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The Search For Significance

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January 24, 2021
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Dr. Jack Graham's mission is to glorify God by introducing Jesus Christ to as Lord to all people.

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  • [Music]
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  • Good morning, and Iwould invite you to take God's
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  • Word and turn Hebrews, chapter2. This is our series GOING THE
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  • DISTANCE, and the title oftoday's message is "The Search
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  • for Significance... The Searchfor Significance." Man is on an
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  • eternal search for meaning, andthose big questions about life
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  • and death and earth andeternity. Those existential
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  • questions that everyone asks:"Who am I? Why am I? What... and
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  • why am I here? And where am Igoing?" These are questions on
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  • the road, on the search forsignificance. What is the
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  • meaning of life?-that's whatthis message is about. It is a
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  • biblical view of the meaning ofman. Humanity... men and women
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  • made in the image of God. Whoare we? And why are we? And how
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  • could God possibly be interestedin any of us? That's the
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  • question. Last time we endedwith a question... an
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  • unanswerable question thatsimply said,[Hebrews 2:3] "How
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  • shall we escape if we neglect sogreat a salvation?" That's an
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  • unanswerable question becausethere's no escape. There's no
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  • hope apart from this greatsalvation that we have in Jesus
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  • Christ. Hebrews... the book ofHebrews is all about hope in
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  • Jesus Christ. And so is therehope for mankind? Is there hope
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  • for me, for you? That's thequestion we're going to ask and
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  • answer today from God's Word.This is the world view... the
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  • Word view that comes from God asto who we are and why we're
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  • here. Verse 6 says: 6) It hasbeen testified somewhere, "What
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  • is man, that you are mindful ofhim, or the son of man, that you
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  • care for him? 7) You made himfor a little while lower than
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  • the angels; you have crowned himwith glory and honor, 8) putting
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  • everything in subjection underhis feet." Now in putting
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  • everything in subjection to him,he left nothing outside his
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  • control. At present, we do notyet see everything in subjection
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  • to him (In subjection tomankind). The writer of Hebrews
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  • is quoting here. He says "fromsomewhere." That somewhere is
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  • actually Psalm 8. As a shepherdboy David often reflected on the
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  • greatness and glory of God andhe sang beautiful... and gave us
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  • beautiful psalms and hymns ofworship to God. And in Psalm 8
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  • he speaks of the majesty and theglory of God, the greatness of
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  • God in the heavens. And thenDavid thinks, "How small I am,
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  • how insignificant I am. In themidst of all of this majesty and
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  • all of this greatness, who am Ithat God would be mindful of me?
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  • That the great God who made theuniverse would think about me?"
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  • He's feeling insignificant. He'sfeeling insecure; he's feeling
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  • small in the face of thegreatness of God and also the
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  • length of eternity. Because lifeis brief, a brief candle, a
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  • vapor that appears for a littlewhile and is gone soon. And yet
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  • we look into the heavens and wewonder, "Who am I? Why did God
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  • make me? Why am I here? What ismy purpose? What is my meaning
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  • in life?" It's the search forsignificance. And in that search
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  • we first see what I'm going tocall "Man's beautiful dignity."
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  • Women and men are made by God.In fact, we're told right here
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  • in the Scripture... verse 7..."You made him..." Man is made by
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  • God and man is minded by God. Heis in our... We are in His
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  • thoughts. Jeremiah 29, and verse11... one of my favorite
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  • verses... It speaks of God beingmindful of us, and he says, "For
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  • I know the thoughts... the plansthat I have for you, thoughts of
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  • your welfare, your health. Notof disaster or evil, but to give
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  • you a future and a hope." Itjust boggles the mind to think
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  • that God, the Creator... welearned who this Creator is.
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  • Jesus is the One who framed andfounded the universe. He made it
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  • all! He's the Christ for thecosmos! The Creator-God and the
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  • Sustainer in the universe! We'retold in Hebrews 1 that all
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  • things hold together because ofHim. Everything is in the grip
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  • of His grace, and of His power.And so God made us, and when He
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  • made us according to theScriptures at the very dawn of
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  • creation He breathed into us thebreath of life. And man became a
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  • living soul. You are not a bodywho has a soul; you are a soul
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  • who has a body. God breathedinto you His life. This makes
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  • you different than the animals.His image you bear at the
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  • outset... man did... the imageof God. And so we are not the
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  • product of someone'sevolutionary hypothesis or
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  • thesis. We did not ooze out ofsome primordial swamp. We're
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  • going to the swamp, but wedidn't come out of the swamp!
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  • [laughter] We're not the firstcousin to the apes, a glorified
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  • gorilla, a naked ape. "Once Iwas an amoeba just as beginning
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  • to begin. And then I was atadpole with my tail tucked in.
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  • And then I became a monkey in abanyan tree, and now I'm a
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  • professor with a PhD!"[laughter] The Bible says...
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  • this is God's view of you...God's view of you. You are
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  • handcrafted by God Almighty,even in your mother's womb. Now
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  • Adam and Eve were handmade byGod in the Garden. But you... we
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  • are born into this life, andlife begins in the womb. You
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  • say, "How do you know that?"Well, in Jeremiah, chapter 1,
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  • and verse 7... Jeremiah 1 andverse 7: "Before I formed you in
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  • the womb, I knew you!"Incredible, isn't it! Before you
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  • were born God knew you! "...andbefore you were born I
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  • consecrated you." God had a planfor your life before your birth.
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  • And if you want fartherevidence, Psalm 139, verses 13
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  • and 14: "For you formed myinward parts. You knitted me
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  • together in mother's womb. Ipraise you for I am (what?)
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  • fearfully and wonderfully made."Made by God! And therefore, life
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  • is significant! Life is sacredfrom the womb to the tomb. This
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  • is why we believe. The Bibletells us that the preborn, the
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  • unborn and the born are allsacred to God. It's the sanctity
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  • of human life. You know, if youbegin teaching kids that they
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  • come from animals, it's nowonder that they start acting
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  • like animals. But if you showchildren and teenagers and show
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  • yourself God's Word that teachesus that you are made in the
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  • image of God, by the very handof God; that God has a plan, God
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  • has a purpose for your life thenyou will understand life from a
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  • totally different perspective.God's perspective. And you will
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  • see others in a different way.
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  • [Music]
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  • At the core of every one
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  • of my messages is one thing: thepower of Jesus to save, the
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  • power of God's word to changeour lives. I can't think of a
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  • better way to start the New Yearoff right than by starting every
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  • day with God's word, and thatwould include a devotional from
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  • God's word. So, today I want tosend you a fantastic resource to
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  • help you tap into God's power,get into God's word, it's my new
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  • book, MOMENTS IN THE WORD. Thisdaily devotional book will help
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  • you start every day focused onthe One who can truly change
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  • your life from the inside outand forever. So, call the number
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  • on the screen or visit us onlineat JackGraham.org to donate to
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  • our ministry (PowerPoint) and toreceive the MOMENTS IN THE WORD
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  • book.
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  • We're made by God, createdand crowned. But something
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  • happens in the story in verse 8,when it talks about man being
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  • made, the woman being made. Butit says... look at the last
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  • sentence in verse 8. It says: 8)At present... at present, we do
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  • not yet see everything insubjection to him... That is,
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  • subjection to the Created one.Something happened; something
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  • changed, and that something thathappened defaced and disfigured
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  • the image of God in humanity.Something radical happened to
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  • the heart of a human being, andthat something... when you look
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  • at man today, we're not incontrol. There's chaos in the
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  • world. We don't have dominion.We're dominated and what is it?
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  • That something that happens issin and death. When Adam and Eve
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  • chose to rebel against God, andto disobey God... God said, "If
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  • you eat of the fruit of the treeof good and knowledge, you will
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  • die." Satan lied, and they died.First, in their spirits and
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  • ultimately in their bodies. Anda disease began to spread
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  • throughout the sons of Adam andthe daughters of Eve. And that
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  • disease is deadly! Sin, deathand hell! Sin now separates us
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  • from God. And I want you toreally listen right now because
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  • this is the heart of theChristian faith and message.
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  • Before there's good news,there's this terrible news of
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  • man's sinful, terribledepravity. Now that's not a word
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  • you hear much today in socialcircles unless you're talking
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  • about someone who's really donesome bad, bad things. That
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  • person is depraved. And yet theBible teaches us that in our
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  • sinful state, this condition asa result... the consequence of
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  • sin, the sin of choice, our ownsin... because of that, we are
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  • all totally depraved. Now, yousay, "Well, I'm just not into
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  • that. I'm just not thatdepraved." Learn this lesson
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  • about the truth of totaldepravity. Alright, here's a
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  • theological truth. Are you readyfor it? Depravity doesn't mean
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  • that you're as bad as you couldbe; although apart from God
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  • there's no sin that we would notcommit, apart from the grace of
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  • God there is a propensity to sinin all of us, and I'm telling
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  • you, given the right set ofcircumstances and temptations in
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  • your life, there's no sin... notemptation. You say, "Well, yes
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  • there is." Well, no there isn't.But total depravity doesn't mean
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  • that you're as bad as you couldbe but it means that you are
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  • (watch this) as bad off as youcould be, because in this
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  • depravity we are dying. Nowthere's three kinds of death
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  • mentioned in the Bible. There,of course, is physical death. We
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  • understand a little bit aboutthat. But the Bible also talks
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  • about spiritual death and that'slife without God. If God
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  • breathes life into the soul...if there is no life in the
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  • soul... if there is no God inme, there's no life in me! We're
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  • dead men walking. We are notalive! [Romans 6:23]"The wages
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  • of sin is death!" according tothe Scripture. [Ezekiel 18:20]
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  • "The soul that sins, it shallsurely die." So that's spiritual
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  • death. So we know spiritualdeath, we know physical death;
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  • but the Bible talks about thesecond death and the second
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  • death is the result of thisdepravity, this death that comes
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  • eternally; separation from Godforever and ever, and that's
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  • hell... that's hell. Jesus spokeof those who die in their sins.
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  • The most loving person, Saviorand God who walked on the face
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  • of the earth, said, "You can diein your sins." Jesus came so
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  • that you would not have to diein your sins. But if you reject
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  • the love and the grace of God,you will die in your sins, and
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  • that's hell and judgment. Yousay, "Pastor, are you trying to
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  • scare me into heaven?" Well, ifI could, I would. But I would
  • 00:17:32.341 --> 00:17:39.448
  • rather scare you into heaventhan silence you into hell, and
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  • not tell you the truth. TheBible says there is a hell and
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  • there is a judgment.[Hebrews9:27] "It is appointed unto man
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  • once to die", says the book ofHebrews, and after that "the
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  • judgment." Now we therefore mustprepare to die, prepare to meet
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  • our God. There's the reality ofdeath and the brevity of life.
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  • We all deal with it. Mankind...We all have these basic needs.
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  • There's emptiness, there'sloneliness, there's guilt and
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  • there's the fear of death. Yousay, "I'm not afraid to die."
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  • You're probably lying if you'resaying that. We all
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  • are born in what the writer ofHebrews later calls the bondage
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  • of death. We are slaves to sinand death! And in this bondage
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  • we think about it, we worryabout it, we fret it. Why would
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  • a person be fearful of death?Well, there's the physical act
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  • of dying. Some people are afraidof actually dying. It's like one
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  • fellow said, "I'm really notafraid of dying; I just don't
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  • want to be there when ithappens!" [laughter] Or maybe
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  • there is the fear of theunknown. What's on the other
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  • side? There's this existentialfear regarding death as just the
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  • fear of non-being. Believe it ornot, I used to think about that
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  • as a little boy. Non-being. Howcould I not be? Some of my fear
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  • of death came from a prayer mymother taught me to pray: "Now I
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  • lay me down to sleep, I pray theLord my soul to keep. If I
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  • should die before I wake(shouted)[laughter], I pray the
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  • Lord my soul to take." That putthe fear of God in me as a
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  • little boy. [laughter] Put thefear of death in me frankly. So
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  • from early ages and stages oflife, throughout life and
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  • seasons of life people are inthis bondage to satan, to sin,
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  • to death and hell. And that'sthe fact. That's reality. Death,
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  • because of sin, is a relentlessreality. But, thank God, there's
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  • more. In our search forsignificance there's not only
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  • this beautiful dignity and thissinful depravity, but there is
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  • an eternal destiny, because whatman has lost... what Adam-the
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  • first man lost, Jesus-the secondAdam has regained for us! That's
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  • the message of the Gospel! ThatGod became a Man... the perfect
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  • Man, the God-Man... and livedamong us and that's why verse 9
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  • says... Look at verse 9. Itsays: 9) But we see him... What
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  • I always want you to see andhear at Prestonwood, PowerPoint,
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  • the ministry of this church...9) ...we see him (namely Jesus!
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  • Because Jesus the Man, theMediator between God and man)
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  • made lower than the angels for alittle while... (Can you imagine
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  • that? God in an embryo? God in acrib?) He is born that we might
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  • never die. "The Son of Godbecame the Son of Man (C.S.
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  • Lewis said) that the sons of mencould become the sons of God!"
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  • So what was lost in thefailure... in the fall and the
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  • consequences of sin is nowregained, for watch what
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  • happens: 9) (He's...)... crownedwith glory and honor because of
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  • the suffering of death (watchit!), so that by the grace of
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  • God he might taste death for(who?) everyone... everyone.
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  • Don't you ever let somebody tellyou that Jesus died just for a
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  • select few! Atonement is notlimited. The grace of God is for
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  • everyone! Jesus died for all!Jesus died for everyone! He
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  • tasted death... that means Heexperienced death. This isn't a
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  • sampling of death; this isn't anhors d'oeuvre. He tasted death!
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  • I think of the Garden, beforeGolgotha was the Garden where
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  • Jesus surrendered His soul, Hislife to do the will of the
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  • heavenly Father, to go to thecross. He's prayed, He's
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  • sweating drops of blood. And Hesays [Matthew 26:39], "Father,
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  • if there's any way, let this cuppass from Me." What was in that
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  • cup that was so awful, soterrible that even Jesus said,
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  • "Lord, not this!" You know whatwas in that cup? The sins of
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  • mankind. Think of every vile,evil, wicked, foul, insidious,
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  • depraved act of humanity. Thinkof the self-righteousness and
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  • the pride and all the rest. Allof the sin of humanity is in
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  • that cup. I know that it'simpossible for the human brain
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  • to get around that this side ofeternity, but I'm telling you
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  • when Christ died, He took on oursin. He tasted death for
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  • everyone! And as He surrenderedHis will to drink that cup, He
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  • drank that bitter cup dry... tothe dregs! He tasted death for
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  • everyone. The Scripture heregoes on to say that He took this
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  • bondage of death and as thefounder of our faith... In fact,
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  • let's take a couple of secondsto look at it... Verse 10 says:
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  • 10) ... for whom and by {whom]all things exist, in bringing
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  • many sons to glory, should makethe founder of their salvation
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  • perfect through suffering. Thatmeans that Christ did not die a
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  • normal death, but a sufferingand painful death, so it's not a
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  • charade! It was death, and asuffering death on the cross!
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  • But this salvation's madeperfect because of the Founder,
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  • and that's an interesting word.I did a word study on that
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  • particular word and it does meanfounder. It can also mean
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  • leader, as it references leadingmany sons to glory. It can also
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  • mean... and I like this...champion... hero. It's the
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  • picture of a gladiator. Andlater on, verse 14: 14) So
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  • therefore the children share inflesh and blood, he himself
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  • likewise partook of the samethings, that through death he
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  • might destroy the one who hasthe power of death, that is, the
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  • devil, 15) and deliver all thosewho through the fear of death
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  • were subject to lifelongslavery. So you can now say, if
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  • you believe and follow the LordJesus Christ who has conquered
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  • sin, death and hell and thegrave by His cross, by His
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  • resurrection... This... thisSavior, this Redeemer who took
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  • the sword, the sting of deathout of the hand of the devil. He
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  • subdued Satan, He destroyeddeath by His own death on the
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  • cross. And therefore, you nolonger have to live in the fear
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  • of death. That's why wepreach Jesus. That's why we
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  • teach Jesus. That's why we singabout Jesus. Because of Him and
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  • what He has done for us.[Proverbs 18:24] "He's a Friend
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  • that sticks closer than abrother." "What a friend we have
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  • in Jesus. All our sins and griefto bear./ What a privilege to
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  • carry everything to God inprayer." And we're told in verse
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  • 16, 17 and 18 that when we carryit to prayer, He is our
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  • Mediator, He is our Interceder.We're going to have a message on
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  • that later on, so we're juststop it right there. But you can
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  • count on the fact that He isyour Mediator. There is one
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  • mediator between God and man. Heis your high priest. He takes
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  • your request, your needs, yourhurts and holds you and helps
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  • you and gives you hope.
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