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December 27, 2020
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Pastor and Evangelist Greg Laurie teaches the simple yet life changing message of the Gospel.

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  • ♪ This is the day whenthe lost are found ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, can you hear allthe angels are singing ♪
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  • ♪ This is the day, theday when life begins ♪
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  • - The title of my messageis, Lost in Translation.
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  • So grab your Bibleand turn to Mark 8.
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  • Again, the title is,Lost in Translation.
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  • I heard about a older couple,
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  • they were celebrating 50years of marriage together.
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  • Now, the problem was the wife
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  • was getting a littlehard of hearing.
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  • And the husbandannounced in front
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  • of family andfriends to his wife,
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  • "My dear wife, after 15 years
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  • I have found youtried and true!"
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  • Again, she couldn'thear very well.
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  • She said, "What?"
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  • He said, "My dear wife,
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  • after 15 years
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  • I have found youtried and true."
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  • And then she shot back,
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  • "Well, after 50 years,I'm tired of you, too."
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  • That was a littlecommunication breakdown there.
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  • (laughs)
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  • Yeah, something islost in translation.
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  • Well guess what?
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  • Jesus seemed to have thisissue with his own disciples.
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  • They did not understand whyHe had come to this earth
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  • in the first place.
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  • We're on the verge ofcelebrating Christmas.
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  • And we'll talk a lotabout that baby born
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  • in the manger,
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  • the beauty of the incarnation.
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  • But listen, the incarnationwas for the purpose
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  • of the atonement.
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  • The birth of Jesus was
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  • so there would bethe death of Jesus,
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  • and ultimately, theresurrection of Jesus.
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  • Jesus came to this earthto die for the sins
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  • of the world.
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  • But as disciplesdid not get that
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  • because it was lostin translation.
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  • Their hope and their belief was
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  • He was going to establishan earthly kingdom,
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  • then and there.
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  • Their hope and belief was He
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  • was gonna drive the Romans out
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  • who were occupying the land.
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  • In fact, you'll rememberafter he fed the 5000,
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  • that was His mostpopular miracle to date,
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  • that people wanted tomake Jesus King by force.
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  • And what is that all about?
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  • That means that they wantedto make Him the king.
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  • So He would drive out Rome.
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  • They didn't understand that
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  • that is not why hehad primarily come.
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  • Now look, one dayChrist will come back
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  • and establish His kingdom.
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  • One day, He will rule as kingof kings and lord of lords.
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  • But before Christwould wear a crown,
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  • He would first haveto bear across.
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  • Now, as we come to ourtext here in Mark 8,
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  • His ministry in Galileeis coming to a close.
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  • This is a transitionalmoment in His ministry,
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  • and for the first time,
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  • He's gonna speak very clearly
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  • and in great detailabout why He has come.
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  • And He also asks apowerful question
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  • that we still needto answer today.
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  • Let's look at our text, Mark 8,
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  • starting in verse 27.
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  • "Jesus and hisdisciples of Galilee,
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  • and went to the villagesnear Caesarea Philippi.
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  • As they were walkingalong He asked them,
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  • "Who do people say that I am?"
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  • Well, they replied,
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  • "Some to your john the baptist,
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  • some you're Elijah,and some say,
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  • you're one of theother prophets."
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  • Then Jesus asks them,
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  • "But who do youthink say that I am?
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  • Peter applies, "Youare the Messiah."
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  • And Jesus warned them tonot tell anyone about Him."
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  • Now, this is the mostimportant question of all.
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  • Jesus asks this question,
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  • "Who do men say that I am?"
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  • And this is a question weall must ultimately answer.
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  • I'm gonna tell youthe answer now.
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  • Ultimately, everyone will say
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  • Jesus Christ is the Lord.
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  • Every Christian will say it,
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  • every non Christian will say it,
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  • every atheist will say it,
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  • every agnostic will say it,
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  • every person will ultimatelysay, Jesus is Lord.
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  • You'll say, "Greg,you're wrong about that.
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  • Not everybody believes."
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  • Well, I didn't say they wouldnecessarily say it during
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  • their lives on Earth.
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  • But one day when theystand before God Almighty,
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  • they will acknowledgeJesus Christ as Lord.
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  • Philippians 2:10 says,
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  • "At the name of Jesus Christ,
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  • every knee will bow andevery tongue will confess
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  • that Jesus Christ is the Lord
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  • to the glory ofGod, the Father."
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  • Now, here's a big thingwe don't wanna miss.
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  • Where did Jesusasked this question?
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  • This question, "Whodo men say that I am?"
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  • Where did he ask it?
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  • He asked at a placecalled Caesarea Philippi.
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  • Now we could breeze by that
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  • and missed itssignificance all together.
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  • Caesarea Philippi was namedafter the Greek god Pan.
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  • It's one thing to say,
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  • "Oh, Jesus is Lord."
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  • When we're with ourChristian friends.
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  • "Oh, Jesus is Lord."
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  • When we're at church andsinging praise to Him.
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  • But will us say Jesus is Lord,
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  • when you're gathered togetherwith family from out of town?
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  • Will you say Jesus isLord, when you're at work?
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  • Will you say Jesus is Lord,
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  • when you're outand about in life?
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  • See, it's one thingto make a stand
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  • with fellow believers,
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  • it's another thing to makeus then in our culture.
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  • Jesus said this, "If a personis ashamed of me my message,
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  • I, the son of them willbe ashamed of that person
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  • when I return in myglory and in the glory
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  • of my father witha holy angels."
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  • Don't be ashamed ofChrist, speak up for Him.
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  • So Jesus asked them,
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  • "Who do men say that I am?
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  • Basically the Lord saying,
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  • "Hey guys, what's theword on the street?
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  • What are people actually saying
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  • about me right now?"
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  • Here's the question,
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  • did Jesus know what theword on the street was?
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  • Did he know what peoplethought about Him?
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  • And what they said about Him?
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  • Absolutely.
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  • In fact, He would callpeople out for their thoughts
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  • while He was engaging them.
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  • "Why do you thinkthis in your heart?"
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  • He would say to someone.
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  • So he was aware.
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  • But the reason He asked thisquestion of His disciples
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  • is He's giving them a test.
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  • And why does itteacher give a test?
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  • Answer, to see if the class
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  • is learning the material?
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  • They'd seen Jesusperformance miracles.
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  • They'd see Jesuswalk on the water.
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  • They'd seen Jesus heal leprosy,
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  • and drive outdemons from people,
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  • and even raise the dead.
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  • Did they reallyunderstand who he was yet?
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  • Apparently not.
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  • Because they replied,"Well, some say
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  • you are John the Baptist,
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  • others say or Elijah.
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  • Still, others say you'reone of the prophets.
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  • That was not the right answer.
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  • But Simon Peter,
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  • known for hisoutspokenness, got it.
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  • Peter says in verse 30,
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  • "You are the Messiah."
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  • In Matthew's versionof this story,
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  • He has Peter saying,"You are the Christ,
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  • the Son of the living God."
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  • And that's it.
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  • Peter understands,
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  • "You're not Elijah.
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  • You're not john the baptist.
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  • You're not evena mirror Prophet,
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  • you are the very Son of God."
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  • See, Jesus was not a mere man.
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  • He was not just oneof the prophets.
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  • He was God coming tous in human flesh.
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  • God had a face.
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  • It was God with skinon walking among us
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  • as the Lord entered our world.
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  • The birth of Jesus Christ
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  • was the most momentousevent it has ever occurred
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  • in the history of the planet.
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  • It was the eternal Godconfining themselves
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  • to a single cell andbeing born of a woman,
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  • in order to be theSavior of the world.
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  • God literally became a fetus.
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  • And then in thisearth shaking event,
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  • Simon Peter got it.
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  • "You", He says to Jesus.
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  • "You are the Christ,
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  • the Son of the living God."
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  • And in Matthew's versionof the story, Matthew 16,
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  • Jesus says,
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  • "Blessed are you(murmurs) Jonah,
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  • flesh and blood has notrevealed this to you,
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  • but my Father who is in heaven.
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  • And I say to you, you are Peter.
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  • And on this rock, Iwill build my church."
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  • Can you imagine how Peter felt?
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  • Singled out by Jesus.
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  • "Hey Peter, guess what?
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  • You didn't just come upwith that on your own.
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  • My father gave thatthought to you.
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  • That's where the inspirationfor those words came."
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  • Man, Peter was just thinking,
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  • "this is so awesome.
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  • I'm being singled out andcomplimented by Jesus.
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  • But now, the Lordcontinues on and He drops
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  • what could best bedescribed as a bombshell.
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  • Look at Mark chaptereight, verse 31,
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  • "Then Jesus beganto teach Him that
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  • the Son of Man mustsuffer many things,
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  • and be rejected by the elders,
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  • the chief priests andthe teachers of the law,
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  • and that he must be killed,
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  • and three dayslater, rise again.
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  • Notice the detailin those words.
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  • He laid it out.
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  • "Guys, here's who'sgonna betray me.
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  • It's gonna be the elders,
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  • the chief priests andthe teachers of the law.
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  • And I will be killed, and Iwill rise again in three days."
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  • He spoke plainly about this.
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  • Now look at this,
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  • Peter took him insideand began to rebuke Him.
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  • And when Jesus turned
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  • and looked at the disciples,
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  • He rebuked Peter, said,
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  • "Get behind me, Satan
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  • for you do not have inmind the concerns of God,
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  • but merely human concerns."
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  • Stop there.
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  • By the way, this isthe first time Jesus
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  • ever talkedspecifically, clearly.
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  • And I might even add graphically
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  • about the fact thathe was going to die.
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  • I don't even thinkthey heard the,
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  • He'll be raised onthe third day part,
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  • they just heard Hewas going to die.
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  • I don't think I'm overstating it
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  • when this was reallyshocking to them.
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  • He was effectively saying,
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  • "I, Jesus, who you've givenup everything to follow.
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  • I'm going to bemurdered in cold blood,
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  • I'm gonna be taken from you."
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  • And they're thinking,
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  • "How could that bepart of any plan?
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  • You're the Messiah.
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  • You're supposed to establishyour kingdom here and now.
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  • How is this going to bepart of something good
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  • for you to betaken and murdered?
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  • And in fact, we'vegiven up everything
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  • to follow you Jesus.
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  • And we made thesegreat sacrifices."
  • 00:10:33.889 --> 00:10:36.625
  • And so Peter thought,
  • 00:10:36.625 --> 00:10:38.260
  • since he's the guy whogot an inspired thought
  • 00:10:38.260 --> 00:10:40.629
  • from the Father,
  • 00:10:40.629 --> 00:10:42.498
  • that he would sort ofset Jesus straight.
  • 00:10:42.498 --> 00:10:45.534
  • And we read in verse 22,
  • 00:10:45.534 --> 00:10:47.169
  • Peter took Him asideand began to rebuke Him.
  • 00:10:47.169 --> 00:10:50.606
  • And by the way, inthe original language,
  • 00:10:50.606 --> 00:10:52.608
  • that implies it was doneover and over again.
  • 00:10:52.608 --> 00:10:56.445
  • I mean, I'm tryingto imagine this.
  • 00:10:56.445 --> 00:10:58.147
  • Peter says, "Jesus,come in for a second.
  • 00:10:58.147 --> 00:11:01.283
  • Buddy, listen.
  • 00:11:01.283 --> 00:11:02.084
  • Come on, man.
  • 00:11:02.084 --> 00:11:02.918
  • What are you doing?
  • 00:11:02.918 --> 00:11:03.786
  • I rebuke you, Jesus.
  • 00:11:03.786 --> 00:11:05.588
  • You cannot do this."
  • 00:11:05.588 --> 00:11:07.423
  • He's rebuking God Almighty.
  • 00:11:07.423 --> 00:11:10.559
  • I mean, this is insane.
  • 00:11:10.559 --> 00:11:12.628
  • And Jesus listens to him.
  • 00:11:12.628 --> 00:11:14.864
  • And then Jesus turnsand rebuked Peter.
  • 00:11:14.864 --> 00:11:18.901
  • Now we say,
  • 00:11:18.901 --> 00:11:20.102
  • "Boy, I can't believePeter did that."
  • 00:11:20.102 --> 00:11:22.037
  • "Oh, excuse me,
  • 00:11:22.037 --> 00:11:23.439
  • have you ever givenGod advice before?"
  • 00:11:23.439 --> 00:11:26.742
  • The Bible as the questionsfrom Romans 11:34,
  • 00:11:26.742 --> 00:11:30.045
  • "Who has known themind of the Lord?
  • 00:11:30.045 --> 00:11:31.514
  • And who has beenthis counselor?"
  • 00:11:31.514 --> 00:11:33.315
  • Well, I would say theanswer to that question is,
  • 00:11:33.315 --> 00:11:35.851
  • I have.
  • 00:11:35.851 --> 00:11:37.086
  • You have, and willsay to the Lord,
  • 00:11:37.086 --> 00:11:38.687
  • "Now Lord, I've gotthis all figured out,
  • 00:11:38.687 --> 00:11:40.723
  • I met this girl,
  • 00:11:40.723 --> 00:11:41.957
  • this is the one I'msupposed to marry.
  • 00:11:41.957 --> 00:11:43.225
  • So you need toreveal this to her.
  • 00:11:43.225 --> 00:11:45.227
  • And Lord, here'smy business plan.
  • 00:11:45.227 --> 00:11:47.263
  • And you need to bless it.
  • 00:11:47.263 --> 00:11:49.165
  • And here's the way I'mgonna do my ministry.
  • 00:11:49.165 --> 00:11:51.500
  • And here's what youneed to do next."
  • 00:11:51.500 --> 00:11:53.836
  • I'm not asking God for wisdom.
  • 00:11:53.836 --> 00:11:55.571
  • I'm not praying about direction.
  • 00:11:55.571 --> 00:11:57.706
  • I'm making my plan andasking God to bless it.
  • 00:11:57.706 --> 00:12:00.576
  • And the question is,who's in charge here?
  • 00:12:00.576 --> 00:12:02.945
  • And who is leading who?
  • 00:12:02.945 --> 00:12:04.914
  • Jesus was in charge?
  • 00:12:04.914 --> 00:12:06.248
  • Peter says, "No, bad plan.
  • 00:12:06.248 --> 00:12:08.350
  • I veto it.
  • 00:12:08.350 --> 00:12:09.485
  • I reject it."
  • 00:12:09.485 --> 00:12:10.686
  • Jesus says, "Irebuke you, Peter.
  • 00:12:10.686 --> 00:12:13.455
  • The devil gave you that thought
  • 00:12:13.455 --> 00:12:15.457
  • to deter me from this course."
  • 00:12:15.457 --> 00:12:18.360
  • Listen, it was always God'splan for Christ to die.
  • 00:12:18.360 --> 00:12:21.297
  • I already mentioned that.
  • 00:12:21.297 --> 00:12:22.498
  • We read them Revelation 13:8,
  • 00:12:22.498 --> 00:12:24.433
  • "Jesus was slainfrom the foundation
  • 00:12:24.433 --> 00:12:27.136
  • of the world."
  • 00:12:27.136 --> 00:12:28.604
  • What does that mean?
  • 00:12:28.604 --> 00:12:30.105
  • That means before therewas a planet called Earth,
  • 00:12:30.105 --> 00:12:31.974
  • before there was agarden called Eden,
  • 00:12:31.974 --> 00:12:34.143
  • before there was a coupleknown as Adam and Eve
  • 00:12:34.143 --> 00:12:36.679
  • who ate of the forbidden fruit,
  • 00:12:36.679 --> 00:12:38.814
  • God knew man would blow it.
  • 00:12:38.814 --> 00:12:41.050
  • The sin of Adam andEve did not come
  • 00:12:41.050 --> 00:12:43.385
  • as a surprise orshock to the Lord.
  • 00:12:43.385 --> 00:12:45.588
  • He knew it would happen,
  • 00:12:45.588 --> 00:12:47.356
  • It was just the Lordknowing the future.
  • 00:12:47.356 --> 00:12:50.192
  • And so He said, "Ialready have a plan.
  • 00:12:50.192 --> 00:12:53.062
  • And it's not a backup plan,
  • 00:12:53.062 --> 00:12:54.563
  • it is the main plan.
  • 00:12:54.563 --> 00:12:56.432
  • My son is gonnacome to this earth
  • 00:12:56.432 --> 00:12:59.401
  • and be born in a major,live a perfect life,
  • 00:12:59.401 --> 00:13:01.770
  • and He's gonna die on the cross
  • 00:13:01.770 --> 00:13:03.639
  • for the sin of the world
  • 00:13:03.639 --> 00:13:04.874
  • because of this sinthat will be committed
  • 00:13:04.874 --> 00:13:07.710
  • there in the Garden of Eden."
  • 00:13:07.710 --> 00:13:09.345
  • And the result is sin spreadthrough the human race.
  • 00:13:09.345 --> 00:13:14.350
  • And this reminds us thatthe devil was trying
  • 00:13:15.484 --> 00:13:17.486
  • to stop Jesus fromreaching His objective.
  • 00:13:17.486 --> 00:13:20.322
  • Again, what was that objective?
  • 00:13:20.322 --> 00:13:22.491
  • It was to die on the cross.
  • 00:13:22.491 --> 00:13:24.360
  • Remember that Jesus was baptized
  • 00:13:24.360 --> 00:13:26.729
  • in the Jordan Riverby John the baptist.
  • 00:13:26.729 --> 00:13:29.098
  • The Father's Votefrom heaven that said,
  • 00:13:29.098 --> 00:13:31.000
  • "This is my beloved Son,in whom I'm well pleased."
  • 00:13:31.000 --> 00:13:34.236
  • The Holy Spirit came uponhim in the form of a dove.
  • 00:13:34.236 --> 00:13:37.239
  • And we read immediately Jesuswas driven into the wilderness
  • 00:13:37.239 --> 00:13:40.609
  • to be tempted by the devil.
  • 00:13:40.609 --> 00:13:42.511
  • And among those temptationsthat devil said to Jesus,
  • 00:13:42.511 --> 00:13:45.748
  • "Here's all thekingdoms of the world,
  • 00:13:45.748 --> 00:13:48.851
  • they all belong to me,and I can give them to you
  • 00:13:48.851 --> 00:13:52.488
  • if you will simply worship me.
  • 00:13:52.488 --> 00:13:54.957
  • Jesus replied, "It is written,
  • 00:13:54.957 --> 00:13:57.293
  • you shall worship the Lord God,
  • 00:13:57.293 --> 00:13:59.128
  • in Him only shall you serve."
  • 00:13:59.128 --> 00:14:00.996
  • What was that all about?
  • 00:14:00.996 --> 00:14:02.398
  • The devil is saying,
  • 00:14:02.398 --> 00:14:03.365
  • allow me to loosely paraphrase,
  • 00:14:03.365 --> 00:14:04.934
  • "Jesus, we both knowwhy you're here.
  • 00:14:04.934 --> 00:14:07.236
  • We both know you're gonna go die
  • 00:14:07.236 --> 00:14:08.837
  • on a cross for thesin of the world.
  • 00:14:08.837 --> 00:14:11.073
  • And I'm gonna makeyou an offer now,
  • 00:14:11.073 --> 00:14:13.042
  • I'm gonna give youwhat you come for.
  • 00:14:13.042 --> 00:14:14.843
  • I know you've cometo purchase back
  • 00:14:14.843 --> 00:14:16.845
  • that which was lostin the Garden of Eden,
  • 00:14:16.845 --> 00:14:19.114
  • I'll give it to youon a silver platter,
  • 00:14:19.114 --> 00:14:21.650
  • if you'll give me themomentary pleasure
  • 00:14:21.650 --> 00:14:23.986
  • of worshiping me."
  • 00:14:23.986 --> 00:14:25.087
  • And Jesus rejected that.
  • 00:14:25.087 --> 00:14:26.989
  • Jesus knew he hadto go to the cross.
  • 00:14:26.989 --> 00:14:30.092
  • And this is a reminderthat the devil
  • 00:14:30.092 --> 00:14:32.227
  • often hits us asChristians in the beginning
  • 00:14:32.227 --> 00:14:35.097
  • and at the end of our lives.
  • 00:14:35.097 --> 00:14:37.199
  • In the middle, too.
  • 00:14:37.199 --> 00:14:38.033
  • But you remember,
  • 00:14:38.033 --> 00:14:39.501
  • when you were abrand new believer.
  • 00:14:39.501 --> 00:14:40.970
  • Some of the first attacks
  • 00:14:40.970 --> 00:14:42.304
  • that came yourway were the devil
  • 00:14:42.304 --> 00:14:44.940
  • challenging what had happened?
  • 00:14:44.940 --> 00:14:46.909
  • You had that littlethought in your mind?
  • 00:14:46.909 --> 00:14:48.978
  • "Am I really a Christian?
  • 00:14:48.978 --> 00:14:50.512
  • Did Christ really forgive me?"
  • 00:14:50.512 --> 00:14:52.381
  • He challenges us todoubt our salvation.
  • 00:14:52.381 --> 00:14:55.617
  • Now, fast forward,
  • 00:14:55.617 --> 00:14:56.852
  • we're coming to theend of our journey
  • 00:14:56.852 --> 00:14:58.854
  • as a follower of Jesus,
  • 00:14:58.854 --> 00:15:00.356
  • the devil wants to trip us up
  • 00:15:00.356 --> 00:15:02.057
  • because if he can,
  • 00:15:02.057 --> 00:15:03.258
  • he can discreditall the good we did
  • 00:15:03.258 --> 00:15:05.627
  • for all of those years.
  • 00:15:05.627 --> 00:15:07.796
  • That's why Paul said,
  • 00:15:07.796 --> 00:15:09.198
  • "I wanna finishthis race with joy".
  • 00:15:09.198 --> 00:15:12.634
  • So it's a good thing to know
  • 00:15:12.634 --> 00:15:13.869
  • that God will be with us
  • 00:15:13.869 --> 00:15:15.170
  • and give us the strength we need
  • 00:15:15.170 --> 00:15:16.972
  • to finish the racewe need to run.
  • 00:15:16.972 --> 00:15:20.009
  • So Jesus is saying,
  • 00:15:20.009 --> 00:15:21.243
  • "Look I'm gonnadie on the cross,
  • 00:15:21.243 --> 00:15:23.879
  • and there's nogetting around this."
  • 00:15:23.879 --> 00:15:26.248
  • Now Jesus, shall wesay, shifts gears.
  • 00:15:26.248 --> 00:15:30.185
  • Now He personalizes it.
  • 00:15:30.185 --> 00:15:32.321
  • And in effect is saying,
  • 00:15:32.321 --> 00:15:33.288
  • "Look guys, I'm not the only one
  • 00:15:33.288 --> 00:15:35.991
  • who's gonna bear a cross,
  • 00:15:35.991 --> 00:15:37.926
  • you're gonna bear a cross too.
  • 00:15:37.926 --> 00:15:39.595
  • In fact, you needto bear a cross.
  • 00:15:39.595 --> 00:15:42.598
  • And though these words weregiven some 2000 years ago,
  • 00:15:42.598 --> 00:15:45.734
  • they ring true for us today.
  • 00:15:45.734 --> 00:15:48.904
  • These words thatwe're about to read
  • 00:15:48.904 --> 00:15:51.273
  • are not just for firstcentury Christians,
  • 00:15:51.273 --> 00:15:54.043
  • they are also for 21stcentury Christians.
  • 00:15:54.043 --> 00:15:58.347
  • Let's go back to Mark 8:34.
  • 00:15:58.347 --> 00:16:01.583
  • "Then He called thecrowd to Him along
  • 00:16:01.583 --> 00:16:03.352
  • with his disciples and said,
  • 00:16:03.352 --> 00:16:04.787
  • "Whoever wants to be my disciple
  • 00:16:04.787 --> 00:16:06.989
  • must deny themselvesand take up their cross
  • 00:16:06.989 --> 00:16:09.625
  • and follow me, for whoeverseeks to save his life
  • 00:16:09.625 --> 00:16:12.694
  • will lose it.
  • 00:16:12.694 --> 00:16:13.962
  • And whoever losestheir life for me
  • 00:16:13.962 --> 00:16:15.664
  • and the gospel will save it.
  • 00:16:15.664 --> 00:16:17.666
  • What good is itfor someone to gain
  • 00:16:17.666 --> 00:16:19.401
  • the whole world andyet forfeit their soul?
  • 00:16:19.401 --> 00:16:22.805
  • Or what can anyone give inexchange for their soul?
  • 00:16:22.805 --> 00:16:26.108
  • If anyone is ashamedof me and my words
  • 00:16:26.108 --> 00:16:28.277
  • in this adulterousand sinful generation,
  • 00:16:28.277 --> 00:16:31.013
  • the son of men willbe ashamed of them
  • 00:16:31.013 --> 00:16:33.382
  • when he comes inHis Father's glory."
  • 00:16:33.382 --> 00:16:36.552
  • We'll stop there.
  • 00:16:38.020 --> 00:16:39.555
  • You could insert your name here.
  • 00:16:39.555 --> 00:16:41.457
  • "If Greg will take upthe cross and follow me,
  • 00:16:41.457 --> 00:16:44.993
  • if Josh will take upthe cross and follow me,
  • 00:16:44.993 --> 00:16:48.063
  • if Mary will take up thecross and follow me."
  • 00:16:48.063 --> 00:16:51.233
  • This isn't just for the12 disciples of Jesus,
  • 00:16:51.233 --> 00:16:54.470
  • this is for you.
  • 00:16:54.470 --> 00:16:56.939
  • Now you say, "ButI don't even know
  • 00:16:56.939 --> 00:16:58.474
  • what that means to take upthe cross and follow Him.
  • 00:16:58.474 --> 00:17:01.810
  • Well, first He says,"Deny yourself."
  • 00:17:01.810 --> 00:17:04.880
  • The word deny meansto say no to yourself.
  • 00:17:04.880 --> 00:17:09.051
  • It means to put God'swill above your will.
  • 00:17:09.051 --> 00:17:12.621
  • What is this cross thatwe're all called to bear?
  • 00:17:12.621 --> 00:17:15.891
  • Well, first let metell you what it isn't.
  • 00:17:15.891 --> 00:17:18.961
  • Because I think we havea lot of misconceptions
  • 00:17:18.961 --> 00:17:21.230
  • about the cross today.
  • 00:17:21.230 --> 00:17:23.132
  • We adorn in our churcheswith massive crosses.
  • 00:17:23.132 --> 00:17:27.069
  • we get into lawsuits aboutwhere crosses can be displayed.
  • 00:17:27.069 --> 00:17:31.106
  • We tattoo a cross on our arm.
  • 00:17:31.106 --> 00:17:33.642
  • We we make it afashion accessory.
  • 00:17:33.642 --> 00:17:36.712
  • But in the firstcentury know this,
  • 00:17:36.712 --> 00:17:38.547
  • this the cross wasa repulsive symbol.
  • 00:17:38.547 --> 00:17:41.583
  • By the way,
  • 00:17:41.583 --> 00:17:42.818
  • the cross was not thesymbol of the church
  • 00:17:42.818 --> 00:17:45.154
  • in the beginning.
  • 00:17:45.154 --> 00:17:46.421
  • Now, later it came to bea symbol of the church.
  • 00:17:46.421 --> 00:17:48.690
  • But back then ifyou were to cross,
  • 00:17:48.690 --> 00:17:51.160
  • that was a despicable symbol,
  • 00:17:51.160 --> 00:17:53.695
  • because a cross was anincredibly horrible way to die.
  • 00:17:53.695 --> 00:17:58.267
  • It was not inventedby the Romans,
  • 00:17:58.267 --> 00:18:00.802
  • but shall we say, itwas perfected by them.
  • 00:18:00.802 --> 00:18:03.505
  • And the Romans crucified1000s of people
  • 00:18:03.505 --> 00:18:07.809
  • and lined Roman streetswith them as a warning
  • 00:18:07.809 --> 00:18:11.446
  • to not rebel against Rome.
  • 00:18:11.446 --> 00:18:13.448
  • Crucifixion was saved forthe worst of criminals.
  • 00:18:13.448 --> 00:18:16.919
  • So if you were in towngetting food for dinner,
  • 00:18:16.919 --> 00:18:20.689
  • and you saw a manwalking by you surrounded
  • 00:18:20.689 --> 00:18:24.059
  • by Roman soldiersburying across,
  • 00:18:24.059 --> 00:18:26.461
  • you knew this man wasgonna die a horrible,
  • 00:18:26.461 --> 00:18:29.798
  • painful, torturous death.
  • 00:18:29.798 --> 00:18:32.234
  • To even use thepicture of a cross
  • 00:18:32.234 --> 00:18:34.403
  • was repugnant and repulsive.
  • 00:18:34.403 --> 00:18:38.173
  • Now he said, Okay,it was a bad thing.
  • 00:18:38.173 --> 00:18:40.576
  • So what does it mean?"
  • 00:18:40.576 --> 00:18:41.877
  • I think we use thisphrase burying across
  • 00:18:41.877 --> 00:18:44.246
  • in ways that arenot really biblical.
  • 00:18:44.246 --> 00:18:46.582
  • For instance, amother might say,
  • 00:18:46.582 --> 00:18:48.050
  • "Well, my cross tobear, it's my children."
  • 00:18:48.050 --> 00:18:51.920
  • And then the childrenof that mother say,
  • 00:18:51.920 --> 00:18:54.189
  • "Well, our cross tobear is our mother."
  • 00:18:54.189 --> 00:18:57.292
  • Or someone else might say,
  • 00:18:57.292 --> 00:18:58.527
  • "Well, my affliction orthis difficulty I have
  • 00:18:58.527 --> 00:19:01.096
  • is my cross to bear."
  • 00:19:01.096 --> 00:19:02.998
  • You identify whateverissue you have
  • 00:19:02.998 --> 00:19:06.001
  • or difficulty you haveas your cross to bear.
  • 00:19:06.001 --> 00:19:08.670
  • That's not what itmeans to bear the cross.
  • 00:19:08.670 --> 00:19:11.573
  • Listen to this.
  • 00:19:11.573 --> 00:19:12.841
  • To bear the crossmeans one thing,
  • 00:19:12.841 --> 00:19:14.710
  • it means deny yourselfand put God first.
  • 00:19:14.710 --> 00:19:18.347
  • Let me illustrate.
  • 00:19:18.347 --> 00:19:19.781
  • I've been a Christiannow for 50 years.
  • 00:19:19.781 --> 00:19:23.218
  • And I've seen a lot of things.
  • 00:19:23.218 --> 00:19:25.287
  • I've seen gifted preachersshoot up like rockets
  • 00:19:25.287 --> 00:19:29.391
  • and then come crashing down.
  • 00:19:29.391 --> 00:19:31.560
  • I've seen people
  • 00:19:31.560 --> 00:19:32.794
  • that had their liveschanged by Jesus,
  • 00:19:32.794 --> 00:19:35.063
  • walk away from their faith.
  • 00:19:35.063 --> 00:19:37.065
  • I've seen very talented people
  • 00:19:37.065 --> 00:19:38.767
  • that I thought woulddo great things
  • 00:19:38.767 --> 00:19:40.869
  • for the kingdomsort of flame out.
  • 00:19:40.869 --> 00:19:43.405
  • So as time has passed,
  • 00:19:43.405 --> 00:19:44.906
  • I'm not so muchimpressed by charisma
  • 00:19:44.906 --> 00:19:48.543
  • as much as I am impressedby character, and longevity.
  • 00:19:48.543 --> 00:19:53.548
  • For instance, I'm moreimpressed with someone
  • 00:19:54.883 --> 00:19:58.387
  • who just lives afaithful Christian life.
  • 00:19:58.387 --> 00:20:01.390
  • I'm impressed by a husband
  • 00:20:01.390 --> 00:20:03.592
  • who keeps his vows tohis wife to a lifetime.
  • 00:20:03.592 --> 00:20:07.629
  • I am impressed by a wife
  • 00:20:07.629 --> 00:20:10.165
  • who stands by her husbandthrough thick and thin.
  • 00:20:10.165 --> 00:20:13.602
  • I'm impressed by a Christianwho stays with it every day,
  • 00:20:13.602 --> 00:20:17.906
  • sunny days, and stormy nights.
  • 00:20:17.906 --> 00:20:20.242
  • I am impressed by abeliever who weathers
  • 00:20:20.242 --> 00:20:22.778
  • the storms of life andcontinues to give glory to God,
  • 00:20:22.778 --> 00:20:26.548
  • because that's whatfollowing Jesus is all about.
  • 00:20:26.548 --> 00:20:29.885
  • As one person to find it,
  • 00:20:29.885 --> 00:20:31.553
  • being a Christianis long obedience
  • 00:20:31.553 --> 00:20:34.122
  • in the same direction.
  • 00:20:34.122 --> 00:20:36.458
  • Long obedience inthe same direction.
  • 00:20:36.458 --> 00:20:39.928
  • But listen to this, bearingacross isn't as awful
  • 00:20:39.928 --> 00:20:43.765
  • as you might think.
  • 00:20:43.765 --> 00:20:44.933
  • Look at verse 25, Jesus says,
  • 00:20:44.933 --> 00:20:47.002
  • "Whoever will save hislife shall lose it,
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  • but whosoever will lose Hislife for my sake shall find it."
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  • Here's what the Lordis effectively saying.
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  • If you'll get yourpriorities in order,
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  • if you deny yourselfand take up the cross,
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  • you will findfulfillment in life.
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  • Listen, there's nothing wrongwith wanting to be happy.
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  • And God is really tellingyou how to be happy.
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  • But it's not bychasing happiness.
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  • As one person said,
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  • "The pursuit of happiness is one
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  • of the least happythings a person can do."
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  • So you don't findhappiness by pursuing it,
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  • you find it by puttingGod first in your life
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  • and following Him.
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  • This is contrary to ournarcissistic culture of today,
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  • our selfie culture,
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  • where peopleliterally die trying
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  • to get the ultimate selfie,
  • 00:21:40.288 --> 00:21:42.557
  • hanging off the side of a cliff
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  • or doing something dangerous.
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  • We wanna look good.
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  • We wanna put up this appearance
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  • that we have it all together.
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  • We're so obsessedwith ourselves.
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  • The Bible even says, by the way,
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  • that one of the signsof the last days
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  • would be people would loveonly themselves, 2 Timothy 3.
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  • Is that not an accuratestatement of today?
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  • People loving only themself?
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  • Here's what you need to know,
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  • selfish people areunhappy people.
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  • Now, studies haveconfirmed this.
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  • Research has shown this is true.
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  • Now, you can geta momentary burst
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  • of what we might calla temporary happiness
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  • by doing something selfish.
  • 00:22:24.399 --> 00:22:26.268
  • In other words, justcatering to yourself.
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  • They talked aboutwhen people shop,
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  • that there's a certain euphoria
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  • that they can getbuying something.
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  • They call it retailtherapy, right?
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  • You get sort of a rush,
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  • "Oh, I got this thing."
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  • But then you get at homeand you were at once,
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  • and you're not asexcited by that thing.
  • 00:22:41.750 --> 00:22:44.186
  • And so experts say thatbasically, selfish people
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  • are unhappy, and selfishpeople are happy.
  • 00:22:47.989 --> 00:22:51.059
  • One experts said, "Selfishacts bring you happiness,
  • 00:22:51.059 --> 00:22:53.995
  • but only in the short term.
  • 00:22:53.995 --> 00:22:55.797
  • But selfish happinessfades quickly,
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  • and then drives you tomore selfish behavior.
  • 00:22:57.599 --> 00:23:00.936
  • On the other hand,
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  • selfless acts bring happiness.
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  • You know this from experience.
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  • When you've done somethingfor someone else,
  • 00:23:06.508 --> 00:23:09.277
  • you put the needs of anotherperson before your own.
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  • And after you did that thing,
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  • you experience this happiness.
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  • And that's reallywhat Jesus is saying,
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  • "Look, instead ofloving yourself
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  • and being obsessed withyourself, deny yourself.
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  • And if you will lose yourlife, you will find your life.
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  • What does it meanto deny yourself?
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  • Let me give some examples.
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  • To deny yourself means
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  • you're not embarrassedabout your head,
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  • and pray over a meal,even around non believers.
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  • To deny yourself means youspeak up for your faith
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  • even when it's unpopular.
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  • To deny yourself meansyou take up the cross
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  • and resist the allure andtemptation of this world,
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  • to live for self,
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  • and instead you chooseto serve others.
  • 00:23:55.724 --> 00:23:58.760
  • To deny yourself andmarriage is to put
  • 00:23:58.760 --> 00:24:00.996
  • the needs of yourmate above your own.
  • 00:24:00.996 --> 00:24:04.833
  • To deny yourself is tocontrol your impulses
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  • as a single person.
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  • To deny yourself meansyou get up every day,
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  • and you open up the Word of God.
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  • I could just go on and on.
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  • You say, "Well, I don't know
  • 00:24:16.144 --> 00:24:17.445
  • that sounds likea miserable life."
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  • No, listen to me, thisis the happy life.
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  • This is the joyful life
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  • because you have yourpriorities in order.
  • 00:24:22.817 --> 00:24:26.655
  • And this is why Paulwrote in Galatians 2:20,
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  • "I am crucified with Christnevertheless, I live.
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  • Yet not I, butChrist lives in me.
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  • Look at the positive outcome
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  • that comes when youtake up the cross
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  • and put Christ first.
  • 00:24:42.370 --> 00:24:44.005
  • Verse 35, Jesus says ifyou'll seek to save your life,
  • 00:24:44.005 --> 00:24:48.043
  • you'll lose it.
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  • But if you lose your life,for my sake and the gospels,
  • 00:24:49.544 --> 00:24:52.547
  • you will find it.
  • 00:24:52.547 --> 00:24:54.950
  • Listen, as I said earlier,
  • 00:24:54.950 --> 00:24:56.418
  • there's nothing wrongwith wanting to be happy.
  • 00:24:56.418 --> 00:24:58.520
  • God wants you to be happy.
  • 00:24:58.520 --> 00:25:00.855
  • He's even described inScripture as the happy God.
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  • But go about itin the right way.
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  • And don't chaseafter your desires,
  • 00:25:06.761 --> 00:25:10.265
  • put His will above your own.
  • 00:25:10.265 --> 00:25:12.400
  • And as you lose your life,
  • 00:25:12.400 --> 00:25:14.202
  • you will find your lifeby following Jesus Christ.
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  • And one day you'lllook back on your life
  • 00:25:19.174 --> 00:25:21.576
  • and realize it was all worth it.
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  • Hey, thanks forwatching our TV program.
  • 00:25:24.579 --> 00:25:26.948
  • And I wonder if you yourselfhave accepted Jesus Christ.
  • 00:25:26.948 --> 00:25:31.553
  • A lot of times people tuneinto programs like this,
  • 00:25:31.553 --> 00:25:34.222
  • who aren't believers andthey're kind of checking it out.
  • 00:25:34.222 --> 00:25:36.858
  • Maybe you're laughingout at first.
  • 00:25:36.858 --> 00:25:39.194
  • Maybe you think it's not real.
  • 00:25:39.194 --> 00:25:41.096
  • But something has happened
  • 00:25:41.096 --> 00:25:42.631
  • and maybe somethingthat's been said,
  • 00:25:42.631 --> 00:25:45.000
  • you've suddenly discoveredyou need Jesus Christ.
  • 00:25:45.000 --> 00:25:48.370
  • The day I acceptedJesus, let me tell you,
  • 00:25:48.370 --> 00:25:51.039
  • it was a last thingI planned on doing.
  • 00:25:51.039 --> 00:25:53.742
  • I didn't plan on becominga Christian that day.
  • 00:25:53.742 --> 00:25:56.311
  • But that was a day thatwas a point of eternity
  • 00:25:56.311 --> 00:26:00.081
  • for me to believe in Jesus.
  • 00:26:00.081 --> 00:26:01.750
  • I wonder if this isnot that day for you?
  • 00:26:01.750 --> 00:26:05.220
  • You've been eavesdropping,
  • 00:26:05.220 --> 00:26:06.187
  • you've been checking it out.
  • 00:26:06.187 --> 00:26:07.555
  • But now God's speakingright to your heart
  • 00:26:07.555 --> 00:26:09.391
  • and you realize youneed Jesus Christ.
  • 00:26:09.391 --> 00:26:11.259
  • Would you like to haveyour sin forgiven?
  • 00:26:11.259 --> 00:26:13.928
  • Would you like asecond chance in life?
  • 00:26:13.928 --> 00:26:16.264
  • Would you like to goto heaven when you die?
  • 00:26:16.264 --> 00:26:19.067
  • Would you likeyour guilt removed?
  • 00:26:19.067 --> 00:26:21.169
  • Listen, it can all happenbecause Jesus Christ,
  • 00:26:21.169 --> 00:26:23.705
  • went to a cross anddied for your sin
  • 00:26:23.705 --> 00:26:26.408
  • and then rose againthree days later,
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  • and you'll come intoyour life right now.
  • 00:26:29.010 --> 00:26:30.879
  • And be your saviorand your lord,
  • 00:26:30.879 --> 00:26:32.747
  • and the best friendyou've ever had.
  • 00:26:32.747 --> 00:26:34.949
  • Let's pray together.
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  • Pray this after me.
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  • Lord Jesus, I knowthat I'm a sinner,
  • 00:26:37.919 --> 00:26:41.523
  • but I believe you diedon the cross for my sin.
  • 00:26:41.523 --> 00:26:44.759
  • And I'm sorry for that sin.
  • 00:26:44.759 --> 00:26:46.828
  • And I turn from it now.
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  • And I ask you to come intomy life and be my savior,
  • 00:26:48.730 --> 00:26:52.200
  • and be my Lord, and bemy God, and be friend.
  • 00:26:52.200 --> 00:26:56.738
  • I choose to follow youfrom this moment forward.
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  • In Jesus name I pray, amen.
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  • If you just prayed that prayer,
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  • I want you to knowin the authority
  • 00:27:04.713 --> 00:27:05.914
  • of God's Word,that Christ himself
  • 00:27:05.914 --> 00:27:08.349
  • has come to live inside of you.
  • 00:27:08.349 --> 00:27:10.385
  • The Bible says, "Thesethings we write to you
  • 00:27:10.385 --> 00:27:12.287
  • that believe in thename of the Son of God,
  • 00:27:12.287 --> 00:27:14.689
  • that you may know thatyou have eternal life."
  • 00:27:14.689 --> 00:27:17.826
  • But let me say God bless you.
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  • And welcome to God's family.
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  • ♪ This is the day, theday when life begins ♪
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