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Through The Cross: A Divine Exchange

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May 8, 2020
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  • Allen Jackson: It'sgood to be with you again.
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  • We're going to continueour study today on
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  • "Through the Cross."
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  • It is such a rich, rich topic.
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  • God's provision foryour life and my life,
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  • everything we need for life andgodliness is made available to
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  • us through the cross.
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  • Not through joiningthe right church,
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  • or belonging to theright denomination,
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  • or reading the righttranslation of the Bible,
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  • or keeping theright set of rules.
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  • God's provision foryour life, my life,
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  • it comes to us throughthe cross of Jesus Christ.
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  • So, we are unpacking thatremarkable topic together so
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  • that we can understand howto lead triumphant lives
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  • as Christ followers.
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  • The cross isn't justabout forgiveness of sins
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  • so you can go to heaven.
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  • It's God's provision so you andI can lead a full life in every
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  • way in time and in eternity.
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  • I pray you enjoy the study.
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  • Allen: I want tostart in Isaiah 53.
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  • I know it's the Old Testament,Isaiah is one of the Hebrew
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  • prophets, but Isaiah 53is a messianic chapter,
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  • it's a whole chapter that talksabout the Messiah when he comes,
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  • and his character andwhat he will accomplish.
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  • Now, Isaiah 53 is a challengingchapter because it deals with
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  • the Messiah who'sgoing to suffer.
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  • In fact, that idea became--itwasn't pleasing to Jewish
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  • scholars, sosomewhere along the way,
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  • the Jewish scholars saidthat the Christians had written
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  • Isaiah 53 and hadslipped it into the text.
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  • You see, about the oldest copywe had for a long time of the
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  • Hebrew Bible wasfrom about 1000 AD.
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  • So, there were centuries inthere where the Christians
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  • could've done that.
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  • And the Christianscholars got on board,
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  • and they said, "We agree, wedon't think Isaiah 53 was a part
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  • of the original text either."
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  • And for many, many yearsin biblical scholarship,
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  • both Christian and Jewish,there was an enormous school of
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  • thought, had a lot of traction,that said Isaiah 53 was an
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  • insertion and Isaiahwas a compilation,
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  • and you reallycouldn't trust it.
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  • And that had really become apredominant view of that chapter
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  • for a long seasonin academia, until, till 1948.
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  • It was the year thenation of Israel was born,
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  • and a Bedouin shepherd boy in acave by the Dead Sea found some
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  • clay pots that hadsome old scrolls in them.
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  • It took a while toget all that unwound,
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  • but they finally uncoveredone scroll that was the Book of
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  • Isaiah in its total.
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  • And it was 1.000 years olderthan any copy of Isaiah we had.
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  • It went back to the timewhen Christians couldn't
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  • have messed with it yet.
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  • And guess what was there?
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  • Isaiah 53, aha, letter forletter like the copy we had.
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  • Kind of makes you smile.
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  • In 1 Corinthians, God said theweakness of God is stronger than
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  • the strength of men.
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  • And the foolishness of God iswiser than the wisdom of men.
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  • When God's just fooling around,he's stronger than we are.
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  • After all the scholars and allthe PhD theses had been posted,
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  • and all the journalarticles have been written,
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  • and all thesymposiums have been held,
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  • and the decision have been madeyou couldn't trust the Bible
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  • said--God said, "Wait a minute,I've got something on the shelf.
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  • You guys should read this."
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  • And it changed completelythe trajectory of scholars.
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  • I'd like to tell you thatthat same group of people said,
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  • "Oh, now you can trust theBible," but not so much.
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  • But don't ever apologize 'causeyou believe the Word of God.
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  • It doesn't mean you'reintellectually limited or
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  • deficient orbackwards or antiquated.
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  • It's the best resolution for thechallenges that face humanity
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  • I'm aware of on planet earth.
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  • Isaiah 53, it'swhere I was starting.
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  • Chapter--verse 3,speaking of the Messiah,
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  • it said, "He wasdespised and rejected by men,
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  • a man of sorrows, andfamiliar with suffering.
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  • Like one from whommen hide their faces,
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  • he was despised, andwe esteemed him not.
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  • Surely he took upour infirmities
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  • and carried our sorrows."
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  • Watch the pronouns here.
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  • "He took up our infirmitiesand carried our sorrows,
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  • but we consideredhim stricken by God,
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  • smitten by him, and afflicted.
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  • He was pierced forour transgressions,
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  • he was crushedfor our iniquities,
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  • the punishment thatbrought us peace was upon him,
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  • and by his woundswe are healed."
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  • Often, if I'm reading privately,I'll put singular personal
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  • pronouns in thereinstead of the plural.
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  • It really doesn'tdamage the text.
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  • He was pierced formy transgressions,
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  • he was crushedfor my iniquities,
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  • the punishment thatbrought me peace was upon him,
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  • and by his wounds I am healed.
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  • It's a picture, aportrayal of the Messiah
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  • and his role in our lives.
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  • The New Testament, 2Corinthians 5 and verse 21,
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  • says, "God made him whohad no sin to be sin for us,
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  • so that in him we might becomethe righteousness of God."
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  • Galatians chapter 3, "Christredeemed us from the curse of
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  • the law, havingbecome a curse for us,
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  • for it is written, 'Cursed iseveryone who hangs on a tree,'
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  • in order that in Christ Jesusthe blessing of Abraham might
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  • come to the Gentiles."
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  • It's a fascinating statement,the blessing of Abraham come to
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  • the non-Jewish world.
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  • We meet Abraham in Genesis 12.
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  • The blessings that Godspeaks to him in Genesis 12,
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  • in Genesis 15 are pushed allthe way forward into the 21st
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  • century through thecross of Jesus Christ.
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  • That the blessing, the covenantGod made with Abraham informs
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  • your life and mylife through the cross.
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  • I love theintegrity of Scripture,
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  • the way that it's notlike separate stories
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  • all pulled apart.
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  • It's our story as we read it.
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  • Look in Galatians2 and verse 20.
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  • "I have been crucified withChrist and I no longer live,
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  • but Christ lives in me.
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  • The life I live in the body, Ilive by faith in the Son of God,
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  • who loved me andgave himself for me."
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  • I have been crucified withChrist and I no longer live.
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  • Christ lives in me.
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  • Through the cross, the powerof God was made available to
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  • deliver you and mefrom every impact,
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  • every influence ofsin and ungodliness.
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  • Whether it originates withinus or it is enacted upon us
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  • externally, the power of thecross is sufficient to bring
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  • deliverance to our lives, amen.
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  • A divinely-orderedexchange, I'll say it again.
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  • In fact, you'll probablyget tired of me saying it.
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  • Jesus received all of thepunishment that was due that we
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  • might receive all theblessings he was due.
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  • That is our story.
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  • We don't earn our way toGod, we don't qualify.
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  • It's not by ourgoodness, our good behavior.
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  • So, if how I behaveisn't the relevant part,
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  • why does my behavior matter?
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  • Well, your participation in thekingdom of God comes as a gift.
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  • We were reconciled to God bythe gift that Jesus gave us
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  • through the cross.
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  • My behavior, my choices are areflection of the value I attach
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  • to that gift.
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  • I don't choose holiness andpurity and righteousness as
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  • objectives for my life, thinkingI'm going to qualify for heaven
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  • or make myselfbetter than my neighbor.
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  • I choose those things as away of showing honor and
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  • appreciation to God for thetremendous gift he's given me,
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  • in reconciling me to himself sothat I can participate in his
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  • eternal kingdom.
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  • We choose those things as a wayof showing God we appreciate,
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  • we honor, we value thegift he's given to us.
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  • Suppose you gave me a gift.
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  • Suppose one of you came afterservice this morning with the
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  • set of car keys.
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  • Just suppose.
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  • What are you going to give me?
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  • Nissan, sports car,convertible, red,
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  • six speed, brand new.
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  • "Pastor, we wantyou to have this."
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  • You came back nextSunday after church and said,
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  • "How are you doingwith your new ride?"
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  • I said, "Great,let me show you."
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  • And I walk you out in theparking lot and the convertible
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  • top was completely trashed,there was damage on about three
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  • quarter panels.
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  • The car wasfilthy inside and out.
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  • What would you think aboutthe gift you'd given to me?
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  • I suspect you'd think ithadn't mattered very much to me,
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  • wouldn't you?
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  • That I didn'tattach much value to it,
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  • it was just a consumableto use up and toss away.
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  • Well, the Bible talksabout trampling
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  • the blood of Jesus underfoot.
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  • You see, our responseto God isn't to qualify,
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  • or earn something, or tocause God to love us more.
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  • It's an appreciation forwhat God has done for us.
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  • And the reality is themore we grow up in the Lord,
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  • the more we are capableof understanding
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  • and appreciating that.
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  • Allen: Now, thecross is a perfect work.
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  • There's nothing wecan do to add to it,
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  • and there's nothing that canbe done to detract from it.
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  • It's complete.
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  • God doesn't haveplan B or a second act.
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  • The cross is a perfect work.
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  • The Book of Hebrews iswritten--it's a part of our
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  • New Testament, but it'swritten to a Jewish audience.
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  • It's written to aJewish audience who
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  • were believers in Jesus.
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  • So, the author of Hebrewspresumes that his readers know
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  • the books of Moses, that theyknow the priestly functions,
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  • and the roles of the priesthood,and the furnishings in the
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  • tabernacle andlater in the temple.
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  • And he's making a contrastbetween those things and Jesus
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  • as our priest and thecovenant that he established.
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  • Hebrews 10 and verse 11says, "Day after day,
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  • every priest stands andperforms his religious duties;
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  • again and again he offers thesame sacrifices which can never
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  • take away sins."
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  • He assumes that the authorhas read--that the reader is
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  • familiar with Leviticus.
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  • You're reading all those thingsright now about the sacrifices
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  • that are brought and howthey're to be handled,
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  • and how they're to be treated.
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  • It feels kind of cumbersome.
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  • And the author of Hebrew saysevery day those priests served,
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  • and they observed all of thoserituals and those regulations,
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  • and they never finished serving.
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  • They served dayafter day after day.
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  • And whenever they were inthe tabernacle of the temple,
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  • they stood when they served theLord because it was a physical
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  • sign that theirservice was never complete.
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  • And then in the next verse,he contrasts it with Jesus.
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  • "But when this priest, Jesus,had offered for all time one
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  • sacrifice for sins, he satdown at the right hand of God."
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  • Jesus offered one sacrifice,what was that sacrifice?
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  • Himself.
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  • And when he hadoffered that, he sat down.
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  • Look at the lastsentence in that passage.
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  • It's verse 14, "By one sacrificehe has made perfect forever
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  • those who are being made holy."
  • 00:12:09.754 --> 00:12:12.724
  • Maybe more literally thosewho are being sanctified,
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  • being set apart to God.
  • 00:12:15.627 --> 00:12:16.928
  • Through one sacrifice, hehas made perfect forever.
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  • What bringstransformation to our lives?
  • 00:12:22.133 --> 00:12:25.170
  • The power of Godthrough the cross.
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  • See, the cross isn't aboutanger or hate or meanness.
  • 00:12:28.540 --> 00:12:32.076
  • The cross is anexpression of the love of God,
  • 00:12:32.110 --> 00:12:35.880
  • that you and I canbe reconciled to him,
  • 00:12:35.914 --> 00:12:38.016
  • brought intorelationship with him.
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  • That we could thrive inhis presence so that the God
  • 00:12:40.318 --> 00:12:43.454
  • properties wouldn't destroy us.
  • 00:12:43.488 --> 00:12:46.724
  • That we could flourish in thatenvironment because left to our
  • 00:12:46.758 --> 00:12:49.194
  • own devices, we couldnever become those people.
  • 00:12:49.227 --> 00:12:53.131
  • That's why church isn't aboutpretending and our faith isn't
  • 00:12:53.164 --> 00:12:55.533
  • about a facade.
  • 00:12:55.567 --> 00:12:58.169
  • It's about the integrityto say, "This is who I am,
  • 00:12:58.203 --> 00:13:00.371
  • but God ishelping me to change."
  • 00:13:00.405 --> 00:13:06.110
  • I'm more excited thanyou, but it's okay.
  • 00:13:06.144 --> 00:13:09.747
  • The cross completelyredefines our future.
  • 00:13:09.781 --> 00:13:12.684
  • It redefines theboundaries of our lives,
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  • the things thatwere limits to us,
  • 00:13:14.919 --> 00:13:16.321
  • the habits that have held us,the past that seemed to draw our
  • 00:13:16.354 --> 00:13:21.259
  • future for us.
  • 00:13:21.292 --> 00:13:23.127
  • None of thoseboundaries are limits.
  • 00:13:23.161 --> 00:13:24.796
  • The power of the cross issufficient to set us free.
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  • Hallelujah.
  • 00:13:28.466 --> 00:13:30.068
  • In John chapter 2, it'svery near the beginning
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  • of John's Gospel.
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  • We have a--it'sJesus' first miracle.
  • 00:13:35.540 --> 00:13:37.976
  • You know, each of the gospelstells the Jesus story with the
  • 00:13:38.009 --> 00:13:41.446
  • objective of helping thewriter--the reader
  • 00:13:41.479 --> 00:13:43.648
  • learn something.
  • 00:13:43.681 --> 00:13:45.216
  • Everyone is different.
  • 00:13:45.250 --> 00:13:46.551
  • They're not justcompilations of facts,
  • 00:13:46.584 --> 00:13:48.052
  • they're not justmash-ups of stories.
  • 00:13:48.086 --> 00:13:50.188
  • The writer put them togetherwith the intent of helping you
  • 00:13:50.221 --> 00:13:52.891
  • and I gain a perspectivethat's transformational.
  • 00:13:52.924 --> 00:13:56.561
  • Mark's Gospel is intended tomake faithful disciples out of
  • 00:13:56.594 --> 00:13:59.397
  • faithful readers.
  • 00:13:59.430 --> 00:14:01.766
  • Well, John's Gospeldoesn't begin with the birth
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  • announcements and angels andMary and Joseph's wedding plans.
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  • John just steps overall of that stuff.
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  • He starts with themature Jesus, ready to
  • 00:14:11.242 --> 00:14:13.778
  • begin his public ministry.
  • 00:14:13.811 --> 00:14:15.947
  • But in John chapter 2,Jesus has gone with his
  • 00:14:15.980 --> 00:14:17.949
  • disciples to a wedding.
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  • Most of you know this story.
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  • They run out of wineand the hosts are about
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  • to be humiliated.
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  • And Jesus' mother decides to seeif she can orchestrate some sort
  • 00:14:25.390 --> 00:14:29.093
  • of resolution to this.
  • 00:14:29.127 --> 00:14:31.229
  • So, she comes to Jesus.
  • 00:14:31.262 --> 00:14:32.563
  • You've got John 2 and verse3, "When the wine was gone,
  • 00:14:32.597 --> 00:14:35.233
  • Jesus' mother said to him,'They have no more wine.'
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  • And Jesus replied, 'Dearwoman--'" Now, I have a mom.
  • 00:14:38.937 --> 00:14:45.743
  • And any response to her thatbegins with "dear woman" is
  • 00:14:45.777 --> 00:14:49.447
  • probably not a happy time.
  • 00:14:49.480 --> 00:14:54.419
  • Jesus says, "Dear woman,my time has not yet come,
  • 00:14:54.452 --> 00:14:58.289
  • what you bothering me for?"
  • 00:14:58.323 --> 00:15:00.725
  • And Mary said to the servants,"Do whatever he tells you.
  • 00:15:00.758 --> 00:15:06.164
  • Just do whatever he tells you."That's an odd instruction.
  • 00:15:06.197 --> 00:15:10.335
  • Just do whatever he tells you.
  • 00:15:10.368 --> 00:15:11.669
  • It's just like she has no cluewhat he's going to--you know,
  • 00:15:11.703 --> 00:15:13.004
  • whatever he--now,this is John chapter 2.
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  • There's nothing in the Gospelof John that would give to the
  • 00:15:17.508 --> 00:15:20.511
  • reader any inclination thatJesus has any beverage capacity.
  • 00:15:20.545 --> 00:15:26.184
  • There's nothing in the storythat suggests that at all.
  • 00:15:26.217 --> 00:15:29.253
  • In fact, if you're reading thisfrom an uninformed standpoint
  • 00:15:29.287 --> 00:15:31.823
  • and you read through the story,then you go back and look at it,
  • 00:15:31.856 --> 00:15:33.725
  • it leads you to wonder if maybeJesus and Mary hadn't had some
  • 00:15:33.758 --> 00:15:36.828
  • refreshment times before this.
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  • I don't mean thatdisrespectfully,
  • 00:15:40.798 --> 00:15:42.133
  • but Mary clearly has anexpectation that Jesus has the
  • 00:15:42.166 --> 00:15:45.403
  • capacity to intervenein this circumstance.
  • 00:15:45.436 --> 00:15:50.308
  • So, she comes to himand says, "You know,
  • 00:15:50.341 --> 00:15:53.211
  • listen, here's the deal."
  • 00:15:53.244 --> 00:15:54.545
  • And he says, "Eh, whatever."
  • 00:15:54.579 --> 00:15:56.180
  • But she says, "Listen,whatever he tells you to do."
  • 00:15:56.214 --> 00:15:59.417
  • Now, if anybody understoodJesus's uniqueness, it's Mary.
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  • It's been a long time.
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  • Jesus is 30 years old, so it'sbeen 30 years ago when Mary had
  • 00:16:04.889 --> 00:16:08.760
  • that first angelic visit.
  • 00:16:08.793 --> 00:16:10.428
  • She was a teenage girl.
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  • And she got an announcementshe couldn't understand,
  • 00:16:13.064 --> 00:16:14.966
  • and she's walked a longseason with this now.
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  • And we don't knowall the backstory,
  • 00:16:19.504 --> 00:16:20.872
  • but she clearly has a faithin Jesus that nobody else in
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  • the room has.
  • 00:16:24.108 --> 00:16:25.410
  • Now, that intrigues me.
  • 00:16:25.443 --> 00:16:26.744
  • Did you know you can growin your faith in Jesus?
  • 00:16:26.778 --> 00:16:30.248
  • It's not a static thing.It's not inert.
  • 00:16:30.281 --> 00:16:34.986
  • You can grow in your faith.
  • 00:16:35.019 --> 00:16:36.854
  • Not in weirdness orfoolishness, you can learn to
  • 00:16:36.888 --> 00:16:39.157
  • trust the Lord more fully.
  • 00:16:39.190 --> 00:16:40.958
  • I like the word used here,it's that whatever faith.
  • 00:16:40.992 --> 00:16:43.594
  • Just whatever he says,go get in that line.
  • 00:16:43.628 --> 00:16:46.297
  • Now, God's not foolish.
  • 00:16:46.330 --> 00:16:47.632
  • Don't do foolishthings and blame God.
  • 00:16:47.665 --> 00:16:50.535
  • If your car's out of gas,don't pray for guidance,
  • 00:16:50.568 --> 00:16:52.437
  • fill it up.
  • 00:16:52.470 --> 00:16:55.706
  • All right, if you'remerging on the interstate,
  • 00:16:55.740 --> 00:16:57.041
  • you don't needdivine revelation.
  • 00:16:57.075 --> 00:16:59.944
  • Don't pray.Don't quote a Scripture verse.
  • 00:16:59.977 --> 00:17:03.381
  • Don't read pastor'sdaily devotional.
  • 00:17:03.414 --> 00:17:05.616
  • Look.
  • 00:17:05.650 --> 00:17:08.186
  • We do some foolishthings and blame God.
  • 00:17:08.219 --> 00:17:11.255
  • I'm not talkingabout being foolish.
  • 00:17:11.289 --> 00:17:13.224
  • Whatever faith.
  • 00:17:13.257 --> 00:17:14.659
  • See, the cross changes theboundaries in our lives.
  • 00:17:14.692 --> 00:17:18.496
  • Yes, that's my family.And yes, that's my story.
  • 00:17:18.529 --> 00:17:20.798
  • And yes, those are my mistakes.
  • 00:17:20.832 --> 00:17:22.300
  • And yes, it's all regretful, butthere's a power at work in me to
  • 00:17:22.333 --> 00:17:26.204
  • create an outcome that willcause God to be glorified.
  • 00:17:26.237 --> 00:17:29.907
  • And he'd do it in you tooif you would come that way.
  • 00:17:29.941 --> 00:17:34.011
  • The power of the crossis at work within us.
  • 00:17:34.045 --> 00:17:36.447
  • It's a new authority, anew spiritual authority.
  • 00:17:36.481 --> 00:17:39.784
  • In Matthew 12, it says, "Theybrought a man to Jesus who was
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  • blind and mute."
  • 00:17:42.653 --> 00:17:43.988
  • And Matthew slips inhe was demon-possessed.
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  • A man who was blindand couldn't speak,
  • 00:17:46.924 --> 00:17:49.894
  • sounds like aphysiological problem to me,
  • 00:17:49.927 --> 00:17:52.864
  • but Matthew kind of givesus a clue before Jesus
  • 00:17:52.897 --> 00:17:56.167
  • interacts with him.
  • 00:17:56.200 --> 00:17:57.735
  • Jesus heals him, he's deliveredfrom that demonic spirit.
  • 00:17:57.768 --> 00:18:01.873
  • Now, the Bible doesn't say thatevery person that has a physical
  • 00:18:01.906 --> 00:18:04.142
  • problem, it's initiatedby some unclean spirit,
  • 00:18:04.175 --> 00:18:08.913
  • but it clearly suggeststhat sometimes it can.
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  • I prayed with awoman once who was deaf.
  • 00:18:11.315 --> 00:18:12.617
  • She's been deafsince she was a child.
  • 00:18:12.650 --> 00:18:17.555
  • And she came for prayerand the Lord delivered her.
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  • And in aninstant, she could hear.
  • 00:18:20.224 --> 00:18:23.227
  • And then the thing thatfascinated her the most was the
  • 00:18:23.261 --> 00:18:25.263
  • ambient, the background noises.
  • 00:18:25.296 --> 00:18:26.797
  • She could hearthe clock ticking,
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  • and she could hear thetraffic on the street.
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  • And we were in a home, and wewere just seated talking for a
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  • bit after the prayer.
  • 00:18:35.873 --> 00:18:38.476
  • And after severalminutes, she said,
  • 00:18:38.509 --> 00:18:39.810
  • "You know, I reallydon't like to hear."
  • 00:18:39.844 --> 00:18:42.980
  • And her hearing left as quicklyas it had been given to her.
  • 00:18:43.014 --> 00:18:47.752
  • I believespiritual forces are real.
  • 00:18:47.785 --> 00:18:50.755
  • Not to be afraid ofthem, you have authority.
  • 00:18:50.788 --> 00:18:53.658
  • But to lead your life unawareof them is as destructive as not
  • 00:18:53.691 --> 00:18:57.562
  • being aware of avirus or a bacteria.
  • 00:18:57.595 --> 00:19:00.498
  • Jesus demonstrated anew spiritual awareness.
  • 00:19:00.531 --> 00:19:02.433
  • The cross opens our eyes tothings we can't previously see.
  • 00:19:02.466 --> 00:19:06.337
  • How many of you think thedisciples saw Jesus differently
  • 00:19:06.370 --> 00:19:08.372
  • after the cross?
  • 00:19:08.406 --> 00:19:10.942
  • Before the cross, they thoughtJesus was pretty remarkable,
  • 00:19:10.975 --> 00:19:13.177
  • he walked on thewater and he made wine.
  • 00:19:13.211 --> 00:19:14.946
  • I mean, that's aparty, let's go.
  • 00:19:14.979 --> 00:19:18.149
  • He raised the deadand opened blind eyes.
  • 00:19:18.182 --> 00:19:21.852
  • And then they saw himdie on a Roman cross.
  • 00:19:21.886 --> 00:19:25.223
  • And a few days later, hestepped into the room,
  • 00:19:25.256 --> 00:19:26.824
  • and he said he showed them hishands and his--and the wound in
  • 00:19:26.857 --> 00:19:30.061
  • his side, and said, "I'm back."
  • 00:19:30.094 --> 00:19:33.464
  • Now, I'm thinking they'relooking at Jesus differently
  • 00:19:33.497 --> 00:19:35.433
  • than they've everseen him before,
  • 00:19:35.466 --> 00:19:36.767
  • don't you?
  • 00:19:36.801 --> 00:19:39.203
  • There's somethingdifferent about this man.
  • 00:19:39.237 --> 00:19:42.240
  • You see, the cross is intendedto change your life and mine as
  • 00:19:42.273 --> 00:19:44.775
  • well, the power ofGod expressed to us.
  • 00:19:44.809 --> 00:19:48.679
  • I'm not talkingabout being religious,
  • 00:19:48.713 --> 00:19:50.047
  • or churched, or moral.
  • 00:19:50.081 --> 00:19:51.882
  • The power of God.I'll give you one last piece.
  • 00:19:51.916 --> 00:19:57.922
  • There's an acceptance inthe cross that is a powerful,
  • 00:19:57.955 --> 00:20:00.825
  • powerful idea.
  • 00:20:00.858 --> 00:20:02.827
  • In Matthew 15, there's a storyof the Canaanite woman that
  • 00:20:02.860 --> 00:20:06.063
  • comes to Jesus.
  • 00:20:06.097 --> 00:20:07.398
  • She has a sick childand she needs help.
  • 00:20:07.431 --> 00:20:09.267
  • And Jesus'ministry by this point,
  • 00:20:09.300 --> 00:20:11.068
  • he has a reputation.
  • 00:20:11.102 --> 00:20:12.403
  • And this Canaanitewoman comes down.
  • 00:20:12.436 --> 00:20:13.738
  • Canaanite doesn'tmean much to us,
  • 00:20:13.771 --> 00:20:15.072
  • it means--what it doesmean is she's not Jewish.
  • 00:20:15.106 --> 00:20:17.041
  • So, she isn't fromthe right family,
  • 00:20:17.074 --> 00:20:19.677
  • she doesn't eat the rightfood, she doesn't wear the right
  • 00:20:19.710 --> 00:20:21.712
  • clothes, she doesn'tworship the right God,
  • 00:20:21.746 --> 00:20:24.415
  • she doesn't worshipat the right time,
  • 00:20:24.448 --> 00:20:25.883
  • she doesn't worshipin the right place.
  • 00:20:25.916 --> 00:20:27.585
  • When you see this woman, youknow Jesus does not want to talk
  • 00:20:27.618 --> 00:20:30.888
  • to her.
  • 00:20:30.921 --> 00:20:32.256
  • Nobody has to say anything,you don't need to read her bio,
  • 00:20:32.290 --> 00:20:35.660
  • you don't have togoogle her name.
  • 00:20:35.693 --> 00:20:37.061
  • You look at herand you're thinking,
  • 00:20:37.094 --> 00:20:38.396
  • "Nuh-uh, nope.
  • 00:20:38.429 --> 00:20:40.731
  • He's not going to help her."
  • 00:20:40.765 --> 00:20:42.767
  • Now, you may not have a mentalimage of what that Canaanite
  • 00:20:42.800 --> 00:20:44.869
  • woman is, but I bet you couldget a mental image of somebody
  • 00:20:44.902 --> 00:20:47.004
  • you wouldn't send to the altar.
  • 00:20:47.038 --> 00:20:51.042
  • And this woman isjust as blatantly,
  • 00:20:51.075 --> 00:20:52.943
  • just as clearly off limits.
  • 00:20:52.977 --> 00:20:56.514
  • Except she's desperate, and shecould care less what you think
  • 00:20:56.547 --> 00:21:00.184
  • about her.
  • 00:21:00.217 --> 00:21:01.952
  • She has a child that'sdying, and she's heard,
  • 00:21:01.986 --> 00:21:04.255
  • she has some reason tobelieve that Jesus could help.
  • 00:21:04.288 --> 00:21:06.991
  • And she has cometo secure his help,
  • 00:21:07.024 --> 00:21:09.226
  • and she could care lesswhat you think about her.
  • 00:21:09.260 --> 00:21:12.530
  • You know, desperationis not a pleasant place,
  • 00:21:12.563 --> 00:21:14.765
  • but it can be avery fruitful place.
  • 00:21:14.799 --> 00:21:17.668
  • In my own life, I have receivedmore from the Lord when I'm
  • 00:21:17.702 --> 00:21:20.438
  • desperate thanI've ever received
  • 00:21:20.471 --> 00:21:22.073
  • when I casually inquired.
  • 00:21:22.106 --> 00:21:24.675
  • I don't like being desperate,but there's something about
  • 00:21:24.709 --> 00:21:26.544
  • Allen, when I getdesperate, I get bigger ears.
  • 00:21:26.577 --> 00:21:30.414
  • I start to look like Dumbo.
  • 00:21:30.448 --> 00:21:33.317
  • And if you're in adesperate place today,
  • 00:21:33.351 --> 00:21:35.019
  • folks, God hasnot abandoned you.
  • 00:21:35.052 --> 00:21:38.322
  • This woman comes to Jesus.
  • 00:21:38.356 --> 00:21:39.857
  • We won't read the wholething, look at verse 25.
  • 00:21:39.890 --> 00:21:41.625
  • "She came and knelt before him."
  • 00:21:41.659 --> 00:21:44.028
  • That's an expression ofhumility in the first century
  • 00:21:44.061 --> 00:21:46.230
  • or the 21st century.
  • 00:21:46.263 --> 00:21:48.332
  • "Lord, help me!" she said.
  • 00:21:48.366 --> 00:21:50.568
  • And Jesus replied, "It's notright to take the children's
  • 00:21:50.601 --> 00:21:53.170
  • bread and toss itto their dogs."
  • 00:21:53.204 --> 00:21:56.240
  • Jesus just calledthat lady a dog.
  • 00:21:56.273 --> 00:21:59.810
  • There's no way todance around that
  • 00:21:59.844 --> 00:22:02.380
  • grammatically or linguistically.
  • 00:22:02.413 --> 00:22:05.249
  • The woman's responseis stunning to me.
  • 00:22:05.282 --> 00:22:07.251
  • She said, "Yes, Lord, okay.
  • 00:22:07.284 --> 00:22:10.154
  • But even the dogs eatthe crumbs that fall
  • 00:22:10.187 --> 00:22:12.056
  • from their masters' table."
  • 00:22:12.089 --> 00:22:14.892
  • Well, she's rightthere at the--she was
  • 00:22:14.925 --> 00:22:19.864
  • at a point of decision.
  • 00:22:19.897 --> 00:22:21.198
  • She could've been offended,she could've been angry,
  • 00:22:21.232 --> 00:22:23.100
  • she could've been embittered,she could've been hurt,
  • 00:22:23.134 --> 00:22:25.569
  • she could've been many things.
  • 00:22:25.603 --> 00:22:28.873
  • And she said, "You'reright, I don't belong.
  • 00:22:28.906 --> 00:22:30.708
  • I'm not one of the group.I'm standing on the outside.
  • 00:22:30.741 --> 00:22:34.512
  • It's all true," she said.
  • 00:22:34.545 --> 00:22:37.415
  • "But even the outsidersget some help sometimes."
  • 00:22:37.448 --> 00:22:41.285
  • And watch Jesus's answer to her.
  • 00:22:41.318 --> 00:22:44.188
  • Jesus said, "Woman,you have great faith!
  • 00:22:44.221 --> 00:22:47.057
  • And your request is granted."
  • 00:22:47.091 --> 00:22:49.927
  • At that point, I'd liketo look around the room.
  • 00:22:49.960 --> 00:22:51.262
  • You could see the shock onall the faces of these smug,
  • 00:22:51.295 --> 00:22:53.364
  • self-righteous folks thatknew this woman was going
  • 00:22:53.397 --> 00:22:55.199
  • to get the boot.
  • 00:22:55.232 --> 00:22:57.435
  • And Jesus just gaveher the brass key,
  • 00:22:57.468 --> 00:22:59.303
  • the golden key.
  • 00:22:59.336 --> 00:23:02.706
  • "Woman, you have great faith."
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  • You see, thecross does something.
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  • The cross sweeps away rejection.
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  • We looked at that as one ofthe exchanges a moment ago.
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  • Jesus took our rejection thatwe could have his acceptance.
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  • That woman foundacceptance in Jesus that day.
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  • I take a moment with it becauserejection is a far greater
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  • epidemic in our communitythan the flu is right now.
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  • It touches so many of ourlives, broken marriages,
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  • broken relationships.
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  • Whether it's adults or children,there's so many ways rejection
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  • touches our lives.
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  • It has a spiritual impact.
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  • It's just as real astaking a physical blow.
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  • And if we don't know how tolet the power of the cross bring
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  • restoration and wholeness to us,we spend our lives passing on
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  • that rejection.
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  • Rejected peoplereject other people.
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  • We have this sense thatsomehow we're on the outside,
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  • and we're left on the outside,that other people were given the
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  • secret code to knowwhat to do and how to be,
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  • but nobody ever told us.
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  • And so, we're always playingcatch up and praying that nobody
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  • ever figures out wedon't really know.
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  • 'Cause we'd be like theemperor in the story,
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  • we don't reallyhave any clothes.
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  • That's rejection.
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  • And the beauty of the crossis that we're accepted by God.
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  • He accepts us into hisfamily, the greatest
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  • family in the universe.
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  • He's not ashamed tobe called our Father,
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  • to make provision for our lives,that we're not rejected anymore.
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  • The cross changeseverything, folks.
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  • The cross changes everything.
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  • Allen: The statement thatthe cross changes everything is
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  • true, but it doesn'tchange our circumstances.
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  • It doesn't always mean we'redelivered from challenges or
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  • pain or hurt.
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  • The cross changes the outcomes.
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  • It gives us a differentpossibility for our lives.
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  • We may face rejection, butrejection can't define us
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  • because we come to ourlives through the cross.
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  • We may face brokenplaces and hurts and pains,
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  • but through the cross, wecan find victory and triumph.
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  • The cross changes the outcome.
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  • So, what you and I want todo is come to the cross,
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  • acknowledge the hurt,tell the Lord the truth,
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  • turn away from the ungodliness,and receive the benefit by faith
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  • of what Jesus accomplished forus through his redemptive work.
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  • It's a wonderfulpromise, let's pray.
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  • Father, thank you that you lovedus enough to send your Son,
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  • and we come today in humility byfaith to receive what you have
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  • made available to us,mercy and forgiveness,
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  • acceptance, cleansing.
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  • It's ours in Jesus's name, amen.
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