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The Response to Christmas

Watch The Response to Christmas
December 21, 2019
57:30

Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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The Response to Christmas

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  • male announcer: We often look back at Christmases
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  • of the past with a special fondness.
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  • Memories of giving and receiving cherished gifts,
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  • meaningful time spent with those we love,
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  • moments savoring a meal to mark the occasion.
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  • Minutes where all is right become precious mementos
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  • of our past.
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  • While time moves on, the world around us shifts and we change.
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  • Christmas doesn't have to.
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  • Your best Christmas ever is ready for you to make.
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  • Family, friends, and festivities can be a part of that which
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  • makes the holiday special, but the best Christmas ever
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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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  • to his children.
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: I'm David Jeremiah
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  • with a Christmas question to ask you.
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  • What is the central part of family Christmas celebrations?
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  • There are many good answers to that question,
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  • but I believe the exchange of gifts is near the top
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  • of the list because of what gift giving represents.
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  • For the giver, a gift represents generosity,
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  • maybe even sacrifice,
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  • and for the recipient,
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  • a gift brings out feelings of gratitude and humility.
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  • These responses to family gift giving our perfect mirrors
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  • for how we should respond to the gift God gave
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  • to the world on that first Christmas.
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  • God's generosity and sacrifice should create gratitude
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  • and humility in each one of us.
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  • In today's message, which I call,
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  • "The Response To Christmas", we'll examine four responses
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  • we can find in the story of the first Christmas.
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  • So, join me as we discover them together
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  • on today's Christmas edition of, "Turning Point."
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  • It's the spirit of the season
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  • You can feel it in the air
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  • You can hear it if you listen
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  • Everywhere
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  • so much care, like a prayer
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  • Whatever it is, you need to share it
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  • It's the spirit of the season
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  • You can feel it in the air
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  • People smile as they pass you by
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  • The day will be here soon
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  • Dreams are dancing in the children's eyes
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  • Hearts are singing, bells are ringing, too
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  • It's the spirit of the season
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  • Filling hearts with love and care
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  • Let the shining star increase it
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  • Everywhere, feeling there
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  • like a prayer
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  • Whatever it is, you need to share it
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  • It's the spirit of the season
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  • It's the spirit of the season
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  • Joy to the world, the Lord is come
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  • Let earth receive her King
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  • Snow is falling as you rush downtown
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  • The city seems to glow
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  • Laughter reaches from the happy sounds
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  • Hearts are singing, bell are ringing, too
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  • It's the spirit of the season
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  • Healing hearts with love and care
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  • Like a shining star, it glistens
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  • Everywhere, feeling there
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  • like a prayer
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  • Whatever it is, you need to share it
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  • It's the spirit of the season
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  • You can hear it in the air
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  • It's the spirit of the season
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  • You can hear it everywhere
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  • Fa la la la la
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • announcer: Merry Christmas from Dr. Jeremiah
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  • and "Turning Point."
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  • female announcer: Imagine if you could've walked
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  • with Christ when he was here on earth.
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  • What would you have learned being close to him?
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  • How would you have felt?
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  • You can have the same relationship with him today.
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  • How?
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  • By seeking him out and learning from his Word.
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  • Let David Jeremiah help you develop a closer walk with God
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  • this coming year with, "Daily in His Presence,"
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  • God's will in your life and enter into the company
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  • of the Savior.
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  • your loved ones a copy and help them walk ever closer
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  • to God in the coming year.
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  • Support the ministry of Turning Point
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  • Contact Turning Point today.
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  • Joy, joy, God's great joy
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  • Joy, joy, down in my soul
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  • Oh, I'm talking about, Sweet, beautiful
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  • soul saving joy
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  • Oh, joy, joy in my soul
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  • Listen to the music
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  • The sound of the angels
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  • Come and see the child
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  • Who will make you whole
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  • Lying in a manger
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  • Away from harm and danger
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  • Oh, joy, joy in my soul
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  • Oh joy, joy in my soul
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  • Joy, joy, God's great joy
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  • Way down in my soul
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  • Sweet, beautiful, soul saving joy
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  • Oh joy, joy, joy in my soul
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  • He sent from up above
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  • This precious gift of love
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  • More precious than silver or gold
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  • He was sent this holiday
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  • To take all our pain away
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  • Oh joy, joy, joy in my soul
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  • Oh joy, joy, joy in my soul
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  • Go tell it on the mountain
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  • Shout it from a valley
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  • Tell about the baby in swaddling clothes
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  • Men in every nation, join the celebration
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  • Oh, talking about the joy down deep in my soul
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  • Oh, Joy in my soul
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  • Say, I got joy in my soul
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  • Way down deep in my soul
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  • Joy, joy, in my soul
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  • male: Amen.
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  • Well, Merry Christmas, it's great to see you here
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  • shouting out.
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  • Let's all sing together and we're gonna sing
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  • this carol together, "Go Tell It On The Mountain."
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  • Go tell it on the mountain
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  • Over the hills and everywhere
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  • Go tell it on the mountain
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  • That Jesus Christ is born
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  • Go tell it on the mountain
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  • Over the hills and everywhere
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  • Go tell it on the mountain
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  • That Jesus Christ is born
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  • While shepherds kept their watching
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  • Over silent flocks by night
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  • Behold throughout the heavens
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  • There shone a holy light
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  • Go, tell it on the mountain
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  • Over the hills and everywhere
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  • Go, tell it on the mountain
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  • That Jesus Christ is born
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  • The shepherds feared and trembled
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  • When lo above the earth
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  • Rang out the angel chorus
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  • That hailed the Savior's birth
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  • Go, tell it on the mountain
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  • Over the hills and everywhere
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  • Go, tell it on the mountain
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  • That Jesus Christ is born
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  • Down in a lowly manger
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  • Our humble Christ was born
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  • And God sent us salvation
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  • That blessed Christmas morn
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  • Go, tell it on the mountain
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  • Over the hills and everywhere
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  • Go, tell it on the mountain
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  • That Jesus Christ is born
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  • That Jesus Christ is born yeah he's born
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  • He's born
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  • female announcer: For more than three decades,
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  • David Jeremiah and Turning Point have delivered
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  • the unchanging Word of God to an ever-changing world,
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  • through radio, books, and print resources,
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  • television and online, people around the world
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  • have received the gospel.
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  • The strength and encouragement to help them through
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  • their greatest trials and consistent Bible-strong teaching
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  • for their walk with God.
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  • And it has only been possible with the help
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  • of our Bible-Strong Partners.
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  • Our Bible-Strong Partners are dedicated supporters
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  • of David Jeremiah and Turning Point
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  • whose gifts help Turning Point reach
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  • more souls across the globe and continue to come to you
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  • on this network,
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  • the unchanging Word of God to an ever-changing world.
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  • and strengthen your own walk with God.
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  • To become a member or to find out more information,
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  • go to, DavidJeremiah.org/BibleStrong.
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  • [singing in foreign language]
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  • [singing in foreign language]
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  • [singing in foreign language]
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  • I heard the bells on Christmas day
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  • Their old familiar carols play
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  • And mild and sweet the words repeat
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  • of peace on earth good will to men
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  • [singing in foreign language]
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  • And the bells are ringing
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  • Like a choir they're singing
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  • In my heart I hear them
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  • Peace on earth, good will to men
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  • And in despair I bowed my head
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  • There is no peace on earth I said
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  • For hate is strong and mocks the song
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  • Of peace on earth, good will to men
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  • Then rang the bells more loud and deep
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  • God is not dead, nor does he sleep
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  • The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
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  • With peace on earth, good will to men
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  • [singing in foreign language]
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  • [singing in foreign language]
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  • [singing in foreign language]
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • male announcer: Merry Christmas from Dr. Jeremiah
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  • and "Turning Point."
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  • 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 the Savior?
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  • If you consistently gaze upon God and his Word
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  • like a light guiding your way, when you look back
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  • a year from now, you'll have a new perspective
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  • and clarity that only God can offer.
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  • Let David Jeremiah help you fix your eyes on God
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  • with, "Daily in His Presence,"
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  • a new 365-day devotional for 2020.
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  • Each day's short reading in this beautiful
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  • leather-bound devotional provides Scripture
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  • and a spiritual thought to encourage you, challenge you,
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  • and focus your attention on God so you can see him
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  • more clearly and observe God's will in your life.
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  • The ideal companion to your Bible study,
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  • request your copy of, "Daily in His Presence",
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  • for a gift of any amount.
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  • in support of this program, you'll receive a four-pack of,
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  • "Daily in His Presence" so that you can give
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  • your loved ones a copy and help them see God
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  • and his guiding light in the coming year.
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  • Support the ministry of Turning Point
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  • before the end of the year, and Dr. Jeremiah will send you
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Today I want to talk with you about
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  • how we should respond to Christmas.
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  • In the four narratives of the Christmas story,
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  • there is a hidden truth that will help us isolate
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  • the responses of Christmas that will enable us to experience,
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  • not just the message of Christmas,
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  • but the meaning that it can have to our own lives.
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  • We will begin our journey by reading the story backwards.
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  • Instead of beginning with Mary, and Joseph, and the shepherds,
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  • we will begin our story with the wise men.
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  • That story is recorded for us in Matthew chapter 2,
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  • verses 1 through 12 where we read these words,
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  • "Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days
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  • of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East
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  • came to Jerusalem, saying, 'Where is He who has been born
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  • King of the Jews?
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  • For we have seen His star in the East
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  • and have come to worship Him.'
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  • When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled,
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  • and all Jerusalem with him.
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  • And when he had gathered all the chief priests
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  • and scribes of the people together,
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  • he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
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  • So they said to him, 'In Bethlehem of Judea,
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  • for thus it is written by the prophet."
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  • And he quotes Micah chapter 5, verse 2,
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  • "'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
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  • Are not the least among the rulers of Judah;
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  • For out of you shall come a Ruler
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  • Who will shepherd My people Israel.'
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  • Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men,
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  • determined from them what time the star appeared.
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  • And he sent them to Bethlehem and said,
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  • 'Go and search carefully for the young Child,
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  • and when you have found Him, bring back word to me,
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  • that I may come and worship Him also.'
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  • When they heard the king, they departed; and behold,
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  • the star which they had seen in the East
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  • went before them, till it came and stood over
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  • where the young Child was.
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  • When they saw the star, they rejoiced
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  • with exceedingly great joy.
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  • And when they had come into the house,
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  • they saw the young Child with Mary His mother,
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  • and fell down and worshiped Him.
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  • And when they had opened their treasures,
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  • they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
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  • Then, being divinely warned in a dream
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  • that they should not return to Herod,
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  • they departed for their own country another way."
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  • Now, we know this story.
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  • It's read to us every year,
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  • it's in almost every church service somewhere.
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  • We do not know exactly when the wise men came to worship Jesus,
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  • but we know some things that most people
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  • don't want to accept and, that is,
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  • as much as it works for us to have the wise men
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  • at the manger in our traditional nativity scenes,
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  • the wise men weren't at the manger.
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  • In fact, the wise men did not really connect
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  • with the Lord Jesus until almost two years after he was born.
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  • There are a couple of clues in this passage
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  • that help us understand that.
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  • First of all, we are told that, when they came to worship Jesus,
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  • they came to a house, it's right there in the text.
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  • Mary and Joseph would love to have been in a house,
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  • but they weren't in a house.
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  • When Jesus was born, they were in a shed
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  • or a barn.
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  • In verse 9 and verse 11,
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  • the baby in the wise men narrative is called a child
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  • and this, in the Greek language, is a different word
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  • than the one used to describe the baby in the manger.
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  • The word "child" is a reference to a young child
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  • and adequately describes someone who would be
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  • about two years old.
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  • The Scriptures tell us that the wise men came from afar.
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  • It took several miracles to get the wise men to the place
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  • where Jesus was.
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  • The Bible tells us they followed a star,
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  • and the star had been seen in the east
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  • and now appeared to them in such a specific way
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  • that it directed them to the very house where Jesus was.
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  • Now, Bethlehem's five miles south of Jerusalem,
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  • and stars travel from the east to the west,
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  • not from the north to the south.
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  • It is very probable that the star that these men saw
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  • hovering over the house where Jesus was,
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  • was none other than the Shekinah glory of God himself,
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  • the very same glory that led the children of Israel
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  • through the wilderness and stayed with them for 40 years.
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  • All of this is true about the wise men.
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  • And let me pause and say, we don't have two years
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  • to tell the story, so we tell it all in one day.
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  • And we bring the wise men into the story,
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  • as they well belong, but just a little trivia to tuck
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  • in the back of your head.
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  • The wise men weren't there when the shepherds were,
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  • they came at a different time.
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  • And Matthew tells us that when the wise men came to the house
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  • where the star had led them, they presented
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  • their gifts of love to the Lord Jesus Christ,
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  • gold, frankincense, and myrrh, and they received
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  • a gift in return, the gift of giving a gift.
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  • If there's ever a season of the year when we learn
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  • that it's more fun to give than it is to receive,
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  • this is the season and the older we get,
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  • the more that is true.
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  • The joy is in giving and not receiving.
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  • And I'd like to suggest to you that one of the ways
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  • we can respond to Christmas is through the sacrifice of giving.
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  • Few of us have riches like the wise men.
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  • The calculation of their gifts has been done by many before me,
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  • and it is quite astonishing what they gave to the Lord.
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  • But what matters most, men and women,
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  • is not how much we have, but what we do
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  • with what we have.
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  • One last thought about the wise men and their generosity,
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  • here's what you learn when you study their story,
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  • they gave of their time.
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  • As I mentioned, this journey took as long as two years.
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  • They invested two years of their time to get to Jesus.
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  • They gave their talent.
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  • These were wise men, they used their wisdom
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  • to seek out the place where the Savior was to be born
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  • and they gave their treasure.
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  • Time, talent, and treasure are still the gold standard
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  • of worshiping God and giving to him.
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  • All of us have some of each.
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  • We all have time, we all have our talents,
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  • and we all have some treasures.
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  • And when we respond to Christmas, we ask ourselves,
  • 00:34:13.240 --> 00:34:16.290
  • what are we doing with what God has given to us
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  • to advance the cause of Christ in the world where we live?
  • 00:34:20.060 --> 00:34:25.210
  • And then, the story of the shepherds gives us
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  • another clue as to how to respond to Christmas.
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  • We're told about that story in Luke chapter 2,
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  • verses 8 through 20, and we're not going to read
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  • the whole story but we're going to start at the end of the story
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  • where we read these words.
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  • "So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven,
  • 00:34:42.010 --> 00:34:46.170
  • that the shepherds said to one another,
  • 00:34:46.180 --> 00:34:49.290
  • 'Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that
  • 00:34:50.000 --> 00:34:52.170
  • has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.'
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  • And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph,
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  • and the Babe lying in a manger.
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  • Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known
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  • the saying which was told them concerning this Child.
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  • And all those who heard it marveled at those things
  • 00:35:08.180 --> 00:35:11.020
  • which were told them by the shepherds.
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  • And Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.
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  • Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God
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  • for all the things that they had heard and seen,
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  • as it was told them."
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  • The shepherds are continually an enigma.
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  • The shepherds frankly don't belong in this story.
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  • Only God had the editorial right to put them in there,
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  • but he did.
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  • My friend Warren Wiersbe was invited to speak
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  • at the graduation ceremony of a well-known seminary,
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  • and he gave the budding pastors something to think about
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  • when he told this story, "A promising college senior
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  • at an acclaimed Ivy League university was undergoing
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  • a battery of personality and aptitude tests
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  • offered by the career placement office at school.
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  • He was from a blue blood aristocratic family
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  • who expected him to take the high road
  • 00:36:04.200 --> 00:36:06.190
  • into the upper strata of society when he graduated.
  • 00:36:06.200 --> 00:36:11.140
  • He was on the edge of his seat as the counselor announced
  • 00:36:11.150 --> 00:36:13.220
  • the results of his test.
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  • Hudson, I have good news, the tests are absolutely
  • 00:36:15.260 --> 00:36:20.010
  • consistent and conclusive in their findings.
  • 00:36:20.020 --> 00:36:23.010
  • Upon graduation, the ideal path for you to pursue is to become,
  • 00:36:23.020 --> 00:36:27.190
  • what Hudson thought would be a doctor,
  • 00:36:27.200 --> 00:36:29.090
  • a lawyer, or a banker.
  • 00:36:29.100 --> 00:36:31.290
  • The ideal path for you to pursue,
  • 00:36:32.000 --> 00:36:33.280
  • said the counselor, is to become a shepherd."
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  • A shepherd?
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  • I don't have to paint a picture for you
  • 00:36:41.140 --> 00:36:42.280
  • of the rest of that story.
  • 00:36:42.290 --> 00:36:45.080
  • I just imagine the astonishment when a future member
  • 00:36:45.090 --> 00:36:47.200
  • of the family looks at the family tree
  • 00:36:47.210 --> 00:36:49.160
  • and sees among the doctors, lawyers, judges, and others,
  • 00:36:49.170 --> 00:36:52.220
  • Hudson Meriwether Prestigious IV 1965 to 2050, shepherd,
  • 00:36:52.230 --> 00:37:01.090
  • or imagine the great hall of prestigious portraits.
  • 00:37:01.100 --> 00:37:05.040
  • The walls are covered with oil paintings of past luminaries
  • 00:37:05.050 --> 00:37:08.090
  • and judges's robes, doctors's white coats,
  • 00:37:08.100 --> 00:37:10.200
  • expensive three-piece suits, and then there's Hudson
  • 00:37:10.210 --> 00:37:14.000
  • in a dirt-covered pair of jeans, a soiled T-shirt,
  • 00:37:14.010 --> 00:37:17.080
  • sweat-stained hat standing in the middle of a herd
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  • of hapless and helpless sheep.
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  • Can you say this disconnect?
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  • I mean no disrespect if you happen to be
  • 00:37:25.210 --> 00:37:27.130
  • a shepherd here today, but in biblical days,
  • 00:37:27.140 --> 00:37:31.190
  • the shepherds were considered the lowliest of the low
  • 00:37:31.200 --> 00:37:34.200
  • in society.
  • 00:37:34.210 --> 00:37:36.210
  • So, it continues to fascinate me that out of all of Israel,
  • 00:37:36.220 --> 00:37:40.290
  • God chose to reveal himself through his Son, first of all,
  • 00:37:41.000 --> 00:37:44.140
  • to the shepherds.
  • 00:37:44.150 --> 00:37:46.140
  • And it was not enough for the shepherds to hear
  • 00:37:46.150 --> 00:37:48.080
  • the message of hope from the angels.
  • 00:37:48.090 --> 00:37:50.110
  • The message required a response, and each of these men
  • 00:37:50.120 --> 00:37:54.100
  • had to make a decision to follow the instructions of the angel.
  • 00:37:54.110 --> 00:37:58.190
  • The Shepherd's were the first worshipers
  • 00:37:58.200 --> 00:38:00.140
  • and evangelists of Jesus Christ in history.
  • 00:38:00.150 --> 00:38:04.260
  • They model what we are to do today.
  • 00:38:04.270 --> 00:38:07.090
  • We're to worship him, we're to bow before him
  • 00:38:07.100 --> 00:38:09.140
  • in humility and simplicity, then were to tell others
  • 00:38:09.150 --> 00:38:13.020
  • the good news that he has come.
  • 00:38:13.030 --> 00:38:16.150
  • We are to make widely known, according to the Scripture,
  • 00:38:16.160 --> 00:38:19.160
  • the saying concerning this child.
  • 00:38:19.170 --> 00:38:22.130
  • After seeing Jesus, as the shepherds
  • 00:38:22.140 --> 00:38:24.190
  • left the manger, they told everyone
  • 00:38:24.200 --> 00:38:26.090
  • in their path of the things that had happened to them.
  • 00:38:26.100 --> 00:38:31.000
  • The shepherds teach us what we are already
  • 00:38:31.010 --> 00:38:33.240
  • in the process of learning, that worshiping Christ
  • 00:38:33.250 --> 00:38:36.270
  • is impossible without serving Christ,
  • 00:38:36.280 --> 00:38:40.130
  • and one of the ways we serve Christ is
  • 00:38:40.140 --> 00:38:43.150
  • by telling others about him.
  • 00:38:43.160 --> 00:38:46.040
  • It's not a rocket science study.
  • 00:38:46.050 --> 00:38:48.270
  • It's just telling them what God has done for you.
  • 00:38:48.280 --> 00:38:52.070
  • Many of you have done that already during this season,
  • 00:38:52.080 --> 00:38:55.170
  • but what a wonderful response to Christmas.
  • 00:38:55.180 --> 00:38:58.010
  • Go tell somebody what God has done for you.
  • 00:38:58.020 --> 00:39:02.170
  • Go share with somebody how blessed you are to be called
  • 00:39:02.180 --> 00:39:06.150
  • a Christian and what it means to you personally.
  • 00:39:06.160 --> 00:39:10.170
  • And then, the third response is in the life of Joseph.
  • 00:39:10.180 --> 00:39:14.240
  • Once again, Joseph is told this unbelievable story.
  • 00:39:14.250 --> 00:39:20.210
  • He's told the story of what's going to happen.
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  • It is hard for him to comprehend.
  • 00:39:23.000 --> 00:39:25.260
  • When we meet Joseph,
  • 00:39:25.270 --> 00:39:27.060
  • he's in the midst of a crisis in his life,
  • 00:39:27.070 --> 00:39:29.050
  • one of the most incredible crises in the story of humanity.
  • 00:39:29.060 --> 00:39:32.160
  • He's called upon to marry a pregnant virgin,
  • 00:39:32.170 --> 00:39:35.160
  • to bear the scorn and absorb the burdens of raising
  • 00:39:35.170 --> 00:39:38.170
  • the man of sorrows.
  • 00:39:38.180 --> 00:39:41.000
  • Several years ago, Maxwell Lucado and I,
  • 00:39:41.010 --> 00:39:43.040
  • along with some other friends, put together a little Christmas
  • 00:39:43.050 --> 00:39:45.230
  • book containing some of our favorite Christmas sermons.
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  • With his typical freshness, Max described Joseph
  • 00:39:49.250 --> 00:39:52.090
  • as being caught between what God says and what makes sense.
  • 00:39:52.100 --> 00:39:58.280
  • Have you ever been caught between what you know
  • 00:39:58.290 --> 00:40:00.230
  • God is saying and what makes sense to you?
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  • Yet, he didn't let his confusion disrupt his obedience.
  • 00:40:04.140 --> 00:40:08.130
  • He didn't know everything, but he did know what he knew.
  • 00:40:08.140 --> 00:40:12.220
  • And he shut down his business, and picked up his family,
  • 00:40:12.230 --> 00:40:16.050
  • and went to another country because that is
  • 00:40:16.060 --> 00:40:18.200
  • what God said to do.
  • 00:40:18.210 --> 00:40:22.120
  • There's no record in Matthew's account
  • 00:40:22.130 --> 00:40:24.020
  • of Joseph speaking one single word
  • 00:40:24.030 --> 00:40:26.130
  • in the narrative of Christmas,
  • 00:40:26.140 --> 00:40:28.100
  • but we have something more important than his words.
  • 00:40:28.110 --> 00:40:31.030
  • We have the record of his obedience.
  • 00:40:31.040 --> 00:40:33.200
  • And we read in verses 24 and 25 of Matthew 1,
  • 00:40:33.210 --> 00:40:37.110
  • "Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep,
  • 00:40:37.120 --> 00:40:40.000
  • did as the angel of the Lord commanded him
  • 00:40:40.010 --> 00:40:42.180
  • and took to him his wife, and did not know her
  • 00:40:42.190 --> 00:40:45.150
  • till she had brought forth her firstborn Son.
  • 00:40:45.160 --> 00:40:48.070
  • And he called His name Jesus."
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  • As practically hard and publicly humiliating
  • 00:40:51.280 --> 00:40:55.200
  • as it might have been, Joseph silently obeyed
  • 00:40:55.210 --> 00:41:00.240
  • God's instructions.
  • 00:41:00.250 --> 00:41:03.190
  • Men and women, obedience is not usually a public thing, is it?
  • 00:41:03.200 --> 00:41:07.240
  • It's what we hear God say to us and we do it.
  • 00:41:07.250 --> 00:41:12.050
  • It usually doesn't get up on the marquee.
  • 00:41:12.060 --> 00:41:14.090
  • Nobody knows about it except for us,
  • 00:41:14.100 --> 00:41:16.100
  • and in our hearts we know.
  • 00:41:16.110 --> 00:41:18.140
  • We know when we say yes to God and we know
  • 00:41:18.150 --> 00:41:20.220
  • when we don't answer God, which is like saying no.
  • 00:41:20.230 --> 00:41:25.240
  • And Joseph illustrates for us the power of responding
  • 00:41:25.250 --> 00:41:29.240
  • to Christmas with silent obedience
  • 00:41:29.250 --> 00:41:31.260
  • to what God is speaking to us in our hearts.
  • 00:41:31.270 --> 00:41:35.140
  • It is impossible for you to go through all that
  • 00:41:35.150 --> 00:41:37.250
  • we go through during this season.
  • 00:41:37.260 --> 00:41:39.150
  • If you're a Christian without hearing a prompting from God
  • 00:41:39.160 --> 00:41:42.140
  • somewhere along the way, go help that person,
  • 00:41:42.150 --> 00:41:46.170
  • Get things right with your children,
  • 00:41:46.180 --> 00:41:50.140
  • go find a way to be of ministry in your community
  • 00:41:50.150 --> 00:41:54.190
  • or in your church.
  • 00:41:54.200 --> 00:41:55.290
  • God speaks to us like that, we know that.
  • 00:41:56.000 --> 00:41:58.010
  • He surely does to me, and I know he does to you.
  • 00:41:58.020 --> 00:42:01.170
  • And Joseph teaches us that when we hear things
  • 00:42:01.180 --> 00:42:04.080
  • that are hard for us to comprehend,
  • 00:42:04.090 --> 00:42:06.090
  • and sometimes things we don't really want to have
  • 00:42:06.100 --> 00:42:08.180
  • any part of but we know it's from God, silently, we obey.
  • 00:42:08.190 --> 00:42:14.280
  • And then finally, we come to the center of the story
  • 00:42:14.290 --> 00:42:18.060
  • apart from Jesus, and that's the person, Mary.
  • 00:42:18.070 --> 00:42:21.270
  • Mary's story is well-known to all of us,
  • 00:42:21.280 --> 00:42:25.170
  • and she is told that she's going to be the mother
  • 00:42:25.180 --> 00:42:28.030
  • of the Lord Jesus.
  • 00:42:28.040 --> 00:42:31.020
  • And when she hears this, she responds
  • 00:42:31.030 --> 00:42:34.200
  • as we would respond.
  • 00:42:34.210 --> 00:42:36.220
  • "Then Mary said to the angel, 'How can this be,
  • 00:42:36.230 --> 00:42:39.270
  • since I do not know a man?'"
  • 00:42:39.280 --> 00:42:41.140
  • In other words, "How can I have a child?
  • 00:42:41.150 --> 00:42:42.280
  • I've never been with a man."
  • 00:42:42.290 --> 00:42:45.170
  • "And the angel answered and said to her,
  • 00:42:45.180 --> 00:42:47.090
  • 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
  • 00:42:47.100 --> 00:42:48.290
  • and the power of the Highest will overshadow you;
  • 00:42:49.000 --> 00:42:52.090
  • therefore, that Holy One who is to be born
  • 00:42:52.100 --> 00:42:55.290
  • will be called the Son of God.
  • 00:42:56.000 --> 00:42:57.180
  • And indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived
  • 00:42:57.190 --> 00:43:00.100
  • a son in her old age; and this is now
  • 00:43:00.110 --> 00:43:02.030
  • the sixth month for her who was called barren.
  • 00:43:02.040 --> 00:43:04.100
  • For with God nothing will be impossible.'
  • 00:43:04.110 --> 00:43:08.230
  • "And Mary said--" here is her response,
  • 00:43:08.240 --> 00:43:11.290
  • 'Behold the maidservant of the Lord!
  • 00:43:12.000 --> 00:43:15.120
  • Let it be to me according to your word.'
  • 00:43:15.130 --> 00:43:19.170
  • And the angel departed from her."
  • 00:43:19.180 --> 00:43:22.170
  • The last personality in our little personality profile
  • 00:43:22.180 --> 00:43:26.220
  • is Mary, and the record of Mary's response
  • 00:43:26.230 --> 00:43:29.280
  • is one of the great stories of the Bible.
  • 00:43:29.290 --> 00:43:33.140
  • Mary was not perfect, Luke tells us
  • 00:43:33.150 --> 00:43:36.000
  • that she was highly favored, but she was chosen
  • 00:43:36.010 --> 00:43:39.040
  • from all the women in the world to be the one woman
  • 00:43:39.050 --> 00:43:42.090
  • through whom God would send his Son into human flesh.
  • 00:43:42.100 --> 00:43:46.110
  • Up until this particular day, Mary probably lived
  • 00:43:46.120 --> 00:43:49.090
  • a very normal life, and then, in the midst of routine,
  • 00:43:49.100 --> 00:43:52.210
  • a single supernatural moment shattered the normality
  • 00:43:52.220 --> 00:43:56.030
  • of her life and the angel stood before her.
  • 00:43:56.040 --> 00:43:58.220
  • When did it happen?
  • 00:43:58.230 --> 00:44:00.160
  • Perhaps while Mary was kneeling beside her bed
  • 00:44:00.170 --> 00:44:03.000
  • attending to prayers, beginning or finishing a day.
  • 00:44:03.010 --> 00:44:06.190
  • How frightening the sudden arrival of a heavenly messenger
  • 00:44:06.200 --> 00:44:09.070
  • must have been for peasant girl.
  • 00:44:09.080 --> 00:44:12.270
  • Gabriel's appearance frightened Mary.
  • 00:44:12.280 --> 00:44:16.000
  • When he saw how afraid she was, he assured her there was
  • 00:44:16.010 --> 00:44:18.160
  • no reason for fear, for the news he was bringing was wonderful.
  • 00:44:18.170 --> 00:44:22.190
  • She was about to be blessed among all the women
  • 00:44:22.200 --> 00:44:25.030
  • of the world.
  • 00:44:25.040 --> 00:44:26.130
  • She would have a son who would be the Son of the Most High.
  • 00:44:26.140 --> 00:44:30.290
  • Consider the change that came about in Mary's life.
  • 00:44:31.000 --> 00:44:35.230
  • Thoughts of marriage turned to thoughts of motherhood,
  • 00:44:35.240 --> 00:44:40.030
  • and thoughts of a quiet ordinary life turned to the anticipation
  • 00:44:40.040 --> 00:44:43.040
  • of being at the center of a spectacular miracle from heaven.
  • 00:44:43.050 --> 00:44:49.000
  • No wonder God sent Gabriel to help her understand
  • 00:44:49.010 --> 00:44:51.110
  • and get ready.
  • 00:44:51.120 --> 00:44:54.070
  • As the exclamation of her role and redemption began
  • 00:44:54.080 --> 00:44:57.010
  • to take hold of her heart, Mary responded
  • 00:44:57.020 --> 00:45:00.090
  • with these words, don't ever forget these words.
  • 00:45:00.100 --> 00:45:03.030
  • These are not just words for Mary,
  • 00:45:03.040 --> 00:45:05.060
  • these are words for us.
  • 00:45:05.070 --> 00:45:08.100
  • "Behold the maidservant of the Lord!
  • 00:45:08.110 --> 00:45:12.120
  • Let it be to me according to your word."
  • 00:45:12.130 --> 00:45:15.280
  • In other words, "Lord God, whatever you got in mind,
  • 00:45:15.290 --> 00:45:19.220
  • count me in, I'm in."
  • 00:45:19.230 --> 00:45:21.230
  • I marvel at her submissive attitude to the will of God.
  • 00:45:23.230 --> 00:45:27.170
  • In that particular day, for a woman to be pregnant
  • 00:45:27.180 --> 00:45:30.070
  • out of wedlock, especially a Jewish woman,
  • 00:45:30.080 --> 00:45:33.080
  • could cost her her life.
  • 00:45:33.090 --> 00:45:35.200
  • Adultery was punished by stoning.
  • 00:45:35.210 --> 00:45:39.130
  • She knew that she would be the laughingstock of her community,
  • 00:45:39.140 --> 00:45:42.180
  • and the byword of every idle conversation.
  • 00:45:42.190 --> 00:45:46.180
  • She knew that people wouldn't understand.
  • 00:45:46.190 --> 00:45:48.170
  • She wondered in her heart about Joseph to whom she was engaged.
  • 00:45:48.180 --> 00:45:52.060
  • But in spite of all that, because God had spoken,
  • 00:45:52.070 --> 00:45:55.160
  • Mary submitted and said,
  • 00:45:55.170 --> 00:45:56.260
  • "Lord, whatever it is that you want, I am willing."
  • 00:45:56.270 --> 00:46:02.210
  • You see the thread that runs
  • 00:46:02.220 --> 00:46:04.110
  • through all four of these narratives?
  • 00:46:04.120 --> 00:46:07.040
  • The wise men obeyed and brought their gifts,
  • 00:46:07.050 --> 00:46:09.280
  • theirs was an obedience of sacrifice.
  • 00:46:09.290 --> 00:46:13.060
  • The shepherds obeyed, came to the manger,
  • 00:46:13.070 --> 00:46:16.070
  • praising and glorifying God.
  • 00:46:16.080 --> 00:46:18.130
  • Theirs was the obedience of service.
  • 00:46:18.140 --> 00:46:21.250
  • Joseph quietly accepted the incredible story
  • 00:46:21.260 --> 00:46:24.220
  • of Mary's pregnancy, and did what he was asked
  • 00:46:24.230 --> 00:46:27.120
  • to do and his was the obedience of silence.
  • 00:46:27.130 --> 00:46:31.120
  • Mary said, "Let it be to me according to your Word."
  • 00:46:31.130 --> 00:46:34.240
  • Hers was the obedience of submission.
  • 00:46:34.250 --> 00:46:39.190
  • Is it not time for you to respond to the Christmas message
  • 00:46:39.200 --> 00:46:42.270
  • by submitting to God's kindness, and if you have yet to do so,
  • 00:46:42.280 --> 00:46:47.110
  • receiving Christ as your Lord and Savior?
  • 00:46:47.120 --> 00:46:51.110
  • And is it not for us, who are Christians,
  • 00:46:51.120 --> 00:46:54.260
  • a great opportunity to take inventory in our own lives?
  • 00:46:54.270 --> 00:46:59.260
  • "How am I doing, Lord?
  • 00:46:59.270 --> 00:47:03.010
  • How am I doing with submission to your will
  • 00:47:03.020 --> 00:47:05.150
  • when I don't even understand it?
  • 00:47:05.160 --> 00:47:07.250
  • How am I doing in serving you?
  • 00:47:07.260 --> 00:47:09.250
  • How am I doing in saying yes
  • 00:47:09.260 --> 00:47:11.130
  • when it doesn't make sense to me?
  • 00:47:11.140 --> 00:47:13.190
  • How am I doing in the sacrifice of my time, talent,
  • 00:47:13.200 --> 00:47:19.230
  • and treasure?"
  • 00:47:19.240 --> 00:47:22.180
  • And for those who do not know the Lord Jesus Christ,
  • 00:47:22.190 --> 00:47:25.060
  • there can only be one thing important and that is
  • 00:47:25.070 --> 00:47:29.070
  • to understand that behind all of the imagery and pageantry
  • 00:47:29.080 --> 00:47:33.150
  • of this season is a true story of a God in heaven,
  • 00:47:33.160 --> 00:47:37.220
  • who loved us so much that he gave to us the greatest treasure
  • 00:47:37.230 --> 00:47:41.270
  • heaven had, the only begotten Son of the Father
  • 00:47:41.280 --> 00:47:46.240
  • who came to this world and went to the cross
  • 00:47:46.250 --> 00:47:49.240
  • to die for us so that we could be forgiven.
  • 00:47:49.250 --> 00:47:52.280
  • The story of redemption begins in Bethlehem
  • 00:47:52.290 --> 00:47:56.140
  • when God became flesh, when Christ came to be
  • 00:47:56.150 --> 00:48:00.230
  • one of us, to join into the humanity experience,
  • 00:48:00.240 --> 00:48:06.130
  • and ultimately in his humaneness,
  • 00:48:06.140 --> 00:48:09.130
  • go to the cross, not leaving anything of his divinity behind.
  • 00:48:09.140 --> 00:48:14.210
  • And on that day outside of Jerusalem,
  • 00:48:14.220 --> 00:48:17.030
  • God died in his Son's body so that
  • 00:48:17.040 --> 00:48:21.170
  • you and I could be set free.
  • 00:48:21.180 --> 00:48:25.190
  • I know that most of us have some inkling of that story,
  • 00:48:25.200 --> 00:48:30.230
  • but we are living, men and women,
  • 00:48:30.240 --> 00:48:32.260
  • in what most people call the post Christian era.
  • 00:48:32.270 --> 00:48:38.020
  • Things that we understood normally,
  • 00:48:38.030 --> 00:48:40.240
  • just because we grew up in America,
  • 00:48:40.250 --> 00:48:43.020
  • no longer exist in our thinking process.
  • 00:48:43.030 --> 00:48:46.110
  • Even young people who grow up in Christian homes
  • 00:48:46.120 --> 00:48:50.130
  • are not taught the main stories of the Bible.
  • 00:48:50.140 --> 00:48:54.290
  • So, I want to conclude with a human story
  • 00:48:55.000 --> 00:48:58.080
  • that illustrates this incredible God story.
  • 00:48:58.090 --> 00:49:04.010
  • During the reign of Russian Tsar Nicholas I,
  • 00:49:04.020 --> 00:49:09.040
  • there was a young man in his army whose father
  • 00:49:09.050 --> 00:49:11.260
  • was one of his close friends.
  • 00:49:11.270 --> 00:49:14.160
  • Because of that relationship, this young man was given
  • 00:49:14.170 --> 00:49:16.200
  • a very responsible post.
  • 00:49:16.210 --> 00:49:19.000
  • He was the paymaster of one of the barracks
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  • for the Russian army, and it was his responsibility
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  • to see that the right amount of money was distributed
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  • each month to the soldiers.
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  • The young man meant well, but his character
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  • was not up to his responsibility.
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  • He began to gamble and, eventually,
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  • he gambled away most of his own money
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  • and a great deal of the government's money.
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  • In due course, the young man received notice
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  • that a representative of tsar was coming to check
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  • the accounts, and he knew that he was in trouble.
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  • That evening, he got out the books
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  • and totaled up the funds that were owed.
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  • Then he went to the safe and got out his own pitifully
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  • small amount of money and as he sat there
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  • and he looked at the two, he was overwhelmed
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  • at the astronomical debt that he had built up
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  • versus his own small change.
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  • He was a ruined man.
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  • He knew he would be disgraced.
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  • At last, he determined the only way for him was
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  • to take his life.
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  • He pulled out his revolver, placed it on the table
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  • in front of him, and wrote a summation
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  • of his misdeeds.
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  • At the bottom of the ledger, which he had totaled up
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  • his illegal borrowings, he wrote,
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  • "A great debt, who can pay?"
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  • And he determined that at the stroke of midnight,
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  • he would die.
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  • As the evening wore on, the young soldier grew drowsy
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  • and eventually fell asleep.
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  • That night, Tsar Nicholas I, as was sometimes his custom,
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  • was making the rounds of this particular barracks.
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  • Seeing a light, he stopped and looked in,
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  • and knowing this young man,
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  • he recognized him immediately.
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  • And noting that he was asleep, he looked over his shoulder
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  • and saw the ledger book and realized
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  • all that had taken place.
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  • He was about to awaken this young man and put him
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  • under arrest when his eye fastened
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  • on the young man's words at the bottom of the page,
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  • "A great debt, who can pay?"
  • 00:51:21.290 --> 00:51:26.030
  • Suddenly, with a surge of grace and mercy, he reached over,
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  • he wrote one word at the bottom of the ledger,
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  • and he slipped out.
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  • The young man was sleeping fitfully,
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  • and he awoke suddenly in the middle of the night,
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  • glanced at the clock and realized
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  • it was long after midnight.
  • 00:51:40.030 --> 00:51:41.260
  • He reached for his revolver, but as he did,
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  • his eye fell on the ledger.
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  • He saw something that he had not seen before.
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  • There was his writing, "A great debt, who can pay?"
  • 00:51:49.020 --> 00:51:53.170
  • But underneath was the word the Tsar had written,
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  • "Nicholas I, He could pay."
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  • He was dumbfounded.
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  • He did not understand how it could have gotten there.
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  • He must have made a mistake.
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  • He went to the safe where material bore the signature
  • 00:52:08.160 --> 00:52:11.090
  • of Tsar, and it was the Tsar's signature.
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  • He said to himself, "He must have come when I was asleep.
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  • He has seen the book, he knows all,
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  • and he's willing to forgive me."
  • 00:52:21.170 --> 00:52:23.270
  • And the next morning a messenger came from the palace
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  • with the amount of money needed to meet the deficit
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  • only the Tsar could pay, and the Tsar did pay.
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  • In the same way, only the Lord Jesus Christ
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  • was able to pay our debt to God.
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  • We look at the moral requirement of God's righteousness
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  • spelled out in his book, and we compare it
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  • with our own tawdry performance and we ask a question,
  • 00:52:48.280 --> 00:52:53.200
  • "A great debt, who can pay?"
  • 00:52:53.210 --> 00:52:56.160
  • And the Lord Jesus Christ steps forward
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  • and signs his name to our ledger.
  • 00:52:59.140 --> 00:53:03.210
  • Only Jesus can pay, and that's why he came
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  • to this earth at Christmastime, to begin the process
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  • of signing his name at the bottom of your ledger,
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  • to forgive all your sin so that you can be free
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  • from that sin and forgiven and go to heaven
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  • to spend eternity with God.
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  • So, let me ask you this question,
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  • have you submitted to him?
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  • Have you asked him to come and live within your life
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  • and be your Savior?
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  • It is the greatest decision you will ever make.
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  • It will change your life from this moment on.
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  • You will never be the same.
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  • And it is the most incredible way to celebrate Christmas,
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  • to accept the gift of Jesus Christ, which God gave.
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  • That gift was given at Christmas.
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  • Why don't you receive that gift?
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