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Call Him Messiah

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December 19, 2019
27:30

Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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Call Him Messiah

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  • is the one where Christ is in its center.
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  • The greatest Christmas planning was God's on the very first,
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  • when God sent his Son to earth, the ultimate present
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Over the past several decades,
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  • our culture has become more and more interested
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  • in exploring where we came from.
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  • You probably even know someone who has completed
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  • one of those DNA ancestry tests.
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  • Why are we so interested in where we came from?
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  • Because we think it will give us insight into who we are now.
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  • What about Jesus?
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  • If his birth was the result of a miraculous pregnancy
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  • does his earthly genealogy really matter?
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  • What can his genealogy tell us about who he is and why he came?
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  • As it turns out, this record of Jesus's earthly ancestors
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  • is vital to understanding his place in God's redemptive story.
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  • I'm David Jeremiah,
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  • and in this special Christmas message,
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  • "Call Him Messiah," we're going to discover
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  • the deep meaning that's hidden
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  • in the branches of Jesus's family tree.
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  • I hope you'll join me for today's special
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  • Christmas edition of, "Turning Point."
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  • Today, our hearts rejoice in Him
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  • Today, the light of his birth fills us
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  • with hope and brings peace on earth
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  • Oh Jesus, born on this day
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  • he is our light and salvation
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  • Oh Jesus, born on this day
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  • he is the King of all nations
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  • Today, a child is born on earth
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  • He is light, he is love
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  • he is grace born on Christmas day
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  • He is light, he is love
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  • he is born on Christmas day
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  • He is light, he is love
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  • he is born on Christmas day
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  • Today, a child is born on earth
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  • Oh, the Lamb of God has come
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  • born on Christmas day
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  • announcer: Merry Christmas from Dr. Jeremiah
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  • and "Turning Point."
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  • female announcer: As you look out to the year ahead,
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  • would you like to bring God more into focus?
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  • Do you want to see him in new ways
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  • and set your eyes on a Savior?
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  • If you consistently gaze upon God and his Word
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  • like a light guiding your way,
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  • when you look back a year from now
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  • you'll have a new perspective and clarity
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  • that only God can offer.
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  • Let David Jeremiah help you fix your eyes on God with,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Genealogy is a billion dollar industry
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  • that has spawned profitable websites,
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  • and television shows, and scores of books.
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  • And with the advent of over the counter genetic testing kits,
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  • a cottage industry in DNA ancestry testing.
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  • Someone has said,
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  • "I trace my family history so I will know who to blame.
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  • Every tree has some sap in it."
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  • When we open our Bibles to the first chapter
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  • of the New Testament, we discover that
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  • Jesus's family tree is not the exception.
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  • Jesus's genealogy recorded in the New Testament gospels
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  • of Matthew and Luke reveals a whole host of characters.
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  • There are spies, and foreigners, and kings, and paupers,
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  • and prostitutes, and military heroes.
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  • What can we learn from this section of Scripture filled
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  • with hard to pronounce names and dozens of begots?
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  • Let's begin first of all with the long wait for our Messiah.
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  • The Jewish people had not received any word
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  • from the Lord for over 400 years.
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  • After the close of the Old Testament,
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  • the end of the book of Malachi till you get
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  • to the book of Matthew, four centuries go by,
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  • and there is no word from God.
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  • What would God say when he would speak
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  • for the first time?
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  • I promise you none of us would have done it this way.
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  • Matthew 1:1,
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  • "The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ,
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  • the Son of David, the Son of Abraham."
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  • Matthew's Gospel begins with a 17 verse,
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  • 40 name genealogy tracing Jesus's earthly lineage back
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  • some 2.000 years and 42 generations.
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  • Jesus Christ means Jesus the Messiah,
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  • or Jesus the anointed one.
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  • Jesus Christ didn't get in trouble in his world
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  • because they didn't like his last name.
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  • Jesus Christ got in trouble in the Jewish world
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  • because he claimed to be the long awaited Messiah.
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  • Jesus was the Messiah.
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  • And the Old Testament is filled with hundreds of passages
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  • that promise the coming of a Messiah.
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  • Here's just a few that relate to his birth.
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  • More than 700 years before this happened,
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  • Isaiah predicted that the Messiah would be born
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  • of a virgin.
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  • Isaiah predicted that the Messiah
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  • would be called Immanuel.
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  • Micah predicted that he would be born in Bethlehem.
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  • Isaiah predicted that he would be visited
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  • by the magi and presented with gifts.
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  • And Jeremiah predicted that the Messiah's birthplace
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  • would suffer a massacre of infants.
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  • All of these prophecies were made seven centuries
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  • before they actually were fulfilled.
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  • And while there are over 300 prophecies
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  • concerning the first advent of the Lord Jesus Christ,
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  • scholars say there are about 48 that are directly related
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  • to the birth narrative of Jesus.
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  • And mathematician, Peter Stoner,
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  • estimated that the probability of fulfilling 48 prophecies
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  • concerning this event was one chance
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  • in a trillion, trillion, trillion 13 times.
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  • Our minds can't comprehend a number that big,
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  • it is staggering.
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  • It's equal to the number of atoms
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  • in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion,
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  • billion universes the size of our universe.
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  • The odds alone say it would be absolutely impossible
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  • for anyone to fulfill all of the Old Testament prophecies.
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  • Only Jesus throughout history managed to do it.
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  • And if I were an unbeliever and I studied
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  • the prophecies concerning the birth of Jesus alone,
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  • I would be so overwhelmed that I would bow my knee to him
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  • and accept everything that he said.
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  • No one has ever done anything like that.
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  • In Matthew's day,
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  • it was your family and your pedigree
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  • and your clan that people were connected to.
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  • We don't have time to mention all the people listed
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  • in this genealogy, but here are four things
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  • that grab our attention as we meditate on these verses.
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  • As you read through the names in the first 17 verses
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  • of the first chapter of Matthew,
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  • you discover that the genealogy of Jesus
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  • breaks the barrier between men and women.
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  • There are five women listed in the genealogy of Jesus:
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  • Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary.
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  • We might not think it's such a big deal,
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  • but in ancient, patriarchal societies,
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  • women were virtually never, ever listed like this
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  • in a genealogy, let alone five of them.
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  • You could call these women gender outsiders,
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  • yet here they are, front and center
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  • in the genealogy of the Messiah.
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  • The genealogy of Jesus breaks the barrier
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  • between men and women.
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  • Number two, the genealogy of Jesus breaks the barrier
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  • between Jew and Gentile.
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  • Most people think that, when you read these names
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  • in Matthew chapter 1, as it's the background
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  • and lineage of Jesus, that all of them are Jewish.
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  • Three of the women, Tamar, Rahab, and Ruth, were Gentiles.
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  • They were Canaanites and Moabites.
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  • To the ancient Jews, these nations were unclean.
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  • Let me read to you a verse from Deuteronomy chapter 23
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  • specifically about the Ammonites and the Moabites.
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  • Listen to this, "An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter
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  • the assembly of the Lord, even to the tenth generation
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  • none of his descendants shall enter
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  • the assembly of the Lord forever."
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  • They were not allowed in the tabernacle or the temple
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  • to worship, and yet here they are in the genealogy of Jesus.
  • 00:12:27.200 --> 00:12:33.170
  • The genealogy of Jesus breaks the barrier
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  • between men and women, it breaks the barrier
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  • between Jew and Gentile,
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  • and it breaks the barrier between saint and sinner.
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  • Three of the women that are included
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  • in the list of people in the genealogy of Jesus
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  • were involved in serious sinful acts
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  • that would have presumably disqualified them
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  • from inclusion on such a noble list.
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  • Let me refresh your memory.
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  • The first woman mentioned in the list is a woman
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  • by the name of Tamar.
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  • Verse 3 says, "Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar."
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  • Genesis 38, one of the most sordid chapters
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  • in the Old Testament, tells the story
  • 00:13:14.130 --> 00:13:16.120
  • behind this reference.
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  • Tamar was the wife of one of Judah's sons.
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  • But her husband died before they had children,
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  • and so she tricked her father-in-law, Judah,
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  • into sleeping with her.
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  • This was an act of incest,
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  • everywhere in the Bible against the law of God.
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  • And even though Jesus was descended from one of the boys,
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  • Perez not Zerah, Matthew mentions
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  • both of the boys, and he mentions both Judah
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  • and Tamar just to make sure that we have
  • 00:13:47.290 --> 00:13:51.140
  • this whole story in mind.
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  • It was out of that dysfunctional family that the Messiah came.
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  • And then there's Rahab.
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  • She's mentioned in verse 5, "Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab."
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  • Rahab was not only a Canaanite, she was a prostitute
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  • who was used by God to help Joshua and the people of Israel
  • 00:14:11.200 --> 00:14:14.180
  • defeat Jericho.
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  • She ended up in Israel after the battle,
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  • and she married a man by the name of Salmon.
  • 00:14:19.080 --> 00:14:21.090
  • And to this couple was born Boaz,
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  • who became the husband of Ruth.
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  • And then there's Bathsheba, one of the strangest mentions
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  • in all of this genealogy.
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  • Follow me on this.
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  • Verse 6 says--David was in this genealogy.
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  • "David the king begot Solomon," now watch this,
  • 00:14:39.170 --> 00:14:43.080
  • "by her who had been the wife of Uriah."
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  • Now, why did Matthew call Bathsheba the wife of Uriah
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  • instead of just calling her by her name?
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  • I mean, even if you didn't know anything about biblical history,
  • 00:14:55.120 --> 00:14:58.000
  • you would know this is a strange reference.
  • 00:14:58.010 --> 00:15:01.130
  • But Matthew is making us remember a tragic and
  • 00:15:01.140 --> 00:15:05.010
  • terrible of Israel's history, when David betrayed
  • 00:15:05.020 --> 00:15:09.070
  • one of his best friends, Uriah, slept with his wife,
  • 00:15:09.080 --> 00:15:13.130
  • and then had Uriah murdered to cover it up.
  • 00:15:13.140 --> 00:15:18.070
  • Here then you have in this genealogy
  • 00:15:18.080 --> 00:15:21.000
  • moral outsiders, adulterers, adulteresses,
  • 00:15:21.010 --> 00:15:25.280
  • incestuous relationships, prostitutes.
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  • Indeed, we are reminded in even the most prominent of people,
  • 00:15:28.180 --> 00:15:31.240
  • Judah and David were moral failures.
  • 00:15:31.250 --> 00:15:34.080
  • And you have cultural outsiders, racial outsiders,
  • 00:15:34.090 --> 00:15:37.190
  • gender outsiders.
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  • The law of Moses excluded these people from the presence of God,
  • 00:15:39.060 --> 00:15:43.000
  • and yet here they are publicly acknowledged
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  • as the ancestors of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:15:45.090 --> 00:15:49.080
  • What does it mean?
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  • First of all, it shows us that people
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  • who are excluded by culture, excluded by respectable society,
  • 00:15:52.210 --> 00:15:57.200
  • and even excluded by the law of Moses,
  • 00:15:57.210 --> 00:16:01.050
  • can be brought into the family of Jesus.
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  • Doesn't matter your pedigree, doesn't matter
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  • what you have done.
  • 00:16:08.160 --> 00:16:09.280
  • If you repent and believe in him,
  • 00:16:09.290 --> 00:16:11.080
  • the grace of Jesus Christ can cover your sin,
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  • and you can be united with him.
  • 00:16:13.230 --> 00:16:18.020
  • In David and Judah, we learn there is no one,
  • 00:16:18.030 --> 00:16:21.020
  • not even the most respected and powerful,
  • 00:16:21.030 --> 00:16:23.110
  • who do not need to come to Jesus for cleansing and forgiveness.
  • 00:16:23.120 --> 00:16:27.200
  • And in Tamar and Rahab, we learn that even the lowest
  • 00:16:27.210 --> 00:16:32.000
  • and most despised beings can receive the grace
  • 00:16:32.010 --> 00:16:35.130
  • of Jesus Christ if there is repentance and faith.
  • 00:16:35.140 --> 00:16:40.070
  • The fourth thing you learn from this genealogy is that the
  • 00:16:40.080 --> 00:16:42.120
  • genealogy of Jesus breaks the barrier between then and now.
  • 00:16:42.130 --> 00:16:48.120
  • And so, you read in verse 16 of Matthew chapter 1,
  • 00:16:48.130 --> 00:16:51.120
  • as the long wait for the Messiah ends,
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  • "And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary,
  • 00:16:54.170 --> 00:16:57.170
  • of whom was born Jesus who is called," what?
  • 00:16:57.180 --> 00:17:02.260
  • The Messiah, the Christ.
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  • So, the genealogy of Jesus begins and ends
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  • with a supernatural birth.
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  • At the beginning of the line was Abraham,
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  • whose son was a miracle baby.
  • 00:17:13.010 --> 00:17:15.020
  • And at the end of the line was Jesus,
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  • who was born of the virgin Mary.
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  • From the long wait for the Messiah,
  • 00:17:20.130 --> 00:17:24.240
  • we come now to the second half of our story
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  • and the long war against the Messiah.
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  • What was happening in heaven while all of this was happening
  • 00:17:32.040 --> 00:17:37.080
  • on the earth?
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  • Well, a battle was going on.
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  • You may not remember it, you may not have
  • 00:17:41.260 --> 00:17:44.080
  • ever heard it before, but let me take you
  • 00:17:44.090 --> 00:17:46.100
  • through the main points.
  • 00:17:46.110 --> 00:17:47.230
  • The battle began at the creation.
  • 00:17:47.240 --> 00:17:51.010
  • In Genesis chapter 3 and verse 15,
  • 00:17:51.020 --> 00:17:53.230
  • as you barely open the book we call the Bible,
  • 00:17:53.240 --> 00:17:56.160
  • are these words spoken by God to Satan as he was closing down
  • 00:17:56.170 --> 00:18:02.130
  • the garden of Eden, "I will put enmity between you
  • 00:18:02.140 --> 00:18:06.110
  • and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed.
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  • He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel."
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  • This is thought by most theologians to be
  • 00:18:17.190 --> 00:18:20.170
  • the first mention of the gospel in the Bible.
  • 00:18:20.180 --> 00:18:23.190
  • When God told Satan in the garden of Eden
  • 00:18:23.200 --> 00:18:26.030
  • that the seed of the woman, the Lord Jesus Christ,
  • 00:18:26.040 --> 00:18:30.030
  • would bruise his head, Satan began his campaign
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  • to eradicate that promised seed.
  • 00:18:34.100 --> 00:18:37.150
  • Knowing from prophecy that the promised one
  • 00:18:37.160 --> 00:18:39.260
  • would spring from Israel, the adversary did everything
  • 00:18:39.270 --> 00:18:43.140
  • he could do to keep that nation from ever being formed.
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  • He incited Esau to try to kill his brother Jacob.
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  • Jacob, who would father the 12 tribes of Israel.
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  • When that didn't work, he incited Pharaoh to murder
  • 00:18:55.170 --> 00:18:59.000
  • all the Jewish babies that were born in Egypt.
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  • "So Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying,
  • 00:19:02.190 --> 00:19:04.280
  • 'Every son who is born you shall cast into the river,
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  • and every daughter you shall save alive.'"
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  • If Jacob or Moses had not survived,
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  • the nation of Israel would never have existed,
  • 00:19:13.220 --> 00:19:16.240
  • and the line of Jesus would have been broken,
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  • and we would not have a Messiah.
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  • Then you come to the battle at Christmas.
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  • And here I direct you to a very strange passage
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  • to ever read in the Christmas season,
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  • but it's a passage where Almighty God draws
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  • aside the curtain and allows us to look into the unseen world,
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  • and see what was going on at such a time as this.
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  • In Revelation chapter 12 and verse 4,
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  • we read these words, I'll put them on the screen.
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  • "The dragon stood before the woman who was ready
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  • to give birth, to devour her Child," capital C,
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  • "as soon as it was born.
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  • And she bore a male Child who was to rule
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  • all the nations with a rod of iron.
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  • And her Child was caught up to God and his throne."
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  • When the prophesied child, the Lord Jesus Christ,
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  • was finally born, Satan instilled fear and hatred
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  • into King Herod, who had all the babies
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  • in Bethlehem murdered.
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  • Do you remember that part of the story?
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  • He thought that surely the promised seed
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  • would be slain in this insidious act of infanticide.
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  • So, you read in Matthew 2:16, "Then Herod, when he saw that,
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  • he was deceived by the wise men,
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  • was exceedingly angry, and sent forth and put to death
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  • all the male children who were in Bethlehem
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  • in all its districts, from two years old and under,
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  • according to the time which he had determined
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  • from the wise men."
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  • But the sovereign hand of God intervened and directed Joseph
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  • to flee with his family to Egypt,
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  • and the life of Jesus was spared.
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  • Satan had been after the Lord Jesus Christ
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  • from creation.
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  • He followed him all the way to the cross.
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  • And that battle took place on a Friday afternoon.
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  • And Satan must have been filled with glee.
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  • He thought he had finally won the battle,
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  • he finally would destroy the Lord Jesus.
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  • On a Friday afternoon at three o'clock,
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  • he saw the fruition of his long campaign against God.
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  • The promised seed, the Lord Jesus,
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  • succumbed to a bloody death on the cross.
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  • And when Christ's mangled body was wrapped in linen,
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  • embalmed in spices, and sealed in a sepulcher,
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  • some people I have read said Satan danced
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  • on the top of the grave.
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  • He thought he had won.
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  • But God had purposed for this promised child
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  • to rescue and rule the nations, and God never changes
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  • his purposes.
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  • On the third day, he raised Jesus from the dead,
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  • and Satan's purpose once again was thwarted.
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  • The weight that began with Abraham and the war
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  • that began with creation were brought together at the cross.
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  • Is there still some waiting?
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  • Oh yes.
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  • And is there still some war?
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  • We wrestle not against flesh and blood,
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  • but against principalities and powers in the darkness.
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  • But here is the good news.
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  • Looking back over our shoulder all the way back
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  • to the book of Genesis, there is no one doubt
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  • about the outcome.
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  • He came and fought through all of that for one simple reason,
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  • because he loves you so much.
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  • He loves you so much not only that he would come,
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  • but that he would execute war against the enemy,
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  • and continues to do that even to this day.
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  • What should we take away from Christmas,
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  • if we take anything at all?
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  • We should take away this picture of the love of God,
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  • who sent his Son.
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  • But don't forget the other part of the story.
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  • It wasn't all peace and quiet.
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  • It wasn't a silent night.
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  • It was a night that was filled with the ultimate victory
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  • against the enemy who tried to do it all in.
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  • If you've been away from God, or maybe you never have met God
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  • through Jesus Christ, the message
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  • of God's love is for you.
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  • I stand here as his representative to tell you
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  • once more Christmas is this: God loves you,
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  • and God fights for you.
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  • He believes in you.
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  • Maybe it's time for you to believe in him.
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