 00:48:02.160 --> 00:48:04.010
  • his face will be white, and death's odor will be pungent.
  • 00:48:04.020 --> 00:48:08.030
  • A gray sky gives way to gold as she walks up the narrow trail.
  • 00:48:08.040 --> 00:48:12.120
  • As she rounds the final bend, she gasps.
  • 00:48:12.130 --> 00:48:15.130
  • The rock in front of the grave is pushed back.
  • 00:48:15.140 --> 00:48:19.190
  • Someone took the body.
  • 00:48:19.200 --> 00:48:21.020
  • She runs to awaken Peter and John.
  • 00:48:21.030 --> 00:48:23.110
  • They rush to see for themselves.
  • 00:48:23.120 --> 00:48:25.040
  • She tries to keep up with them, but she can't.
  • 00:48:25.050 --> 00:48:28.000
  • Peter comes out of the tomb bewildered,
  • 00:48:28.010 --> 00:48:30.180
  • and John comes out of the tomb believing.
  • 00:48:30.190 --> 00:48:34.080
  • But Mary just sits in front of it weeping.
  • 00:48:34.090 --> 00:48:37.080
  • The two men go home and leave her alone with her grief,
  • 00:48:37.090 --> 00:48:40.210
  • but something tells her she's not alone.
  • 00:48:40.220 --> 00:48:44.090
  • Maybe she hears a noise, maybe she hears a whisper,
  • 00:48:44.100 --> 00:48:48.060
  • or maybe she just hears her own heart tell her
  • 00:48:48.070 --> 00:48:51.000
  • to take a look for herself.
  • 00:48:51.010 --> 00:48:52.210
  • Whatever the reason she does, she stoops down,
  • 00:48:52.220 --> 00:48:55.210
  • sticks her head into the hewn entrance,
  • 00:48:55.220 --> 00:48:58.090
  • and waits for her eyes to adjust to the dark.
  • 00:48:58.100 --> 00:49:01.250
  • "Why are you crying?"
  • 00:49:01.260 --> 00:49:04.040
  • She sees what looks to be a man,
  • 00:49:04.050 --> 00:49:07.040
  • but he's white, radiantly white.
  • 00:49:07.050 --> 00:49:09.250
  • He's one of two lights on either end of the vacant slab,
  • 00:49:09.260 --> 00:49:13.160
  • two candles blazing on an altar.
  • 00:49:13.170 --> 00:49:16.100
  • "Why are you crying?"
  • 00:49:16.110 --> 00:49:18.260
  • Now, that's an uncommon question to be asked in a cemetery.
  • 00:49:18.270 --> 00:49:22.210
  • In fact, the question is rude.
  • 00:49:22.220 --> 00:49:25.010
  • That is, unless the questioner knows something
  • 00:49:25.020 --> 00:49:27.270
  • that the questionee doesn't.
  • 00:49:27.280 --> 00:49:30.120
  • She says, "They have taken my Lord away,
  • 00:49:30.130 --> 00:49:32.280
  • and I don't know where they have put him."
  • 00:49:32.290 --> 00:49:34.280
  • She still calls him "my Lord."
  • 00:49:34.290 --> 00:49:37.140
  • As far as she knows, his lips were silent.
  • 00:49:37.150 --> 00:49:40.090
  • As far as she knows, his corpse had been carted off
  • 00:49:40.100 --> 00:49:42.220
  • by grave robbers.
  • 00:49:42.230 --> 00:49:44.100
  • But in spite of it all, he is still her Lord.
  • 00:49:44.110 --> 00:49:47.180
  • Such devotion moves Jesus.
  • 00:49:47.190 --> 00:49:51.010
  • It moves him closer to her, so close she hears him breathing.
  • 00:49:51.020 --> 00:49:56.200
  • She turns and there he stands.
  • 00:49:56.210 --> 00:49:59.020
  • She thinks he's the gardener.
  • 00:49:59.030 --> 00:50:01.220
  • Now, Jesus could've revealed himself at this point.
  • 00:50:01.230 --> 00:50:05.030
  • He could've called for an angel to present him,
  • 00:50:05.040 --> 00:50:07.200
  • or band to announce his presence, but he didn't.
  • 00:50:07.210 --> 00:50:11.100
  • Instead, he asked, "Why are you crying?
  • 00:50:11.110 --> 00:50:14.140
  • Who is it you are looking for?"
  • 00:50:14.150 --> 00:50:16.140
  • He doesn't leave her wondering long,
  • 00:50:16.150 --> 00:50:18.010
  • just long enough to remind us that he loves to surprise us.
  • 00:50:18.020 --> 00:50:21.190
  • He waits for us to despair of human strength,
  • 00:50:21.200 --> 00:50:24.020
  • and then intervenes with heavenly strength.
  • 00:50:24.030 --> 00:50:27.160
  • God waits for us to give up, and then surprise.
  • 00:50:27.170 --> 00:50:31.080
  • Has it been a while since you let God surprise you?
  • 00:50:31.090 --> 00:50:34.070
  • You know, it's easy to reach the point
  • 00:50:34.080 --> 00:50:36.010
  • where we have God figured out.
  • 00:50:36.020 --> 00:50:37.290
  • We know exactly what God does.
  • 00:50:38.000 --> 00:50:39.250
  • We crack the code, we chart his tendencies.
  • 00:50:39.260 --> 00:50:42.230
  • God is a computer, and if we push all the right buttons
  • 00:50:42.240 --> 00:50:45.140
  • and insert all the right data, God is exactly who we thought
  • 00:50:45.150 --> 00:50:49.100
  • he was, no variations, no alterations.
  • 00:50:49.110 --> 00:50:52.100
  • God is a jukebox.
  • 00:50:52.110 --> 00:50:54.000
  • insert a tithe, punch in the right numbers,
  • 00:50:54.010 --> 00:50:56.220
  • and bam, the divine music we want fills the room.
  • 00:50:56.230 --> 00:51:00.060
  • We know exactly what life is like,
  • 00:51:00.070 --> 00:51:02.240
  • full of ups and downs, and those downs
  • 00:51:02.250 --> 00:51:05.000
  • do their best to keep us down.
  • 00:51:05.010 --> 00:51:07.000
  • We lose a job, we lose a spouse,
  • 00:51:07.010 --> 00:51:08.220
  • we lose our hope,
  • 00:51:08.230 --> 00:51:10.050
  • but God is at his best
  • 00:51:10.060 --> 00:51:12.200
  • when our life is at its worst.
  • 00:51:12.210 --> 00:51:15.040
  • And God has been known to plan a celebration even in a cemetery.
  • 00:51:15.050 --> 00:51:20.170
  • Have you got God figured out?
  • 00:51:20.180 --> 00:51:22.090
  • Have you got God captured on a flowchart and frozen
  • 00:51:22.100 --> 00:51:24.130
  • on a flannel board?
  • 00:51:24.140 --> 00:51:25.280
  • If so, then you listen, listen to God's surprises.
  • 00:51:25.290 --> 00:51:29.060
  • Hear the rocks meant for the body of the adulterous woman
  • 00:51:29.070 --> 00:51:32.110
  • drop to the ground.
  • 00:51:32.120 --> 00:51:33.240
  • Listen as Jesus invites a death row convict to ride
  • 00:51:33.250 --> 00:51:36.250
  • with him into the kingdom in the front seat of the limo.
  • 00:51:36.260 --> 00:51:39.290
  • Listen as the Messiah whispers to the Samaritan woman,
  • 00:51:40.000 --> 00:51:43.010
  • "I who speak to you am he."
  • 00:51:43.020 --> 00:51:45.050
  • And listen to the surprise as Mary's name is spoken by a man
  • 00:51:45.060 --> 00:51:49.110
  • she loved, a man she had buried.
  • 00:51:49.120 --> 00:51:52.280
  • Imagine the moments, God appearing at the strangest
  • 00:51:52.290 --> 00:51:55.240
  • of places, doing the strangest of things,
  • 00:51:55.250 --> 00:51:58.260
  • stretching smiles where there had hung only frowns,
  • 00:51:58.270 --> 00:52:01.190
  • placing twinkles where there were only tears,
  • 00:52:01.200 --> 00:52:04.090
  • hanging a bright start in a dark sky,
  • 00:52:04.100 --> 00:52:07.150
  • arching rainbows in the midst of thunderclouds,
  • 00:52:07.160 --> 00:52:09.200
  • calling names in a cemetery.
  • 00:52:09.210 --> 00:52:13.030
  • "Miriam," he said softly, "surprise."
  • 00:52:13.040 --> 00:52:18.220
  • Mary was shocked.
  • 00:52:18.230 --> 00:52:20.090
  • You know, it's not often you hear your name spoken
  • 00:52:20.100 --> 00:52:22.280
  • by an eternal tongue, but when she did,
  • 00:52:22.290 --> 00:52:25.240
  • she recognized it.
  • 00:52:25.250 --> 00:52:27.160
  • And when she did, she responded correctly.
  • 00:52:27.170 --> 00:52:30.130
  • She worshipped him.
  • 00:52:30.140 --> 00:52:33.050
  • The scene has all the elements of a surprise party:
  • 00:52:33.060 --> 00:52:36.050
  • secrecy, wide eyes, amazement, gratitude.
  • 00:52:36.060 --> 00:52:39.220
  • But this celebration is timid in comparison with the one
  • 00:52:39.230 --> 00:52:44.050
  • that is being planned for the future.
  • 00:52:44.060 --> 00:52:46.140
  • It will be similar to Mary's, but a lot bigger.
  • 00:52:46.150 --> 00:52:49.190
  • Many more graves will open, many more names will be called,
  • 00:52:49.200 --> 00:52:53.030
  • and many more knees will bow,
  • 00:52:53.040 --> 00:52:55.090
  • and many more seekers will celebrate.
  • 00:52:55.100 --> 00:52:57.230
  • It's going to be some party, an everlasting party.
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  • He likes that.
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  • I was ready.
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  • (Laurie) He's so cute.
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  • (Matt) I want to welcome you wherever you're watching
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  • around the world to Jerusalem, Israel.
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  • Behind us is the empty tomb.
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  • "No Wonder They Called Him the Savior" is the title that,
  • 00:55:43.190 --> 00:55:48.020
  • again, we've borrowed, we've adopted from Max Lucado.
  • 00:55:48.030 --> 00:55:51.140
  • Okay, inspiration behind that book from the '80s actually.
  • 00:55:51.150 --> 00:55:56.100
  • Yeah, that's an interesting story because my wife and I
  • 00:55:56.110 --> 00:55:59.040
  • moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1983.
  • 00:55:59.050 --> 00:56:02.260
  • We were missionaries there until 1988.
  • 00:56:02.270 --> 00:56:05.210
  • And so, for all of you in Brazil that are listening,
  • 00:56:05.220 --> 00:56:08.040
  • [speaking in foreign language]
  • 00:56:08.050 --> 00:56:12.000
  • I left my heart in Brazil.
  • 00:56:12.010 --> 00:56:13.250
  • I love Brazil and--but it was a very important time for me
  • 00:56:13.260 --> 00:56:16.290
  • for this reason.
  • 00:56:17.000 --> 00:56:19.000
  • That's where I really discovered the gospel.
  • 00:56:19.010 --> 00:56:22.020
  • We went down to Brazil, we being a group of missionaries,
  • 00:56:22.030 --> 00:56:25.110
  • and we rented a storefront, and we put a sign out that said
  • 00:56:25.120 --> 00:56:28.190
  • "Church" out front, just expecting people are going
  • 00:56:28.200 --> 00:56:30.280
  • to just show up and listen to a bunch of gringos
  • 00:56:30.290 --> 00:56:33.120
  • who could barely speak Portuguese.
  • 00:56:33.130 --> 00:56:35.070
  • And nobody came, nobody came.
  • 00:56:35.080 --> 00:56:37.130
  • I mean, we had made--there were many, many Sundays
  • 00:56:37.140 --> 00:56:40.020
  • there were more gringos than there were Brazilians.
  • 00:56:40.030 --> 00:56:42.250
  • And we thought, "Well, why won't people come?"
  • 00:56:42.260 --> 00:56:46.160
  • And we started meeting, we being the missionaries,
  • 00:56:46.170 --> 00:56:48.290
  • every Monday reading through the gospels.
  • 00:56:49.000 --> 00:56:52.050
  • And saying, "Now, what is the core of the gospel?
  • 00:56:52.060 --> 00:56:55.030
  • What is it that--what's our brand?"
  • 00:56:55.040 --> 00:56:58.150
  • It'd be kind of the crass way of saying it, Matt.
  • 00:56:58.160 --> 00:57:00.260
  • You know, what's unique?
  • 00:57:00.270 --> 00:57:02.100
  • What do we have to offer?
  • 00:57:02.110 --> 00:57:03.210
  • And we realized, and you ask,
  • 00:57:03.220 --> 00:57:05.010
  • "Max, why didn't you realize that
  • 00:57:05.020 --> 00:57:06.140
  • before you went down there?"
  • 00:57:06.150 --> 00:57:07.260
  • I don't know, but for me, what I realized is forgiveness of sins
  • 00:57:07.270 --> 00:57:12.060
  • and the resurrection from the grave.
  • 00:57:12.070 --> 00:57:14.250
  • Those are the promises of the Christian faith.
  • 00:57:14.260 --> 00:57:17.020
  • No other religion comes close to that.
  • 00:57:17.030 --> 00:57:20.110
  • I can live as a forgiven saint, child of God,
  • 00:57:20.120 --> 00:57:24.080
  • absolutely sure of eternity.
  • 00:57:24.090 --> 00:57:27.000
  • And I can be sure that, even though I die,
  • 00:57:27.010 --> 00:57:28.210
  • I'm going to live again.
  • 00:57:28.220 --> 00:57:30.070
  • Those promises are all through the Bible.
  • 00:57:30.080 --> 00:57:32.200
  • So, we said, "Okay, that's all we're going to preach."
  • 00:57:32.210 --> 00:57:34.230
  • You know, the Apostle Paul said,
  • 00:57:34.240 --> 00:57:36.090
  • "I preach Jesus Christ and him crucified."
  • 00:57:36.100 --> 00:57:38.150
  • So, we began making that our message,
  • 00:57:38.160 --> 00:57:40.140
  • and our little church began to grow,
  • 00:57:40.150 --> 00:57:41.290
  • and grow, and grow, and it was a blessing.
  • 00:57:42.000 --> 00:57:46.100
  • So, that's kind of a long answer to the question.
  • 00:57:46.110 --> 00:57:48.150
  • Well, this book came out of the sermons I wrote for
  • 00:57:48.160 --> 00:57:52.200
  • that little church in Brazil back in those days.
  • 00:57:52.210 --> 00:57:55.170
  • And so, that's why there's so many stories about
  • 00:57:55.180 --> 00:57:58.110
  • Rio de Janeiro and Christ the Redeemer statue,
  • 00:57:58.120 --> 00:58:01.010
  • Corcovado Mountain, and just people I met in Brazil,
  • 00:58:01.020 --> 00:58:04.230
  • because I was living it out there in the streets of Rio.
  • 00:58:04.240 --> 00:58:09.070
  • But really, everyone is looking for God,
  • 00:58:09.080 --> 00:58:13.170
  • and the difference is celebrated in an empty tomb.
  • 00:58:13.180 --> 00:58:18.070
  • And you know, forgiveness by, you know,
  • 00:58:18.080 --> 00:58:22.160
  • grace, you know, by while we were yet sinners,
  • 00:58:22.170 --> 00:58:25.250
  • Christ died for us.
  • 00:58:25.260 --> 00:58:27.060
  • So, the book, when did it finally get published
  • 00:58:27.070 --> 00:58:32.160
  • and when did it--you know, I'm sure that's
  • 00:58:32.170 --> 00:58:34.200
  • a pretty interesting story too.
  • 00:58:34.210 --> 00:58:36.140
  • Yeah, it is a great story.
  • 00:58:36.150 --> 00:58:38.090
  • I mean, I was, like I say, a missionary in Brazil.
  • 00:58:38.100 --> 00:58:41.200
  • I had one book published prior to that,
  • 00:58:41.210 --> 00:58:44.270
  • and I was so excited that it got published that I contacted
  • 00:58:44.280 --> 00:58:48.280
  • the publisher, and I said, "I've got some more ideas."
  • 00:58:48.290 --> 00:58:51.240
  • And I was talking about those sermons.
  • 00:58:51.250 --> 00:58:53.140
  • And that particular publisher passed on it,
  • 00:58:53.150 --> 00:58:56.140
  • but another one said, "I will."
  • 00:58:56.150 --> 00:58:58.170
  • I wrote them, and they said they would,
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  • and they put me in touch with an editor
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  • by the name of Liz Heaney.
  • 00:59:03.070 --> 00:59:05.030
  • I swapped text messages with her just today
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  • because all these years later,
  • 00:59:07.230 --> 00:59:10.040
  • we're working on book number 34.
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  • It's been--she'd been-- we've had the same editor
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  • all these years later.
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  • Pastor Max, you have been a part of our family
  • 00:59:16.150 --> 00:59:20.000
  • since the mid-'80s.
  • 00:59:20.010 --> 00:59:21.180
  • You didn't know us, we didn't know you,
  • 00:59:21.190 --> 00:59:24.040
  • you didn't know who we were, but we were given your books,
  • 00:59:24.050 --> 00:59:28.210
  • and we were engaged in the way that you were helping us
  • 00:59:28.220 --> 00:59:33.030
  • understand from all those years ago.
  • 00:59:33.040 --> 00:59:34.290
  • And your books were given to us all the way back
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  • into the first parts of our marriage.
  • 00:59:38.120 --> 00:59:41.060
  • And to think that all these years later,
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  • we're sitting here in Jerusalem in front of an empty tomb,
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  • talking about a book that impacted us.
  • 00:59:46.210 --> 00:59:49.270
  • What a perfect evening for Laurie and I
  • 00:59:49.280 --> 00:59:54.000
  • to sit with Pastor Max Lucado.
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  • And you know, "No Wonder They Called Him the Savior."
  • 00:59:55.270 --> 01:00:00.210
  • What an amazing evening,
  • 01:00:00.220 --> 01:00:03.180
  • what an amazing title for this special.
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  • Thank you for being--
  • 01:00:05.160 --> 01:00:07.240
  • Well, I hope you know how much I love you both.
  • 01:00:07.250 --> 01:00:09.200
  • How proud of you I am, how optimistic I am about TBN
  • 01:00:09.210 --> 01:00:15.130
  • and the impact it's going to have in changing the world.
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  • When I survey the wondrous cross
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  • On which the prince of glory died
  • 01:00:30.110 --> 01:00:39.060
  • My richest gain I count but loss
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  • And pour contempt on all my pride
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  • See from his head
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  • His hands, his feet
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  • Sorrow and love
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  • Flow mingled down
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  • Did ever such love and sorrow meet
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  • Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
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  • O the wonderful cross
  • 01:01:48.040 --> 01:01:52.100
  • O the wonderful cross
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  • Bids me come and die
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  • And find that I may truly live
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  • O the wonderful cross
  • 01:02:08.240 --> 01:02:12.260
  • O the wonderful cross
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  • All who gather here by grace draw near
  • 01:02:19.000 --> 01:02:24.150
  • And bless your name
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  • Were the whole realm of nature mine, let's sing.
  • 01:02:28.080 --> 01:02:30.240
  • Were the whole realm of nature mine
  • 01:02:30.250 --> 01:02:39.000
  • That were an offering far too small
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  • Love so amazing
  • 01:02:49.240 --> 01:02:51.040
  • Love so amazing
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  • So divine
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  • It demands my soul
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  • My life, my all
  • 01:03:05.140 --> 01:03:11.070
  • O the wonderful cross
  • 01:03:11.080 --> 01:03:15.180
  • O the wonderful cross
  • 01:03:16.100 --> 01:03:21.110
  • Bids me come and die
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  • And find that I may truly live
  • 01:03:24.240 --> 01:03:31.290
  • O the wonderful cross
  • 01:03:32.000 --> 01:03:36.170
  • O the wonderful cross
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  • All who gather here by grace draw near
  • 01:03:42.130 --> 01:03:47.270
  • And bless your name
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  • I just want to hear your voices sing.
  • 01:03:50.140 --> 01:03:52.290
  • O the wonderful cross
  • 01:03:53.000 --> 01:03:57.040
  • O the wonderful cross
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  • Bids me come and die
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  • And find that I may truly live
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  • One more time, sing it out, give thanks.
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  • O the wonderful cross
  • 01:04:14.040 --> 01:04:18.020
  • O the wonderful cross
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  • Bids me come and die
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  • And find that I may truly live
  • 01:04:27.160 --> 01:04:33.010
  • [audience cheering]
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  • When Jesus was about to be crucified, he told Peter,
  • 01:04:47.070 --> 01:04:50.070
  • "You will deny me three times
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  • before the rooster crows tonight."
  • 01:04:51.270 --> 01:04:54.080
  • Peter said, "No way, Jesus, I'm your most faithful disciple.
  • 01:04:54.090 --> 01:04:57.200
  • "I'm going to stick with you through thick and thin
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  • to the very end."
  • 01:05:00.090 --> 01:05:01.260
  • They arrested Jesus while Peter stood by and watched.
  • 01:05:01.270 --> 01:05:05.070
  • A young girl came up and pointed to him,
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  • and said, "That's one of his followers.
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  • I've seen him with Jesus."
  • 01:05:09.130 --> 01:05:11.110
  • Peter said, "No, you must be mistaken.
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  • I don't know the man."
  • 01:05:13.180 --> 01:05:15.020
  • He denied him. This happened a second time.
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  • Peter said the same thing.
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  • On the third time,
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  • the young lady was very emphatic.
  • 01:05:21.060 --> 01:05:22.240
  • She said to the guards,
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  • "I know this man is one of his followers.
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  • I'm certain that I've seen him with Jesus."
  • 01:05:25.250 --> 01:05:28.140
  • And Peter got so upset, he began to curse and swear.
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  • "You don't know what you're talking about.
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  • I've never seen this man before."
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  • Right on cue, the rooster crowed.
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  • Jesus looked over at Peter, their eyes met.
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  • You could imagine how Peter felt.
  • 01:05:41.220 --> 01:05:44.010
  • When Jesus needed him the most,
  • 01:05:44.020 --> 01:05:46.110
  • when he was in his lowest moment,
  • 01:05:46.120 --> 01:05:48.130
  • if he ever needed a friend to stick up for him,
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  • it would've been then.
  • 01:05:50.260 --> 01:05:52.160
  • But Peter didn't do it.
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  • The Scripture says Peter walked away and wept bitterly.
  • 01:05:54.000 --> 01:05:57.190
  • He was ashamed, no doubt beating himself up,
  • 01:05:57.200 --> 01:06:01.000
  • thinking, "What's wrong with me?
  • 01:06:01.010 --> 01:06:02.150
  • How could I be such a coward?"
  • 01:06:02.160 --> 01:06:04.160
  • Wasn't long after that that they crucified Jesus.
  • 01:06:04.170 --> 01:06:07.260
  • Peter never had a chance to make things right,
  • 01:06:07.270 --> 01:06:10.220
  • never had a chance to say,
  • 01:06:10.230 --> 01:06:12.110
  • "Sorry, Jesus, I blew it, I chickened out.
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  • I promise you you can count on me the next time."
  • 01:06:14.250 --> 01:06:17.080
  • Peter had to carry this guilt, this heaviness of betraying
  • 01:06:17.090 --> 01:06:21.000
  • his friend, the Messiah whom he dearly loved.
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  • We've all made mistakes.
  • 01:06:24.160 --> 01:06:26.050
  • We've all failed,
  • 01:06:26.060 --> 01:06:27.240
  • but none of us have failed as big as Peter.
  • 01:06:27.250 --> 01:06:30.090
  • None of us have denied Christ
  • 01:06:30.100 --> 01:06:32.050
  • when he needed us the most,
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  • when he was about to be crucified.
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  • You would think that Peter would miss his destiny.
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  • Surely God wouldn't have anything to do with him.
  • 01:06:39.120 --> 01:06:42.110
  • No, when you make mistakes,
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  • God doesn't turn away from you,
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  • he turns to you.
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  • He doesn't love you less, he loves you so much
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  • that he comes after you.
  • 01:06:50.160 --> 01:06:52.090
  • They crucified Jesus on Friday.
  • 01:06:52.100 --> 01:06:55.100
  • On Sunday morning, two women went to the tomb
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  • to check on his body.
  • 01:06:58.030 --> 01:06:59.280
  • They noticed the stone was rolled away.
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  • They walked in and Jesus wasn't there.
  • 01:07:02.130 --> 01:07:04.260
  • An angel appeared and said, "Don't be afraid.
  • 01:07:04.270 --> 01:07:07.210
  • "Jesus is not here, he has risen.
  • 01:07:07.220 --> 01:07:10.130
  • Now, go tell his disciples and Peter that he is alive."
  • 01:07:10.140 --> 01:07:15.210
  • Of all the people in the world that God could've mentioned
  • 01:07:15.220 --> 01:07:18.090
  • at that historic moment, the only one
  • 01:07:18.100 --> 01:07:20.220
  • he specifically pointed out was Peter.
  • 01:07:20.230 --> 01:07:23.210
  • He was saying, "Peter, I know you think I'm disappointed
  • 01:07:23.220 --> 01:07:26.080
  • "in you, that I'll never have anything to do with you,
  • 01:07:26.090 --> 01:07:29.140
  • "but Peter, that's not who I am.
  • 01:07:29.150 --> 01:07:31.140
  • "I'm the God of another chance.
  • 01:07:31.150 --> 01:07:33.230
  • "When you fall, I come running to you.
  • 01:07:33.240 --> 01:07:36.080
  • When you turn your back on me, I don't turn my back on you."
  • 01:07:36.090 --> 01:07:39.250
  • On this Resurrection Sunday, God says to all the people
  • 01:07:39.260 --> 01:07:43.250
  • that have fallen, people that have made mistakes,
  • 01:07:43.260 --> 01:07:46.230
  • "I'm not only alive, but I still love you.
  • 01:07:46.240 --> 01:07:50.040
  • "I still believe in you.
  • 01:07:50.050 --> 01:07:51.240
  • "If you'll let go of the guilt, move forward,
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  • I'll still get you to where you're supposed to be."
  • 01:07:54.130 --> 01:07:57.150
  • Now, you've got to do your part and receive God's mercy.
  • 01:07:57.160 --> 01:08:01.140
  • If Peter would've listened to the accusing voices,
  • 01:08:01.150 --> 01:08:04.110
  • gone around beating himself up, replaying all the times
  • 01:08:04.120 --> 01:08:07.160
  • that he failed, he would've gotten stuck where he was.
  • 01:08:07.170 --> 01:08:11.010
  • But I can imagine when he heard Mary say,
  • 01:08:11.020 --> 01:08:13.130
  • "Peter, the angel said specifically to tell you
  • 01:08:13.140 --> 01:08:16.290
  • that Jesus is alive," he said, "You mean he called my name?"
  • 01:08:17.000 --> 01:08:21.090
  • And she said, "Yes, he said, 'Tell Peter.'"
  • 01:08:21.100 --> 01:08:23.290
  • Something came alive on the inside.
  • 01:08:24.000 --> 01:08:26.240
  • Peter shook off the guilt, shook off the self-pity.
  • 01:08:26.250 --> 01:08:29.280
  • Said, "I may have blown it in the past,
  • 01:08:29.290 --> 01:08:32.050
  • "but that doesn't have to stop my future.
  • 01:08:32.060 --> 01:08:34.100
  • I'm still going to become who God's created me to be."
  • 01:08:34.110 --> 01:08:38.060
  • Not long after that, Peter stepped up to minister.
  • 01:08:38.070 --> 01:08:41.140
  • Three thousand people came to know the Lord,
  • 01:08:41.150 --> 01:08:43.220
  • the most ever recorded in the Scripture.
  • 01:08:43.230 --> 01:08:46.100
  • Would've never happened if he didn't understand
  • 01:08:46.110 --> 01:08:48.290
  • this principle.
  • 01:08:49.000 --> 01:08:50.130
  • God doesn't write us off
  • 01:08:50.140 --> 01:08:51.280
  • because we've made mistakes.
  • 01:08:51.290 --> 01:08:53.260
  • God doesn't cancel our destiny
  • 01:08:53.270 --> 01:08:55.260
  • because we've taken a few detours.
  • 01:08:55.270 --> 01:08:58.050
  • Maybe you're down on yourself today
  • 01:08:58.060 --> 01:09:00.050
  • because you're not where you want to be,
  • 01:09:00.060 --> 01:09:02.020
  • you've made mistakes,
  • 01:09:02.030 --> 01:09:03.240
  • now you're letting the guilt weight you down.
  • 01:09:03.250 --> 01:09:06.060
  • The heaviness is keeping you from God's best.
  • 01:09:06.070 --> 01:09:08.170
  • But just like God specifically called
  • 01:09:08.180 --> 01:09:11.040
  • Peter's name, he's calling your name.
  • 01:09:11.050 --> 01:09:14.030
  • He's saying, "Tell John, tell William, tell Maria,
  • 01:09:14.040 --> 01:09:17.050
  • "tell Susan that I've forgiven them.
  • 01:09:17.060 --> 01:09:19.180
  • "I'm not disappointed in them.
  • 01:09:19.190 --> 01:09:21.210
  • "I'm not withholding my blessing.
  • 01:09:21.220 --> 01:09:23.200
  • I have something amazing in their future."
  • 01:09:23.210 --> 01:09:26.100
  • God is calling your name.
  • 01:09:26.110 --> 01:09:28.150
  • He's running towards you.
  • 01:09:28.160 --> 01:09:30.020
  • Why don't you accept his forgiveness?
  • 01:09:30.030 --> 01:09:32.060
  • Why don't you shake off the guilt,
  • 01:09:32.070 --> 01:09:33.270
  • believe that you can still become everything
  • 01:09:33.280 --> 01:09:36.210
  • God's created you to be?
  • 01:09:36.220 --> 01:09:39.020
  • Hey, Matt, and Laurie, and TBN family,
  • 01:09:40.210 --> 01:09:43.050
  • I'm Steven Curtis Chapman.
  • 01:09:43.060 --> 01:09:44.230
  • And what an amazing, incredible day this is,
  • 01:09:44.240 --> 01:09:48.060
  • the day that we celebrate the hope that we have
  • 01:09:48.070 --> 01:09:51.150
  • in a resurrected Savior in Jesus conquering death,
  • 01:09:51.160 --> 01:09:57.020
  • conquering the grave, a reality and a truth that I embraced
  • 01:09:57.030 --> 01:10:01.120
  • and embraced me when I was about 8 years old
  • 01:10:01.130 --> 01:10:03.120
  • as a little boy growing up in Kentucky.
  • 01:10:03.130 --> 01:10:05.130
  • But a truth that about 8 or 9 years ago
  • 01:10:05.140 --> 01:10:08.110
  • became exponentially more real and more important in my life
  • 01:10:08.120 --> 01:10:12.140
  • as my youngest daughter went to be with Jesus.
  • 01:10:12.150 --> 01:10:16.060
  • And that first Easter, I will never forget how much more
  • 01:10:16.070 --> 01:10:21.250
  • the hope that we have that we celebrate this day came alive
  • 01:10:21.260 --> 01:10:26.190
  • in my heart because it's real, it's true.
  • 01:10:26.200 --> 01:10:28.260
  • Eternity is real.
  • 01:10:28.270 --> 01:10:30.110
  • There is a home that we were created for that Jesus
  • 01:10:30.120 --> 01:10:34.100
  • has gone to prepare for us.
  • 01:10:34.110 --> 01:10:36.180
  • And our way of being there with him is through the fact
  • 01:10:36.190 --> 01:10:41.120
  • that he conquered death, and he conquered the grave,
  • 01:10:41.130 --> 01:10:43.090
  • and we have that hope.
  • 01:10:43.100 --> 01:10:44.240
  • My prayer is that that hope will embrace you,
  • 01:10:44.250 --> 01:10:47.200
  • and you will embrace it fully this day and every day.
  • 01:10:47.210 --> 01:10:51.040
  • God bless you.
  • 01:10:51.050 --> 01:10:53.000
  • As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus,
  • 01:10:54.250 --> 01:10:57.160
  • the greatest miracle of all time,
  • 01:10:57.170 --> 01:10:59.180
  • I want to encourage you that you are in the midst
  • 01:10:59.190 --> 01:11:02.200
  • of a miracle right now.
  • 01:11:02.210 --> 01:11:04.150
  • You may not see it yet, but God does.
  • 01:11:04.160 --> 01:11:07.090
  • So, let your hope soar to heavenly heights.
  • 01:11:07.100 --> 01:11:09.250
  • Wherever you are in life, your miracle is on its way.
  • 01:11:09.260 --> 01:11:13.190
  • The Bible says that when Jesus walked the earth,
  • 01:11:13.200 --> 01:11:16.050
  • he went about teaching, preaching,
  • 01:11:16.060 --> 01:11:18.060
  • and doing miracles.
  • 01:11:18.070 --> 01:11:20.070
  • Can you imagine watching those miracles take place,
  • 01:11:20.080 --> 01:11:22.270
  • seeing someone you know who had been lame since childhood
  • 01:11:22.280 --> 01:11:25.280
  • get up and walk?
  • 01:11:25.290 --> 01:11:27.260
  • Your neighbor's little girl, once on the brink of death,
  • 01:11:27.270 --> 01:11:30.260
  • now running and playing in her backyard.
  • 01:11:30.270 --> 01:11:32.280
  • Your uncle, who suffered with migraines for years,
  • 01:11:32.290 --> 01:11:35.230
  • completely free from pain.
  • 01:11:35.240 --> 01:11:38.090
  • Seeing them right before your very eyes,
  • 01:11:38.100 --> 01:11:40.280
  • the God of miracles walking in your midst.
  • 01:11:40.290 --> 01:11:43.280
  • Many people saw the miracles Jesus performed.
  • 01:11:43.290 --> 01:11:48.000
  • And yet, not all who saw believed.
  • 01:11:48.010 --> 01:11:50.240
  • For as long as they could remember,
  • 01:11:50.250 --> 01:11:52.210
  • they had prayed and waited for the Messiah,
  • 01:11:52.220 --> 01:11:55.050
  • the Savior to show up on the scene.
  • 01:11:55.060 --> 01:11:57.120
  • But when he arrived, many were blinded to his coming.
  • 01:11:57.130 --> 01:12:01.040
  • They didn't recognize the promise in front of them.
  • 01:12:01.050 --> 01:12:04.020
  • Seeing, they did not see.
  • 01:12:04.030 --> 01:12:06.090
  • They couldn't look past the natural to recognize
  • 01:12:06.100 --> 01:12:09.140
  • the supernatural at work.
  • 01:12:09.150 --> 01:12:11.140
  • One of my favorite things about Easter is the colorful
  • 01:12:11.150 --> 01:12:14.200
  • spring flowers that begin to appear around this time.
  • 01:12:14.210 --> 01:12:18.050
  • I just can't wait for them to show their long-awaited faces.
  • 01:12:18.060 --> 01:12:21.240
  • Winter has finally moved on, and the beauty that was hidden
  • 01:12:21.250 --> 01:12:25.120
  • under the earth begins to emerge.
  • 01:12:25.130 --> 01:12:27.280
  • Something new is taking place.
  • 01:12:27.290 --> 01:12:30.130
  • What once seemed barren now springs forth.
  • 01:12:30.140 --> 01:12:33.210
  • Though everything looked dead to the naked eye,
  • 01:12:33.220 --> 01:12:36.070
  • the seeds were in the ground all along.
  • 01:12:36.080 --> 01:12:38.270
  • Through the cold and the bleak, the miracle of new life
  • 01:12:38.280 --> 01:12:42.190
  • was just a season away.
  • 01:12:42.200 --> 01:12:44.220
  • Doesn't it make you wonder what God might be doing
  • 01:12:44.230 --> 01:12:47.240
  • in this season of your life?
  • 01:12:47.250 --> 01:12:49.230
  • We may not see the fullness of a miracle we've been believing
  • 01:12:49.240 --> 01:12:52.160
  • for yet, but the God of miracles is at work.
  • 01:12:52.170 --> 01:12:56.060
  • It's about to spring forth.
  • 01:12:56.070 --> 01:12:58.060
  • The twists and turns of life can blind you from what God
  • 01:12:58.070 --> 01:13:01.240
  • is doing in your midst.
  • 01:13:01.250 --> 01:13:03.210
  • Things don't go as you expected.
  • 01:13:03.220 --> 01:13:05.200
  • What you've been waiting for doesn't seem to be happening.
  • 01:13:05.210 --> 01:13:08.210
  • Our eyes can become so focused on the problem that we miss
  • 01:13:08.220 --> 01:13:12.190
  • the miracle taking place right in the middle of the mess.
  • 01:13:12.200 --> 01:13:16.120
  • Today, I believe God is saying the seeds of your breakthrough
  • 01:13:16.130 --> 01:13:20.120
  • have already been planted.
  • 01:13:20.130 --> 01:13:22.080
  • Get ready.
  • 01:13:22.090 --> 01:13:23.260
  • Though the winter may have been long,
  • 01:13:23.270 --> 01:13:25.190
  • spring is coming.
  • 01:13:25.200 --> 01:13:27.060
  • Do you see it?
  • 01:13:27.070 --> 01:13:28.200
  • "I'm doing a new thing," he says.
  • 01:13:28.210 --> 01:13:30.090
  • "Look up, your miracle is at hand."
  • 01:13:30.100 --> 01:13:32.220
  • The God of miracles is in your midst.
  • 01:13:32.230 --> 01:13:35.030
  • You may be waiting on a good report from the doctor,
  • 01:13:35.040 --> 01:13:37.280
  • but look up and see that Jesus the healer
  • 01:13:37.290 --> 01:13:41.000
  • has been holding your hand,
  • 01:13:41.010 --> 01:13:42.140
  • walking with you.
  • 01:13:42.150 --> 01:13:44.030
  • You may be praying for a new job,
  • 01:13:44.040 --> 01:13:46.030
  • but look up and see that Jesus the provider
  • 01:13:46.040 --> 01:13:49.220
  • has been taking care of your family.
  • 01:13:49.230 --> 01:13:52.030
  • You may be disappointed
  • 01:13:52.040 --> 01:13:53.140
  • in a loss of a relationship,
  • 01:13:53.150 --> 01:13:55.090
  • but look up and see that Jesus the redeemer
  • 01:13:55.100 --> 01:13:58.000
  • has something better in store.
  • 01:13:58.010 --> 01:13:59.290
  • You may be facing a mountain of debt,
  • 01:14:00.020 --> 01:14:02.070
  • but look up and see that Jesus the mountain-mover
  • 01:14:02.080 --> 01:14:06.040
  • wants to show you how to get to the other side.
  • 01:14:06.050 --> 01:14:08.210
  • God wants to open your eyes to see the miracle in your midst.
  • 01:14:08.220 --> 01:14:13.040
  • When you're tempted to look at a situation through the eyes
  • 01:14:13.050 --> 01:14:16.080
  • of fear, open up God's Word and practice seeing
  • 01:14:16.090 --> 01:14:19.190
  • with the eyes of faith.
  • 01:14:19.200 --> 01:14:21.280
  • The same God who did miracles in the past is still
  • 01:14:21.290 --> 01:14:25.110
  • doing them today.
  • 01:14:25.120 --> 01:14:26.220
  • The same God who parted the Red Sea
  • 01:14:26.230 --> 01:14:28.170
  • for the children of Israel
  • 01:14:28.180 --> 01:14:30.030
  • will make a way where there seems to be no way in your life.
  • 01:14:30.040 --> 01:14:33.240
  • The same God who fed a crowd of over 5.000 by multiplying
  • 01:14:33.250 --> 01:14:38.170
  • a boy's lunch will be faithful to multiply your resources.
  • 01:14:38.180 --> 01:14:43.050
  • He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
  • 01:14:43.060 --> 01:14:46.060
  • His promises haven't changed, and neither has his power.
  • 01:14:46.070 --> 01:14:49.200
  • So, don't let go of those prayers.
  • 01:14:49.210 --> 01:14:51.190
  • Don't lose hope.
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  • The Bible says that he is the God who brings the dead
  • 01:14:53.170 --> 01:14:56.150
  • back to life, and who creates new things out of nothing.
  • 01:14:56.160 --> 01:15:00.130
  • Those dreams that have been buried in your heart,
  • 01:15:00.140 --> 01:15:02.220
  • those areas where you have lost all hope,
  • 01:15:02.230 --> 01:15:04.270
  • he wants to breathe new life in them today.
  • 01:15:04.280 --> 01:15:07.110
  • He wants you to recognize that he is in the middle
  • 01:15:07.120 --> 01:15:09.240
  • of your situation right now.
  • 01:15:09.250 --> 01:15:12.080
  • The Bible says that Jesus saw, and he had compassion
  • 01:15:12.090 --> 01:15:16.020
  • on those who needed a touch from him.
  • 01:15:16.030 --> 01:15:18.130
  • Right now, he sees you.
  • 01:15:18.140 --> 01:15:20.080
  • He has not passed you by.
  • 01:15:20.090 --> 01:15:22.040
  • He knows what is going on in your life and the season
  • 01:15:22.050 --> 01:15:25.010
  • you've been walking through.
  • 01:15:25.020 --> 01:15:26.250
  • He knows the dreams in your heart that no one else knows.
  • 01:15:26.260 --> 01:15:30.120
  • He knows the prayers that you've prayed,
  • 01:15:30.130 --> 01:15:32.160
  • and he is working behind the scenes.
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  • Have faith, my friend.
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  • The God who brings the dead things back to life
  • 01:15:35.250 --> 01:15:39.050
  • has not forgotten you.
  • 01:15:39.060 --> 01:15:40.160
  • In fact, he sent his Son Jesus to knock at the door
  • 01:15:40.170 --> 01:15:43.230
  • of your heart.
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  • Will you answer?
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  • I invite you to acknowledge the Savior in your midst.
  • 01:15:46.180 --> 01:15:49.220
  • His power is already at work.
  • 01:15:49.230 --> 01:15:52.000
  • Rather than being like those who saw with their eyes
  • 01:15:52.010 --> 01:15:55.000
  • and didn't believe, let's be like those who believed
  • 01:15:55.010 --> 01:15:58.000
  • before they saw.
  • 01:15:58.010 --> 01:15:59.150
  • Let's praise him when
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  • the frost is still on the ground,
  • 01:16:01.060 --> 01:16:02.170
  • and there is no life visible to the eye,
  • 01:16:02.180 --> 01:16:04.270
  • praise him when the bill is still on your desk
  • 01:16:04.280 --> 01:16:07.210
  • and you don't know
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  • if there's a check in the mail.
  • 01:16:09.090 --> 01:16:10.190
  • Praise him when the report isn't positive
  • 01:16:10.200 --> 01:16:13.150
  • and the doctor's appointment
  • 01:16:13.160 --> 01:16:15.040
  • is still on the calendar.
  • 01:16:15.050 --> 01:16:16.170
  • Praise him when your family member hasn't turned their life
  • 01:16:16.180 --> 01:16:18.200
  • around, and doesn't show signs of wanting to.
  • 01:16:18.210 --> 01:16:21.050
  • Praise him.
  • 01:16:21.060 --> 01:16:22.210
  • See past the natural, and believe that
  • 01:16:22.220 --> 01:16:24.200
  • God's supernatural power is at work.
  • 01:16:24.210 --> 01:16:27.090
  • No matter what your life looks like right now,
  • 01:16:27.100 --> 01:16:29.250
  • rest in his promises.
  • 01:16:29.260 --> 01:16:31.190
  • Allow faith and patience to quiet your heart.
  • 01:16:31.200 --> 01:16:34.130
  • Put your confidence and hope in him
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  • because he who promised is faithful.
  • 01:16:36.210 --> 01:16:39.110
  • Stand in agreement with his Word,
  • 01:16:39.120 --> 01:16:41.040
  • and watch him work wonders in your life.
  • 01:16:41.050 --> 01:16:43.130
  • Psalms 77:14 says, "He is the God who performs
  • 01:16:43.140 --> 01:16:47.110
  • miracles and displays his power among us."
  • 01:16:47.120 --> 01:16:50.170
  • Want to see a miracle today?
  • 01:16:50.180 --> 01:16:52.120
  • Take a look in the mirror because your heavenly Father
  • 01:16:52.130 --> 01:16:55.080
  • is putting his power on display in you.
  • 01:16:55.090 --> 01:16:58.070
  • My prayer is that your eyes of faith would be open to see
  • 01:16:58.080 --> 01:17:01.170
  • the Lord at work in you, that you would trust in
  • 01:17:01.180 --> 01:17:04.190
  • his goodness and faithfulness in every season.
  • 01:17:04.200 --> 01:17:07.150
  • He is working on your behalf.
  • 01:17:07.160 --> 01:17:09.170
  • Let his joy fill your heart this Easter
  • 01:17:09.180 --> 01:17:12.150
  • as you put your hope in him.
  • 01:17:12.160 --> 01:17:14.160
  • The God of miracles is in your midst.
  • 01:17:14.170 --> 01:17:17.190
  • 01:17:18.200 --> 01:17:28.200
  • 01:17:35.100 --> 01:17:45.100
  • What better location could we have come to tell you the story
  • 01:17:52.200 --> 01:17:56.180
  • of what we believe?
  • 01:17:56.190 --> 01:17:58.180
  • We're sitting here on a beautiful Jerusalem evening.
  • 01:17:58.190 --> 01:18:01.290
  • We're looking over our shoulder at the empty tomb,
  • 01:18:02.000 --> 01:18:05.240
  • and we welcome you to understand that.
  • 01:18:05.250 --> 01:18:08.010
  • Joel, just in this little segment,
  • 01:18:08.020 --> 01:18:10.180
  • I was sitting there thinking,
  • 01:18:10.190 --> 01:18:12.150
  • when was there a time in your life
  • 01:18:12.160 --> 01:18:16.060
  • that this victory had to come from a place of defeat?
  • 01:18:16.070 --> 01:18:20.260
  • You know, when was there a time, you know,
  • 01:18:20.270 --> 01:18:22.230
  • that you had to preach to yourself, let's say?
  • 01:18:22.240 --> 01:18:27.060
  • Because there's people all over the world
  • 01:18:27.070 --> 01:18:28.270
  • that are watching right now.
  • 01:18:28.280 --> 01:18:31.060
  • And love to have that, and then just love for you to pray
  • 01:18:31.070 --> 01:18:33.050
  • for the people around the world, that'd be awesome.
  • 01:18:33.060 --> 01:18:34.240
  • (Joel) I would love to, Matt.
  • 01:18:34.250 --> 01:18:36.110
  • You know, there were several.
  • 01:18:36.120 --> 01:18:38.000
  • Of course my mom being diagnosed with cancer,
  • 01:18:38.010 --> 01:18:39.190
  • that was a tough one.
  • 01:18:39.200 --> 01:18:41.020
  • Then when my dad passed.
  • 01:18:41.030 --> 01:18:42.130
  • But I think more--a little more recent is even when we
  • 01:18:42.140 --> 01:18:44.270
  • were dealing with the Compaq Center.
  • 01:18:44.280 --> 01:18:46.190
  • I mean, all the odds were against us.
  • 01:18:46.200 --> 01:18:48.090
  • It seemed like Friday, we didn't have enough votes trying to get
  • 01:18:48.100 --> 01:18:51.190
  • the facility back at home in Houston.
  • 01:18:51.200 --> 01:18:53.240
  • And just, you know, we could have easily just said,
  • 01:18:53.250 --> 01:18:56.020
  • "You know, God, where were you?"
  • 01:18:56.030 --> 01:18:57.210
  • kind of like Jesus in the garden in a sense.
  • 01:18:57.220 --> 01:18:59.200
  • Just we feel overwhelmed,
  • 01:18:59.210 --> 01:19:01.120
  • it doesn't look like it's going to work out.
  • 01:19:01.130 --> 01:19:02.260
  • But again, God controls the whole universe.
  • 01:19:02.270 --> 01:19:06.010
  • There's nothing you're facing that's a surprise to him.
  • 01:19:06.020 --> 01:19:08.120
  • And the Scripture says when we believe,
  • 01:19:08.130 --> 01:19:10.080
  • all things are possible.
  • 01:19:10.090 --> 01:19:11.280
  • And so, we chose to have that attitude of faith,
  • 01:19:11.290 --> 01:19:14.090
  • not knowing how it would work out.
  • 01:19:14.100 --> 01:19:15.290
  • But at the last moment, you know,
  • 01:19:16.000 --> 01:19:17.180
  • God caused the council members to change their mind
  • 01:19:17.190 --> 01:19:19.030
  • and to vote for us.
  • 01:19:19.040 --> 01:19:20.190
  • But I'd love to take a moment to pray.
  • 01:19:20.200 --> 01:19:22.140
  • Lord, you know every person that's watching right now.
  • 01:19:22.150 --> 01:19:25.210
  • I believe you have them in the palm of your hand.
  • 01:19:25.220 --> 01:19:28.180
  • And Lord, you said you hold victory in store for
  • 01:19:28.190 --> 01:19:30.270
  • the upright, that no weapon formed against us will prosper.
  • 01:19:30.280 --> 01:19:34.180
  • So, I thank you that even tonight,
  • 01:19:34.190 --> 01:19:36.110
  • the tide of the battle is beginning to turn in your favor.
  • 01:19:36.120 --> 01:19:39.260
  • Thank you, Lord, that healing is flowing into those that need it,
  • 01:19:39.270 --> 01:19:42.260
  • restoration of relationship.
  • 01:19:42.270 --> 01:19:44.280
  • Lord, I just pray for joy, for peace,
  • 01:19:44.290 --> 01:19:47.260
  • for favor, for victory, for just breathing new life
  • 01:19:47.270 --> 01:19:51.040
  • into their dreams right now, in Jesus' name.
  • 01:19:51.050 --> 01:19:53.200
  • So good.
  • 01:19:53.210 --> 01:19:55.080
  • God is a faithful God, he really is.
  • 01:19:55.090 --> 01:19:56.270
  • And you know, it's funny 'cause you asked Joel,
  • 01:19:56.280 --> 01:19:58.240
  • you know, when are those times you preached to yourself?
  • 01:19:58.250 --> 01:20:01.150
  • But I really think every day, you preach to yourself
  • 01:20:01.160 --> 01:20:03.240
  • because you have to live this message.
  • 01:20:03.250 --> 01:20:06.090
  • You know, you can't just hear it once and say,
  • 01:20:06.100 --> 01:20:08.170
  • "Okay, that's it."
  • 01:20:08.180 --> 01:20:10.000
  • You know, the faith comes by hearing,
  • 01:20:10.010 --> 01:20:12.010
  • and hearing, and hearing the Word of God.
  • 01:20:12.020 --> 01:20:14.010
  • And I know there's been many times that you probably get up
  • 01:20:14.020 --> 01:20:16.220
  • and look in the mirror, as I do, as we all do,
  • 01:20:16.230 --> 01:20:19.110
  • and we just have to decide that what God did,
  • 01:20:19.120 --> 01:20:21.170
  • we're going to believe today.
  • 01:20:21.180 --> 01:20:23.060
  • We're not basing our faith on the outcome.
  • 01:20:23.070 --> 01:20:25.070
  • We're basing our faith on God because we know
  • 01:20:25.080 --> 01:20:27.260
  • he's got the outcome.
  • 01:20:27.270 --> 01:20:29.190
  • And whatever that outcome is, it's going to be to our best
  • 01:20:29.200 --> 01:20:33.110
  • advantage, that God is going to always take care of us.
  • 01:20:33.120 --> 01:20:35.260
  • So, that's one thing we can rest assured of.
  • 01:20:35.270 --> 01:20:37.270
  • He is risen.
  • 01:20:37.280 --> 01:20:39.230
  • (all) He is risen indeed.
  • 01:20:39.240 --> 01:20:41.120
  • Encourage yourself in the Lord.
  • 01:20:41.130 --> 01:20:43.020
  • You know, taking that Scripture, encourage yourself.
  • 01:20:43.030 --> 01:20:46.040
  • Sometimes, you have to encourage yourself.
  • 01:20:46.050 --> 01:20:47.230
  • Sometimes, you have to pat yourself on your own back
  • 01:20:47.240 --> 01:20:50.170
  • and say, "You can do it," because God can do it
  • 01:20:50.180 --> 01:20:53.120
  • inside of you, you know?
  • 01:20:53.130 --> 01:20:55.070
  • You're not preaching to me right now, are you?
  • 01:20:55.080 --> 01:20:57.080
  • No, you encourage me some.
  • 01:20:57.090 --> 01:21:01.290
  • You know what?
  • 01:21:02.000 --> 01:21:03.110
  • What a perfect evening right here in Jerusalem, Israel.
  • 01:21:03.120 --> 01:21:05.120
  • If you just tuned in, this is a special that we're
  • 01:21:05.130 --> 01:21:07.250
  • putting together, "No Wonder They Call Him the Savior."
  • 01:21:07.260 --> 01:21:12.140
  • It was Sunday morning after the Friday execution.
  • 01:21:13.060 --> 01:21:15.220
  • The sky was dark, the disciples had scattered,
  • 01:21:15.230 --> 01:21:19.020
  • and the Roman executioner was wondering about breakfast,
  • 01:21:19.030 --> 01:21:22.100
  • or work, or his next day off.
  • 01:21:22.110 --> 01:21:24.160
  • But he was not wondering about the fella he had nailed
  • 01:21:24.170 --> 01:21:26.200
  • to the cross and pierced with a spear.
  • 01:21:26.210 --> 01:21:29.080
  • Jesus was dead and buried, yesterday's news, right?
  • 01:21:29.090 --> 01:21:32.240
  • Wrong.
  • 01:21:32.250 --> 01:21:34.160
  • God shook things up.
  • 01:21:34.170 --> 01:21:36.090
  • There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord
  • 01:21:36.100 --> 01:21:39.140
  • came down from heaven and, going to the tomb,
  • 01:21:39.150 --> 01:21:42.050
  • rolled back the stone and sat on it.
  • 01:21:42.060 --> 01:21:44.290
  • His appearance was like lightning,
  • 01:21:45.000 --> 01:21:47.270
  • and his clothes were white as snow.
  • 01:21:47.280 --> 01:21:51.010
  • The guards were so afraid of him that they shook
  • 01:21:51.020 --> 01:21:53.230
  • and became like dead men.
  • 01:21:53.240 --> 01:21:56.020
  • His followers would have come to this very place,
  • 01:21:56.030 --> 01:21:58.240
  • where many historians believe Jesus was buried,
  • 01:21:58.250 --> 01:22:01.140
  • in this grave.
  • 01:22:01.150 --> 01:22:03.080
  • They arrived early that Sunday, their arms full of spices
  • 01:22:03.090 --> 01:22:06.180
  • and perfumes to anoint the body.
  • 01:22:06.190 --> 01:22:08.270
  • But what they found is the substance
  • 01:22:08.280 --> 01:22:10.270
  • of Easter hope.
  • 01:22:10.280 --> 01:22:12.190
  • No stone in front of the grave,
  • 01:22:12.200 --> 01:22:14.200
  • no body within the tomb.
  • 01:22:14.210 --> 01:22:16.210
  • Instead, they found an angel clothed
  • 01:22:16.220 --> 01:22:18.250
  • in white, seated on the stone.
  • 01:22:18.260 --> 01:22:21.190
  • And according to the Gospel of Matthew,
  • 01:22:21.200 --> 01:22:23.220
  • the angel said, "He is not here,
  • 01:22:23.230 --> 01:22:26.110
  • "for he is risen as he said.
  • 01:22:26.120 --> 01:22:29.050
  • Come and see the place where the Lord lay."
  • 01:22:29.060 --> 01:22:32.180
  • And when they did,
  • 01:22:32.190 --> 01:22:33.290
  • they saw the first signs of the resurrection:
  • 01:22:34.000 --> 01:22:36.200
  • a vacant slab, an abandoned burial cloth,
  • 01:22:36.210 --> 01:22:40.120
  • a folded shroud, and a beaming angel.
  • 01:22:40.130 --> 01:22:43.280
  • And if you could examine the empty grave with him,
  • 01:22:43.290 --> 01:22:46.200
  • you'd find something else.
  • 01:22:46.210 --> 01:22:48.120
  • Languishing in the corner in the dust,
  • 01:22:48.130 --> 01:22:50.260
  • doomed to be sealed and buried forever,
  • 01:22:50.270 --> 01:22:53.210
  • are all the things you think you can't do,
  • 01:22:53.220 --> 01:22:57.010
  • your big stack of "I can'ts."
  • 01:22:57.020 --> 01:22:59.190
  • You see, God buried your "I can'ts"
  • 01:22:59.200 --> 01:23:02.090
  • in the grave with Christ, every last one of them.
  • 01:23:02.100 --> 01:23:05.270
  • You say you can't forgive someone,
  • 01:23:05.280 --> 01:23:07.290
  • you can't on your own, but with Christ you can.
  • 01:23:08.000 --> 01:23:10.240
  • Can't survive the struggle?
  • 01:23:10.250 --> 01:23:12.130
  • You can't on your own, but with Christ you can.
  • 01:23:12.140 --> 01:23:14.280
  • Can't hang on any longer?
  • 01:23:14.290 --> 01:23:16.160
  • Turn to Christ for help.
  • 01:23:16.170 --> 01:23:18.100
  • You see, the Scripture says God's power is very great
  • 01:23:18.110 --> 01:23:21.130
  • for us who believe.
  • 01:23:21.140 --> 01:23:23.040
  • That power is the same as the great strength
  • 01:23:23.050 --> 01:23:26.080
  • God used to raise Christ from the dead.
  • 01:23:26.090 --> 01:23:29.230
  • Yes, that same steely, burly force that raised Christ
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  • from the dead will turn your "I can'ts" into "I cans."
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  • I can do all things through Christ
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  • because he gives me strength.
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  • You see, with Christ, you can face the struggles.
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  • You can set your mind on the joy that awaits you.
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  • With Christ, you can endure the silence of Saturday.
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  • You can be patient, and Christ will come.
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  • With Christ, you can celebrate on Sunday.
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  • And the same power that defeated his death will give you life.
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  • Have you asked for it?
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  • Have you asked God to help you?
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  • He will.
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  • He will give you strength in this life,
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  • and eternal joy in the next.
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  • All you need to do is ask him.
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  • Make this prayer a part of your Easter celebration.
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  • Dear God, without you, I can't solve my problems,
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  • remove my sins, or go to heaven.
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  • But with you, I can.
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  • I ask you to help me, cleanse me,
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  • and save me.
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  • In Jesus' name, amen.
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  • We are in Jerusalem, Israel, and we are celebrating
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  • Easter, resurrection.
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  • It's called different things different places
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  • around the world.
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  • Wherever you're watching around the world,
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  • we've done--you know, I think what we've done is we've kind
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  • of told the story of what it is that we believe.
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  • We are--we are, you know, talking from a place of victory.
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  • I love that analogy that when you know who won,
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  • you don't sweat, you know, getting upset.
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  • You enjoy watching the game, and you know,
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  • you're just--we're not fighting for victory anymore,
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  • we're fighting from victory, that we--nothing I do,
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  • nothing I say, you know, is going to finish
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  • the work of the cross.
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  • It's finished.
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  • He said it himself, it's finished.
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  • We talked about two big themes.
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  • There is a cradle, a cross, and an empty tomb.
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  • And so, we're ending this, you know,
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  • part of this segment in front of the empty tomb.
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  • And we're in Jerusalem, Israel.
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  • Pastor Max, look, someone has maybe stayed with us
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  • the--something has attracted them about this broadcast.
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  • The--you know, maybe there's a lot more people that are
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  • viewing during this time because Christianity is
  • 01:25:52.250 --> 01:25:58.060
  • kind of on the front page of the newspapers
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  • during this time of the year.
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  • And it would be--you know, it would be an amazing thing
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  • for them to find what we're talking about,
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  • this resurrection power,
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  • this victory that we're talking about.
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  • They don't feel like that now.
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  • Would you just invite people to know what we're talking about?
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  • You know, we're not long on this earth before we realize
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  • we're all going to die.
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  • I know that's a sad thought.
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  • That's something that everybody tries to avoid.
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  • We take, you know, vitamins, and we try to stay healthy,
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  • and we work out.
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  • But you know what?
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  • No matter what you do, everybody dies.
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  • Unless Christ comes first, we all die.
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  • The only one to defeat that particular statement,
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  • the only exception is Jesus Christ.
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  • He died, but he rose from the dead.
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  • He rose from the dead triumphant over the powers of the grave.
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  • Had he done that just for himself,
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  • he would be worthy of worship.
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  • But my friend, he did that for you.
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  • He did that for you because he knew that you'd look
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  • in the mirror and you'd see more grey hair.
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  • He knew you'd look in the mirror and see a few more wrinkles.
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  • Or maybe he knew you'd go to the doctor and get a cancer report.
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  • And he wants to tell you he's defeated your death.
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  • He's defeated your death.
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  • And he promises to do for you what he did for Jesus Christ,
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  • and that is he will call you out of your grave.
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  • That's going to be the most amazing sight,
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  • the most amazing sound in all of history.
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  • And that is from the sea bottoms,
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  • to the tiniest cemeteries,
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  • to the most elaborate tombs.
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  • The world is going to give up the dead.
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  • Christ is going to call them forth,
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  • and we're going to stand
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  • before the judgment seat of Christ.
  • 01:27:46.100 --> 01:27:48.030
  • And some people will have never called upon him,
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  • and that moment will be a day of tragedy.
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  • But for those who have cast their hope with Christ,
  • 01:27:53.210 --> 01:27:56.160
  • who gave given their heart to Christ,
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  • they will see him as a friend, and he will welcome them,
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  • and he'll welcome you into eternal life.
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  • Just say yes to him, just say yes to him.
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  • He's asking you right now, say yes.
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  • It's a pretty simple equation.
  • 01:28:10.200 --> 01:28:12.090
  • He died on the cross for your sins.
  • 01:28:12.100 --> 01:28:13.230
  • He rose from the dead to show you that he's in control,
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  • and to show you that he can do it for you.
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  • Just ask him.
  • 01:28:18.090 --> 01:28:19.180
  • Just say a simple prayer like this one,
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  • "Lord, I receive you as my Savior.
  • 01:28:21.060 --> 01:28:23.220
  • "I accept you.
  • 01:28:23.230 --> 01:28:25.090
  • "I accept your forgiveness because I need forgiveness.
  • 01:28:25.100 --> 01:28:28.210
  • "And I trust you with my eternal destination.
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  • "I place my trust in you,
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  • in Jesus' name, amen."
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  • Amen, beautiful, beautiful.
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  • You know, I would just encourage you to realize what
  • 01:28:39.220 --> 01:28:42.140
  • Max said is that, you know, the same power that raised
  • 01:28:42.150 --> 01:28:45.010
  • Christ lives on the inside of you.
  • 01:28:45.020 --> 01:28:47.090
  • If you've received him into your life,
  • 01:28:47.100 --> 01:28:48.290
  • you have the power to overcome addictions,
  • 01:28:49.000 --> 01:28:51.150
  • to live a victorious life, to have health back in your body.
  • 01:28:51.160 --> 01:28:55.100
  • So, why don't you take that by faith today?
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  • Even I think having a can-do mentality,
  • 01:28:57.210 --> 01:29:00.210
  • along with that victory mentality,
  • 01:29:00.220 --> 01:29:02.090
  • not talking about what you can't do,
  • 01:29:02.100 --> 01:29:03.280
  • but talking about what you can do through Christ that lives
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  • on the inside of you.
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  • So, we're believing for each one of you to have this
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  • new beginning, to have a blessed resurrection day,
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  • and to see that your best days are still up ahead.
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  • Amen.
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