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December 15, 2019
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God's Generosity - He Provides A Voice

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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: It's a surprise to me
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  • in my physical--well I thought it
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  • and when I was younger, I thought there was some point
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  • at which I would know it all.
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  • And when I was 10 or 11 or 12, I thought surely at 22, I would
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  • know it all and when I look back at 22, I pretty much thought I
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  • knew it all.
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  • But I got really stupid about 24, and I've never caught
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  • up again.
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  • The challenges that life keeps presenting continued to be
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  • challenges.
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  • And as much as it's true physically in maturing, it's
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  • true spiritually.
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  • So we're going to use Joseph.
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  • I brought you a collection of verses from his life.
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  • Joseph is a very unique character in the Bible.
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  • We know very little about him until he steps
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  • into the Christmas narrative and he is a very significant
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  • part of the Jesus story until Jesus is 12, and then
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  • Joseph steps out of the record again.
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  • Somewhere between Jesus at 12, and Jesus about 33, Joseph
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  • apparently stepped into eternity.
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  • 'Cause when Jesus is on the cross he looks
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  • down at Mary and John, his disciple and says to John,
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  • "Behold your Mother," he's assigning the care for Mary
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  • to John his disciple.
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  • Joseph's no longer engaged in the story.
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  • But for that season of time, he has a critical assignment
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  • for God's purposes in the Earth.
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  • Look with me, Luke chapter 1, it says in the sixth month God sent
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  • the Angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin
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  • pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant
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  • of David and the virgin's name was Mary.
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  • You know the church through history has made
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  • a highlight reel around Mary.
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  • And it's almost as if Joseph had a bit part.
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  • Kind of an insignificant stand in to the Jesus story.
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  • That we needed to fill a slot in the drama but he really
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  • didn't have a role.
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  • I think that's a significant misunderstanding of what
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  • the Scripture presents to us.
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  • Look in Luke chapter 2.
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  • Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth
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  • to Galilee, in Galilee to Judea to Bethlehem the town of David
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  • because he belonged to the house and the line of David.
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  • Joseph's involvement is critical because he belongs to
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  • the right family.
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  • He's a descendant of David.
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  • Now some of you at this point are already opting out.
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  • You're going, "Pastor, I don't belong to the right family.
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  • There's nothing--there's nothing that about my family
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  • that's noteworthy.
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  • In fact, were more notorious than we are noteworthy."
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  • Well, I want to help you for a minute folks.
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  • Every family tree has a few fruits and nuts.
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  • That's the reality.
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  • It's even--you know David, the Bible says as a man
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  • after God's own heart.
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  • From the line of David, from the lineage of David, God
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  • said there'll be a king sit on the throne of Israel forever.
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  • So David's pretty much a uniquely chosen person,
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  • agreed?
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  • But maybe you don't know the rest of David's story.
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  • One of David's sons led an insurrection, a rebellion
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  • in an attempt to remove David as King and to take his place.
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  • If Absalom could have put his hands on David, he would have
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  • murdered his father.
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  • Another of David's sons raped his sister.
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  • So even David's family tree had a few knots in it.
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  • So don't you say you don't matter, you're not significant
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  • because your family it doesn't meet the Norman Rockwell
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  • portrait of perfection.
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  • Norman Rockwell painted fantasy.
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  • We're more like the Simpsons than we are Norman Rockwell.
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  • I'm just--do not send me mail.
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  • Luke chapter 2, after the shepherds had heard
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  • their angelic announcement in the fields outside Bethlehem,
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  • it says they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph
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  • and the baby lying in the manger.
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  • Joseph is very much included in the presentation that's made
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  • in the gospel of Luke.
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  • Same chapter, verse 22, when the time of their purification,
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  • according to the law of Moses had been completed, Joseph
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  • and Mary took Jesus to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.
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  • Joseph is a partner in this unfolding drama every step
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  • along the way.
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  • Matthew gives us a unique perspective into Joseph.
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  • One that for many years I didn't understand or I didn't value
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  • at least.
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  • It says when the wise men had gone the Angel of the Lord
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  • appeared to Joseph in a dream.
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  • "Get up and take the child and his mother and escape
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  • to Egypt and stay there until I tell you.
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  • For Herod is going to search for the child to kill him."
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  • So he got up and took the child and his mother during the night
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  • and he left for Egypt.
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  • One, I'm amazed at Joseph's obedience.
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  • Man has a dream and he gets up and starts packing a U-haul.
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  • You read that like that's normal.
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  • Well, actually it wasn't easier for Joseph to follow the Lord
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  • than it is for you and me.
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  • And one of the great myths when you read your Bible or you look
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  • at other people is you project onto them a more compliant heart
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  • than you and I have.
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  • You think it's just easier for them to be godly.
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  • It wasn't easier for Joseph to disrupt his plans, to cancel
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  • his schedule, to walk away from his home and his job
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  • and his familiar conditions and run to a foreign country.
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  • And he did it on a moment's notice and a prompting
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  • from the Lord.
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  • I'm impressed.
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  • But it leads me to an assignment that Joseph has had that
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  • candidly I missed for many years.
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  • I believe God trusted Joseph to protect that child.
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  • It never occurred to me Joseph was recruited as an enforcer.
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  • You know, you and I, we've gotten to know Joseph
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  • in the pageants.
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  • Right?
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  • How many of you have seen a Christmas pageant?
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  • Don't raise your hand. We all have.
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  • We've seen them in the schools and the children do 'em
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  • at church.
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  • So we've spent our lives being introduced to Joseph
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  • in a bathrobe.
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  • And he typically has a towel over his head.
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  • Is usually being portrayed by a child or an adolescent.
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  • You know, they're right there at that point in puberty, their
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  • voice is still cracking, and so we've met Joseph.
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  • He's got a little gold cord around his waist and he's not
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  • too imposing and he's not too intimidating.
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  • That's not who God recruited.
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  • God said, "Joseph don't be afraid of Mary.
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  • I'm in the middle of this.
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  • And you're needed.
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  • This isn't a bit part."
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  • I'm thinking when the shepherds came out of the shepherd's
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  • fields before anybody stepped into that stable they had
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  • to deal with Joseph.
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  • And when the three wise guys from a long way east of here
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  • showed up.
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  • It took gold, frankincense, and myrrh to get an invitation,
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  • 'cause Joseph was standing guard.
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  • And when the Angel said it's time to move, Joseph
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  • didn't hesitate.
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  • He said, "Mary, we're moving.
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  • Same angel talk to me about you."
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  • He said, "We gotta go. We're going."
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  • How do you think God would feel about the man he asked to watch
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  • over his son?
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  • And he did it well.
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  • Don't you tell me Joseph had an insignificant part.
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  • Look at the next passage.
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  • Same gospel, Matthew chapter 2.
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  • After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream
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  • to Joseph in Egypt.
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  • He didn't just move across the street
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  • or down the block.
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  • And he said, "Get up and take the child and his mother and go
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  • to the land of Israel for those who are trying to take
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  • the child's life are dead."
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  • You can go home now Joseph.
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  • It's safe.
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  • You can take your assignment and you can go home.
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  • Can I ask you a question?
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  • It's a little personal?
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  • Do you have the imagination that God's given you something
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  • to watch over?
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  • I hope you do.
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  • I don't believe any of us are here randomly.
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  • I believe God creates every one of us.
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  • When the Bible says that he knows us and were knit together
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  • in our mother's womb, that he gives us each one unique gifts
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  • and talents and abilities that he assigns us a place in time
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  • with a purpose for his eternal kingdom, I assure you God has
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  • given you something to watch over.
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  • and throughout the Earth.
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  • Allen: One of my favorite Joseph's stories is in Luke 2.
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  • 'Cause every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the feast
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  • of the Passover.
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  • There are three pilgrimage feasts in Judaism.
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  • Three times the Jewish people are commanded on an annual basis
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  • to go to Jerusalem to celebrate a holiday.
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  • And Passover is one of those.
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  • When Jesus was 12 years old, they went up to the feast.
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  • According to the custom at 12 Jewish boys considered to pass
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  • into adulthood.
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  • So Jesus is included in the journey to Jerusalem.
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  • It's a journey of several days.
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  • There are tens of thousands of people traveling.
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  • At the same time when that's happening all the predators that
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  • you would associate with that kind of a journey are prevalent.
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  • So it was not only a long trip, it's a dangerous one.
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  • But Jesus is included.
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  • After the feast was over, while his parents were returning home,
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  • the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem.
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  • Please note that it doesn't say he got left behind.
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  • It doesn't say he missed the plane or he missed the bus.
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  • It says he stayed behind.
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  • He knew they were leaving.
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  • He's not leaving.
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  • But they were unaware of it.
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  • Whoops.
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  • So this wasn't like a family meeting.
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  • "Jesus, you stay around a while.
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  • We know you're special."
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  • None of that.
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  • Jesus knows and Mary and Joseph not so much.
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  • Thinking he was in their company, they traveled
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  • on for a day.
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  • And they began looking for him among their relatives
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  • and friends.
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  • They began looking means they talked to lots of relatives
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  • and lots of friends.
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  • The day away from Jerusalem, Joseph's, "Mary, have you seen
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  • Jesus?"
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  • "No, I think he's over with James."
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  • So they go see James.
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  • Have you seen Jesus?
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  • No.
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  • So after they talked to several relatives and several friends,
  • 00:11:55.220 --> 00:11:58.270
  • there's no Jesus.
  • 00:11:58.280 --> 00:12:01.240
  • So now there's a little Mary and Joe conversation.
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  • How could you have left him?
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  • You know how those go.
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  • You've had those at your home.
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  • So they're a day away from Jerusalem.
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  • They gotta go a day back.
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  • They began--look.
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  • When they didn't find him they went back to Jerusalem to look
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  • for him and after three days, a day out, a day back, and three
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  • days in the city.
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  • I'm thinking the agitation level has climbed a bit
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  • beyond moderate.
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  • It's like pinned over here against the red line portion.
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  • After three more days, they found him in the temple courts
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  • sitting among the teachers listening to them and asking
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  • them questions.
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  • Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding
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  • and his answers.
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  • I'm thinkin' Joe and Mary not so much amazed.
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  • It says when his parents saw him they were astonished.
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  • That's a nice biblical word.
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  • And his mother said to him--Why do you think his mother's spoke
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  • to him?
  • 00:13:05.030 --> 00:13:08.180
  • 'Cause Joseph said, "He's your kid, you better talk to him
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  • or that crucifixion thing is gonna happen early.
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  • You better talk to that boy."
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  • His mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us
  • 00:13:20.280 --> 00:13:24.250
  • like this?
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  • Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you."
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  • You think?
  • 00:13:30.160 --> 00:13:32.230
  • The Bible has a gift for understatement.
  • 00:13:32.240 --> 00:13:36.070
  • Now Joseph steps out of the historical narrative
  • 00:13:36.080 --> 00:13:38.210
  • at that point.
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  • He got Jesus to adulthood.
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  • Maybe with a bumper too.
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  • I like that they had a more normal family than you
  • 00:13:45.050 --> 00:13:47.160
  • have thought.
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  • Do you spank the son of God?
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  • I mean, how does that work?
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  • I don't know.
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  • You put them in time out and the clock stops.
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  • That's not a good thing, you know?
  • 00:13:58.130 --> 00:14:03.250
  • You put them in time out and you start aging really quickly.
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  • There's all kinds of things that could go wrong.
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  • How do you do that?
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  • Joseph gets him to adulthood.
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  • But the story doesn't end there.
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  • Look in Luke 3.
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  • Jesus himself was about 30 years old when he began his ministry.
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  • He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph.
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  • Nothing has ever been done to re-craft that story
  • 00:14:27.040 --> 00:14:30.210
  • or to re-explain that narrative.
  • 00:14:30.220 --> 00:14:33.150
  • In John chapter 1, when Jesus begins recruiting disciples.
  • 00:14:33.160 --> 00:14:37.090
  • Philip found Nathaniel and told him, "We have found the one
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  • Moses wrote about in the law and about whom the prophets
  • 00:14:39.250 --> 00:14:42.110
  • also wrote.
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  • Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."
  • 00:14:43.230 --> 00:14:46.210
  • Jesus was not an uncommon name.
  • 00:14:46.220 --> 00:14:49.270
  • So it's highly probable there was a Jesus in Jerusalem
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  • and a Jesus in Bethlehem.
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  • And there's a Jesus in Nazareth.
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  • He's the one we're talking about.
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  • He's the one recruiting.
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  • Jesus of Nazareth.
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  • He's Joe's boy.
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  • When Jesus is recruiting his disciples, his disciples
  • 00:15:04.140 --> 00:15:07.000
  • understand Joseph to be his father.
  • 00:15:07.010 --> 00:15:11.210
  • In John 6, back in his hometown, they said, "Isn't this Jesus,
  • 00:15:11.220 --> 00:15:16.150
  • the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know?
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  • How can he say, 'I came down from heaven'?"
  • 00:15:20.040 --> 00:15:24.160
  • So Joseph may have stepped out of the historical record,
  • 00:15:24.170 --> 00:15:26.270
  • but he's very much a part of Jesus' life, all the way
  • 00:15:26.280 --> 00:15:30.050
  • through the story.
  • 00:15:30.060 --> 00:15:32.200
  • Now I wanna use Joseph's life and identify some unique choices
  • 00:15:32.210 --> 00:15:36.180
  • he made in fulfilling God's plan to see if we can gain some
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  • insight and what it might be for you and me to fulfill God's
  • 00:15:39.260 --> 00:15:42.040
  • plan for our life.
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  • What's that gonna look like for you and I to complete
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  • our course?
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  • Well, the first choice Joseph made it seems to me, in the most
  • 00:15:47.140 --> 00:15:49.170
  • remarkable way, is he chose to honor Mary.
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  • He understood that he was gonna honor God by honoring Mary.
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  • You know, we serve God by serving God's people.
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  • We don't serve God theoretically, we don't love God
  • 00:15:59.050 --> 00:16:02.090
  • theoretically, we not generous to God theoretically.
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  • We serve God, love God, we give to God by interacting
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  • with people.
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  • That's the truth.
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  • All the changes that God typically brings into my heart
  • 00:16:13.100 --> 00:16:16.100
  • about how I'm gonna serve him have to do with how I interact
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  • with the people in my life along the journey.
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  • And Joseph got this somehow.
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  • He honored Mary.
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  • He honored Mary privately.
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  • We're told that when he heard that Mary was pregnant and he
  • 00:16:28.100 --> 00:16:32.020
  • knew he hadn't been involved, that he decided to quietly put
  • 00:16:32.030 --> 00:16:35.220
  • her away, to end their covenant.
  • 00:16:35.230 --> 00:16:38.140
  • He didn't want to add further disgrace to her.
  • 00:16:38.150 --> 00:16:41.120
  • And then he has this angelic visit and we're not we're not
  • 00:16:41.130 --> 00:16:44.100
  • privy to the conversation, but at some point there is
  • 00:16:44.110 --> 00:16:46.270
  • a dialogue with Joseph and Mary.
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  • And Joseph honored Mary.
  • 00:16:51.150 --> 00:16:54.200
  • Imagine what happens when Joseph--I don't know if he
  • 00:16:54.210 --> 00:16:59.030
  • stood with Mary, if they sat and had a cup of coffee
  • 00:16:59.040 --> 00:17:01.130
  • at the local Starbucks.
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  • I don't know the context, we're not told.
  • 00:17:02.240 --> 00:17:05.150
  • But when Joe said to Mary, "I believe you.
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  • I believe you.
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  • We're gonna do this together.
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  • Never heard of anything like this.
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  • Never known anybody that's walked this path.
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  • It's not the dream we had.
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  • But I believe you."
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  • I don't think they're ever the same again to you.
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  • He honored Mary privately.
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  • He honored Mary publicly.
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  • You know, gossip and skepticism is not a 21st century creation.
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  • I bet there were gossips in Nazareth, what do you bet?
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  • There was somebody with a pencil and a calendar and they were
  • 00:17:56.220 --> 00:18:00.140
  • tracking announcements and deliveries.
  • 00:18:00.150 --> 00:18:04.210
  • And I'm even betting their shared their opinions.
  • 00:18:04.220 --> 00:18:08.180
  • And when Joseph said to Mary I believe you.
  • 00:18:08.190 --> 00:18:11.180
  • It meant he put his reputation right next to hers.
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  • There's no question about who's involved in this.
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  • I'm involved in this with you.
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  • So his reputation of uprightness and integrity, and all
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  • the things that went with his life.
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  • He said Mary, "I'm in this with you.
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  • I'll walk the streets of this village next to you with my
  • 00:18:32.230 --> 00:18:36.160
  • head up.
  • 00:18:36.170 --> 00:18:38.010
  • We'll do this together."
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  • He honored Mary publicly.
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  • All the way through the story he's Joseph, Jesus's dad.
  • 00:18:42.160 --> 00:18:48.130
  • He didn't want any aspersions be cast.
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  • No doubt pop up.
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  • He didn't do anything to rescue his character or his story.
  • 00:18:53.060 --> 00:18:57.110
  • Or his reputation.
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  • He honored Mary in public.
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  • And third, he honored before God.
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  • They made that journey together.
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  • We'll go to Egypt.
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  • We'll do whatever we have to do together, we're gonna walk
  • 00:19:08.060 --> 00:19:11.200
  • this path.
  • 00:19:11.210 --> 00:19:13.000
  • It's an amazing story to me.
  • 00:19:13.010 --> 00:19:15.210
  • You know how easy it would have been for Joseph's life to have
  • 00:19:15.220 --> 00:19:18.130
  • careened off in another direction when he heard
  • 00:19:18.140 --> 00:19:21.060
  • about Mary's circumstances.
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  • He could have been angry, embittered, betrayed, jealous.
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  • He could've felt many, many things in that moment.
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  • Don't tell me it was easier for him that it would have been
  • 00:19:32.060 --> 00:19:34.120
  • for you are for me.
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  • I don't believe that.
  • 00:19:35.230 --> 00:19:39.000
  • Joseph had to practice forgiveness.
  • 00:19:39.010 --> 00:19:42.090
  • So where there hadn't been an offense it felt like one.
  • 00:19:42.100 --> 00:19:46.100
  • I promise you it felt like one.
  • 00:19:46.110 --> 00:19:49.030
  • You know the components of forgiveness, right?
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  • There's an offense, and injury, something happens
  • 00:19:50.280 --> 00:19:53.220
  • in the imagination that there's a debt incurred.
  • 00:19:53.230 --> 00:19:55.270
  • You're owed an apology or restitution, restoration,
  • 00:19:55.280 --> 00:19:58.280
  • something happened.
  • 00:19:58.290 --> 00:20:00.090
  • Well, forgiveness says I tear up the marker, no debt.
  • 00:20:00.100 --> 00:20:04.070
  • And it may have happened in a relatively brief period
  • 00:20:04.080 --> 00:20:06.080
  • of time, but it was a monumental.
  • 00:20:06.090 --> 00:20:08.150
  • You know how many lives that have careened
  • 00:20:08.160 --> 00:20:10.030
  • off into a destructive path that that circumstance?
  • 00:20:10.040 --> 00:20:12.120
  • There would've been no listening, no believing, no
  • 00:20:12.130 --> 00:20:14.200
  • tolerance for any explanations.
  • 00:20:14.210 --> 00:20:16.180
  • God did it.
  • 00:20:16.190 --> 00:20:17.280
  • Yeah I believe that.
  • 00:20:17.290 --> 00:20:23.110
  • But Joseph was able to release that and it opened a whole new
  • 00:20:23.120 --> 00:20:27.160
  • future for him.
  • 00:20:27.170 --> 00:20:30.060
  • I would encourage you this Christmas not to let anger
  • 00:20:30.070 --> 00:20:32.140
  • and resentment and bitterness, disappointment or betrayal, keep
  • 00:20:32.150 --> 00:20:37.100
  • you from God's invitations.
  • 00:20:37.110 --> 00:20:39.200
  • Forgiveness is a choice.
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  • It's not a feeling.
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  • And sometimes we've made a mistake and we've stood
  • 00:20:43.040 --> 00:20:45.040
  • in the wrong, we got in the wrong lane and we've
  • 00:20:45.050 --> 00:20:47.040
  • driven for a while.
  • 00:20:47.050 --> 00:20:48.240
  • It takes some real humility to say, "God I'm sorry."
  • 00:20:48.250 --> 00:20:54.200
  • Don't double down on a mistake.
  • 00:20:54.210 --> 00:20:58.000
  • Because Joseph could forgive, it opened up God's path
  • 00:20:58.010 --> 00:21:00.210
  • for his life.
  • 00:21:00.220 --> 00:21:02.020
  • Don't live in a fence or a betrayal or a failure.
  • 00:21:02.030 --> 00:21:04.290
  • Define your life.
  • 00:21:05.000 --> 00:21:07.270
  • There's a second choice Joseph made that intrigues me.
  • 00:21:07.280 --> 00:21:11.030
  • Joseph spent his life to see God's plan fulfilled.
  • 00:21:11.040 --> 00:21:15.170
  • Joseph's life is defined in the record we have by his
  • 00:21:15.180 --> 00:21:19.230
  • willingness to fulfill God's plan.
  • 00:21:19.240 --> 00:21:22.120
  • He spent, he invested his time, he devoted his effort, he
  • 00:21:22.130 --> 00:21:27.070
  • sacrificed his dreams, he even invested his money, his
  • 00:21:27.080 --> 00:21:31.200
  • resources to see God's plan fulfilled.
  • 00:21:31.210 --> 00:21:35.140
  • He spent himself.
  • 00:21:35.150 --> 00:21:37.080
  • Again, it's a different presentation than the package we
  • 00:21:37.090 --> 00:21:40.290
  • typically give in evangelicalism of what it means to be born
  • 00:21:41.000 --> 00:21:44.070
  • again or to have a few God experience.
  • 00:21:44.080 --> 00:21:46.280
  • Maybe you're baptized in water, baptized in the spirit, and we
  • 00:21:46.290 --> 00:21:49.130
  • put our merit badges on the wall of our spiritual accomplishments
  • 00:21:49.140 --> 00:21:52.140
  • and I'm grateful for all of them, but the purpose is
  • 00:21:52.150 --> 00:21:55.060
  • so that we can cooperate with the purposes of God.
  • 00:21:55.070 --> 00:21:59.030
  • And Joseph gave himself to that.
  • 00:21:59.040 --> 00:22:02.230
  • This isn't about a pulpit, an appointment on Sunday.
  • 00:22:02.240 --> 00:22:06.110
  • You can give yourself to the purposes of God, if
  • 00:22:06.120 --> 00:22:08.130
  • you're a butcher, baker, candlestick maker.
  • 00:22:08.140 --> 00:22:12.170
  • Whatever the arena of your life God has given you an assignment
  • 00:22:12.180 --> 00:22:15.090
  • to watch over.
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  • How are you doing with that?
  • 00:22:17.240 --> 00:22:20.220
  • There's a third thing I would hand you and that's
  • 00:22:20.230 --> 00:22:22.190
  • an invitation to be a Joseph.
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  • Decide to give yourself to believing in people.
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  • I promise you Mary's life was different when Joseph stepped
  • 00:22:30.190 --> 00:22:33.190
  • in and said I believe you.
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  • I believe you.
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  • Let's do this together.
  • 00:22:37.250 --> 00:22:39.040
  • Come on, we got this.
  • 00:22:39.050 --> 00:22:41.080
  • The God who promised us is faithful.
  • 00:22:41.090 --> 00:22:43.060
  • We know it's in our family story.
  • 00:22:43.070 --> 00:22:46.190
  • What a privilege we have, let's go do this.
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  • You decide to believe in people.
  • 00:22:48.260 --> 00:22:51.160
  • You be a Joseph in the life of somebody.
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  • Somebody that needs a voice.
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  • Folks, it does not take a genius level IQ to be a critic.
  • 00:22:56.180 --> 00:23:03.030
  • It's not a spiritual gift if you think you have the gift
  • 00:23:03.040 --> 00:23:06.080
  • of inspection.
  • 00:23:06.090 --> 00:23:10.180
  • It takes some real courage to be an encourager.
  • 00:23:10.190 --> 00:23:15.100
  • Because sometimes it's gonna require you to put your shoulder
  • 00:23:15.110 --> 00:23:17.200
  • into that thing.
  • 00:23:17.210 --> 00:23:19.080
  • And you're gonna get some calluses and you're gonna spend
  • 00:23:19.090 --> 00:23:21.050
  • some time and energy and rethink about how Joseph did it.
  • 00:23:21.060 --> 00:23:23.190
  • Joseph just didn't do it with his words now.
  • 00:23:23.200 --> 00:23:26.140
  • He tore his calendar up and said I'll rewrite this story and he
  • 00:23:26.150 --> 00:23:29.180
  • tore up his life plan and said I'll walk this whole new path
  • 00:23:29.190 --> 00:23:32.270
  • and he invested resource-- everything about Joseph was
  • 00:23:32.280 --> 00:23:35.280
  • defined when he said I'm gonna bring my encouragement into
  • 00:23:35.290 --> 00:23:38.210
  • this thing.
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  • I'm in.
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  • You decide to be a Joseph.
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  • It'll change everything. So I don't want to be a Joseph.
  • 00:23:43.150 --> 00:23:45.230
  • I want someone to be a Joseph to me?
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  • Well bless your heart.
  • 00:23:47.160 --> 00:23:50.230
  • We all do.
  • 00:23:50.240 --> 00:23:52.170
  • But the best way I know to facilitate that thing is you
  • 00:23:52.180 --> 00:23:55.010
  • decide you'll do the part you can do.
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  • God will see that you get the voice you need.
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  • Sometimes the voices have been there.
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  • We weren't listening.
  • 00:24:03.210 --> 00:24:06.090
  • Sometimes our hearts were so hard we couldn't receive.
  • 00:24:06.100 --> 00:24:10.170
  • God sent Pharaoh message after message after message
  • 00:24:10.180 --> 00:24:14.090
  • opening before him a pathway that would've brought
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  • the blessings of God upon Pharaoh and his nation
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  • and time and time again, it says Pharaoh hardened his heart.
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  • So the equation isn't always a failure on God's part,
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  • sometimes we've been too stubborn, too self absorbed
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  • to listen.
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  • Let's decide we're gonna be Joseph.
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  • What would happen if the thousands of us that worship
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  • together this weekend said I'm going to be a voice
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  • of encouragement.
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  • I'm going to be a difference maker.
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  • I'm going to accept that assignment to watch over
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  • what God has put in for me.
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  • Allen: I want to say thank you for your generosity and your
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  • faithful support of our ministry this year.
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  • Together, we're lifting up the name of Jesus and seeing
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  • the kingdom of God extended around our nation
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  • and throughout the Earth.
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  • Thank you for that.
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  • You know it's your generosity.
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  • This ministry is built upon thousands of people
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  • standing together, just normal people that love the Lord, doing
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  • their part.
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  • We're making our plans right now for 2020.
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  • I want to ask you to consider making a year-end gift,
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  • an investment in what God is doing through this ministry.
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  • Together I believe we can make a greater impact in the year
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  • ahead than any time we've ever known.
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  • A friend of the ministry has made a $250.000 matching gift
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  • available.
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  • So whatever you are able to do in these next few days it'll
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  • have a doubling impact through that generosity.
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  • The kingdom of God is moving forward, there's greater
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  • opposition than we've ever seen, but together you and I can make
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  • a difference for Jesus.
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  • I want to thank you in advance for your sacrificial investment
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  • in what God is doing.
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  • I'd like to pray with you before we go.
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  • Father I thank you for every person, every partner you've
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  • given us, Lord you know our circumstances, the details
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  • of our lives.
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  • Give us wisdom to make investments that will bring your
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  • greatest blessings to our lives and strengthen your kingdom,
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  • in Jesus' name amen.
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  • Thank you and God bless you.
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  • male announcer: To encourage you to give today, so that your
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  • donation will be applied to the matching grant, we'll
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  • send you this beautifully stitched leather soft NIV Bible
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  • as a way of showing our thanks.
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  • Remember the last possible date the matching grant can apply
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  • to your gift is December 31st.
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  • Double the impact of your donation today by calling
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  • 800-880-5102.
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  • Or visit AllenJackson.com.
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  • And thank you for supporting Allen Jackson Ministries.
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  • Together, we are making a difference.
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  • announcer: Join us every week for another exciting message
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  • from Pastor Allen Jackson and until then visit us online
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  • We want to share this program worldwide, but we can only do it
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  • with your help.
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  • So, consider partnering with us today.
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  • And if you're visiting the Nashville area, we'd love
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  • to see you at World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro.
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  • We're easy to find.
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  • So look us up when you're traveling through and don't
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  • forget to connect with Pastor Jackson every day through
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  • Thanks so much for joining us and being a part of this
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  • ministry.
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  • We'll see you again next time for another encounter
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  • with Pastor Allen Jackson.
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