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You Have Only One Way To Heaven

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August 25, 2019
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Winning Walk with Ed Young

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You Have Only One Way To Heaven

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  • Dr. Ed Young: John chapter 13 is a tough chapter when you know
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  • that Jesus had only a limited amount of time, a few hours
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  • to stay in this world.
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  • The cross was a few hours away.
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  • So, here he is in the upper room, talking to the Apostles,
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  • giving them his last words of wisdom.
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  • And he gives them bad news.
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  • He says, "I am going to leave you.
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  • I'm not going to be with you any longer.
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  • That's going to happen."
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  • He had talked about it.
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  • It had been put off.
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  • It had been postponed.
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  • And I'm sure that a few days earlier when they marched
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  • into Jerusalem with all the hosannas and hallelujahs,
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  • and the palm branches waving.
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  • They said, "Hey, we're following the true Messiah."
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  • They forgot all of his words about his impending death.
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  • Here he makes it clear, "I am going to die.
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  • I am going to leave you."
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  • And then on top of that he says, "By the way one of you are gonna
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  • sell me out.
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  • You're gonna be a traitor.
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  • You're gonna turn away from me.
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  • You're gonna sell me out."
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  • Hmm.
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  • And then he proceeds to say, "By the way, you Peter, you think
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  • you're so important, and you're the spokesman, and you're
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  • so bombastic.
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  • Peter before the rooster crows in the morning, before the sun
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  • comes up, you're going to deny me three different times that
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  • you even know me, and you're gonna even add a word
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  • of profanity to make it strong."
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  • Now, this would upset all those apostles wouldn't it?
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  • I mean, you're going to die.
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  • One of us are gonna sell you out and they're looking, "Are
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  • you the one or you're gonna be the one?
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  • Who's gonna sell me out?"
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  • And they're debating among themselves, and then
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  • on top of that their vocal leader, he is going to run,
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  • and hide, and deny.
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  • And in this situation Jesus does something I think that is
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  • absolutely remarkable.
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  • Now, Jesus knew that in just a few hours he would be taken
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  • prisoner.
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  • There'd be a mock trial.
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  • He'd be beaten.
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  • He'd be laughed at.
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  • He'd be spat upon.
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  • Thorns would be placed on his head.
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  • He would be stripped naked.
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  • He would be nailed to a cross before all the people.
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  • Humiliated, shamed, embarrassed, he would hang there until he
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  • died, and while hanging on that cross, all the trash
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  • of the world, all the sin and corruption in the whole
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  • world would be placed upon him.
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  • And the Father would turn his back on his Son, because God
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  • cannot look upon that kind of evil.
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  • All of this would happen to Jesus, he knew that.
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  • But what did he do?
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  • He spent these last hours not talking about his plight
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  • but comforting his apostles.
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  • If you need comforting today, things are coming loose that you
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  • thought were nailed down.
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  • You're confused, you're lonely, you're fearful, you're doubtful,
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  • you're upset, you're sick, whatever the problem in your
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  • life at this moment.
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  • I'll tell ya, John chapter 14 is written just for you.
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  • It's written just to me.
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  • It's a chapter of comfort.
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  • It's words of comfort.
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  • And Jesus is comforting those apostles and this same comfort
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  • is available for you and me.
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  • And he comforts them with three words; I'm going to teach it
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  • to you in the Scripture.
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  • But I want to give it to ya in pedestrian language so you'll
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  • understand it.
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  • What does he say in verse 1 through verse 6 that has
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  • overwhelming--?
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  • Jesus says, First of all, I'm going to be with you 24/7.
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  • he said, you're not gonna see me, but I'm going to be with you
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  • 24/7.
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  • The next thing he says-- he says very simply to them.
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  • He said, "I want you to know something that I-- that you will
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  • live for me in heaven in my Father's house."
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  • In other words, in my Father's house, you're gonna live
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  • with me.
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  • Boy, that would comfort us wouldn't it?
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  • In my father's house, you're gonna live with me.
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  • And finally after Thomas asked that little question again that
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  • we're gonna look at.
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  • He said simply, "It will be impossible in the meantime
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  • for you to get lost."
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  • Isn't that comforting?
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  • Is that thrilling?
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  • Jesus saying, "I'm gonna be with you 24/7 and you're going
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  • to live with me in my Father's house."
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  • And then he says, "In the meantime, it is absolutely
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  • impossible for you to lose the way or be confused.
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  • It's impossible for you to get lost."
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  • Look at the wonderful words of assurance we have here
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  • in this 14th chapter.
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  • Open your Bibles, if you would.
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  • "Comfort--" he says, "Do not let your heart be troubled."
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  • In other words, don't let your heart, don't don't be upset,
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  • don't be confused.
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  • I'm going to leave, you're gonna betray me, it's gonna be tough
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  • time, but don't let your heart be troubled.
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  • Do not let it be afraid.
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  • And that's all about comfort and the first thing is he says,
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  • "I'm going to be with you 24/7."
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  • You see that in the second part of that verse 1.
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  • It says, "but Jesus said, 'Believe in God, believe also
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  • in me,"' in other words, if anything the Jews believed in it
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  • was God.
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  • Every Jew believed in Jehovah in Yahweh, in Elohim.
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  • They believed in God.
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  • They were brought up believing in God.
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  • And now Jesus say, "If you believe in God."
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  • Do you see God?
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  • He said, "Believe also in me."
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  • He said, "You're not going to see me, but I'm going to be
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  • with you 24/7."
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  • I want to ask you a question.
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  • Is Jesus here right now?
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  • Absolutely, where two or three are gathered in my name He's
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  • always there.
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  • And that's what Jesus is saying to these these followers.
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  • And he explains it, look at it here in verse 16 and 14.
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  • "I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper,"
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  • that's the comforter.
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  • That's the Holy Spirit.
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  • "That he may be with you forever.
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  • That is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive
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  • because it does not see him or know him, but you know him
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  • because he abides with you, and will be in you."
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  • Listen to the 12.
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  • "I will not leave you as orphans.
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  • I will come to you after a little while, the world
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  • will no longer see me, but you will see me because I live, you
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  • will live also.
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  • In that day, you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me
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  • and I in you."
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  • Now look at verse 22, "If anyone loves me, he'll keep my word
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  • and my Father will love him."
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  • Listen to this, "and we will come to him and make our abode
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  • in him."
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  • What's Jesus saying?
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  • He says, "I am going to leave you, but yet now I'm going to be
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  • with you 24/7.
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  • I'm going to be with you, the Holy Spirit, the comforter
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  • will be with you and I'm in the Father, and the Father is
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  • in me."
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  • In other words, the whole Trinity takes up residence
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  • in the life of every believer.
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  • Is that comforting?
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  • That's a tremendous statement.
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  • And just an awareness of that fundamental truth ought to be
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  • a great word of assurance to every Christ follower.
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  • He's saying I'm going to be with you 24/7.
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  • And then he offered the second word of comfort, which in one
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  • way is even more fabulous.
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  • Verse 2, "In my father's house are many dwelling places.
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  • If it were not so I would've told you.
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  • For I go to prepare a place for you and if I go and prepare
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  • a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself
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  • that where I am there you may be also."
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  • What's Jesus saying?
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  • He is saying simply that you will spend all of life and all
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  • of eternity with me in my Father's house.
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  • There are a lot of words in the New Testament for heaven.
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  • Heaven is called a kingdom because it has principles
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  • upon which it will operate.
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  • Heaven is also called a country because it is vast and it is
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  • expansionless.
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  • Heaven also is called a city because it has a heavy
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  • population.
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  • Heaven is also called paradise, because it is beautiful
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  • beyond our understanding and the ability to perceive it.
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  • But the best term for heaven, I think, it's my Father's house.
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  • In my Father's house.
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  • Let me tell you something we get to heaven, we'll realize how we
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  • haven't been at home in this earth.
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  • We realize we're really strangers here.
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  • I think I'm at home, but we get to heaven, you can just kick
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  • back and flopped back, and you will really be at home in your
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  • Father's house.
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  • What a word of promise.
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  • How comforting that must have been for all those apostles,
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  • but there's old Thomas that rascal.
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  • He's so much like you and me.
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  • He didn't get it.
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  • Jesus said in verse 4, "And you know the way where I'm going."
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  • Now, Jesus has gone to the Scripture.
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  • "Well you know the way where I'm going.
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  • I'm going to be out of here.
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  • I'm going to Fathers house to prepare a place for you,
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  • and I'll come and get you and when it's time to come."
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  • And Thomas says, "Lord, we did not know where you're going.
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  • How can we know the way?"
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  • That's the same question I would've liked to have ask had I
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  • been there.
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  • Probably wouldn't but Thomas said, you say you go to your
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  • Father's house, you know, we don't know where that is.
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  • How in the world can we know the way?
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  • And then Jesus gives this tremendous word of exclusivity
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  • that rattles people.
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  • He says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life."
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  • Now, by the way, those words together they don't mean so much
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  • to us, way, truth, and life, but to every Jew they would have
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  • perked up because they knew those three words are pivotal
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  • points of Judaism.
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  • They talked about the way, they talked about the truth, they
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  • talked about the life.
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  • You read it, Deuteronomy chapter number 5 about the way Moses
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  • says we are to walk in.
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  • You read in Isaiah chapter 30, Isaiah talks about the way
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  • of truth that we walk in.
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  • And you read David says throughout the Psalms he talks
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  • about the way we are to walk, the way we are to live.
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  • In fact, the first Psalm, "Blessed is the man who walketh
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  • not in the counsel of the ungodly."
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  • You don't walk with the ungodly.
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  • You don't stand in the way of sinners.
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  • You don't sit down in the seat of the scornful and just visit
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  • with them.
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  • He said, "But blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel
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  • of the ungodly, does not stand the way of sinners, does not sit
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  • in the seat of the scornful, but his delight is in the law
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  • of the Lord and on the truth of God he meditates day
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  • and night."
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  • He says, "They will be like a tree planted
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  • by the rivers of water."
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  • What's he saying?
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  • He said as we walk in the way, we walk with those who love God.
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  • As we stand around, and spend time with those who have
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  • the same agenda of God, and when we sit down, we sit
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  • down with those who are on God's side, and seeking to honor
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  • and love him.
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  • You see that's when we're in the way.
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  • I am the way.
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  • Therefore, because God is in us, and Christ is in us,
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  • and the Holy Spirit is in us, how in the world can we get
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  • lost?
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  • We know exactly the way we are to walk.
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  • We know the light that is there for us.
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  • I am the way.
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  • He doesn't just show the way.
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  • We have a built-in compass within you and within me, which
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  • is our helper, which is the Holy Spirit, which is the Trinity
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  • abiding in you and abiding in me.
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  • I am the way.
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  • Then he says, "I am the truth."
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  • How do we know Jesus is truth?
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  • Because his fingerprint fits all the prophecies.
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  • All the prophecies predicting about what the Messiah would be,
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  • who the Son of God would be, when God visits the earth, Jesus
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  • fulfills every one and it is his fingerprint.
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  • That's how we know he's truth.
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  • He fulfills all the prophecies.
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  • "I am truth.
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  • I am the way.
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  • I am the truth."
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  • He says, "I am the life."
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  • When you're walking in the way with him who is the truth, we
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  • have life and Jesus says, "You wanna have life?"
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  • He said, "I've come to give you not just life.
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  • I've come to give you life abundantly, life overflowingly."
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  • And then he shocks everybody then and today, and says, "No
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  • one comes to the Father, but by me."
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  • Wasn't a little wow.
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  • Wow.
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  • We don't like that.
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  • It's against being accepting.
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  • It's against being opened.
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  • It's against, you know, understanding that, you know, we
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  • don't have everything.
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  • You see we have trouble accepting that.
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  • Somebody who says, "Well, all religions are the same."
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  • Don't ever make that statement.
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  • Don't ever be that foolish.
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  • The idea that all religions are the same put them side by side.
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  • They're radically different.
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  • What the Buddhists think represents god.
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  • What the Hindus thinks represent god or the divine.
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  • Or what any other-- what Confucius thinks.
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  • All these other opinions they-- there can't just be one way
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  • because there's so many different religions.
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  • Huh, 10, plus 10 is 20.
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  • That can't just be one answer because there's so many other
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  • options.
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  • You ever take multiple guest-- test, multiple choice test
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  • in history, and they give you five choices or 100 choices?
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  • And you say, "You know, there's so many other choices as to who
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  • the first president of the United States was.
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  • Why does the answer just had to be one?"
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  • You see how foolish, how illogical this is?
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  • And when Jesus says, "I am the truth."
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  • That's the claim of exclusivity.
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  • Truth, ladies and gentlemen, is very, very narrow.
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  • Either I am standing here or I'm standing over here.
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  • I can't stand in both places at the same time.
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  • By the nature of truth it is narrow.
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  • The religions of the world by and large, talk about God
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  • and faith in terms of a wheel.
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  • They say that we go on this wheel, we're born, we grow, we
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  • decay, and we die.
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  • And therefore, life is meaningless, and we get
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  • off right where we got on.
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  • In the process they talk about teachers, teachers,
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  • Mohammed was seen as a prophet, Buddha was seen as a teacher,
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  • and Confucius would see-- be seen as a guru.
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  • You've got all of these prophets, and gurus,
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  • and philosophers, and statements, and they speak
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  • to us as we're on that wheel.
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  • With visions, with ideas, with wisdom.
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  • And these religions see life as a wheel.
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  • Christianity sees life as a journey.
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  • And we're on that journey and there are mile markers
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  • along the road, along the path we're walking.
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  • One would be the birth of Israel.
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  • One would be Christmas.
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  • One would be the Crucifixion.
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  • One would be the resurrection.
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  • One will be Pentecost and those historical mile markers we walk
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  • along because we believe that God invaded history in Jesus
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  • Christ.
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  • You see, our faith is built on history.
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  • Technically, Christianity is not a religion.
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  • It's in that general category, but technically we're not
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  • a religion because religion is doing or not doing.
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  • The Tibetan wheel, or making a pilgrimage, or not eating
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  • this, giving alms over here, or praying like that.
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  • It's what you do and what you do not do that you get right
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  • with God in the religions of the world.
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  • Christianity is totally different.
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  • In fact in the religion of Hinduism, there's a story
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  • like the Prodigal son.
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  • And the Prodigal son comes back home but he's not forgiven as
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  • in our story.
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  • He has to work, and restore, and get things right that was
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  • broken.
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  • There's no grace, there is works, that is religion.
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  • Religion always is doing and not doing.
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  • Christianity is receiving by grace forgiveness with him.
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  • A relationship, not doing or not doing.
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  • So, the idea that all religions are the same is one of the most
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  • foolish statements anyone can make.
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  • So, we see there is a sense of uniqueness in Jesus Christ.
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  • He is indeed unique.
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  • Mohammed did not claim to be God.
  • 00:18:45.120 --> 00:18:47.260
  • Confucius never claimed to be God.
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  • Buddha never claimed to be God.
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  • None of-- Confucius never claimed to be God.
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  • Jesus stood up and said simply, "I am God" and history did not
  • 00:18:56.170 --> 00:19:01.130
  • laugh at him.
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  • If I stood up here and said, "By the way, I wanna tell you
  • 00:19:02.260 --> 00:19:05.040
  • something.
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  • I've kept this quiet but I'm really God.
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  • Did you know I don't tell anybody, but I'm really God."
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  • Everybody smiling, why?
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  • It's absurd.
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  • It's ridiculous.
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  • And the more you know me the more humor there would be
  • 00:19:21.160 --> 00:19:24.000
  • in that simple statement.
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  • Jesus claimed to be God because he embodied truth.
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  • He didn't just teach it.
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  • He lived it.
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  • He embodied wisdom.
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  • He didn't just say, "This is why," he lived it.
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  • And that gives us a unique understanding of the divine
  • 00:19:40.100 --> 00:19:44.270
  • visiting this world.
  • 00:19:44.280 --> 00:19:46.090
  • Larry King was asked, "If you could interview anybody
  • 00:19:46.100 --> 00:19:50.180
  • in history, who would you interview?"
  • 00:19:50.190 --> 00:19:52.280
  • He said, "Jesus."
  • 00:19:52.290 --> 00:19:55.000
  • And they said, "What would you ask Jesus if you could ask him
  • 00:19:55.010 --> 00:19:57.100
  • one question?"
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  • And Larry King said, "I would ask him are you indeed virgin
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  • born?"
  • 00:20:05.290 --> 00:20:07.270
  • Interesting.
  • 00:20:07.280 --> 00:20:09.070
  • Are you Indeed, virgin born?
  • 00:20:09.080 --> 00:20:11.220
  • And then Larry King said, "His answer would give me the meaning
  • 00:20:11.230 --> 00:20:18.270
  • of history."
  • 00:20:18.280 --> 00:20:21.090
  • That's profound.
  • 00:20:21.100 --> 00:20:22.260
  • Because he's exactly right.
  • 00:20:22.270 --> 00:20:25.070
  • He's precisely right.
  • 00:20:25.080 --> 00:20:27.090
  • If Jesus were indeed virgin born then this means that the God
  • 00:20:27.100 --> 00:20:32.270
  • Almighty visited this earth in the person of Jesus Christ,
  • 00:20:32.280 --> 00:20:37.070
  • and it would give all of history, meaning.
  • 00:20:37.080 --> 00:20:39.180
  • And see on the basis of his uniqueness, and who he was,
  • 00:20:39.190 --> 00:20:44.030
  • and how he lived, and how he rose from the dead, we can say
  • 00:20:44.040 --> 00:20:47.230
  • truly he is the way, and the truth, and the life
  • 00:20:47.240 --> 00:20:51.160
  • and no one comes to the Father, but by me.
  • 00:20:51.170 --> 00:20:54.140
  • We do not say that with pride.
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  • We do not say it arrogantly.
  • 00:20:56.250 --> 00:20:58.150
  • There is certainly some truth in all religions.
  • 00:20:58.160 --> 00:21:02.150
  • Now, somebody will come up, give the old worn argument say, well,
  • 00:21:02.160 --> 00:21:05.200
  • you know about the blind man-- who looks at the elephant.
  • 00:21:05.210 --> 00:21:10.200
  • Now, there were six blind men, or eight blind men, and they all
  • 00:21:10.210 --> 00:21:13.150
  • go the elephant.
  • 00:21:13.160 --> 00:21:14.180
  • And one of them walks up, and feels the elephants,
  • 00:21:14.190 --> 00:21:16.040
  • and the others said, "So what is an elephant?"
  • 00:21:16.050 --> 00:21:18.080
  • He said, "Well, the elephants a wall."
  • 00:21:18.090 --> 00:21:20.100
  • Another one comes up, feels a leg of the elephant.
  • 00:21:20.110 --> 00:21:22.140
  • Say, "What's the elephant?"
  • 00:21:22.150 --> 00:21:23.140
  • "No, the elephant is a column."
  • 00:21:23.150 --> 00:21:26.000
  • Somebody else feels a tusk of the elephant.
  • 00:21:26.010 --> 00:21:28.030
  • Say, "What's the elephant?"
  • 00:21:28.040 --> 00:21:29.030
  • "Oh, the elephant is a sword."
  • 00:21:29.040 --> 00:21:30.230
  • And another blind man feels the tail of the elephant.
  • 00:21:30.240 --> 00:21:32.230
  • Oh no, the elephant is a snake.
  • 00:21:32.240 --> 00:21:35.100
  • And so, all of these blind man touch different parts
  • 00:21:35.110 --> 00:21:38.020
  • of the elephant, and they think that describes the elephant.
  • 00:21:38.030 --> 00:21:41.160
  • Someone says this is the way it is religions of the world.
  • 00:21:41.170 --> 00:21:44.270
  • Somebody sees this part of truth, and that part
  • 00:21:44.280 --> 00:21:47.150
  • of truth, and the other part of truth, and therefore, you
  • 00:21:47.160 --> 00:21:50.270
  • know, all religions have truth in them.
  • 00:21:50.280 --> 00:21:52.290
  • You know how that story breaks down?
  • 00:21:53.000 --> 00:21:54.290
  • Somebody backed up, and had their eyes open, and saw
  • 00:21:55.000 --> 00:21:58.190
  • the whole elephant.
  • 00:21:58.200 --> 00:22:01.210
  • And they saw in truth, what the elephant was.
  • 00:22:01.220 --> 00:22:05.040
  • This is the claim that this book makes about the exclusivity
  • 00:22:05.050 --> 00:22:09.210
  • of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:22:09.220 --> 00:22:11.040
  • He is indeed true truth.
  • 00:22:11.050 --> 00:22:17.100
  • I remember the book, several years ago, "Into Thin Air"
  • 00:22:17.110 --> 00:22:22.030
  • about the expedition that was failed.
  • 00:22:22.040 --> 00:22:24.110
  • It was goin' to Mount Everest, how many read the book, heard
  • 00:22:24.120 --> 00:22:27.090
  • of the book "Into Thin Air"?
  • 00:22:27.100 --> 00:22:28.160
  • Did they make a movie out of it?
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  • I don't even know.
  • 00:22:29.260 --> 00:22:31.150
  • I don't even know.
  • 00:22:31.160 --> 00:22:32.170
  • In this book it tells about the expedition goin'
  • 00:22:32.180 --> 00:22:35.230
  • to the top of Everest and how they ran into so many problems.
  • 00:22:35.240 --> 00:22:39.160
  • Some of them could not be avoided but some of them because
  • 00:22:39.170 --> 00:22:42.190
  • they did not follow their own instructions.
  • 00:22:42.200 --> 00:22:44.190
  • Many lives were lost.
  • 00:22:44.200 --> 00:22:45.280
  • It was a tragic, tragic story back in 1996.
  • 00:22:45.290 --> 00:22:50.080
  • And there was one man there named Andy Harris.
  • 00:22:50.090 --> 00:22:54.080
  • And Andy was one of the leaders and he stayed on top of Everest
  • 00:22:54.090 --> 00:22:57.070
  • too long.
  • 00:22:57.080 --> 00:22:58.070
  • Longer than his oxygen supply told him.
  • 00:22:58.080 --> 00:23:01.010
  • And so, he was coming down by himself and he realized
  • 00:23:01.020 --> 00:23:04.040
  • he was running out of oxygen.
  • 00:23:04.050 --> 00:23:05.280
  • He ran into a cache of canisters of oxygen.
  • 00:23:05.290 --> 00:23:10.110
  • And he radioed the base camp down below and said, "I'm
  • 00:23:10.120 --> 00:23:13.290
  • running out of oxygen.
  • 00:23:14.000 --> 00:23:15.120
  • I found all these canisters of oxygen, but they're all
  • 00:23:15.130 --> 00:23:18.010
  • empty."
  • 00:23:18.020 --> 00:23:19.080
  • Well, those down below knew that those canisters really weren't
  • 00:23:19.090 --> 00:23:22.180
  • empty, they were full.
  • 00:23:22.190 --> 00:23:24.120
  • But because oxygen was being denied to his brain at that
  • 00:23:24.130 --> 00:23:28.020
  • height.
  • 00:23:28.030 --> 00:23:29.080
  • He was not thinking clearly and it was scrambling his brain
  • 00:23:29.090 --> 00:23:32.110
  • and therefore, even though they were full, to him there were
  • 00:23:32.120 --> 00:23:35.110
  • empty, and they began to debate.
  • 00:23:35.120 --> 00:23:36.280
  • They said, "Pick up the oxygen.
  • 00:23:36.290 --> 00:23:38.200
  • Pick up a canister, try it.
  • 00:23:38.210 --> 00:23:40.110
  • They all have oxygen in them.
  • 00:23:40.120 --> 00:23:42.020
  • We were just there."
  • 00:23:42.030 --> 00:23:43.150
  • And he said, "Oh no, they're empty," and he held those
  • 00:23:43.160 --> 00:23:45.160
  • canisters in his hand saying they're empty when they were
  • 00:23:45.170 --> 00:23:48.070
  • full, and the man died.
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  • The man died on Everest.
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  • I thought about that.
  • 00:23:54.260 --> 00:23:57.020
  • How many people miss Jesus Christ when he is the oxygen
  • 00:23:57.030 --> 00:24:03.080
  • of life, and he's available to us, and he comes to us.
  • 00:24:03.090 --> 00:24:08.100
  • You see, our faith says that we're not looking for God.
  • 00:24:08.110 --> 00:24:11.110
  • God is looking for you and me.
  • 00:24:11.120 --> 00:24:13.050
  • Somebody says, "I found God.
  • 00:24:13.060 --> 00:24:14.220
  • No you didn't, God found you."
  • 00:24:14.230 --> 00:24:17.080
  • That's what this book is all about, God searching for us.
  • 00:24:17.090 --> 00:24:21.290
  • And Jesus Christ is like oxygen to us, who'll give us life
  • 00:24:22.000 --> 00:24:28.280
  • because he is the way, and he is the truth, and he is the life.
  • 00:24:28.290 --> 00:24:36.260
  • Therefore, Jesus Christ is like oxygen.
  • 00:24:36.270 --> 00:24:45.040
  • He gives life.
  • 00:24:45.050 --> 00:24:53.140
  • We rarely express out loud many questions we have about faith.
  • 00:24:53.150 --> 00:24:57.250
  • For example is there really a God?
  • 00:24:57.260 --> 00:25:00.030
  • What if I don't believe in God all the time?
  • 00:25:00.040 --> 00:25:02.190
  • Does God love me?
  • 00:25:02.200 --> 00:25:05.000
  • While my son, Ben was at college, he began struggling
  • 00:25:05.010 --> 00:25:07.240
  • with intense doubts about God.
  • 00:25:07.250 --> 00:25:10.120
  • Through that season he discovered it was okay to have
  • 00:25:10.130 --> 00:25:13.150
  • questions and he was not alone in his doubts and fears.
  • 00:25:13.160 --> 00:25:17.130
  • That experience led him to write a book called, Room for "Doubt"
  • 00:25:17.140 --> 00:25:22.030
  • and it he walks through his own season of doubt and shares how
  • 00:25:22.040 --> 00:25:25.250
  • ultimately it led him to a stronger, more profound
  • 00:25:25.260 --> 00:25:29.130
  • faith.
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  • If you, a friend, or family member are struggling with their
  • 00:25:30.200 --> 00:25:33.050
  • faith, I want to encourage you to get a copy of "Room
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  • for Doubt."
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  • male announcer: To get your copy along with Dr.
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  • Young's message on doubt, call the number on your screen or go
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  • Dr. Ed Young: Before I speak, I pray this prayer.
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  • Lord, let me get out of the way, so that thy truth, and thy truth
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  • alone might not only be heard but it may be understood,
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  • and incorporated into our daily living.
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  • Listen, when we study God's Word together, we're not merely
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  • sharing opinions, but we are standing on rock solid truth.
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  • Any opinions I have as you listen to this broadcast, don't
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  • pay any attention to it.
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  • My calling and my purpose is to take God's Word and make it
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  • clear, and plain, and try to get out of the way so his truth
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  • would penetrate.
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  • Truth that transforms marriages, families, friendships, literally
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  • everything-- everything about you and everything
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  • about me.
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  • If you want more information about this transforming truth,
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  • that you can understand that makes sense, transforming truth
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  • so you can grow in God's Word and understanding the Scripture.
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  • Let me tell you what you do.
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  • The first step, call the number on your screen, we have godly
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  • men and women prepared to speak with you, give you wise counsel,
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  • to pray with you, to introduce you to Christ, to tell you how
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  • you can move forward in your life.
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  • They are just waiting to speak with you.
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  • Call that number on your screen and also let me say, thank you
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  • for being with us today, and join me again next week
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