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December 20, 2020
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Messages of hope and redemption from Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia, with Louie Giglio.,#=#,Louie Giglio,Star of Bethlehem;Magi;Emmanuel;Jesus;Messiah;Light of the World;Hope;Salvation;Miracles,John 1:4-5,Religion,HD-HLGP2052,1238492

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  • - The question always lingers,
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  • - The question always lingers,and maybe you've been
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  • and maybe you've beenthinking about it,
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  • thinking about it,especially coming into this
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  • especially coming into thisChristmas season.
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  • Christmas season."Am I still invited?
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  • "Am I still invited?Would the God of Heaven,
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  • Would the God of Heaven,would he still want me?
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  • would he still want me?Do I have a place
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  • Do I have a placein the family of God?
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  • in the family of God?I'm not sure if I even have
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  • I'm not sure if I even havea place in my family right now,
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  • a place in my family right now,much less a place
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  • much less a placein God's family."
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  • in God's family."And I think we find the answer
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  • And I think we find the answerto that question today
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  • to that question todayin the Bethlehem star.
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  • in the Bethlehem star.You know there was
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  • You know there wasan astrological phenomenon,
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  • an astrological phenomenon,some kind of astronomical
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  • some kind of astronomicaloccurrence that led these Magi
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  • occurrence that led these Magifrom the East all the way
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  • from the East all the wayto Bethlehem.
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  • to Bethlehem.And you would think that
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  • And you would think thatif this whole Christmas thing,
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  • if this whole Christmas thing,by the way, was a myth
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  • by the way, was a mythor a hoax,
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  • or a hoax,that astronomers in a modern age
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  • that astronomers in a modern agewould have already
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  • would have alreadyquashed that story.
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  • quashed that story.But quite the contrary is true,
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  • But quite the contrary is true,if you look to the astronomers
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  • if you look to the astronomersof the day,
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  • of the day,they actually postulate
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  • they actually postulatevarious possibilities
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  • various possibilitiesfor what the Magi saw in the sky
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  • for what the Magi saw in the skythat would have led them
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  • that would have led themall the way to Bethlehem.
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  • all the way to Bethlehem.One of the great theories
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  • One of the great theoriesis an alignment of planets
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  • is an alignment of planetswhich would only happen
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  • which would only happenin a very,
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  • in a very,very rare circumstance.
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  • very rare circumstance.In many of the astrological
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  • In many of the astrologicaland astronomical explanations
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  • and astronomical explanationsthat you'll hear --
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  • that you'll hear --you'll hear about
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  • you'll hear aboutthe star Regulus.
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  • the star Regulus.Regulus, it's in
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  • Regulus, it's inthe constellation Leo,
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  • the constellation Leo,and any of the kids
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  • and any of the kidsthat are still awake
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  • that are still awakeafter the Little Debbie
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  • after the Little DebbieChristmas tree cake
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  • Christmas tree cakeknow what the constellation Leo,
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  • know what the constellation Leo,what animal that represents.
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  • what animal that represents.Any kids know?
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  • Any kids know?The lion.
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  • The lion.In that constellation,
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  • In that constellation,the lion, Leo,
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  • the lion, Leo,is a star called Regulus.
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  • is a star called Regulus.On any night's sky,
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  • On any night's sky,it is one of the brightest stars
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  • it is one of the brightest starsin the sky.
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  • in the sky.And many astronomers think
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  • And many astronomers thinkthat Regulus was a part
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  • that Regulus was a partof the equation that caused
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  • of the equation that causedsuch a significant event
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  • such a significant eventto happen,
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  • to happen,that these Wise Men,
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  • that these Wise Men,who themselves may have
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  • who themselves may havebeen astronomers,
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  • been astronomers,to leave the East
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  • to leave the Eastand to make the long journey
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  • and to make the long journeyto Bethlehem.
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  • to Bethlehem.Now the thing about Regulus
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  • Now the thing about Regulusthat's amazing is not
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  • that's amazing is nothow bright it is alone,
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  • how bright it is alone,but how far away it is
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  • but how far away it isfrom planet Earth.
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  • from planet Earth.Regulus is 77 light-years
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  • Regulus is 77 light-yearsfrom Earth.
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  • from Earth.Now you're thinking already,
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  • Now you're thinking already,"Is it possible to come
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  • "Is it possible to cometo an Easter gathering
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  • to an Easter gatheringor a Christmas gathering
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  • or a Christmas gatheringat Passion City Church
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  • at Passion City Churchwhere we don't have to learn
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  • where we don't have to learnabout astronomy?
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  • about astronomy?Can maybe one Christmas
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  • Can maybe one Christmaswe just talk about the elves
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  • we just talk about the elvesthat were at the manger
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  • that were at the mangeror you know,
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  • or you know,something else normal
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  • something else normalor regular about
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  • or regular aboutthe Christmas story?"
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  • the Christmas story?"But Regulus is maybe the answer,
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  • But Regulus is maybe the answer,in part, to the question,
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  • in part, to the question,"Are you still invited
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  • "Are you still invitedto Christmas?"
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  • to Christmas?"You know light's moving quick,
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  • You know light's moving quick,we talk about that all the time,
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  • we talk about that all the time,186.000 miles a second.
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  • 186.000 miles a second.So if you want to throw that
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  • So if you want to throw thatinto the Christmas lunch,
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  • into the Christmas lunch,by the way, let's just
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  • by the way, let's justsay it together.
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  • say it together.You can get the number
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  • You can get the numberin your head.
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  • in your head.Light's moving 186.000
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  • Light's moving 186.000miles per second.
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  • miles per second.That's fast.
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  • That's fast.That means a beam of light
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  • That means a beam of lightcan go around the Earth
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  • can go around the Earthseven times in one second,
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  • seven times in one second,faster than some of you
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  • faster than some of youcame down 400 coming to this
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  • came down 400 coming to thisgathering just now.
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  • gathering just now.That means when light
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  • That means when lightleaves the surface of the Sun,
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  • leaves the surface of the Sun,it only takes it eight minutes
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  • it only takes it eight minutesto cover the 93 million mile
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  • to cover the 93 million milejourney from the surface
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  • journey from the surfaceof the Sun to your skin
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  • of the Sun to your skinin Atlanta, Georgia.
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  • in Atlanta, Georgia.Isn't that amazing?
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  • Isn't that amazing?So that means if you're
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  • So that means if you'redoing your math right,
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  • doing your math right,that the Sun is eight
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  • that the Sun is eightlight minutes away.
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  • light minutes away.And when you talk about
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  • And when you talk aboutsomething like Regulus,
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  • something like Regulus,you don't just talk about
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  • you don't just talk aboutits brightness,
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  • its brightness,you talk about
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  • you talk abouthow far away it is.
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  • how far away it is.And when you're talking about
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  • And when you're talking abouta star like Regulus
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  • a star like Regulusin the constellation Leo,
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  • in the constellation Leo,distance is really
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  • distance is reallyof no consequence,
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  • of no consequence,because our minds
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  • because our mindscan't comprehend those size
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  • can't comprehend those sizenumbers in miles,
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  • numbers in miles,and so we talk about years.
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  • and so we talk about years.It's 77 light-years away.
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  • It's 77 light-years away.And everyone, I think,
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  • And everyone, I think,knows what that means.
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  • knows what that means.But just a little
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  • But just a littledemonstration if we can.
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  • demonstration if we can.If this is Regulus
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  • If this is Regulusshining bright in Leo,
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  • shining bright in Leo,and lighting a way,
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  • and lighting a way,possibly, for the Magi
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  • possibly, for the Magito head to Bethlehem,
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  • to head to Bethlehem,and it's emitting
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  • and it's emittingan enormous amount
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  • an enormous amountof powerful light at the right
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  • of powerful light at the rightelectromagnetic frequency
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  • electromagnetic frequencyso that it can be seen
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  • so that it can be seenby the human eye.
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  • by the human eye.And it leaves Regulus,
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  • And it leaves Regulus,traveling throughout
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  • traveling throughoutthe universe,
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  • the universe,moving the direction of Earth,
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  • moving the direction of Earth,before that light would have
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  • before that light would havereached the eyes of the Magi,
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  • reached the eyes of the Magi,before they would begin
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  • before they would begintheir journey to Bethlehem,
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  • their journey to Bethlehem,the light would have traveled
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  • the light would have traveledfor 77 years
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  • for 77 yearsto reach their eyes.
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  • to reach their eyes.Meaning the light left there
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  • Meaning the light left there77 years ago
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  • 77 years agobefore it arrived in the East
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  • before it arrived in the Eastto lead them to Bethlehem.
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  • to lead them to Bethlehem.And you're like, "What does that
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  • And you're like, "What does thathave to do with whether or not
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  • have to do with whether or notGod is inviting me
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  • God is inviting meinto the Christmas miracle
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  • into the Christmas miraclethis year?"
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  • this year?"It has everything to do with it,
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  • It has everything to do with it,because what it means is this,
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  • because what it means is this,that long before the shepherds
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  • that long before the shepherdswere with their flocks at night,
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  • were with their flocks at night,and long before Mary and Joseph
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  • and long before Mary and Josephwould have left Nazareth
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  • would have left Nazarethon their journey to Bethlehem
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  • on their journey to Bethlehemto register,
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  • to register,long before there was
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  • long before there wasan immaculate conception
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  • an immaculate conceptionor a decree
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  • or a decreefrom Caesar Augustus,
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  • from Caesar Augustus,long before
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  • long beforeall of that happened,
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  • all of that happened,the Bethlehem light of Christmas
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  • the Bethlehem light of Christmashad already left Regulus,
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  • had already left Regulus,already was on its way
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  • already was on its wayto planet Earth.
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  • to planet Earth.Long before people even knew
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  • Long before people even knewthere was going to be
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  • there was going to bea Christmas night,
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  • a Christmas night,God had already sent the light
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  • God had already sent the lighton its journey to Earth.
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  • on its journey to Earth.And in the very same way,
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  • And in the very same way,long before you or I
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  • long before you or Iwere ever born,
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  • were ever born,long before we did
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  • long before we didour best thing
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  • our best thingor our worst thing,
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  • or our worst thing,long before we made
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  • long before we madea success of our lives
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  • a success of our livesor a mess of our lives,
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  • or a mess of our lives,long before we thought
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  • long before we thoughtwe were good enough for God
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  • we were good enough for Godor we knew we weren't
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  • or we knew we weren'tgood enough for God,
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  • good enough for God,long before
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  • long beforeany of that happened,
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  • any of that happened,God had already sent
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  • God had already sentthe invitation of Christmas
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  • the invitation of Christmason its way.
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  • on its way.The light of Bethlehem
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  • The light of Bethlehemwas on its way to you
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  • was on its way to youlong before you even knew
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  • long before you even knewyou needed peace on Earth
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  • you needed peace on Earthand good will to all men.
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  • and good will to all men.Are you still invited?
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  • Are you still invited?Well, if it's based
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  • Well, if it's basedon what you did yesterday
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  • on what you did yesterdayor the day before,
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  • or the day before,or whether you measured up
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  • or whether you measured upor you didn't,
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  • or you didn't,whether you thought
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  • whether you thoughtyou were good enough
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  • you were good enoughor you didn't,
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  • or you didn't,then maybe the question
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  • then maybe the questionis still open.
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  • is still open.But if you hear the story
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  • But if you hear the storyof the Gospel,
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  • of the Gospel,it says Jesus Christ was slain
  • 00:07:58.236 --> 00:08:02.040
  • it says Jesus Christ was slainbefore the foundation
  • 00:08:02.040 --> 00:08:04.910
  • before the foundationof the world.
  • 00:08:04.910 --> 00:08:05.844
  • of the world.In the ancient days
  • 00:08:05.844 --> 00:08:07.045
  • In the ancient daysthere was a tradition
  • 00:08:07.045 --> 00:08:07.746
  • there was a traditioncalled "The Lighting
  • 00:08:07.746 --> 00:08:09.648
  • called "The Lightingof the Lamps."
  • 00:08:09.648 --> 00:08:10.916
  • of the Lamps."When the Sun would set
  • 00:08:10.916 --> 00:08:13.485
  • When the Sun would setand the evening would fall,
  • 00:08:13.485 --> 00:08:15.186
  • and the evening would fall,believers would gather
  • 00:08:15.186 --> 00:08:15.887
  • believers would gatherfor worship,
  • 00:08:15.887 --> 00:08:16.688
  • for worship,but they would gather
  • 00:08:16.688 --> 00:08:18.089
  • but they would gatheras darkness came.
  • 00:08:18.089 --> 00:08:19.758
  • as darkness came.And I love, personally,
  • 00:08:19.758 --> 00:08:21.159
  • And I love, personally,that of all the ages
  • 00:08:21.159 --> 00:08:22.160
  • that of all the agesGod could have chosen
  • 00:08:22.160 --> 00:08:23.461
  • God could have chosento send His Son into the world,
  • 00:08:23.461 --> 00:08:25.130
  • to send His Son into the world,He chose to send Him
  • 00:08:25.130 --> 00:08:27.632
  • He chose to send Himinto an ancient age way before
  • 00:08:27.632 --> 00:08:30.068
  • into an ancient age way beforethere was electricity,
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  • there was electricity,or any kind of neon light,
  • 00:08:31.736 --> 00:08:34.406
  • or any kind of neon light,or LED light, or any kind
  • 00:08:34.406 --> 00:08:38.276
  • or LED light, or any kindof incandescent light bulb.
  • 00:08:38.276 --> 00:08:40.712
  • of incandescent light bulb.Jesus was born, I believe
  • 00:08:40.712 --> 00:08:42.447
  • Jesus was born, I believeby the will and design of God
  • 00:08:42.447 --> 00:08:45.817
  • by the will and design of Godin an era where light
  • 00:08:45.817 --> 00:08:48.053
  • in an era where lightwas a flame.
  • 00:08:48.053 --> 00:08:50.021
  • was a flame.Because in that day and time,
  • 00:08:50.021 --> 00:08:53.558
  • Because in that day and time,that flame was so treasured
  • 00:08:53.558 --> 00:08:55.393
  • that flame was so treasuredand valuable.
  • 00:08:55.393 --> 00:08:57.295
  • and valuable.It was essential,
  • 00:08:57.295 --> 00:09:00.732
  • It was essential,that flame, for life.
  • 00:09:00.732 --> 00:09:02.634
  • that flame, for life.And moreover,
  • 00:09:02.634 --> 00:09:05.503
  • And moreover,it was transferable.
  • 00:09:05.503 --> 00:09:06.137
  • it was transferable.In other words,
  • 00:09:06.137 --> 00:09:08.239
  • In other words,if I had a flame
  • 00:09:08.239 --> 00:09:09.641
  • if I had a flameand evening fell,
  • 00:09:09.641 --> 00:09:12.344
  • and evening fell,I could share my flame with you.
  • 00:09:12.344 --> 00:09:13.411
  • I could share my flame with you.And then you would have
  • 00:09:13.411 --> 00:09:14.779
  • And then you would havethe same flame,
  • 00:09:14.779 --> 00:09:16.014
  • the same flame,but now we would both
  • 00:09:16.014 --> 00:09:17.582
  • but now we would bothhave that flame.
  • 00:09:17.582 --> 00:09:18.717
  • have that flame.And you could share the flame
  • 00:09:18.717 --> 00:09:19.784
  • And you could share the flamewith your neighbor,
  • 00:09:19.784 --> 00:09:20.585
  • with your neighbor,and they could share
  • 00:09:20.585 --> 00:09:21.386
  • and they could sharewith their neighbor,
  • 00:09:21.386 --> 00:09:22.320
  • with their neighbor,and I could share
  • 00:09:22.320 --> 00:09:23.221
  • and I could sharewith another neighbor.
  • 00:09:23.221 --> 00:09:24.956
  • with another neighbor.And soon ten neighbors,
  • 00:09:24.956 --> 00:09:26.291
  • And soon ten neighbors,or a hundred neighbors,
  • 00:09:26.291 --> 00:09:27.525
  • or a hundred neighbors,or a thousand neighbors,
  • 00:09:27.525 --> 00:09:30.161
  • or a thousand neighbors,or an entire city of neighbors
  • 00:09:30.161 --> 00:09:31.763
  • or an entire city of neighborscould all share
  • 00:09:31.763 --> 00:09:33.965
  • could all sharefrom the same light.
  • 00:09:33.965 --> 00:09:35.333
  • from the same light.It was that culture
  • 00:09:35.333 --> 00:09:37.769
  • It was that cultureand that mindset that God sent
  • 00:09:37.769 --> 00:09:39.638
  • and that mindset that God senthis Son into so that
  • 00:09:39.638 --> 00:09:40.705
  • his Son into so thatwhen Jesus said,
  • 00:09:40.705 --> 00:09:43.808
  • when Jesus said,"I am the light of the world,"
  • 00:09:43.808 --> 00:09:45.243
  • "I am the light of the world,"people didn't think about
  • 00:09:45.243 --> 00:09:46.211
  • people didn't think abouta switch on a wall
  • 00:09:46.211 --> 00:09:47.045
  • a switch on a wallor the little button
  • 00:09:47.045 --> 00:09:48.647
  • or the little buttonunderneath the Christmas tree.
  • 00:09:48.647 --> 00:09:49.714
  • underneath the Christmas tree.When Jesus said,
  • 00:09:49.714 --> 00:09:51.282
  • When Jesus said,"I am the light of the world,"
  • 00:09:51.282 --> 00:09:52.250
  • "I am the light of the world,"people would think,
  • 00:09:52.250 --> 00:09:54.085
  • people would think,"You are essential
  • 00:09:54.085 --> 00:09:56.221
  • "You are essentialand treasured,
  • 00:09:56.221 --> 00:09:57.622
  • and treasured,somewhat mysterious,
  • 00:09:57.622 --> 00:09:58.790
  • somewhat mysterious,but maybe possibly
  • 00:09:58.790 --> 00:10:00.792
  • but maybe possiblyalso transferable."
  • 00:10:00.792 --> 00:10:03.628
  • also transferable."that Jesus could be the light
  • 00:10:03.628 --> 00:10:07.265
  • that Jesus could be the lightthat becomes my light.
  • 00:10:07.265 --> 00:10:09.300
  • that becomes my light.And your light.
  • 00:10:09.300 --> 00:10:10.535
  • And your light.And the neighbor's light.
  • 00:10:10.535 --> 00:10:11.636
  • And the neighbor's light.And the co-worker's light.
  • 00:10:11.636 --> 00:10:12.737
  • And the co-worker's light.And my brother's light.
  • 00:10:12.737 --> 00:10:14.172
  • And my brother's light.And the city's light.
  • 00:10:14.172 --> 00:10:17.308
  • And the city's light.All the light could become
  • 00:10:17.308 --> 00:10:20.045
  • All the light could becomethe light of Christ
  • 00:10:20.045 --> 00:10:22.047
  • the light of Christilluminating the world.
  • 00:10:22.047 --> 00:10:23.848
  • illuminating the world.This was the power
  • 00:10:23.848 --> 00:10:27.318
  • This was the powerof the Lighting of the Lamps.
  • 00:10:27.318 --> 00:10:28.386
  • of the Lighting of the Lamps.And the early believers,
  • 00:10:28.386 --> 00:10:30.655
  • And the early believers,the early Church,
  • 00:10:30.655 --> 00:10:32.357
  • the early Church,the first candlelight
  • 00:10:32.357 --> 00:10:34.359
  • the first candlelightservices --
  • 00:10:34.359 --> 00:10:35.560
  • services --the tradition tells us
  • 00:10:35.560 --> 00:10:36.828
  • the tradition tells usa candle was kept burning
  • 00:10:36.828 --> 00:10:39.798
  • a candle was kept burningin the tomb, though empty,
  • 00:10:39.798 --> 00:10:42.233
  • in the tomb, though empty,of Joseph of Arimathea.
  • 00:10:42.233 --> 00:10:43.468
  • of Joseph of Arimathea.The early Church knew
  • 00:10:43.468 --> 00:10:46.604
  • The early Church knewexactly the spot where Joseph
  • 00:10:46.604 --> 00:10:49.040
  • exactly the spot where Josephof Arimathea's tomb was.
  • 00:10:49.040 --> 00:10:51.543
  • of Arimathea's tomb was.And a candle perpetually
  • 00:10:51.543 --> 00:10:53.344
  • And a candle perpetuallywas kept burning in that tomb
  • 00:10:53.344 --> 00:10:54.813
  • was kept burning in that tombas a symbol and a sign
  • 00:10:54.813 --> 00:10:58.616
  • as a symbol and a signJesus is alive.
  • 00:10:58.616 --> 00:10:59.284
  • Jesus is alive.Like the Gospel
  • 00:10:59.284 --> 00:11:01.753
  • Like the Gospelsaid in John 1,
  • 00:11:01.753 --> 00:11:04.055
  • said in John 1,when it talked about this Jesus
  • 00:11:04.055 --> 00:11:07.025
  • when it talked about this Jesusthat we're celebrating today,
  • 00:11:07.025 --> 00:11:08.226
  • that we're celebrating today,it says "through Him,"
  • 00:11:08.226 --> 00:11:09.094
  • it says "through Him,"through Jesus,
  • 00:11:09.094 --> 00:11:11.296
  • through Jesus,"all things were made
  • 00:11:11.296 --> 00:11:12.764
  • "all things were madeand without Him
  • 00:11:12.764 --> 00:11:17.869
  • and without Himnothing has been made.
  • 00:11:17.869 --> 00:11:20.772
  • nothing has been made.In Him was life,
  • 00:11:20.772 --> 00:11:23.475
  • In Him was life,and that life
  • 00:11:23.475 --> 00:11:27.045
  • and that lifewas the light of men."
  • 00:11:27.045 --> 00:11:28.880
  • was the light of men."And then look what it says --
  • 00:11:28.880 --> 00:11:30.315
  • And then look what it says --it says in John 1:5
  • 00:11:30.315 --> 00:11:33.051
  • it says in John 1:5that "the light shines
  • 00:11:33.051 --> 00:11:35.153
  • that "the light shinesin the darkness
  • 00:11:35.153 --> 00:11:38.790
  • in the darknessand the darkness has not
  • 00:11:38.790 --> 00:11:41.693
  • and the darkness has notovercome it."
  • 00:11:41.693 --> 00:11:43.695
  • overcome it."And so they would gather
  • 00:11:43.695 --> 00:11:45.697
  • And so they would gatheraround the symbol
  • 00:11:45.697 --> 00:11:48.633
  • around the symbolof the enduring resurrection
  • 00:11:48.633 --> 00:11:51.069
  • of the enduring resurrectionlife of Jesus.
  • 00:11:51.069 --> 00:11:51.903
  • life of Jesus.And as they would come
  • 00:11:51.903 --> 00:11:53.371
  • And as they would comefor the Lighting of the Lamps,
  • 00:11:53.371 --> 00:11:55.540
  • for the Lighting of the Lamps,a light from the empty tomb
  • 00:11:55.540 --> 00:11:57.242
  • a light from the empty tombof Joseph of Arimathea
  • 00:11:57.242 --> 00:11:59.244
  • of Joseph of Arimatheawould become the source of light
  • 00:11:59.244 --> 00:12:00.445
  • would become the source of lightfor all the lamps.
  • 00:12:00.445 --> 00:12:02.847
  • for all the lamps.And now as all the lamps glow,
  • 00:12:02.847 --> 00:12:03.848
  • And now as all the lamps glow,the church would sing
  • 00:12:03.848 --> 00:12:05.150
  • the church would singone of the oldest hymns
  • 00:12:05.150 --> 00:12:05.984
  • one of the oldest hymnsof our faith
  • 00:12:05.984 --> 00:12:08.153
  • of our faithcalled the "Phos Hilaron."
  • 00:12:08.153 --> 00:12:09.154
  • called the "Phos Hilaron."It translates,
  • 00:12:09.154 --> 00:12:11.790
  • It translates,"Hail Gladdening Light."
  • 00:12:11.790 --> 00:12:14.392
  • "Hail Gladdening Light."A hymn that celebrates Father,
  • 00:12:14.392 --> 00:12:16.861
  • A hymn that celebrates Father,Son, and Holy Spirit,
  • 00:12:16.861 --> 00:12:18.496
  • Son, and Holy Spirit,but a hymn that most
  • 00:12:18.496 --> 00:12:20.498
  • but a hymn that mostcelebrates Jesus,
  • 00:12:20.498 --> 00:12:22.433
  • celebrates Jesus,light from light,
  • 00:12:22.433 --> 00:12:24.569
  • light from light,God from God.
  • 00:12:24.569 --> 00:12:26.104
  • God from God.Coming into the world
  • 00:12:26.104 --> 00:12:28.339
  • Coming into the worldto illuminate the world
  • 00:12:28.339 --> 00:12:32.544
  • to illuminate the worldwith grace and truth.
  • 00:12:32.544 --> 00:12:33.578
  • with grace and truth.And so on our way
  • 00:12:33.578 --> 00:12:35.480
  • And so on our wayto Mercedes-Benz Stadium,
  • 00:12:35.480 --> 00:12:36.614
  • to Mercedes-Benz Stadium,we thought "Boy,
  • 00:12:36.614 --> 00:12:37.348
  • we thought "Boy,we're ringing in
  • 00:12:37.348 --> 00:12:38.383
  • we're ringing ina brand new decade:
  • 00:12:38.383 --> 00:12:40.051
  • a brand new decade:the roaring 20's are back.
  • 00:12:40.051 --> 00:12:43.221
  • the roaring 20's are back.And what way would we more want
  • 00:12:43.221 --> 00:12:44.989
  • And what way would we more wantto usher in a New Year's
  • 00:12:44.989 --> 00:12:46.825
  • to usher in a New Year'sEve celebration
  • 00:12:46.825 --> 00:12:49.060
  • Eve celebrationin the premiere stadium
  • 00:12:49.060 --> 00:12:51.095
  • in the premiere stadiumin America than to bring
  • 00:12:51.095 --> 00:12:54.032
  • in America than to bringa light from Jerusalem,
  • 00:12:54.032 --> 00:12:55.466
  • a light from Jerusalem,from a cave,
  • 00:12:55.466 --> 00:12:57.869
  • from a cave,in a cemetery near the place
  • 00:12:57.869 --> 00:12:59.204
  • in a cemetery near the placewhere Jesus was raised
  • 00:12:59.204 --> 00:12:59.971
  • where Jesus was raisedfrom the dead
  • 00:12:59.971 --> 00:13:01.506
  • from the deadand to bring that flame,
  • 00:13:01.506 --> 00:13:02.407
  • and to bring that flame,still burning,
  • 00:13:02.407 --> 00:13:03.408
  • still burning,all the way
  • 00:13:03.408 --> 00:13:04.876
  • all the wayto Mercedes-Benz Stadium,
  • 00:13:04.876 --> 00:13:06.077
  • to Mercedes-Benz Stadium,and that's exactly what we
  • 00:13:06.077 --> 00:13:08.179
  • and that's exactly what weset out to do.
  • 00:13:08.179 --> 00:13:08.680
  • set out to do.You're like, "Boy,
  • 00:13:08.680 --> 00:13:09.814
  • You're like, "Boy,I don't think that's possible,
  • 00:13:09.814 --> 00:13:11.015
  • I don't think that's possible,because they'll fine you
  • 00:13:11.015 --> 00:13:12.217
  • because they'll fine youfor even tampering
  • 00:13:12.217 --> 00:13:14.919
  • for even tamperingwith the lavatory smoke detector
  • 00:13:14.919 --> 00:13:16.955
  • with the lavatory smoke detectoron Delta.
  • 00:13:16.955 --> 00:13:18.323
  • on Delta.How you gonna get a flame
  • 00:13:18.323 --> 00:13:21.793
  • How you gonna get a flameall the way from Jerusalem
  • 00:13:21.793 --> 00:13:24.028
  • all the way from Jerusalemto America?"
  • 00:13:24.028 --> 00:13:24.696
  • to America?"Well, it turns out,
  • 00:13:24.696 --> 00:13:27.765
  • Well, it turns out,we know people.
  • 00:13:27.765 --> 00:13:28.399
  • we know people.So we called
  • 00:13:28.399 --> 00:13:30.134
  • So we calledall the people we know,
  • 00:13:30.134 --> 00:13:31.636
  • all the people we know,and they, one by one,
  • 00:13:31.636 --> 00:13:35.506
  • and they, one by one,all have said "No way."
  • 00:13:35.506 --> 00:13:36.908
  • But with God
  • 00:13:38.276 --> 00:13:41.012
  • But with Godthere's always a way.
  • 00:13:41.012 --> 00:13:42.013
  • there's always a way.I knew there was a way
  • 00:13:42.013 --> 00:13:43.281
  • I knew there was a wayto bring a flame on a plane,
  • 00:13:43.281 --> 00:13:44.649
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:13:47.552 --> 00:13:48.419
  • [Laughter]Some of you are laughing.
  • 00:13:48.419 --> 00:13:49.220
  • Some of you are laughing.You know exactly
  • 00:13:49.220 --> 00:13:51.155
  • You know exactlywhat I'm talking about.
  • 00:13:51.155 --> 00:13:51.990
  • what I'm talking about.The younger generations
  • 00:13:51.990 --> 00:13:53.057
  • The younger generationsall freaked out like
  • 00:13:53.057 --> 00:13:53.725
  • all freaked out like"Oh my goodness.
  • 00:13:53.725 --> 00:13:54.726
  • "Oh my goodness.You can't bring that on a plane.
  • 00:13:54.726 --> 00:13:55.493
  • You can't bring that on a plane.I know it's gotta be
  • 00:13:55.493 --> 00:13:56.294
  • I know it's gotta besome kind of a deal,
  • 00:13:56.294 --> 00:13:57.195
  • some kind of a deal,because y'all really didn't
  • 00:13:57.195 --> 00:13:58.263
  • because y'all really didn'tput that on an airplane."
  • 00:13:58.263 --> 00:13:59.697
  • put that on an airplane."I'm like, "Listen, bro.
  • 00:13:59.697 --> 00:14:01.766
  • I'm like, "Listen, bro.People used to light up."
  • 00:14:01.766 --> 00:14:04.736
  • People used to light up."[Laughter]
  • 00:14:04.736 --> 00:14:07.438
  • [Laughter]On the plane.
  • 00:14:07.438 --> 00:14:08.539
  • On the plane.Anybody remember those days
  • 00:14:08.539 --> 00:14:09.440
  • Anybody remember those dayswhen you could smoke
  • 00:14:09.440 --> 00:14:10.909
  • when you could smokeon an airplane?
  • 00:14:10.909 --> 00:14:11.676
  • on an airplane?Commercial flight?
  • 00:14:11.676 --> 00:14:12.577
  • Commercial flight?Anybody ever smoked
  • 00:14:12.577 --> 00:14:13.711
  • Anybody ever smokedon a commercial flight,
  • 00:14:13.711 --> 00:14:14.512
  • on a commercial flight,can back me up?
  • 00:14:14.512 --> 00:14:15.513
  • can back me up?Thank you so much.
  • 00:14:15.513 --> 00:14:16.481
  • Thank you so much.These people smoked
  • 00:14:16.481 --> 00:14:18.383
  • These people smokedon a commercial flight.
  • 00:14:18.383 --> 00:14:18.950
  • on a commercial flight.It happened.
  • 00:14:18.950 --> 00:14:20.251
  • It happened.Yes, right over here.
  • 00:14:20.251 --> 00:14:22.053
  • Yes, right over here.There was an ashtray
  • 00:14:22.053 --> 00:14:23.187
  • Give ya a light?
  • 00:14:30.194 --> 00:14:31.062
  • Give ya a light?So I knew you can get
  • 00:14:31.062 --> 00:14:32.397
  • So I knew you can geta flame on a plane.
  • 00:14:32.397 --> 00:14:34.899
  • a flame on a plane.We just gotta figure it out.
  • 00:14:34.899 --> 00:14:35.867
  • We just gotta figure it out.And our team did.
  • 00:14:35.867 --> 00:14:37.368
  • And our team did.A family that's very dear
  • 00:14:37.368 --> 00:14:39.003
  • A family that's very dearto this church,
  • 00:14:39.003 --> 00:14:39.737
  • to this church,who happened to own
  • 00:14:39.737 --> 00:14:41.272
  • who happened to owna small plane,
  • 00:14:41.272 --> 00:14:43.775
  • a small plane,said "We'll give it a go."
  • 00:14:43.775 --> 00:14:44.642
  • said "We'll give it a go."And they volunteered
  • 00:14:44.642 --> 00:14:47.312
  • And they volunteeredthree pilots and their plane.
  • 00:14:47.312 --> 00:14:48.513
  • three pilots and their plane.Their plane needed to make many,
  • 00:14:48.513 --> 00:14:49.447
  • Their plane needed to make many,many stops actually
  • 00:14:49.447 --> 00:14:52.617
  • many stops actuallyto make it to Israel.
  • 00:14:52.617 --> 00:14:53.918
  • to make it to Israel.And not until they were just
  • 00:14:53.918 --> 00:14:55.853
  • And not until they were justtaking off from Sicily,
  • 00:14:55.853 --> 00:14:57.088
  • taking off from Sicily,did they finally get
  • 00:14:57.088 --> 00:14:58.222
  • did they finally getthe last permission
  • 00:14:58.222 --> 00:15:01.926
  • the last permissionfrom the Italian security
  • 00:15:01.926 --> 00:15:05.096
  • from the Italian securityto land the plane in Tel Aviv.
  • 00:15:05.096 --> 00:15:07.532
  • to land the plane in Tel Aviv.And a few Tuesdays ago,
  • 00:15:07.532 --> 00:15:10.601
  • And a few Tuesdays ago,Camilo and myself lit a flame
  • 00:15:10.601 --> 00:15:12.370
  • Camilo and myself lit a flamein a cave in a cemetery
  • 00:15:12.370 --> 00:15:13.805
  • in a cave in a cemeteryoutside the old city walls
  • 00:15:13.805 --> 00:15:14.739
  • outside the old city wallsof Jerusalem,
  • 00:15:14.739 --> 00:15:16.674
  • of Jerusalem,just steps away
  • 00:15:16.674 --> 00:15:17.909
  • just steps awayfrom where the Son of God
  • 00:15:17.909 --> 00:15:20.244
  • from where the Son of Godwas raised from the dead.
  • 00:15:20.244 --> 00:15:21.412
  • was raised from the dead.And then that flame
  • 00:15:21.412 --> 00:15:22.714
  • And then that flamebegan its journey home,
  • 00:15:22.714 --> 00:15:23.915
  • began its journey home,needing to make those same
  • 00:15:23.915 --> 00:15:25.016
  • needing to make those samenumber of stops.
  • 00:15:25.016 --> 00:15:27.018
  • number of stops.So it visited Athens, Greece
  • 00:15:27.018 --> 00:15:27.952
  • So it visited Athens, Greeceand London, England,
  • 00:15:27.952 --> 00:15:31.756
  • and London, England,and Iceland, and Canada,
  • 00:15:31.756 --> 00:15:34.225
  • and Iceland, and Canada,and America on its way home.
  • 00:15:34.225 --> 00:15:35.994
  • and America on its way home.Here's just a little glimpse
  • 00:15:35.994 --> 00:15:37.862
  • Here's just a little glimpseof the journey that the flame
  • 00:15:37.862 --> 00:15:39.731
  • of the journey that the flameis making on its way
  • 00:15:39.731 --> 00:15:41.566
  • - "You are the light
  • 00:15:43.134 --> 00:15:44.369
  • - "You are the lightof the world.
  • 00:15:44.369 --> 00:15:45.837
  • of the world.A city set on a hill
  • 00:15:45.837 --> 00:15:47.138
  • A city set on a hillcannot be hidden.
  • 00:15:47.138 --> 00:15:48.573
  • cannot be hidden.Nor do people light a lamp
  • 00:15:48.573 --> 00:15:50.475
  • Nor do people light a lampand put it under a basket,
  • 00:15:50.475 --> 00:15:51.676
  • and put it under a basket,but on a stand,
  • 00:15:51.676 --> 00:15:52.477
  • but on a stand,and it gives light
  • 00:15:52.477 --> 00:15:54.178
  • and it gives lightto all in the house.
  • 00:15:54.178 --> 00:15:55.446
  • to all in the house.In the same way,
  • 00:15:55.446 --> 00:15:56.681
  • In the same way,let your light shine
  • 00:15:56.681 --> 00:15:57.782
  • let your light shinebefore others,
  • 00:15:57.782 --> 00:15:58.716
  • before others,so that they may see
  • 00:15:58.716 --> 00:15:59.851
  • so that they may seeyour good works
  • 00:15:59.851 --> 00:16:02.153
  • your good worksand give glory to your Father
  • 00:16:02.153 --> 00:16:02.987
  • - "You are the light
  • 00:16:39.891 --> 00:16:40.792
  • - "You are the lightof the world,
  • 00:16:40.792 --> 00:16:42.060
  • of the world,like a city on a hilltop
  • 00:16:42.060 --> 00:16:43.895
  • like a city on a hilltopthat cannot be hidden.
  • 00:16:43.895 --> 00:16:44.796
  • that cannot be hidden.No one lights a lamp
  • 00:16:44.796 --> 00:16:47.131
  • No one lights a lampand then puts it under a basket.
  • 00:16:47.131 --> 00:16:48.666
  • and then puts it under a basket.Instead, a lamp is placed
  • 00:16:48.666 --> 00:16:49.600
  • Instead, a lamp is placedon a stand,
  • 00:16:49.600 --> 00:16:50.435
  • on a stand,where it gives light
  • 00:16:50.435 --> 00:16:52.170
  • where it gives lightto everyone in the house.
  • 00:16:52.170 --> 00:16:53.404
  • to everyone in the house.In the same way,
  • 00:16:53.404 --> 00:16:54.906
  • In the same way,let your good deeds shine out
  • 00:16:54.906 --> 00:16:56.140
  • let your good deeds shine outfor all to see,
  • 00:16:56.140 --> 00:16:57.275
  • for all to see,so that everyone will praise
  • 00:16:57.275 --> 00:16:58.142
  • - "You are the light
  • 00:17:17.628 --> 00:17:18.696
  • of the world.
  • 00:17:18.696 --> 00:17:19.764
  • A city set on a hill
  • 00:17:19.764 --> 00:17:21.099
  • cannot be hidden.
  • 00:17:21.099 --> 00:17:22.366
  • Nor do people light a lamp
  • 00:17:22.366 --> 00:17:24.202
  • and put it under a basket,
  • 00:17:24.202 --> 00:17:25.369
  • but on a stand,
  • 00:17:25.369 --> 00:17:26.170
  • and it gives light
  • 00:17:26.170 --> 00:17:27.772
  • to all in the house.
  • 00:17:27.772 --> 00:17:29.073
  • In the same way,
  • 00:17:29.073 --> 00:17:29.941
  • let your light shine
  • 00:17:29.941 --> 00:17:31.075
  • before others,
  • 00:17:31.075 --> 00:17:31.976
  • so that they may see
  • 00:17:31.976 --> 00:17:32.743
  • your good works
  • 00:17:32.743 --> 00:17:34.345
  • and give glory to your Father
  • 00:17:34.345 --> 00:17:35.012
  • [Applauding]
  • 00:17:39.717 --> 00:17:40.651
  • What's really amazing
  • 00:17:43.154 --> 00:17:43.921
  • What's really amazingabout that journey
  • 00:17:43.921 --> 00:17:45.256
  • about that journeyis that we're all a part
  • 00:17:45.256 --> 00:17:47.258
  • is that we're all a partof Passion City Church.
  • 00:17:47.258 --> 00:17:50.094
  • of Passion City Church.And so today,
  • 00:17:50.094 --> 00:17:52.196
  • And so today,at our Christmas Eve gathering,
  • 00:17:52.196 --> 00:17:53.831
  • at our Christmas Eve gathering,it's pretty special that
  • 00:17:53.831 --> 00:17:55.299
  • it's pretty special thatthat Jerusalem flame
  • 00:17:55.299 --> 00:17:57.401
  • that Jerusalem flamehas made its way to our
  • 00:17:57.401 --> 00:17:59.971
  • Thanks, Jada.
  • 00:19:21.052 --> 00:19:22.220
  • Thanks, Jada.Merry Christmas.
  • 00:19:22.220 --> 00:19:22.920
  • God bless, Merry Christmas.
  • 00:19:37.568 --> 00:19:41.405
  • God bless, Merry Christmas.Bless you.
  • 00:19:41.405 --> 00:19:43.908
  • Bless you.Merry Christmas.
  • 00:19:43.908 --> 00:19:44.609
  • Jesus is the light
  • 00:19:55.319 --> 00:19:57.888
  • Jesus is the lightof the world.
  • 00:19:57.888 --> 00:19:59.790
  • of the world.And that light came
  • 00:19:59.790 --> 00:20:02.560
  • And that light cameinto the world,
  • 00:20:02.560 --> 00:20:06.764
  • into the world,and the world did not
  • 00:20:06.764 --> 00:20:10.968
  • and the world did notovercome it.
  • 00:20:10.968 --> 00:20:15.239
  • overcome it.So many people have marveled
  • 00:20:15.239 --> 00:20:18.843
  • So many people have marveledat the 6500 mile journey
  • 00:20:18.843 --> 00:20:21.779
  • at the 6500 mile journeyof this very flame.
  • 00:20:21.779 --> 00:20:23.481
  • of this very flame."How can a flame stay burning?
  • 00:20:23.481 --> 00:20:26.183
  • "How can a flame stay burning?How can a flame stay lighted
  • 00:20:26.183 --> 00:20:29.086
  • How can a flame stay lightedall that way?"
  • 00:20:29.086 --> 00:20:30.221
  • all that way?"Once we got out of Israel,
  • 00:20:30.221 --> 00:20:32.523
  • Once we got out of Israel,we were good.
  • 00:20:32.523 --> 00:20:33.324
  • we were good.I don't know if you've ever
  • 00:20:33.324 --> 00:20:34.659
  • I don't know if you've everbeen through a situation
  • 00:20:34.659 --> 00:20:35.259
  • been through a situationwhere you made
  • 00:20:35.259 --> 00:20:36.127
  • where you madeall the arrangements,
  • 00:20:36.127 --> 00:20:37.094
  • all the arrangements,and talked to all the people,
  • 00:20:37.094 --> 00:20:38.262
  • and talked to all the people,and got all the permissions,
  • 00:20:38.262 --> 00:20:39.563
  • and got all the permissions,and then when you actually
  • 00:20:39.563 --> 00:20:41.098
  • and then when you actuallyshowed up for the event,
  • 00:20:41.098 --> 00:20:42.400
  • showed up for the event,the person you talked to
  • 00:20:42.400 --> 00:20:43.634
  • the person you talked towasn't there?
  • 00:20:43.634 --> 00:20:45.503
  • wasn't there?That ever happen to you?
  • 00:20:45.503 --> 00:20:46.871
  • That ever happen to you?And the whole plan fell apart?
  • 00:20:46.871 --> 00:20:48.406
  • And the whole plan fell apart?That was our departure
  • 00:20:48.406 --> 00:20:51.475
  • That was our departurefrom Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • 00:20:51.475 --> 00:20:53.377
  • from Tel Aviv, Israel.The person at the security desk
  • 00:20:53.377 --> 00:20:55.846
  • The person at the security deskat the FBO where that jet
  • 00:20:55.846 --> 00:20:57.615
  • at the FBO where that jetwas taking off saw us coming
  • 00:20:57.615 --> 00:20:59.050
  • was taking off saw us comingwith a crate of four of these --
  • 00:20:59.050 --> 00:21:00.484
  • with a crate of four of these --there's four of them,
  • 00:21:00.484 --> 00:21:01.719
  • there's four of them,one and three back-ups,
  • 00:21:01.719 --> 00:21:02.520
  • one and three back-ups,all lighted
  • 00:21:02.520 --> 00:21:05.523
  • all lightedfrom the original flame.
  • 00:21:05.523 --> 00:21:06.757
  • from the original flame.And the person at the desk
  • 00:21:06.757 --> 00:21:07.591
  • And the person at the deskwas like, "Yeah, no.
  • 00:21:07.591 --> 00:21:08.192
  • was like, "Yeah, no.You're not getting
  • 00:21:08.192 --> 00:21:10.294
  • You're not gettingon that plane with those."
  • 00:21:10.294 --> 00:21:10.828
  • on that plane with those."And we're like, "No.
  • 00:21:10.828 --> 00:21:11.629
  • And we're like, "No.It's all taken care of.
  • 00:21:11.629 --> 00:21:12.663
  • It's all taken care of.Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah."
  • 00:21:12.663 --> 00:21:13.464
  • Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah."And they're like, "Yeah, no.
  • 00:21:13.464 --> 00:21:15.299
  • And they're like, "Yeah, no.No way that's happening."
  • 00:21:15.299 --> 00:21:16.600
  • No way that's happening."And so a few phone calls
  • 00:21:16.600 --> 00:21:17.134
  • And so a few phone callswere made.
  • 00:21:17.134 --> 00:21:17.868
  • were made.Some supervisors
  • 00:21:17.868 --> 00:21:18.903
  • Some supervisorswere brought in,
  • 00:21:18.903 --> 00:21:20.404
  • were brought in,another supervisor,
  • 00:21:20.404 --> 00:21:22.173
  • another supervisor,the top top supervisor,
  • 00:21:22.173 --> 00:21:23.407
  • the top top supervisor,then some phone calls were made
  • 00:21:23.407 --> 00:21:25.009
  • then some phone calls were madeoutside the airport.
  • 00:21:25.009 --> 00:21:26.143
  • outside the airport.And Israeli security,
  • 00:21:26.143 --> 00:21:27.044
  • And Israeli security,they don't mess around.
  • 00:21:27.044 --> 00:21:28.846
  • they don't mess around.And so finally now,
  • 00:21:28.846 --> 00:21:29.947
  • And so finally now,there's a thirty minute wait
  • 00:21:29.947 --> 00:21:31.482
  • there's a thirty minute waitand after a half hour wait,
  • 00:21:31.482 --> 00:21:32.316
  • and after a half hour wait,the phone rings
  • 00:21:32.316 --> 00:21:33.818
  • the phone ringsand the person at the desk says,
  • 00:21:33.818 --> 00:21:34.585
  • and the person at the desk says,"I'm sorry.
  • 00:21:34.585 --> 00:21:35.886
  • "I'm sorry.I'm not understanding you.
  • 00:21:35.886 --> 00:21:37.054
  • I'm not understanding you.I thought you said, 'Okay.'
  • 00:21:37.054 --> 00:21:40.358
  • I thought you said, 'Okay.'Can you speak more clearly?
  • 00:21:40.358 --> 00:21:42.259
  • Can you speak more clearly?Okay.
  • 00:21:42.259 --> 00:21:43.894
  • Okay.They can go.
  • 00:21:43.894 --> 00:21:49.100
  • They can go.They can take the fire.
  • 00:21:49.100 --> 00:21:50.701
  • They can take the fire.The burning fire.
  • 00:21:50.701 --> 00:21:53.537
  • The burning fire.Four burning fires.
  • 00:21:53.537 --> 00:21:54.672
  • Four burning fires.Okay.
  • 00:21:54.672 --> 00:21:56.307
  • Okay.Okay."
  • 00:21:56.307 --> 00:21:59.710
  • Okay."And then off the flame went.
  • 00:21:59.710 --> 00:22:00.644
  • And then off the flame went.Went to the Acropolis.
  • 00:22:00.644 --> 00:22:03.647
  • Went to the Acropolis.What a journey!
  • 00:22:03.647 --> 00:22:07.218
  • What a journey!Went to the Tower Bridge.
  • 00:22:07.218 --> 00:22:07.752
  • Went to the Tower Bridge.Made a journey
  • 00:22:07.752 --> 00:22:08.386
  • Made a journeythrough the streets
  • 00:22:08.386 --> 00:22:10.821
  • through the streetsof Reykjavík.
  • 00:22:10.821 --> 00:22:12.590
  • of Reykjavík.Traveled over Greenland,
  • 00:22:12.590 --> 00:22:14.692
  • Traveled over Greenland,and touched down in Canada,
  • 00:22:14.692 --> 00:22:15.760
  • and touched down in Canada,arrived in New York,
  • 00:22:15.760 --> 00:22:18.028
  • arrived in New York,and went to Times Square.
  • 00:22:18.028 --> 00:22:19.764
  • and went to Times Square.What a journey!
  • 00:22:19.764 --> 00:22:20.865
  • What a journey!Went to the National Mall.
  • 00:22:20.865 --> 00:22:23.200
  • Went to the National Mall.Made it to Passion City Church,
  • 00:22:23.200 --> 00:22:24.402
  • Made it to Passion City Church,Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 00:22:24.402 --> 00:22:27.571
  • Atlanta, Georgia.It's on it's way to usher in
  • 00:22:27.571 --> 00:22:29.673
  • It's on it's way to usher ina new decade
  • 00:22:29.673 --> 00:22:31.308
  • a new decadeat Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
  • 00:22:31.308 --> 00:22:33.043
  • at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.[Applauding]
  • 00:22:33.043 --> 00:22:33.978
  • [Applauding]And people have said,
  • 00:22:33.978 --> 00:22:34.879
  • And people have said,"I just don't see
  • 00:22:34.879 --> 00:22:37.148
  • "I just don't seehow that could happen.
  • 00:22:37.148 --> 00:22:38.649
  • how that could happen.And I say, "Are you kidding me?
  • 00:22:38.649 --> 00:22:41.185
  • And I say, "Are you kidding me?We are here celebrating the fact
  • 00:22:41.185 --> 00:22:43.621
  • We are here celebrating the factthat God left his throne
  • 00:22:43.621 --> 00:22:45.256
  • that God left his thronein Heaven,
  • 00:22:45.256 --> 00:22:48.125
  • in Heaven,took on human flesh,
  • 00:22:48.125 --> 00:22:50.394
  • took on human flesh,entered into history
  • 00:22:50.394 --> 00:22:51.695
  • entered into historyin the form of a baby
  • 00:22:51.695 --> 00:22:56.167
  • in the form of a babyborn in a manger in Bethlehem,
  • 00:22:56.167 --> 00:23:00.604
  • born in a manger in Bethlehem,God in humanity,
  • 00:23:00.604 --> 00:23:04.508
  • God in humanity,raised up perfect in every way,
  • 00:23:04.508 --> 00:23:05.676
  • raised up perfect in every way,so that he could say 'yes'
  • 00:23:05.676 --> 00:23:07.111
  • so that he could say 'yes'to the one thing none of us
  • 00:23:07.111 --> 00:23:08.412
  • to the one thing none of uscould ever do,
  • 00:23:08.412 --> 00:23:09.680
  • could ever do,which is pay in full
  • 00:23:09.680 --> 00:23:11.615
  • which is pay in fullfor the sins of mankind
  • 00:23:11.615 --> 00:23:12.883
  • for the sins of mankindso that he could willingly
  • 00:23:12.883 --> 00:23:13.951
  • so that he could willinglygo to the cross,
  • 00:23:13.951 --> 00:23:15.119
  • go to the cross,he could give his life
  • 00:23:15.119 --> 00:23:17.087
  • he could give his lifein exchange for you and me,
  • 00:23:17.087 --> 00:23:18.322
  • in exchange for you and me,he could pay the price
  • 00:23:18.322 --> 00:23:19.156
  • he could pay the pricefor all the wrongs
  • 00:23:19.156 --> 00:23:20.191
  • for all the wrongsand all the sins,
  • 00:23:20.191 --> 00:23:21.425
  • and all the sins,be put in Joseph
  • 00:23:21.425 --> 00:23:23.661
  • be put in Josephof Arimathea's tomb,
  • 00:23:23.661 --> 00:23:26.931
  • of Arimathea's tomb,sealed up, dead and done,
  • 00:23:26.931 --> 00:23:28.766
  • sealed up, dead and done,yet on the third day,
  • 00:23:28.766 --> 00:23:31.535
  • yet on the third day,raised up to everlasting life
  • 00:23:31.535 --> 00:23:34.505
  • raised up to everlasting lifeby the power of Almighty God,
  • 00:23:34.505 --> 00:23:36.674
  • by the power of Almighty God,'The light came into the world
  • 00:23:36.674 --> 00:23:38.309
  • 'The light came into the worldbut the world could not
  • 00:23:38.309 --> 00:23:41.612
  • but the world could notovercome the light.'"
  • 00:23:41.612 --> 00:23:42.746
  • overcome the light.'"And if you think it's a miracle
  • 00:23:42.746 --> 00:23:44.181
  • And if you think it's a miraclethat we got this thing here,
  • 00:23:44.181 --> 00:23:45.516
  • that we got this thing here,it is a miracle.
  • 00:23:45.516 --> 00:23:47.485
  • it is a miracle.The stories are endless
  • 00:23:47.485 --> 00:23:48.719
  • The stories are endlessfrom the three pilots.
  • 00:23:48.719 --> 00:23:49.787
  • from the three pilots.The permissions,
  • 00:23:49.787 --> 00:23:51.589
  • The permissions,the things that had to happen,
  • 00:23:51.589 --> 00:23:53.257
  • the things that had to happen,the doors that had to open,
  • 00:23:53.257 --> 00:23:55.693
  • the doors that had to open,the transcontinental journey,
  • 00:23:55.693 --> 00:23:56.861
  • the transcontinental journey,and all the things
  • 00:23:56.861 --> 00:23:58.963
  • and all the thingsthat had to line up just right.
  • 00:23:58.963 --> 00:24:00.865
  • that had to line up just right.But nothing like the fact
  • 00:24:00.865 --> 00:24:03.033
  • But nothing like the factthat long before you and I
  • 00:24:03.033 --> 00:24:04.668
  • that long before you and Iwere even born,
  • 00:24:04.668 --> 00:24:07.037
  • were even born,God had already sent
  • 00:24:07.037 --> 00:24:10.608
  • God had already sentBethlehem's light our way.
  • 00:24:10.608 --> 00:24:11.742
  • Bethlehem's light our way.And John went on to say
  • 00:24:11.742 --> 00:24:12.977
  • And John went on to saythat the light of the world,
  • 00:24:12.977 --> 00:24:15.045
  • that the light of the world,Jesus, came to His own,
  • 00:24:15.045 --> 00:24:16.881
  • Jesus, came to His own,to His own people,
  • 00:24:16.881 --> 00:24:19.517
  • But, too, as many
  • 00:24:26.891 --> 00:24:30.160
  • But, too, as manyas did receive Him.
  • 00:24:30.160 --> 00:24:31.695
  • as did receive Him.To those, the Scripture says,
  • 00:24:31.695 --> 00:24:35.666
  • To those, the Scripture says,who believed in His name,
  • 00:24:35.666 --> 00:24:38.102
  • who believed in His name,to them He gave the right
  • 00:24:38.102 --> 00:24:41.205
  • to them He gave the rightto become the children of God,
  • 00:24:41.205 --> 00:24:42.973
  • to become the children of God,born not of the flesh
  • 00:24:42.973 --> 00:24:45.709
  • born not of the fleshand not of the will of man,
  • 00:24:45.709 --> 00:24:49.613
  • and not of the will of man,but born of God.
  • 00:24:49.613 --> 00:24:50.581
  • but born of God.So two things
  • 00:24:50.581 --> 00:24:52.883
  • So two thingsare on the table today.
  • 00:24:52.883 --> 00:24:55.052
  • are on the table today.The invitation
  • 00:24:55.052 --> 00:24:59.456
  • The invitationhas been extended,
  • 00:24:59.456 --> 00:25:00.524
  • has been extended,and the question
  • 00:25:00.524 --> 00:25:02.326
  • and the questionhas been answered.
  • 00:25:02.326 --> 00:25:04.361
  • has been answered.Am I still invited?
  • 00:25:04.361 --> 00:25:06.330
  • Am I still invited?As long as Jesus is alive
  • 00:25:06.330 --> 00:25:07.765
  • As long as Jesus is alivefrom the dead with scars
  • 00:25:07.765 --> 00:25:09.900
  • from the dead with scarson his hands and feet,
  • 00:25:09.900 --> 00:25:13.938
  • on his hands and feet,then you are still invited
  • 00:25:13.938 --> 00:25:15.406
  • then you are still invitedto the miracle
  • 00:25:15.406 --> 00:25:16.140
  • - ♪ Breaking through ♪
  • 00:25:20.444 --> 00:25:22.980
  • ♪ the silence ♪
  • 00:25:22.980 --> 00:25:26.150
  • ♪ With glory in the highest ♪
  • 00:25:26.150 --> 00:25:29.486
  • ♪ The hope of all creation ♪
  • 00:25:29.486 --> 00:25:32.423
  • ♪ A song on the horizon ♪
  • 00:25:42.466 --> 00:25:45.603
  • ♪ Ringing through the Heavens ♪
  • 00:25:45.603 --> 00:25:48.872
  • ♪ The long-awaited Savior ♪
  • 00:25:48.872 --> 00:25:49.540
  • ♪ Come to set ♪
  • 00:25:49.540 --> 00:25:51.575
  • ♪ Come to set ♪
  • 00:25:56.113 --> 00:25:59.116
  • ♪ The captives free ♪
  • 00:25:59.116 --> 00:26:00.784
  • ♪ Hope has a name ♪
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  • ♪ Emmanuel ♪
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