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The Cradle, The Cross, and The Crown

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December 22, 2020
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Pathway to Victory offers a practical application of God’s Word to everyday life through the clear, biblical teaching of Pastor Jeffress.

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The Cradle, The Cross, and The Crown

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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [ANNOUNCER] FROM THE PULPIT
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  • OF THE FIRST BAPTISTCHURCH OF DALLAS, TEXAS,
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  • THIS IS PATHWAY TO VICTORYWITH DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESSAND WELCOME AGAIN
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  • TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE THATCHRISTMAS IS ONLY A FEW DAYS
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  • AWAY. AND WITH ALL THE GIFTS ANDSHOPPING AND FAMILY GATHERINGS,
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  • IT'S EASY TO LOSE SIGHT OF WHAT
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  • CHRISTMAS IS ALLABOUT, ISN'T IT?
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  • WELL, TODAY I'M GOINGTO BRING US BACK
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  • TO THE HEART OF CHRISTMASBY LOOKING AT THREE SYMBOLS
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  • THAT TRULY ENCAPSULATETHE CHRISTMAS STORY.
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  • WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE CRADLE,THE CROSS, AND THE CROWN
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  • ON TODAY'S SPECIAL EDITIONOF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • ♪ GLORIA
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  • ♪ GLORIAIN EXCELSIS DEO ♪
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  • ♪ GLORIA
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  • ♪ GLORIA
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  • ♪ GLORIA , GLORIASING GLORIA ♪
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  • ♪ SING GLORIA
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  • ♪SAINTS BEFORETHE ALTAR BENDING ♪
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  • ♪ WATCHING LONGIN HOPE AND FEAR ♪
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  • ♪ SUDDENLY THELORD DESCENDING ♪
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  • ♪ IN HIS TEMPLESHALL APPEAR ♪
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  • ♪ THOUGH AN INFANTNOW WE VIEW HIM ♪
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  • ♪ HE SHALL FILL HISFATHER'S THRONE ♪
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  • ♪ GATHER ALL THENATIONS TO HIM ♪
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  • ♪ EVERY KNEE SHALLTHEN BOW DOWN ♪
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  • ♪GLORIAIN EXCELSIS DEO ♪
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  • ♪ GLORIA DEO
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  • (CONGREGATION APPLAUDING)
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  • EVERY DAY PATHWAY TOVICTORY IS REACHING MORE
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  • PEOPLE THAN EVER BEFOREWITH THE ULTIMATE
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  • HOPE, JESUS CHRIST. ANDWE'RE INVITING YOU TO HELP
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  • US PROCLAIM THE GOSPELACROSS AMERICA THROUGH THE
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  • HOPE AND TRUTH MATCHINGCHALLENGE. EVERY DOLLAR YOU
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  • GIVE BETWEEN NOW ANDDECEMBER 31ST WILL BE
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  • MATCHED AND THEREFOREDOUBLED PLUS A COPY OF THE
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  • BRAND NEW 2021 PATHWAY TOVICTORY DAILY DEVOTIONAL
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  • IS YOURS WHEN YOU GIVE AGENEROUS GIFT TO
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  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY TOGETHER WEWILL PIERCE THE DARKNESS
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  • OF OUR DAY WITH THEHOPE OF JESUS CHRIST.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • METHODIST MINISTER MONKBRYAN TELLS A STORY
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  • ABOUT DRIVING TO CHURCH ONE
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  • CHRISTMAS SUNDAYMORNING WITH HIS FAMILY.
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  • HIS YOUNG SON ASKEDHIM A QUESTION.
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  • HE SAID, DAD, AREYOU GOING TO ALLOW US
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  • TO ENJOY CHRISTMAS THIS MORNING
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  • OR ARE YOU GOING TO EXPLAIN IT?"
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • I UNDERSTAND HOW THATLITTLE BOY FEELS.
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  • THE FACT IS THOSE OFUS WHO ARE PASTORS
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  • SOMETIMES FEELTHE NEED TO OVERLY
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  • EXPLAIN THE MEANINGOF CHRISTMAS.
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  • AND THERE'S A REASON FOR THAT.
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  • WE'VE ALLOWED SECULARISTS
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  • TO OBSCURE THE MEANINGOF THIS HOLIDAY.
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  • EVEN RELIGIONIST HAVEPERVERTED THE MEANING
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  • OF CHRISTMAS MISSING THEENTIRE POINT OF CHRIST COMING.
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  • SO THERE IS A NEEDTO EXPLAIN CHRISTMAS.
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  • BUT TODAY I WANT US TO DOMORE THAN EXPLAIN CHRISTMAS.
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  • I WANT US TO EXPERIENCEIT, TO ENJOY IT TOGETHER.
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  • AND THAT'S WHATWE'RE GOING TO DO
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  • IN THE FEW MINUTESWE HAVE THIS MORNING.
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  • IF YOU WERE TO ASK THEAVERAGE PERSON ON THE STREET
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  • WHAT ARE THE SYMBOLSOF CHRISTMAS?
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  • THEY WOULD PROBABLYANSWER THE CANDY CANE,
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  • THE CHRISTMAS TREE, SANTA CLAUS.
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  • BUT TODAY, WE'RE GOING TOLOOK AT THE THREE SYMBOLS
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  • THAT REALLY EXPLAIN THEENTIRETY OF THE CHRISTMAS STORY.
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  • THE FIRST SYMBOL OFCHRISTMAS IS THE CRADLE.
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  • THIS IS WHERE IT ALL BEGAN,
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  • AT LEAST FROM AHUMAN PERSPECTIVE.
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  • IT WASN'T COMFORTABLEFOR GOD TO LEAVE HEAVEN
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  • AND COME TO A MANGER.
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  • AND YET, THAT ISEXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED.
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  • THE APOSTLE PAULEXPLAINS WHAT CHRIST DID
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  • IN PHILIPPIANS 2:5-8.
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  • "HAVE THIS ATTITUDEIN YOURSELVES
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  • WHICH WAS IN CHRIST JESUS,
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  • ALTHOUGH HE EXISTEDIN THE FORM OF GOD,
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  • HE DID NOT REGARD EQUALITYWITH GOD A THING TO BE GRASPED
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  • BUT HE EMPTIED HIMSELFTAKING THE FORM
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  • OF A BOND-SERVANT AND BEINGMADE IN THE LIKENESS OF MEN.
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  • BEING FOUND IN THEAPPEARANCE AS A MAN,
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  • HE HUMBLED HIMSELFBY BECOMING OBEDIENT
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  • TO THE POINT OF DEATH,EVEN DEATH ON A CROSS."
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  • WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCEOF JESUS HUMBLING HIMSELF
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  • BY BEING BORN IN THIS CRADLE?
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  • TWO THINGS.
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  • THE FACT THAT CHRISTWAS WILLING TO COME
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  • AND TO BE BORN UNDERSUCH HUMBLE CIRCUMSTANCES
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  • REMINDS US, FIRST OFALL, THAT GOD LOVES US.
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  • HE TOOK THEINITIATIVE IN ESTABLISHING
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  • A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUAND WITH ME.
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  • PASTOR TIM ZINGALETELLS A STORY ABOUT
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  • A 5- YEAR- OLD BOY NAMED TOMMY.
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  • TOMMY LOVED TO RUN ANDPLAY LIKE MOST 5 -YEAR -OLDS.
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  • WHEN HE SMILED PEOPLE SAIDHE LOOKED LIKE AN ANGEL.
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  • BUT TOMMY DIDN'TSMILE MUCH.
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  • HIS PARENTS HAD DIED A FEWYEARS EARLIER,
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  • AND HE WAS IN ANORPHANAGE.
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  • ONE DAY WHILE TOMMY WASOUT PLAYING DODGEBALL BY
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  • HIMSELF HE WAS TOTALLYUNAWARE OF WHAT WAS
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  • HAPPENING RIGHT DOWN THESTREET AT A COURT HOUSE.
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  • THERE JUDGE JOHNSON WASLISTENING TO A COUPLE
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  • EXPLAIN WHY THEY WANTED TOADOPT TOMMY TO BECOME THEIR OWN.
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  • THEY HAD DRIVEN BY THEORPHANAGE ONE DAY AND SEEN
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  • TOMMY PLAYING OUTSIDE ANDDECIDED THEY WANTED HIM
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  • TO BECOME A PARTOF THEIR FAMILY.
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  • TOMMY WAS COMPLETELYUNAWARE OF WHAT WAS
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  • HAPPENING RIGHTDOWN THE STREET.
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  • A DECISION WAS BEING MADETHAT WOULD ALTER THE
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  • COURSE OF HIS LIFEFOREVER.
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  • THE BIBLE SAYS THAT THEJUDGE OF ALL OF THE UNIVERSE
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  • BEFORE THE BEGINNINGOF TIME DECIDED
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  • THAT HE WANTED ARELATIONSHIP WITH YOU.
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  • AND HE SET THEPLANS INTO MOTION,
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  • THE PLAN BY WHICH YOUAND I COULD BE ADOPTED
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  • INTO GOD'S FAMILYTHROUGH JESUS CHRIST.
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  • AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHATTHIS CRADLE REPRESENTS.
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  • GOD TOOK THE INITIATIVE INESTABLISHING THE RELATIONSHIP
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  • WITH YOU TO PUT YOUINTO HIS FOREVER FAMILY
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  • HERE IN HIS LOVE, NOTTHAT WE LOVED GOD,
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  • BUT THAT GOD LOVEDUS AND GAVE HIMSELF
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  • AS THE PROPITIATIONFOR OUR SINS.
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  • THE CRADLE MEANSTHAT GOD LOVES US.
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  • BUT SECONDLY, THE CRADLEMEANS THAT GOD FORGIVES US.
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  • WE'LL TALK ABOUT THISMORE IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • BUT GOD BECAME FLESH SOTHAT HE COULD BE ONE OF US
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  • AND ACCOMPLISH THEMISSION OF SALVATION,
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  • JESUS CHRIST, FOR NO OTHERREASON, THAN THE LOVE
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  • WITH WHICH HE HAD FOR US,LEFT THE REALM OF HEAVEN.
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  • HE CAME TO THIS ISLAND OFHOPELESSNESS CALLED PLANET
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  • EARTH. HE WILLINGLY TOOKTHE CURSE FOR OUR SIN
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  • IN ORDER THAT HEMIGHT POINT US TO GOD.
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  • AND THAT'S WHY WE SAY HISNAME IS EMMANUEL, GOD WITH US.
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  • GOD BECAME ONE OF US SO
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  • THAT WE MIGHT BE APART OF HIS FAMILY.
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  • THERE COULD HAVE BEEN NOCHRISTMAS WITHOUT THE CRADLE.
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  • BUT 2000 YEARS AGO ON THATNIGHT, JESUS WAS BORN.
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  • CASTING A SHADOW OVERTHE CRADLE WAS A CROSS.
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  • IF THE CRADLE IS THEBEGINNING OF THE STORY,
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  • THE CROSS REPRESENTS THE MAINBODY OF THE CHRISTMAS STORY.
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  • IT EXPLAINS WHY IT ISTHAT JESUS CAME TO EARTH.
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  • ONE WRITER SAYS IT THIS WAY.
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  • "HERE'S A SIDE TO THE CHRISTMASSTORY THAT ISN'T OFTEN TOLD.
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  • THOSE SOFT LITTLEHANDS FASHIONED
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  • BY THE HOLY SPIRIT ANDMARY'S WOMB WERE MADE
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  • SO THAT THE NAILS MIGHTBE DRIVEN THROUGH THEM.
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  • THOSE LITTLE PINKFEET, UNABLE TO WALK,
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  • WOULD ONE DAY WALKUP A DUSTY HILL
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  • TO BE NAILED TO A CROSS.
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  • THAT SWEET INFANT'SHEAD WITH SPARKLING EYES
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  • AND EAGER MOUTH WASFORMED SO THAT SOMEDAY
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  • MEN MIGHT FORCE A CROWNOF THORNS UPON IT.
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  • THAT TENDER BODY WARM AND SOFTWRAPPED IN SWADDLING CLOTHES
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  • WOULD ONE DAY BE RIPPEDOPEN BY A ROMAN SPEAR.
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  • JESUS WAS BORN TO DIE."
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  • PAUL SAID IT THIS WAY IN2 CORINTHIANS 5:21.
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  • "GOD MADE HIM, JESUS, WHO KNEWNO SIN TO BECOME SIN FOR US
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  • THAT WE MIGHT BECOME THERIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM."
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  • JESUS CAME TO TAKE THE PENALTYWE DESERVE FOR OUR SINS.
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  • THERE IS AN ANCIENT STORY,TOLD ABOUT A TIBETAN RULER
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  • WHO HAD DECREED THATANYONE IN HIS NATION
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  • WHO WAS CAUGHT STEALING WOULDHAVE HIS HAND CHOPPED OFF.
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  • ONE DAY, AN ELDERLY WOMANWAS BROUGHT BEFORE THE KING.
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  • THE KING LOOKED AT HER AND SAID,
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  • "YOU HAVE BEEN CHARGED ANDFOUND GUILTY OF THIS CRIME.
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  • YOU KNOW WHAT THE PENALTY IS.
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  • BUT BECAUSE YOU ARE MY MOTHER,
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  • I WILL TAKE THEPENALTY FOR YOU."
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  • AND WITH THAT, HE PLACED HISARM ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK
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  • AND HAD HIS HANDSEVERED FROM HIS ARM.
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  • YOU SEE, IF THE KINGHAD SIMPLY OVERLOOKED
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  • HIS MOTHER'S CRIME, HE WOULDNOT HAVE BEEN A JUST KING.
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  • SO A PENALTY HAD TO BE EXACTED
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  • AND HE WAS THE ONE WHOWAS WILLING TO BEAR IT.
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  • THE SAME THING ISTRUE FOR YOU AND ME.
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  • GOD IS A HOLY GOD.
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  • GOD'S EYES ARE TOO PURE TO LOOK
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  • UPON INIQUITY THE BIBLE SAYS.
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  • AND THAT'S WHY IT IS IMPOSSIBLEFOR GOD TO SIMPLY LOOK AWAY,
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  • TO LOOK OVER, TO EXCUSE OUR SIN.
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  • IF HE DID THAT, HE WOULDNO LONGER BE A JUST GOD.
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  • GOD'S DECREE SAYS THESOUL THAT SINS SHALL DIE,
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  • SHALL BE SEPARATED FROMGOD FOR ALL ETERNITY.
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  • BUT GOD WAS WILLING TO TAKETHE PENALTY FOR YOU AND ME
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  • AND THAT'S WHAT HEDID WHEN HE CAME
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  • TO SUFFER AND DIE ON THAT CROSS.
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  • IN SOME INEXPLICABLE WAY,
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  • JESUS EXPERIENCEDTHE FULL WRATH OF GOD
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  • SO THAT ONE DAY WE COULDRECEIVE HIS BLESSING.
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  • A FAMOUS RELIGIOUSLEADER MADE HEADLINES
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  • JUST A COUPLE OF YEARSAGO WHEN HE SAID,
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  • "EVEN UNBELIEVERS CAN BE SAVED.
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  • ALL WHO LIVE A JUSTLIFE WILL BE SAVED
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  • EVEN IF THEY DON'TBELIEVE IN JESUS.
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  • THE GOSPEL TEACHES USTHAT THOSE WHO LIVE
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  • IN ACCORDANCE WITHTHE BEATITUDES,
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  • THE POOR IN SPIRITTHE PURE OF HEART,
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  • THOSE WHO BEARLOVINGLY THE SUFFERINGS
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  • OF LIFE WILL ENTERGOD'S KINGDOM."
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  • IF WHAT THAT RELIGIOUSLEADER SAYS IS TRUE,
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  • THAN THE CROSS OF JESUS CHRISTWAS TOTALLY UNNECESSARY.
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  • WHAT HE SAID WASABSOLUTELY WRONG.
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  • IF THERE WERE ANYOTHER WAY TO BE SAVED
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  • THEN GOD DID NOT NEEDTO COME INTO A CRADLE.
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  • HE DID NOT NEED TO SUFFER
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  • THAT EXCRUCIATINGDEATH ON THE CROSS.
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  • THE REASON HE DID THATWAS THE CROSS REPRESENTS
  • 00:13:43.979 --> 00:13:47.249
  • MAN'S ONLY WAY TO FORGIVENESSAND HOPE IN JESUS.
  • 00:13:47.283 --> 00:13:53.722
  • 700 YEARS BEFORE CHRIST CAME,ISAIAH THE PROPHET PROPHESIED
  • 00:13:53.756 --> 00:13:58.560
  • OF WHAT CHRIST WOULD DO FOR US.
  • 00:13:58.594 --> 00:14:01.864
  • IN ISAIAH 53, HE WRITES,
  • 00:14:01.897 --> 00:14:03.699
  • "BUT HE," MESSIAH,"WAS PIERCED THROUGH
  • 00:14:03.732 --> 00:14:06.969
  • FOR OUR TRANSGRESSIONS, HE WASCRUSHED FOR OUR INIQUITIES;
  • 00:14:07.002 --> 00:14:11.807
  • THE CHASTENING OFOUR WELLBEING FELL
  • 00:14:11.840 --> 00:14:13.909
  • UPON HIM AND BY HISSCOURGING WE ARE HEALED.
  • 00:14:13.943 --> 00:14:18.047
  • ALL OF US LIKE SHEEPHAVE GONE ASTRAY.
  • 00:14:18.080 --> 00:14:20.316
  • EACH OF US HASTURNED HIS OWN WAY
  • 00:14:20.349 --> 00:14:22.618
  • BUT THE LORD HASCAUSED THE INIQUITY
  • 00:14:22.651 --> 00:14:25.354
  • THE SIN OF US ALL TOFALL UPON HIM," JESUS.
  • 00:14:25.387 --> 00:14:31.694
  • THE WHOLE PURPOSE OFCHRIST COMING IS SUMMARIZED
  • 00:14:31.727 --> 00:14:35.064
  • ON THAT CROSS.
  • 00:14:35.097 --> 00:14:36.799
  • IF THE CRADLEREPRESENTS THE BEGINNING
  • 00:14:36.832 --> 00:14:39.668
  • OF THE CHRISTMAS STORY,
  • 00:14:39.702 --> 00:14:41.603
  • AND THE CROSS REPRESENTSTHE MAIN BODY OF THE STORY,
  • 00:14:41.637 --> 00:14:45.607
  • THEN THE CLIMAX OF THE CHRISTMAS
  • 00:14:45.641 --> 00:14:47.943
  • STORY IS FOUND IN THE CROWN.
  • 00:14:47.977 --> 00:14:51.847
  • IT'S A DIFFERENT KIND OF CROWN.
  • 00:14:51.880 --> 00:14:53.349
  • IT'S NOT THE ONEJESUS WORE ON CALVARY.
  • 00:14:53.382 --> 00:14:56.452
  • IT IS THE CROWN HE WILL WEARWHEN HE RETURNS TO EARTH.
  • 00:14:56.485 --> 00:15:00.422
  • THE CROWN REPRESENTS THEPROMISED SECOND COMING
  • 00:15:00.456 --> 00:15:04.360
  • OF THE LORD, JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:15:04.393 --> 00:15:06.528
  • SOMEBODY HAS SAID, "WHENJESUS CAME THE FIRST TIME,
  • 00:15:06.562 --> 00:15:09.398
  • HE CAME VEILED INTHE FORM OF A CHILD.
  • 00:15:09.431 --> 00:15:12.201
  • BUT ONE DAY WHENJESUS COMES AGAIN,
  • 00:15:12.234 --> 00:15:14.803
  • HE WILL BE RECOGNIZED BY ALL.
  • 00:15:14.837 --> 00:15:17.706
  • THE FIRST TIME JESUS CAME,A STAR MARKED HIS ARRIVAL.
  • 00:15:17.740 --> 00:15:22.044
  • THE NEXT TIME JESUS COMES,
  • 00:15:22.077 --> 00:15:23.979
  • ALL THE HEAVEN WILLBE LIT BY HIS GLORY.
  • 00:15:24.013 --> 00:15:27.850
  • THE FIRST TIME JESUS CAME, ONLYA FEW ATTENDED HIS ARRIVAL.
  • 00:15:27.883 --> 00:15:32.221
  • BUT THE NEXT TIME JESUS COMES,EVERY EYE SHALL SEE HIM.
  • 00:15:32.254 --> 00:15:38.360
  • THE FIRST TIME JESUSCAME, HE CAME AS A BABY.
  • 00:15:38.394 --> 00:15:41.063
  • BUT THE NEXT TIME JESUS COMES,
  • 00:15:41.096 --> 00:15:43.365
  • HE WILL COME AS KING OFKINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
  • 00:15:43.399 --> 00:15:49.538
  • ULTIMATELY THAT'S OURONLY HOPE IN THIS WORLD
  • 00:15:49.571 --> 00:15:52.041
  • THAT ONE DAY CHRISTIS COMING BACK
  • 00:15:52.074 --> 00:15:55.677
  • WHEN THE RIGHT WILL PREVAIL.
  • 00:15:55.711 --> 00:15:59.581
  • I DON'T HAVE TO TELL YOU,
  • 00:15:59.615 --> 00:16:00.816
  • WE LIVE IN A WORLDTHAT IS MARKED,
  • 00:16:00.849 --> 00:16:04.186
  • THAT IS TAINTED BY SIN.
  • 00:16:04.219 --> 00:16:06.455
  • AND IT CAUSES SO MUCH HEARTACHEIN EVERY ONE OF OUR LIVES.
  • 00:16:06.488 --> 00:16:10.325
  • I WAS JUST REFLECTINGON SOME CONVERSATIONS
  • 00:16:10.359 --> 00:16:13.695
  • I'VE JUST HAD RECENTLYTALKING WITH THE WIFE
  • 00:16:13.729 --> 00:16:18.600
  • OF ONE OF OUR DEACONSWHO JUST WENT TO HEAVEN
  • 00:16:18.634 --> 00:16:21.503
  • AS SHE MOURNED THELOSS OF HER HUSBAND,
  • 00:16:21.537 --> 00:16:25.007
  • TALKING TO A YOUNGMAN WHO HAD JUST STOOD
  • 00:16:25.040 --> 00:16:27.276
  • OVER THE OPEN GRAVEOF HIS MOTHER,
  • 00:16:27.309 --> 00:16:31.313
  • HEARING A LITTLE CHILD CRYUNCONTROLLABLY BEGGING GOD
  • 00:16:31.346 --> 00:16:34.983
  • TO SEND HER FATHER BACK HOME.
  • 00:16:35.017 --> 00:16:38.587
  • THAT'S THE KIND OFWORLD THAT WE LIVE IN.
  • 00:16:38.620 --> 00:16:42.491
  • MAYBE YOU'RE HAVINGTROUBLE THIS MORNING
  • 00:16:42.524 --> 00:16:45.994
  • REALLY ENTERING INTO THECELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS.
  • 00:16:46.028 --> 00:16:48.664
  • PERHAPS IT'S BECAUSE YOU'REFACING AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE.
  • 00:16:48.697 --> 00:16:52.801
  • THE PAIN YOU FEEL RIGHT NOW ISREAL BUT IT'S ALSO TEMPORARY.
  • 00:16:52.835 --> 00:16:59.775
  • ONE DAY, JESUS ISCOMING BACK AGAIN.
  • 00:16:59.808 --> 00:17:03.345
  • AND WHEN HE COMES BACK AGAIN,HE IS GOING TO PUT AN END
  • 00:17:03.378 --> 00:17:06.348
  • TO SUFFERING BECAUSEHE'S GOING TO PUT AN END
  • 00:17:06.381 --> 00:17:09.151
  • TO THE AUTHOR OFSUFFERING, SATAN HIMSELF.
  • 00:17:09.184 --> 00:17:13.322
  • IN 2 THESSALONIANS 2:8 PAUL SAYS
  • 00:17:13.355 --> 00:17:16.658
  • THAT ONE DAY SATAN, THEAUTHOR OF ALL HEARTACHE,
  • 00:17:16.692 --> 00:17:19.695
  • WILL BE REVEALED ANDTHE LORD WILL SLAY
  • 00:17:19.728 --> 00:17:22.698
  • HIM WITH THE BREATH OFHIS MOUTH AND BRING HIM
  • 00:17:22.731 --> 00:17:26.268
  • TO AN END BY THE BRIGHTNESSOF CHRIST COMING.
  • 00:17:26.301 --> 00:17:31.540
  • THE RETURN OF JESUSCHRIST IS OUR HOPE,
  • 00:17:31.573 --> 00:17:34.409
  • OUR ONLY HOPE IN THIS WORLD.
  • 00:17:34.443 --> 00:17:37.279
  • THE APOSTLE JOHNDESCRIBED THE RETURN
  • 00:17:37.312 --> 00:17:40.082
  • OF JESUS CHRIST THISWAY IN REVELATION 19.
  • 00:17:40.115 --> 00:17:43.418
  • HE SAID, "AFTER THESETHINGS I HEARD SOMETHING
  • 00:17:43.452 --> 00:17:45.687
  • LIKE A LOUD VOICEOF A GREAT MULTITUDE
  • 00:17:45.721 --> 00:17:48.223
  • IN HEAVEN SAYING, 'HALLELUJAH!
  • 00:17:48.257 --> 00:17:50.359
  • SALVATION AND GLORY ANDPOWER BELONG TO OUR GOD;'
  • 00:17:50.392 --> 00:17:54.596
  • AND I SAW HEAVEN OPENED,AND BEHOLD, A WHITE HORSE,
  • 00:17:54.630 --> 00:17:58.600
  • AND HE WHO SAT ON IT ISCALLED FAITHFUL AND TRUE,
  • 00:17:58.634 --> 00:18:01.870
  • AND IN RIGHTEOUSNESS,HE JUDGES AND WAGES WAR.
  • 00:18:01.904 --> 00:18:05.674
  • HIS EYES ARE A FLAME OF FIRE,
  • 00:18:05.707 --> 00:18:07.910
  • AND ON HIS HEAD ARE MANYDIADEMS," MANY CROWNS,
  • 00:18:07.943 --> 00:18:11.280
  • "AND HE HAS A NAMEWRITTEN UPON HIM
  • 00:18:11.313 --> 00:18:13.248
  • WHICH NO ONE KNOWSEXCEPT HIMSELF.
  • 00:18:13.282 --> 00:18:15.918
  • AND HE IS CLOTHED WITHA ROBE DIPPED IN BLOOD,
  • 00:18:15.951 --> 00:18:19.021
  • AND HIS NAME IS CALLEDTHE WORD OF GOD."
  • 00:18:19.054 --> 00:18:23.959
  • THE FIRST TIME JESUS CAME, HECAME AS SAVIOR OF THE WORLD.
  • 00:18:23.992 --> 00:18:28.197
  • THE NEXT TIME JESUS COMES,
  • 00:18:28.230 --> 00:18:29.898
  • HE IS COMING AS JUDGEOF ALL THE WORLD.
  • 00:18:29.932 --> 00:18:33.402
  • THE FIRST TIME JESUS CAME,HE OFFERED SALVATION.
  • 00:18:33.435 --> 00:18:38.106
  • THE NEXT TIME JESUS COMES,
  • 00:18:38.140 --> 00:18:40.108
  • HE'S COMING TOOFFER CONDEMNATION.
  • 00:18:40.142 --> 00:18:43.779
  • THE COMING OF JESUSWILL BE A GREAT MOMENT
  • 00:18:43.812 --> 00:18:46.448
  • OF REJOICING FOR THOSEOF US WHO KNOW HIM.
  • 00:18:46.481 --> 00:18:48.283
  • BUT FOR THOSE WHOHAVE REJECTED HIM,
  • 00:18:48.317 --> 00:18:51.353
  • THE COMING OF JESUS AGAINWILL BE A TIME MARKED
  • 00:18:51.386 --> 00:18:54.056
  • BY REMORSE AND REGRET.
  • 00:18:54.089 --> 00:18:59.595
  • I CAME ACROSS THISPIECE RECENTLY.
  • 00:18:59.628 --> 00:19:02.397
  • LISTEN TO IT CAREFULLY.
  • 00:19:02.431 --> 00:19:05.434
  • "'TWAS THE NIGHTBEFORE JESUS CAME
  • 00:19:05.467 --> 00:19:09.671
  • AND ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE,
  • 00:19:09.705 --> 00:19:11.039
  • NOT A CREATURE WAS PRAYING,NOT ONE IN THE HOUSE.
  • 00:19:11.073 --> 00:19:15.310
  • THE BIBLE WAS LAID ONTHE SHELF WITHOUT CARE
  • 00:19:15.344 --> 00:19:17.846
  • IN HOPES THAT JESUSWOULD NOT COME THERE.
  • 00:19:17.879 --> 00:19:21.683
  • THE CHILDREN WEREDRESSING TO CRAWL INTO BED
  • 00:19:21.717 --> 00:19:24.419
  • NOT ONCE EVER KNEELINGARE BOWING A HEAD.
  • 00:19:24.453 --> 00:19:28.123
  • AND MOM AND HER ROCKER WITH BABY
  • 00:19:28.156 --> 00:19:30.158
  • ON HER LAP WAS WATCHING THELATE SHOW WHILE I TOOK A NAP.
  • 00:19:30.192 --> 00:19:35.130
  • WHEN OUT OF THE EAST,THERE AROSE SUCH A CLATTER.
  • 00:19:35.163 --> 00:19:38.300
  • I SPRANG TO MY FEET TOSEE WHAT WAS THE MATTER.
  • 00:19:38.333 --> 00:19:41.637
  • AWAY TO THE WINDOW,I FLEW LIKE A FLASH.
  • 00:19:41.670 --> 00:19:44.239
  • TORE OPEN THE SHUTTERS,THREW UP THE SASH.
  • 00:19:44.273 --> 00:19:47.476
  • WHEN WHAT TO MY WONDERINGEYES SHOULD APPEAR,
  • 00:19:47.509 --> 00:19:50.345
  • BUT ANGELS PROCLAIMINGTHAT JESUS WAS HERE.
  • 00:19:50.379 --> 00:19:54.883
  • WITH A LIGHT LIKE THE SUNSENDING FORTH A BRIGHT RAY,
  • 00:19:54.916 --> 00:19:59.254
  • I KNEW IN A MOMENT THATTHIS MUST BE THE DAY.
  • 00:19:59.288 --> 00:20:03.792
  • THE LIGHT OF HIS FACEMADE ME COVER MY HEAD.
  • 00:20:03.825 --> 00:20:06.795
  • IT WAS JESUS RETURNINGJUST AS HE'D SAID.
  • 00:20:06.828 --> 00:20:11.233
  • AND THOUGH I POSSESSEDWORLDLY WISDOM AND WEALTH,
  • 00:20:11.266 --> 00:20:14.803
  • I CRIED WHEN I SAW HIMIN SPITE OF MYSELF.
  • 00:20:14.836 --> 00:20:19.641
  • IN THE BOOK OF LIFEWHICH HE HELD IN HIS HAND
  • 00:20:19.675 --> 00:20:22.511
  • WAS WRITTEN THE NAMEOF EVERY SAVED MAN.
  • 00:20:22.544 --> 00:20:27.215
  • HE SPOKE NOT A WORD ASHE SEARCHED FOR MY NAME.
  • 00:20:27.249 --> 00:20:31.720
  • WHEN HE SAID, "IT'S NOTHERE," MY HEAD HUNG IN SHAME.
  • 00:20:31.753 --> 00:20:38.493
  • THE PEOPLE WHOSE NAMES HADBEEN WRITTEN WITH LOVE,
  • 00:20:38.527 --> 00:20:41.763
  • HE GATHERED TO TAKETO HIS FATHER ABOVE.
  • 00:20:41.797 --> 00:20:44.900
  • WITH THOSE WHO WERE READYHE ROSE WITHOUT A SOUND,
  • 00:20:44.933 --> 00:20:48.770
  • WHILE ALL OF THE RESTWERE STANDING AROUND.
  • 00:20:48.804 --> 00:20:52.274
  • I FELL TO MY KNEESBUT IT WAS TOO LATE.
  • 00:20:52.307 --> 00:20:56.345
  • I HAD WAITED TOO LONGAND THUS SEALED MY FATE.
  • 00:20:56.378 --> 00:21:01.783
  • I STOOD AND I CRIED ASTHEY ROSE OUT OF SIGHT.
  • 00:21:01.817 --> 00:21:06.521
  • IF ONLY I HAD BEENREADY TONIGHT."
  • 00:21:06.555 --> 00:21:12.160
  • JESUS IS COMING BACK AGAIN.
  • 00:21:12.194 --> 00:21:16.665
  • AND THAT IS THE ULTIMATETRUTH OF THE CHRISTMAS STORY.
  • 00:21:16.698 --> 00:21:20.102
  • HE IS RETURNING TOREWARD THE RIGHTEOUS
  • 00:21:20.135 --> 00:21:23.872
  • AND TO PUNISH THE GUILTY.
  • 00:21:23.905 --> 00:21:27.376
  • ONE OF MY FAVORITE SONGSTHAT WE SING AT THIS TIME
  • 00:21:27.409 --> 00:21:31.179
  • OF THE YEAR IS JOY TO THEWORLD THE LORD IS COME.
  • 00:21:31.213 --> 00:21:35.784
  • MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THAT
  • 00:21:35.817 --> 00:21:37.819
  • THAT SONG WAS NEVER INTENDEDTO BE A CHRISTMAS CAROL.
  • 00:21:37.853 --> 00:21:42.958
  • THERE ARE NO MENTIONS OF ANGELSAND BETHLEHEM AND A STAR.
  • 00:21:42.991 --> 00:21:48.663
  • WHEN ISAAC WATTS WROTETHAT HYMN IN 1719,
  • 00:21:48.697 --> 00:21:51.733
  • HE WAS WRITING NOT ABOUTTHE FIRST COMING OF JESUS,
  • 00:21:51.767 --> 00:21:54.836
  • HE WAS WRITING IT ABOUTTHE SECOND COMING OF JESUS.
  • 00:21:54.870 --> 00:21:59.274
  • THIS SONG WAS BASED ONPSALM 98:9 THAT SAYS,
  • 00:21:59.307 --> 00:22:04.112
  • "FOR THE LORD COMETHTO JUDGE THE EARTH,
  • 00:22:04.146 --> 00:22:07.616
  • WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS, HESHALL JUDGE THE WORLD."
  • 00:22:07.649 --> 00:22:13.922
  • JESUS IS COMING BACK.
  • 00:22:13.955 --> 00:22:15.724
  • THAT IS THE HOPEOF EVERY ONE OF US
  • 00:22:15.757 --> 00:22:17.959
  • WHO IS A BELIEVERHERE THIS MORNING.
  • 00:22:17.993 --> 00:22:21.029
  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:22:21.062 --> 00:22:25.934
  • I BELIEVE IT'S NOMISTAKE YOU'RE WATCHING
  • 00:22:25.967 --> 00:22:28.270
  • THIS PROGRAM RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:22:28.303 --> 00:22:30.205
  • GOD HAS BROUGHTYOU TO THIS POINT
  • 00:22:30.238 --> 00:22:32.107
  • SO THAT YOU MIGHT TRUST INJESUS FOR YOUR SALVATION.
  • 00:22:32.140 --> 00:22:36.545
  • AND MY HOPE, MY PRAYER IS THAT
  • 00:22:36.578 --> 00:22:38.713
  • YOU WON'T LETANOTHER MOMENT PASS
  • 00:22:38.747 --> 00:22:40.849
  • WITHOUT RECEIVING GOD'SGIFT OF FORGIVENESS.
  • 00:22:40.882 --> 00:22:45.053
  • IN THE TIME REMAINING TODAY,
  • 00:22:45.086 --> 00:22:46.555
  • LET ME SHARE A NOTE IRECEIVED FROM LLOYD.
  • 00:22:46.588 --> 00:22:49.424
  • LLOYD WROTE, "PASTOR JEFFRESS,
  • 00:22:49.458 --> 00:22:51.460
  • I GREW UP IN A CHRISTIANHOME WITH A MOTHER
  • 00:22:51.493 --> 00:22:54.062
  • WHO'S A STALWART OF THE FAITH.
  • 00:22:54.095 --> 00:22:56.731
  • I ACCEPTED CHRISTAT A YOUNG AGE,
  • 00:22:56.765 --> 00:22:59.201
  • BUT AS AN ADULT I STRAYEDFAR FROM THE PATH.
  • 00:22:59.234 --> 00:23:02.471
  • I'VE MADE MISTAKES THATARE LIKE A BALL AND CHAIN
  • 00:23:02.504 --> 00:23:05.173
  • AROUND MY NECK AND FEET.
  • 00:23:05.207 --> 00:23:07.008
  • AND NOW I'M ASKING GODTO HELP ME COME HOME."
  • 00:23:07.042 --> 00:23:10.912
  • I LOVE LLOYD'S RAWUNFILTERED HONESTY.
  • 00:23:10.946 --> 00:23:14.950
  • AND THE ONLY BARRIER THATSTANDS IN THE WAY OF HELPING
  • 00:23:14.983 --> 00:23:17.519
  • MORE PEOPLE LIKE LLOYD ARETHE RESOURCES TO DO SO.
  • 00:23:17.552 --> 00:23:21.690
  • WHEN YOU INVEST INPATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:23:21.723 --> 00:23:23.558
  • YOU'RE BECOMING A DIRECT CONDUIT
  • 00:23:23.592 --> 00:23:26.061
  • TO DELIVER A MESSAGEOF HOPE TO PEOPLE
  • 00:23:26.094 --> 00:23:27.863
  • ALL ACROSS OUR COUNTRYAND AROUND OUR WORLD,
  • 00:23:27.896 --> 00:23:31.766
  • INCLUDING PRODIGALSJUST LIKE LLOYD.
  • 00:23:31.800 --> 00:23:34.870
  • MAY I COUNT ON YOU TO GIVE AGENEROUS YEAR END GIFT TODAY?
  • 00:23:34.903 --> 00:23:38.773
  • BECAUSE OF THE RECORD-SETTING
  • 00:23:38.807 --> 00:23:40.342
  • HOPE AND TRUTH MATCHINGCHALLENGE OF $1.2 MILLION,
  • 00:23:40.375 --> 00:23:45.580
  • RIGHT NOW YOUR GENEROUS GIFTWILL HAVE TWICE THE IMPACT.
  • 00:23:45.614 --> 00:23:49.417
  • PLEASE HELP US REACH THISMARK BY DECEMBER 31ST
  • 00:23:49.451 --> 00:23:53.255
  • SO THAT WE CAN EXPAND OURMINISTRY IN THE COMING NEW YEAR.
  • 00:23:53.288 --> 00:23:57.459
  • NOW PLEASE STAY RIGHT THERE,
  • 00:23:57.492 --> 00:23:58.960
  • I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE PATHWAYTO VICTORY IN JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:23:58.994 --> 00:24:02.864
  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:24:02.898 --> 00:24:04.432
  • [ANNOUNCER] FROMONE DAY TO THE NEXT,
  • 00:24:04.466 --> 00:24:07.502
  • LIFE IS ALWAYS CHANGING.
  • 00:24:07.536 --> 00:24:09.137
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  • 00:24:09.170 --> 00:24:12.774
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  • 00:24:12.807 --> 00:24:16.511
  • WITH THE BRAND NEW 2021 PATHWAYTO VICTORY DAILY DEVOTIONAL.
  • 00:24:16.545 --> 00:24:21.116
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  • 00:24:21.149 --> 00:24:24.419
  • THIS BEAUTIFUL LEATHER-BOUNDDEVOTIONAL CONTAINS
  • 00:24:24.452 --> 00:24:27.289
  • 262 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THETEACHING OF DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS.
  • 00:24:27.322 --> 00:24:32.961
  • MORE THAN 500 PAGES IN LENGTH,
  • 00:24:32.994 --> 00:24:35.530
  • THE BRAND NEW 2021 DAILYDEVOTIONAL IS THE PERFECT
  • 00:24:35.564 --> 00:24:39.100
  • COMPANION FOR YOUR MORNING OREVENING BIBLE STUDY OR PRAYER
  • 00:24:39.134 --> 00:24:42.437
  • TIME. EACH WEEK OF DEVOTIONCONTENT IS THOUGHTFULLY
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  • EVERY MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY,ALL 52 WEEKS OF THE YEAR.
  • 00:24:49.244 --> 00:24:52.948
  • FROM NEW YEAR'S DAYTO EASTER DISCOVER
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  • HOW TO LIVE ANEXTRAORDINARY LIFE
  • 00:24:55.617 --> 00:24:57.919
  • AS YOU SEEK TO SERVEGOD AND HIS KINGDOM.
  • 00:24:57.953 --> 00:25:01.222
  • AS SPRING TURNS TO SUMMER,
  • 00:25:01.256 --> 00:25:02.824
  • LEARN HOW TO LET GOD SHAPEYOUR ATTITUDES AND CHOICES.
  • 00:25:02.857 --> 00:25:06.261
  • AND AS YOU MOVE INTO THE FALL
  • 00:25:06.294 --> 00:25:08.163
  • AND BACK TO SCHOOL MONTHS,GAIN A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING
  • 00:25:08.196 --> 00:25:11.333
  • OF WHY JESUS IS THE ONLYTRUE PATH TO SALVATION.
  • 00:25:11.366 --> 00:25:15.136
  • THIS BEAUTIFUL LEATHERBOUND BOOK IS YOURS
  • 00:25:15.170 --> 00:25:17.439
  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUSGIFT TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:25:17.472 --> 00:25:20.542
  • LIFE MOVES FAST AND SOMETIMESIT'S HARD TO KEEP UP.
  • 00:25:20.575 --> 00:25:24.145
  • BUT NO MATTER THESEASON OF THE YEAR
  • 00:25:24.179 --> 00:25:26.481
  • OR THE SEASON OF YOUR LIFE,
  • 00:25:26.514 --> 00:25:28.049
  • THE BRAND NEW 2021 PATHWAYTO VICTORY DAILY DEVOTIONAL
  • 00:25:28.083 --> 00:25:32.520
  • WILL HELP SEE YOU THROUGH IT.
  • 00:25:32.554 --> 00:25:34.089
  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:25:34.122 --> 00:25:35.290
  • THE FIRST TIME JESUSCAME, HE CAME AS A BABY.
  • 00:25:35.323 --> 00:25:38.860
  • BUT THE NEXT TIME JESUS COMES,
  • 00:25:38.893 --> 00:25:40.629
  • HE WILL COME AS KING OFKINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
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