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The Mystery of the Magi

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December 8, 2019
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  • by the friends and partners of Christ for All Nations.
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  • (Music)
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  • DANIEL- (Music) Hello everybody, this is Evangelist
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  • Daniel Kolenda. As we draw close to the end of 2019, and
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  • we approach the threshold of a new year, I wanted to come to
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  • you on behalf of Christ for All Nations and our whole team
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  • around the world and say, Merry Christmas and Happy New
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  • Year. In Africa, we've seen hundreds of thousands, indeed
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  • millions of people that have heard the Gospel, received
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  • Jesus as their Savior; miracles, signs and wonders,
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  • and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It's been an amazing
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  • year of kingdom impact. We could not have done it without
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  • you. Today, however, I'm in Jerusalem. What you see behind
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  • me is the sites of the old city. We're here enjoying the
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  • presence of the Lord. We've come with many of you, our
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  • precious partners from around the world. Together, we just
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  • wanted to say, Thank you so much for another year of
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  • support, of love and of prayer. We want you to know
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  • that your gifts have gone a long way to helping us take
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  • the Gospel around the world. And I want to ask you from the
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  • depths of my heart, please continue to partner with us.
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  • Let's continue to take the Gospel all around the world
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  • until Jesus comes. Merry Christmas. Happy New Year.
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  • We love you. Bye-bye.
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  • [MUSIC STARTS] Coming up on Christ for All Nations...
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  • DANIEL KOLENDA- The Magi were not the 'We Three Kings'
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  • of popular Christmas folklore. The story of the Magi is one
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  • of the most misunderstood parts of the Christmas story.
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  • And it's actually very powerful. They were actually
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  • pagan, Gentile astrologers. But today we're gonna talk a
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  • little bit about the star that led them to Jesus.
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  • (Music)
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  • REINHARD BONNKE- He has come to break every chain
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  • and to unlock every prison door.
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  • DANIEL- He turns darkness into light.
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  • He turns sin into salvation. He turns bondage into freedom.
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  • And He changes us from the inside out.
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  • (Music)
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  • DANIEL- Hello everybody, and welcome to another broadcast
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  • of Christ for all Nations. I'm Daniel Kolenda, and it's such
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  • a joy once again to be able to come into your living room,
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  • into your home, into your world, and just to speak to
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  • you and to minister to you for the next few minutes. I think
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  • you're gonna be wonderfully blessed today. You know, as
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  • you can tell from the décor around me, we are right in the
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  • middle of the Christmas season once again. And I want to thank
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  • those of you that have been standing with us prayerfully and
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  • financially, some of you for many, many years. We really
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  • appreciate you. We really love you. We thank God for your
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  • partnership in the Gospel. And today I just want to do
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  • something for you. I don't want to ask you for anything,
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  • but I want to give something to you. It's Christmas, and in
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  • the spirit of giving, I want to send you a gift. It's an
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  • ornament. I know it's something very small, but it's
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  • just a way for us to be able to bless you, and to be able
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  • to give back to you. And as, as, while supplies last, I want
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  • to send you this ornament that you can put on your tree, that
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  • you can remember us, and we can thank God for the part you've
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  • played in our lives. Here's how you can get your ornament.
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  • (Music)
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  • ANNOUNCER- (Music) Christmas is the season we celebrate the
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  • birth of Jesus, the gift of God's Son. And this year,
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  • while supplies last, we want to send you a beautiful
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  • Christmas ornament that's carefully crafted to
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  • complement your home with a message of God's love, joy and
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  • peace. And it's yours free for the asking. Supplies are
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  • limited. Jesus Himself said that His peace wasn't fragile
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  • like the peace the world gives. And we want this free
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  • Christmas ornament to also serve as your personal
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  • reminder that you have friends here at Christ for All Nations
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  • who are always ready to pray and believe with you. Call
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  • right now to receive your free Christmas ornament from
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  • Evangelists Daniel Kolenda and Reinhard Bonnke. Together with
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  • the Christ for All Nations family, we wish you a
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  • Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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  • (MUSIC)
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  • DANIEL- Once again, from all of us here at Christ for all
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  • Nations, have a wonderful, wonderful Christmas holiday
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  • season. We love you and we appreciate you. I also want to
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  • just encourage you before we get too far into the program,
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  • to send your prayer requests. We're not gonna be praying for
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  • them live on the program today, but we take those
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  • prayer requests with us to Africa. Our staff around the
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  • world, in our ten offices in ten regions of the world,
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  • are praying for your prayer requests constantly. Also on
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  • my social media account, on Facebook and on Twitter, you
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  • will see that we're praying every week, twice a week,
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  • we're praying for your prayer requests. And so number 1, I'd
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  • encourage you to also follow me on Facebook. But also, send
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  • those prayer requests in. We want to pray for you. We want
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  • to include those. We want to believe God for a mighty
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  • miracle in your life in Jesus' name. Well, last week we
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  • started talking about the mystery of the Magi,
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  • You know, they seemed to have a lot more
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  • information than someone would likely be able to get from a
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  • star alone. So you might wonder, How is that possible?
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  • Where did they get all that information about Jesus, the
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  • One that they had come to worship? Well, as we discussed
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  • last week, it turns out that Daniel, the Jewish prophet,
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  • had actually been put over the magi in Babylon and in Persia,
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  • along with the magicians, and fortune tellers, and
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  • soothsayers, and astrologers, and all of those wise men;
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  • that's what they were called. And it just so happens that
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  • Daniel was not only a great prophet, but he'd actually
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  • prophesied the coming of the Messiah, the Jewish Messiah,
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  • along with His death. He talked about the very day that
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  • the Messiah would be revealed and many other things. And
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  • Daniel said that this Messiah, the One that would be the King
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  • of Israel, would be the King over the whole earth; that He
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  • would rule over every nation, and that His reign would be
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  • eternal. So as you can imagine, these Magi came from
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  • afar because the greatest King that had ever been born or
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  • will ever be born, had just been born. It's not any great
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  • mystery there. But today we're gonna talk a little bit about
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  • the star that led them to Jesus. And so once again,
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  • we're going to return to the Book of Matthew, chapter 2,
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  • and in verse 9, it says that: When they had heard the king,
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  • they departed; and, lo, the star, which they had seen,
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  • when it rose, went ahead of them until it stopped over the
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  • place where the young Child was. Now, I mentioned last
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  • week that the details surrounding this star are a
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  • bit obscure. There's a lot of things we don't know. Many
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  • theories have been suggested over the years about what the
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  • Magi may have actually seen in the sky over Israel. Some
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  • people have speculated that it might have been a concurrence
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  • of bright stars. Some have said it was probably a comet
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  • or a super nova. But in my opinion, all of those
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  • explanations that have been based strictly on natural
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  • phenomena fall short. And let me just take a moment to
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  • explain why because I know some of you probably have
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  • heard these theories and you might have already bought
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  • into the idea that it was a constellation or something
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  • like that. But here's the problem. If the Magi's star
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  • had been a natural star, it would have actually had to
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  • defy the laws of physics. You know, the movement of stars in
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  • the sky is that they usually traverse from east to west.
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  • But the star that the Magi saw actually led them from
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  • Jerusalem to Bethlehem, which means that it led them north
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  • to south. Furthermore, the star led them to the precise
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  • location of an individual house. Now you tell me how a
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  • star, a normal star or a normal constellation, can do
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  • that. I mean, walk outside at night and look up at a bright
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  • star and ask yourself, Which house is that over? It's
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  • impossible to make such a precise distinction with
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  • something like a star millions of light years away from
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  • earth. And more than that, the Bible says that when the star
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  • came to the place that the young child was, it stood
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  • still. Now stars don't stand still. Go outside at night.
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  • It's constantly a movement across the horizon. There was
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  • definitely something unusual about this "star". Now the
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  • Scripture doesn't explain exactly what is going on here,
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  • but I have an idea. And I have to tell you something.
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  • I didn't get this idea from a book. I didn't read it in a
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  • Bible commentary or anything. I got it from reading the
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  • Scriptures. You know, I honestly believe that the key
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  • to understanding Scripture is Scripture. If you've got to go
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  • to some other third party source to understand what God
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  • is saying in Scripture, it seems to me there's something
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  • wrong with that idea. So when I look at Scripture, this is
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  • what I find. That star that Matthew describes, the one
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  • that the Magi followed, it actually sounds remarkably
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  • similar to something that the Prophet Ezekiel witnessed and
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  • described hundreds of years earlier. Now let me explain
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  • this. When God brought Israel out of Egypt, He didn't just
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  • want to set them free from slavery. He actually wanted to
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  • dwell in their midst. He wanted a covenant people who
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  • would provide a dwelling place for Him on the earth. And God
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  • told Moses, He said, Let them make Me a sanctuary that I may
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  • dwell among them. So God gave specific instructions for the
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  • building of His tabernacle. And once the tabernacle was
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  • finished, the presence of God, the Shekinah glory of God is
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  • the way the Bible describes it, it actually took up
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  • residence in the innermost chamber, over the Ark of the
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  • Covenant, in this place called the Holy of Holies. Now fast
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  • forward many years later. King Solomon builds the temple. Now
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  • the temple was very similar to the tabernacle except that it
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  • was a permanent structure rather than a moving tent,
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  • which is what the tabernacle was. And once again, when that
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  • temple was dedicated, the Shekinah glory of God filled
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  • the temple in a dramatic fashion. In fact, I just want
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  • to read this account to you so you can get an idea of just
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  • how incredible this was. And we read about this in the Book
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  • of 2 Chronicles, chapter 7. We're gonna read verses 1-3.
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  • This is what it says: Now when Solomon had made an end of
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  • praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed
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  • the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of
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  • God filled the house. And the priests could not enter into
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  • the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had
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  • filled the LORD's house. And when the children of Israel
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  • saw how the fire came down, and they saw how the glory of
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  • God upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces
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  • and worshipped upon the pavement, and they praised the
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  • LORD, saying, For He is good; for His mercy endures forever.
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  • Look, the glory of God had rested in the Holy of Holies
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  • in Solomon's temple for hundreds of years. This is the
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  • way that it was. Israel was familiar with the Shekinah
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  • glory of God dwelling in their midst. But all through this
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  • time, Israel continued to sin. They continued to rebel.
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  • They continued to disobey the commandments of the LORD.
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  • And finally the time for judgement had come, and it was
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  • approaching. What would happen was the Babylonians would come
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  • and they would destroy Solomon's temple. They would
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  • take the children of Israel away into captivity. Actually
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  • that is the period of time that we talked about in the
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  • last program when Daniel was taken to Babylon and all of
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  • these things happened with the magi. So that was coming.
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  • But before the temple was destroyed and before any
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  • physical devastation had taken place in the natural,
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  • something far more tragic had already happened. You see, the
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  • glory of God departed from the temple. And it left so quietly
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  • that most of Israel never even knew that it had happened. But
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  • the Prophet Ezekiel described it very clearly. He described
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  • the progression of the glory of God, that Shekinah glory.
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  • He saw it as it moved from one station to another. He said
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  • that it went from the Holy of Holies to the threshold of the
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  • temple. And then it went from the threshold of the temple
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  • out through the eastern gate, and then up to the Mount of
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  • Olives, and finally it disappeared over the Mount
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  • of Olives. That was an indescribable tragedy. You
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  • know, not too long after that the temple was physically
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  • destroyed. But that was nothing compared to the big
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  • loss. The big loss was when God's manifest presence
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  • stopped dwelling in the midst of His people. Now fast
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  • forward about a hundred years later. The Prophet Malachi
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  • says this: Behold, I will send My messenger, and he will
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  • prepare the way before Me: and the LORD, whom you seek, will
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  • suddenly come to His people, even the messenger of the
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  • covenant, in whom you delight: behold, He is coming, says the
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  • LORD of hosts. What an amazing prophecy this is. It means
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  • that God is going to send His messenger to His people. That
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  • means the Messiah is going to come to a rebuilt temple. So
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  • God is promising here through the prophet. He is promising
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  • the restoration for the people, restoration for the
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  • temple, restoration for the land. In fact, the Prophet
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  • Haggai said, The glory of this present house will be greater
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  • than the glory of the former house. So according to Haggai,
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  • the second temple was going to be greater than the first
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  • temple, with a greater glory than the first temple. But
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  • here's the problem. So when the foundation of that second
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  • temple was laid, and the people, you know, who were now
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  • elderly, the ones that were old enough to remember the
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  • first temple, when they saw the foundations being laid for
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  • the second temple, we read in Ezra, chapter 3, that they
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  • began to weep out loud. Why? Because it was so small
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  • compared to the original temple in terms of its
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  • physical beauty and grandeur. The, the second temple paled
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  • in comparison to the first. But there was actually a much
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  • bigger problem. You see, when the second temple was
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  • dedicated, the glory of God did not return. Fire didn't
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  • fall like it had fallen on the first temple. There was no
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  • manifestation of the Shekinah glory. In fact, they did not
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  • even have the Ark of the Covenant. Yes, God had
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  • restored His people to the land, but God had not taken up
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  • residence with them. And although the physical building
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  • had been erected, the presence of God that gave that temple
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  • purpose and meaning, it was still missing. So what does
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  • that mean? It meant the prophecies were unfulfilled.
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  • It means that Israel was still waiting for its Messiah and
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  • for the return of God's glory to Israel. And now this is
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  • where we return to the story of the star of Bethlehem back
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  • in Matthew, chapter 1. So it's interesting to me that what
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  • Ezekiel saw when he saw the glory of the LORD departing
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  • from the first temple, he describes it in a way that
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  • he could actually trace the movement of that departing
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  • glory as it went step by step. It wasn't just some ethereal
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  • feeling that he had. He saw it. It was a glory that could
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  • be seen as it moved; that Shekinah glory. It was
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  • actually something that was visible. And I think that this
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  • sounds remarkably similar to what the shepherds saw when,
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  • when the angels appeared to them and announced in Luke,
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  • chapter 2, that the glory... It says that they announced
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  • the Savior's birth, and the glory of the LORD shone round
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  • about them. But it sounds even more similar, in my mind, it
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  • sounds even more similar to what the Magi saw in the Book
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  • of Matthew, chapter 1. They saw something that they
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  • described as a star that allowed them to trace that
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  • movement across the land to a precise residential address.
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  • It wasn't just something up in the heavens somewhere. It was
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  • right over the house, and it stood still. It, it was
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  • something that a natural heavenly body could never
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  • provide such precision. It could never stand still over a
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  • particular house. Could it be, and this is what I'm
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  • suggesting, could it be that what the Magi saw that led
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  • them to Jesus was actually the once departed Shekinah glory
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  • of God now returning to Israel as it had been prophesied and
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  • foretold. Listen to me, my friend, when Jesus came into
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  • the world, He came as the ultimate Shekinah glory. He
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  • was the ultimate expression of the dwelling of God among men.
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  • And this is why the Scriptures say that, that He would be
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  • called Emmanuel. Emmanuel means God with us. No wonder
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  • the multitudes of angels announced His birth. No wonder
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  • they worshipped Him as God. Such a marvel the earth had
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  • never known. No spectacle of creation or human invention
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  • could ever compare to the miracle that God had wrapped
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  • Himself in human flesh and He had made His home among men.
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  • John said in, in the first chapter of his Gospel: The
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  • Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. When we celebrate
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  • Christmas, we are literally celebrating the fact that God
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  • came to live among us. What an amazing thought. And you know,
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  • His coming into the world was the brightest moment in human
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  • history. I know the star of Bethlehem was bright, but
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  • Jesus' life was even brighter. In fact, that's exactly what
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  • the Apostle John said. He said that the life of Jesus was the
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  • light of men. And in John's day, no one could have ever
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  • imagined how accurate that statement would be. The life
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  • of Jesus is truly the light of humanity. He stands out like a
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  • sparkling diamond among the dark coals of human history.
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  • His life has, has brought light to an otherwise bleak
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  • and hopeless world. You know, if you could view the timeline
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  • of human existence all at once, there would be one mark
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  • on that timeline that shines brighter than all the rest;
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  • brighter than the star of Bethlehem. It would be the
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  • life of that humble carpenter from Nazareth. His life
  • 00:18:26.090 --> 00:18:29.270
  • literally split time in two. Those before Him looked ahead
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  • in anticipation of His coming. And those after Him, looked
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  • back in reverent awe. We even talk about history in terms of
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  • BC, which means before Christ, and AD, which is Anno Domini,
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  • the year of our Lord. He marked the end of one era
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  • and the beginning of another era, both literally and
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  • figuratively. Because of Jesus, humanity has been
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  • blessed in ways that could never be quantified. I mean,
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  • just a few practical examples; things like care for the sick
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  • and the mentally ill spread across the world as a result
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  • of Christianity. The teachings of Jesus led to the concept of
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  • women's rights, democracy, the abolition of slavery, care for
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  • the poor. He's the light of society. He's the light of
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  • literature. He's the light of philosophy. He's the light of
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  • spirituality. He's the light of science. He's the light of
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  • all human existence. I love what Billy Sunday wrote when
  • 00:19:27.280 --> 00:19:32.060
  • he talked about Jesus. This is what he said: When the bright
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  • cloud hid Him from the gaze of those who loved Him with a
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  • devotion that took them to martyrdom, the only record
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  • of His sayings was graven upon their hearts, but now
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  • libraries are devoted to the consideration of them. No
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  • words were ever so weighty or so weighed as those of Him
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  • who was so poor that He had nowhere to lay His head. The
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  • scholarship of the world has sat at His feet with bared
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  • head and has been compelled to say again and again, Never
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  • a man spake as He spake. His utterances have been
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  • translated into every known tongue, and have carried
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  • healing on their wings wherever they have gone. No
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  • other book has ever had the tithe of the circulation of
  • 00:20:11.060 --> 00:20:14.230
  • that which contains His words, and not only that, but His
  • 00:20:14.270 --> 00:20:18.150
  • thoughts and the story of His life are so interwoven in all
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  • of literature that if a man should never read a line in
  • 00:20:21.150 --> 00:20:25.070
  • the Bible, and yet be a reader at all he could not remain
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  • ignorant of the Christ. How amazing it is that God wrapped
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  • Himself in flesh, just like you might wrap up a Christmas
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  • present. And He came and gave Himself. He didn't just give
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  • some inanimate object. He gave Himself for you. He came to
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  • die so that, not just so that you could come to heaven, but
  • 00:20:47.260 --> 00:20:51.020
  • that heaven could come into you. It is that light of men
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  • that John wrote about. If you don't have that light of the
  • 00:20:54.230 --> 00:20:57.160
  • life of Jesus in your life, then you actually really don't
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  • have life at all. First John, 5:12, says: He that has the
  • 00:21:00.290 --> 00:21:04.280
  • Son has a life; and he that does not have the Son does not
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  • have life. And you know, I think it's so appropriate here
  • 00:21:08.170 --> 00:21:11.130
  • as we approach the birth of Jesus. Listen my friend, this
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  • is not a coincidence that you're watching this program
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  • right now. Wouldn't it be amazing if this Christmas
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  • season, that that light that the Magi followed, that
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  • Shekinah glory of God, the presence of God, entered into
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  • your life and into your heart, and illuminated the darkness?
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  • That can really happen today. If that's your desire, if
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  • that's your prayer, I just want to lead you in a prayer
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  • of salvation. Just, just pray with me. Just say, Lord Jesus,
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  • I come to you as a sinner. I need salvation. Say, Lord
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  • Jesus, I can't save myself. I need your mercy. I confess
  • 00:21:48.260 --> 00:21:54.250
  • with my mouth what I believe in my heart; that You are my
  • 00:21:54.290 --> 00:21:59.230
  • Savior, that You are the Son of the living God. And I put
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  • my trust and my hope in You. As of this day, just say it
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  • by faith, As of this day, I belong to Jesus, and Jesus
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  • belongs to me. Amen. Amen. My friend, listen, if you prayed
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  • that prayer with me, I believe that that light, that Shekinah
  • 00:22:19.200 --> 00:22:22.270
  • glory of God, because of what Jesus did on the cross,
  • 00:22:23.010 --> 00:22:26.060
  • has come to abide in your life, and you'll never be the same.
  • 00:22:26.100 --> 00:22:28.170
  • You need to get plugged into a church. You need
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  • to begin to read God's Word and pray every day.
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  • And you're gonna grow in the things of God.
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  • (Music)
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  • ("Oh Holy Night" Music Starts and continues to end of segment)
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  • SINGER- Oh holy night
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  • the stars are brightly shining...
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  • REINHARD- We all need a Savior and his name is Jesus.
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  • He wants to walk hand in hand with you.
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  • Are you happy? (crowd response)
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  • DANIEL- Today is your day of salvation. (Translator)
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  • Now is your time of salvation. (Translator)
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  • This week is your week of salvation. (Translator)
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  • If you believe that tonight shout Hallelujah. (Translator)
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  • Praise the Lord. (Translator)
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  • SINGER- And the soul felt its worth
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  • A thrill of hope, a weary...
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  • REINHARD- Tonight you may come here as weak as can be.
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  • You will go home like a conqueror (Crowd noise)
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  • with Jesus inside of you.
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  • SINGER- ...and glorious morn
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  • Fall on your knees
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  • (crowd noise)
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  • REINHARD- Those nails could not stop Jesus, Hallelujah.
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  • Death could not hold Jesus, Hallelujah.
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  • Jesus is here tonight to save you!
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  • SINGER- ...night, Oh night, when Christ was born
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  • (Music intensifies)
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  • REINHARD- I surrender all to Jesus. (Crowd repeats)
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  • ("Oh Holy Night" music ends)
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