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January 3, 2021
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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 wherethe lost are found ♪
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  • ♪ What can you give whenthe angels are singing ♪
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  • ♪ This is the day
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  • ♪ The day when life begins
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  • - There's a story now beforeI read some Mark chapter nine,
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  • when Peter definitelysaid the wrong thing
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  • at the wrong time this happened.
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  • When Jesus was transfigured,
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  • where he shined likethe sun with Moses
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  • on one side andElijah on the other
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  • this happened on themountaintop and then they had
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  • to descend down to a valleyfor a rude awakening.
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  • And I think if wewould have our,
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  • way as Christianswe would always,
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  • live on the mountaintop
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  • we would always be in astate of perpetual blessing
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  • in good times and perfecthealth and no conflict.
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  • But those times on themountaintops prepare us,
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  • for what is awaitingin the valley.
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  • And when I say the valley.
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  • I'm talking about thehardships of life,
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  • the reality of lifeand we're gonna
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  • talk about thatnow in this text,
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  • let's look at Mark chapter nine,
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  • I'm reading from thenew living translation
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  • and here's what we see.
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  • Jesus went on his head,tell you the truth.
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  • Some standing hereright now will not die
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  • before they seethe kingdom of God,
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  • arrive in greatpower six days later,
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  • Jesus took Peter, James and John
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  • and led them a highmountain to be alone.
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  • As the men watchJesus was transformed.
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  • His clothes becamedazzling white
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  • far whiter than any earthlybleeds could make them.
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  • And then Elijahand Moses appeared
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  • and began talking with Jesus.
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  • Peter explained, it'sgood that we are here.
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  • Let's make threeshelters as memorials.
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  • One for you, one forMoses and one for Elijah.
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  • Don't miss this first,
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  • He said this becausehe really didn't know
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  • what else to say forthey were all terrified.
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  • Then a cloud overshouted them and a voice
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  • from the cloud said, "Thisis my dearly beloved son
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  • listen to him," suddenlywhen they looked around.
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  • Moses and Elijah weregone and they saw
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  • only Jesus with them,you might underline
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  • those two words only Jesus.
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  • And they went backdown the mountain
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  • and he told themnot to tell anyone
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  • what they had seenuntil the son of man
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  • had risen from the dead.
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  • So they kept it to themselves
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  • but they often ask each other
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  • what it meant when hesaid rising from the dead.
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  • This transfiguration, thismoment where Jesus shined
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  • like the sun is ata significant point
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  • in his earthly ministryit's at the half way,
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  • point of a verydifficult journey.
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  • So Jesus came back to the cradle
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  • and he's lookingforward to the cross.
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  • And he's giving toPeter, James and John
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  • a glimpse of gloryor a taste of heaven.
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  • We could call it a previewof coming attractions.
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  • Like here, what hesays, verse one,
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  • I tell you the truthsome standing here
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  • right now will not die
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  • before they seethe kingdom of God,
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  • arriving in great power.
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  • So the transfigurationwas a sneak peek
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  • of what is to comefor all of humanity.
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  • When Christ returns one day
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  • as King of Kingsand Lord of Lords,
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  • it's sort of like what we used
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  • to see when we went to movies
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  • remember when we actuallywent to theaters?
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  • And they would playall those trailers
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  • for all the upcoming films.
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  • And a lot of times the bestbits were in the trailer.
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  • Sometimes it trailer wasbetter than the film itself.
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  • Now there are sometrailers set I've seen
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  • that I knew were notonly bad trailers
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  • but the film itself was bad.
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  • I don't wanna namenames but "Cats" anyway,
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  • we'll move on andit's interesting,
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  • it's a film about cats.
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  • Cause you know, Idon't love cats,
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  • all that much, Idon't hate them.
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  • I just think dogs are better.
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  • We all know that's true.
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  • Don't we? Anyway, moving on.
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  • So here is Jesusbeing transfigured
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  • before them andMoses and Elijah,
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  • are right next to him.
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  • Now, this is the amazingthing he's shining.
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  • So brightly have you everlooked directly at the sun?
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  • I highly recommendyou do not do that
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  • but who would not be amazed
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  • at such a displayof glory and if that
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  • wasn't enough to seeshining like that.
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  • They have Mosesand Elijah show up.
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  • But listen to thiswe think the miracle
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  • is Jesus shined like the sun.
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  • That's not the miracle,
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  • the miracle isJesus did not shine
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  • like the sun all the time.
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  • Remember he was God,God walking among us.
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  • And when he walked among us,
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  • he did not void hisdeity but he did veil it
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  • as the Christmas songsays veiled in flesh,
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  • the Godhead see,hail incarnate deity,
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  • Jesus never ceased to be God.
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  • He always was God
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  • but he sort of restrainedthat glory from showing.
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  • I mean, it would havebeen kind of hard to hang
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  • out with him if he wasshining like the sun
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  • all of the time becauseit's hard to hide light.
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  • Isn't it? Going backto movie theaters.
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  • If someone pullsout a cell phone
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  • and they're checkingtheir messages
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  • or looking at theirsocial media feed
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  • when the movie's playing youreyes are immediately drawn
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  • from this screen to the phonebecause you're drawn to light.
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  • It's hard to hide light.
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  • And Jesus is just shining.
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  • Like the sun, he couldhave done that at will.
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  • When they came to arrest himin the garden of Gethsemane,
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  • he could just turn on the light
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  • and their faceswould have melted
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  • like that scene from"Raiders of the lost ark."
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  • Remember that scene, butno, he didn't do that.
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  • He bailed thatlight from showing.
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  • So the miracle is not thathe shined like the sun.
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  • The miracle is thathe didn't shine
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  • like the sun all thetime and who is with him
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  • it's Moses and Elijahtalking with Jesus,
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  • now Moses and Elijahoccupy unique positions
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  • in the old Testament.
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  • The Bible speaks of thelaw and the prophets.
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  • You couldn't find abetter representative
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  • of the law than Moses.
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  • The great law-giver whoreceived the 10 commandments
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  • from God on Mount Sinai.
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  • And you couldn't finda better representative
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  • of the prophets than Elijah,
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  • the miracle workingprophet who called fire
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  • down from heaven andstopped it from raining.
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  • And they're having a discussion.
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  • Now here's an interesting thing.
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  • How did Peter, James andJohn know it was Moses
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  • and Elijah wasMoses standing there
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  • with 10 commandments and wasElijah calling fire down.
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  • I don't think so, did theyhave little name tags?
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  • Like you get whenyou go to an event
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  • and you don't haveto write your name?
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  • Hi, my name is Moses.
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  • No, I don't think so.
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  • But somehow Peter,James and John
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  • were able to recognizethat that was Moses
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  • and Elijah on eachside of Jesus,
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  • which shows that in glory
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  • we're gonnarecognize each other.
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  • Sometimes peopleask the question
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  • when we get to heavenwill we know one another?
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  • And my response is, do you think
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  • you'll be more stupid inheaven than you are on earth?
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  • You'll know more inheaven, not less.
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  • And so the answer is yes
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  • you will know oneanother in heaven.
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  • And here's also a reminder
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  • that the Bible teaches therewill be a bodily resurrection.
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  • What does that mean?
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  • It means that ourbody, our personality
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  • everything that weare we'll live again,
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  • that means that you will seeyour loved ones who have died
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  • in faith and have gotteninto heaven before you again
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  • but there'll bein a perfect state
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  • and you'll pick upwhere you last left off,
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  • when Jesus was crucified.
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  • And then he roseagain from the dead.
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  • He greeted the discipleswith the words,
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  • peace be with you almost like,
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  • Hey guys, how's it going?
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  • Whoa! You're Jesus risen.
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  • But he sort of picked upwhere he last left off.
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  • And that's how it will be
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  • when you see yourloved ones again,
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  • because they're notonly a part of your past
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  • they're also a partof your future.
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  • What an amazing sight.
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  • This must have beenconsidered this fact.
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  • Moses at this moment have beendead for around 1400 years.
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  • And Elijah had been gonefor around 900 years
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  • but here they are together.
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  • And they're having a discussion.
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  • What were they talking about?
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  • Luke's gospel fillsin the detail here
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  • about their conversation.
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  • Luke chapter nine verse 31says, "They were speaking
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  • about his exodus from this world
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  • which was about to befulfilled in Jerusalem."
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  • I'm sure Moses had quitea few things to say
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  • about an exodusbecause when we go
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  • to the book of Exodus,which means departure.
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  • It's a story of how God usedMoses to lead the Israelites
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  • out of the of thebondage of Egypt,
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  • through the wilderness,through the parted red sea
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  • and into the promise land.
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  • And you remember asa part of that story
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  • God's judgment came uponthe firstborn of Egypt.
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  • And the Lord toldMoses to instruct
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  • the Jewish peopleto take a lamb,
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  • slay the lamb, andapply the blood
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  • on the top and on thesides of their doorposts.
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  • And God's judgmentwould pass over.
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  • And that is still celebratedtoday, as the Passover feast.
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  • And so this is allgonna be fulfilled now
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  • because everythingthat Passover lamb
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  • was pointing to isfulfilled in Christ,
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  • Christ was gonna go diefor the sin of the world.
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  • He would fulfill the factthat he would be the lamb
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  • of God who would takeaway the sin of the world
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  • and his blood would be shedfor the sin of all of humanity.
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  • Remember he broughtthis topic up earlier
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  • at a place calledCaesarea Philippi
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  • and Peter thought hehad lost his mind.
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  • And Peter began to rebuke Jesus.
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  • When he talked abouthis impending death
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  • saying, that's crazyyou can't do that.
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  • But here's someonenow that will listen
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  • to Jesus and understand it.
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  • Moses understood as did Elijah,
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  • as they spoke of theseincredible things
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  • that were about to happen forthis is the reason Jesus came.
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  • He was born in a mangerand we love to celebrate
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  • that the beautifullittle baby there,
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  • but don't forget hecame with a purpose
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  • and that purpose wasto go to the cross
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  • and die for the sinof all of the world.
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  • So this is an amazing moment.
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  • You don't wanna miss thisJesus shining like the sun
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  • Moses and Elijah on each side
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  • talking about his crucifixion.
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  • And what did the disciples do?
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  • What did Peter,James and John do?
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  • Well, they basicallyfell asleep,
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  • again Luke fillsin a detail here,
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  • Luke 9:32 says, Peter and those,
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  • who were with themwere heavy with sleep.
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  • And then when theywere fully awake,
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  • they saw his gloryand the two men
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  • that stood with him, by the way
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  • that's not the onlyinappropriate time
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  • that Peter James andJohn fell asleep.
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  • They also fell asleep inthe Garden of Gethsemane.
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  • This is that momentthat Jesus went
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  • into the garden and prayed.
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  • And according to Doctor Luke,
  • 00:11:31.347 --> 00:11:33.215
  • sweat as it weregreat drops of blood
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  • and some doctors believe
  • 00:11:37.019 --> 00:11:39.155
  • that was a firstcentury description
  • 00:11:39.155 --> 00:11:41.257
  • of what we nowcall hematidrosis.
  • 00:11:41.257 --> 00:11:44.727
  • And that's a conditionthat when you're
  • 00:11:44.727 --> 00:11:46.362
  • under intense pressure,you perspire blood,
  • 00:11:46.362 --> 00:11:49.665
  • not pure blood but your blood
  • 00:11:49.665 --> 00:11:51.400
  • and your perspirationare mixed together.
  • 00:11:51.400 --> 00:11:54.703
  • So maybe that's what DoctorLuke was talking about.
  • 00:11:54.703 --> 00:11:57.573
  • But Jesus had a requestfor Peter, James and John
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  • which was basically staywith me, just be with me.
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  • You know, sometimes whena person is suffering
  • 00:12:04.814 --> 00:12:06.882
  • they don't need a sermon.
  • 00:12:06.882 --> 00:12:08.484
  • They just need a friendand that's all the Lord ask
  • 00:12:08.484 --> 00:12:11.120
  • or just just be with me andyeah, we're with you Lord.
  • 00:12:11.120 --> 00:12:14.089
  • And then he said to themthe spirit is willing
  • 00:12:14.089 --> 00:12:16.292
  • but the flesh is weak.
  • 00:12:16.292 --> 00:12:17.693
  • And he comes back tothem after this anguish
  • 00:12:17.693 --> 00:12:19.962
  • after this suffering,after this prayer
  • 00:12:19.962 --> 00:12:22.131
  • to the father and theyfell asleep, you know
  • 00:12:22.131 --> 00:12:26.836
  • sometimes we fallasleep as well,
  • 00:12:26.836 --> 00:12:29.572
  • heard about a burglarwho was robbing the house
  • 00:12:29.572 --> 00:12:32.241
  • and he heard a cop car go by.
  • 00:12:32.241 --> 00:12:34.276
  • So he took cover on the floorand then he fell asleep.
  • 00:12:34.276 --> 00:12:37.947
  • And the homeownergot up that morning
  • 00:12:37.947 --> 00:12:39.682
  • and saw this burglar asleep
  • 00:12:39.682 --> 00:12:42.218
  • on his floor andcalled the cops.
  • 00:12:42.218 --> 00:12:43.786
  • And they came and wokethe guy up and said,
  • 00:12:43.786 --> 00:12:45.688
  • buddy this is your wake up call.
  • 00:12:45.688 --> 00:12:48.591
  • And I wonder ifsometimes in the church
  • 00:12:48.591 --> 00:12:50.526
  • we need a wake up call.
  • 00:12:50.526 --> 00:12:52.528
  • I wonder if some of youwatching me right now,
  • 00:12:52.528 --> 00:12:54.763
  • need a wake up call spiritually
  • 00:12:54.763 --> 00:12:56.732
  • because you'respiritually asleep.
  • 00:12:56.732 --> 00:12:59.468
  • That is why in Romans12, via Paul, excuse me,
  • 00:12:59.468 --> 00:13:02.137
  • Romans 13 the Apostle Paul says,
  • 00:13:02.137 --> 00:13:04.573
  • it's high time toawake out of our sleep
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  • because the night is far spent.
  • 00:13:07.977 --> 00:13:10.412
  • The day is at hand, let'sbe Christ men from head
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  • to foot and give no chance forthe flesh to have its fling.
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  • Wake up, it's a wake up call.
  • 00:13:19.054 --> 00:13:21.690
  • Well, they wake up and there,
  • 00:13:21.690 --> 00:13:23.692
  • they see Moses and Elijah.
  • 00:13:23.692 --> 00:13:26.629
  • And of course Jesusand now Peter says
  • 00:13:26.629 --> 00:13:29.431
  • the wrong thing at thewrong time, Verse six.
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  • It's good, we are hereand I love this detail.
  • 00:13:32.434 --> 00:13:35.404
  • That's added, he said this
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  • because he really didn'tknow what else to say.
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  • When you don't know whatto say, don't say anything.
  • 00:13:42.044 --> 00:13:46.415
  • There's an old verb,not a biblical one
  • 00:13:46.415 --> 00:13:48.484
  • but it has some truthwhich goes as follows.
  • 00:13:48.484 --> 00:13:51.587
  • "Better to be silentand thought a fool
  • 00:13:51.587 --> 00:13:54.089
  • than do open your mouthand dispel all doubt."
  • 00:13:54.089 --> 00:13:57.826
  • But Peter says, it'sgood we are here.
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  • That's the operative word here.
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  • Hey Lord, this isblessing central.
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  • We love hanging out with you
  • 00:14:05.935 --> 00:14:07.736
  • and Moses and Elijahbasking in your glory.
  • 00:14:07.736 --> 00:14:11.507
  • Let's forget all this crazy talk
  • 00:14:11.507 --> 00:14:13.742
  • about going toJerusalem and dying.
  • 00:14:13.742 --> 00:14:15.744
  • Let's stay here and nowPeter gets a rebuke,
  • 00:14:15.744 --> 00:14:20.749
  • not from Jesus but fromthe father in heaven.
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  • Look at verse seven, thena cloud over shadowed them.
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  • And a voice from the cloud said
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  • this is my dearly lovedson listen to him.
  • 00:14:29.491 --> 00:14:33.829
  • Suddenly when theylooked around,
  • 00:14:33.829 --> 00:14:35.364
  • Moses and Elijah were gone
  • 00:14:35.364 --> 00:14:37.466
  • and they saw onlyJesus with them.
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  • The father stepsinto the conversation
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  • and effectively says,"Peter, if my son says
  • 00:14:43.305 --> 00:14:47.142
  • he's gonna go to Jerusalemto suffer and die
  • 00:14:47.142 --> 00:14:50.145
  • that that's what's gonna happen
  • 00:14:50.145 --> 00:14:51.580
  • and you need to believe him
  • 00:14:51.580 --> 00:14:53.449
  • and if he tells you to take
  • 00:14:53.449 --> 00:14:55.551
  • up your cross and followhim, you need to do it."
  • 00:14:55.551 --> 00:14:58.554
  • Now, Moses and Elijah aregone and there's just Jesus.
  • 00:14:58.554 --> 00:15:03.559
  • And that's all weneed, only Jesus.
  • 00:15:04.760 --> 00:15:07.763
  • It's not Jesus and thelaw and the prophets
  • 00:15:07.763 --> 00:15:10.566
  • you see animal sacrificesare no longer needed.
  • 00:15:10.566 --> 00:15:15.004
  • We don't need a highpriest to step in
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  • and represent usto God any longer.
  • 00:15:17.272 --> 00:15:20.042
  • Jesus is our high priest.
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  • Jesus is the lamb of God.
  • 00:15:22.578 --> 00:15:24.747
  • And because of the deathand resurrection of Jesus
  • 00:15:24.747 --> 00:15:27.516
  • you and I have openedaccess to the father 24/7.
  • 00:15:27.516 --> 00:15:32.454
  • You can approachhim through Christ.
  • 00:15:33.589 --> 00:15:36.325
  • It's an amazing thing,it's Jesus only,
  • 00:15:36.325 --> 00:15:39.561
  • who's gonna save you^.
  • 00:15:39.561 --> 00:15:40.996
  • Now Jesus pledgedplus church tradition
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  • or Jesus plus moral living.
  • 00:15:44.233 --> 00:15:46.168
  • Not that you shouldhave immoral living,
  • 00:15:46.168 --> 00:15:48.170
  • but my point is Jesus isthe one who saves you.
  • 00:15:48.170 --> 00:15:51.807
  • He does work andthen there's a way
  • 00:15:51.807 --> 00:15:54.276
  • of honoring himand thanking him.
  • 00:15:54.276 --> 00:15:55.944
  • We want to respond byliving a godly life,
  • 00:15:55.944 --> 00:15:59.014
  • but it's only Jesus, Jesus only
  • 00:15:59.014 --> 00:16:02.851
  • because sometimes frankly,friends will disappoint you,
  • 00:16:02.851 --> 00:16:06.655
  • sometimes even familywill disappoint you.
  • 00:16:06.655 --> 00:16:09.958
  • But the Bible saysin Proverbs 18:24
  • 00:16:09.958 --> 00:16:13.028
  • there is a friend thatsticks closer than a brother.
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  • And that friend is Jesus.
  • 00:16:16.598 --> 00:16:18.767
  • Listen, friends, come and go.
  • 00:16:18.767 --> 00:16:21.703
  • But Jesus comes and stays.
  • 00:16:21.703 --> 00:16:24.373
  • And if you've askedhim into your life
  • 00:16:24.373 --> 00:16:26.108
  • he's not gonna leave you.
  • 00:16:26.108 --> 00:16:27.576
  • And he's not gonna forsake you.
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  • You have his word on that
  • 00:16:29.078 --> 00:16:31.413
  • because only Jesus canheal a broken heart.
  • 00:16:31.413 --> 00:16:35.250
  • Only Jesus can give youthe strength to go on when
  • 00:16:35.250 --> 00:16:38.253
  • it's getting hard.
  • 00:16:38.253 --> 00:16:40.422
  • As David wrote inPsalm 23, yea though
  • 00:16:40.422 --> 00:16:43.692
  • I walk through the valleyof the shadow of death.
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  • I will fear no evilfor you are with me.
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  • That's how we get throughthe valleys of life.
  • 00:16:50.065 --> 00:16:53.001
  • That's how we get throughthe storms of life.
  • 00:16:53.001 --> 00:16:55.804
  • That's how we get throughthe hardships of life.
  • 00:16:55.804 --> 00:16:58.474
  • We realize we'renot alone and God
  • 00:16:58.474 --> 00:17:00.542
  • is walking with us through it,
  • 00:17:00.542 --> 00:17:03.178
  • Shadrach, Meshach andAbednego discovered
  • 00:17:03.178 --> 00:17:05.447
  • that as they walkedthrough their fiery furnace
  • 00:17:05.447 --> 00:17:08.484
  • and there was a fourthperson with them
  • 00:17:08.484 --> 00:17:11.453
  • that the King said lookedlike the son of God.
  • 00:17:11.453 --> 00:17:14.957
  • I believe Jesus was walking
  • 00:17:14.957 --> 00:17:16.625
  • with those three youngteenage Hebrew boys.
  • 00:17:16.625 --> 00:17:20.229
  • And when it's all saidand done, it's only Jesus.
  • 00:17:20.229 --> 00:17:23.265
  • When you're on your death bed,
  • 00:17:23.265 --> 00:17:25.000
  • it's only Jesuswho will save you.
  • 00:17:25.000 --> 00:17:27.903
  • And it's only Jesus thatyou will stand before.
  • 00:17:27.903 --> 00:17:31.073
  • So now they're descendingfrom this mountain
  • 00:17:31.073 --> 00:17:33.242
  • top this place of mega blessings
  • 00:17:33.242 --> 00:17:37.179
  • to face a crisis to facea conflict in the valley.
  • 00:17:37.179 --> 00:17:42.184
  • If you will andthey're gonna realize
  • 00:17:43.285 --> 00:17:45.020
  • that not only Jesuscan save them,
  • 00:17:45.020 --> 00:17:47.589
  • but only Jesus can overcome.
  • 00:17:47.589 --> 00:17:49.658
  • The devil go backto Mark chapter nine
  • 00:17:49.658 --> 00:17:53.162
  • and I'm gonna readverses 20 to 24.
  • 00:17:53.162 --> 00:17:55.397
  • So there was a father whohad a demon possessed boy.
  • 00:17:55.397 --> 00:17:59.234
  • He brought his boyto the disciples
  • 00:17:59.234 --> 00:18:02.771
  • asking for some helpbut then we're not
  • 00:18:02.771 --> 00:18:04.540
  • able to help thisman or this boy.
  • 00:18:04.540 --> 00:18:07.342
  • So our story picks up in
  • 00:18:07.342 --> 00:18:08.610
  • Mark chapter nine, verse 20
  • 00:18:08.610 --> 00:18:10.679
  • they brought the boy to Jesus.
  • 00:18:10.679 --> 00:18:13.315
  • The demon saw Jesus in a once
  • 00:18:13.315 --> 00:18:15.250
  • held the boy in his power
  • 00:18:15.250 --> 00:18:16.618
  • and the boy fell to the ground
  • 00:18:16.618 --> 00:18:18.086
  • was spit running from his mouth.
  • 00:18:18.086 --> 00:18:20.722
  • Jesus asked the boy's father.
  • 00:18:20.722 --> 00:18:22.524
  • "How long has hebeen like this?"
  • 00:18:22.524 --> 00:18:24.893
  • The father said,"Well from the time
  • 00:18:24.893 --> 00:18:26.562
  • he was a child manytimes it throws him
  • 00:18:26.562 --> 00:18:29.565
  • into the fire and intothe water to kill him.
  • 00:18:29.565 --> 00:18:32.134
  • If you can do anything tohelp us take pity on us."
  • 00:18:32.134 --> 00:18:36.038
  • And Jesus said, "whydo you ask me that
  • 00:18:36.038 --> 00:18:38.941
  • the one who has faithcan do all things."
  • 00:18:38.941 --> 00:18:40.909
  • At once some fathercried out and said
  • 00:18:40.909 --> 00:18:42.945
  • with tears in his eyes,
  • 00:18:42.945 --> 00:18:44.279
  • "Lord I have faithhelp my unbelief."
  • 00:18:44.279 --> 00:18:47.716
  • Powerful story, now we'vecome from the mountaintop
  • 00:18:47.716 --> 00:18:51.553
  • to the valley and crisis hits
  • 00:18:51.553 --> 00:18:54.289
  • often after the mountaintop
  • 00:18:54.289 --> 00:18:55.991
  • there is the valley going back
  • 00:18:55.991 --> 00:18:58.193
  • to the temptation ofJesus in the wilderness.
  • 00:18:58.193 --> 00:19:00.929
  • When did that happen?
  • 00:19:00.929 --> 00:19:02.431
  • That happened after thefather spoke another time
  • 00:19:02.431 --> 00:19:05.667
  • remember Jesus was baptizedin the Jordan river
  • 00:19:05.667 --> 00:19:08.870
  • by his cousin,John, the baptizer,
  • 00:19:08.870 --> 00:19:11.873
  • and the father said,"this is my beloved son
  • 00:19:11.873 --> 00:19:14.643
  • in whom I'm well pleased,"and the Spirit of came upon
  • 00:19:14.643 --> 00:19:18.046
  • Jesus in the form of a doveand we read immediately.
  • 00:19:18.046 --> 00:19:21.450
  • He went into the wildernessto be tempted by the devil.
  • 00:19:21.450 --> 00:19:24.386
  • So after the dove came the devil
  • 00:19:24.386 --> 00:19:26.455
  • and a lot of timesafter the blessing
  • 00:19:26.455 --> 00:19:28.690
  • comes the challenge after theblessing comes the temptation.
  • 00:19:28.690 --> 00:19:32.394
  • So we should not be surprised
  • 00:19:32.394 --> 00:19:34.229
  • when those things happen.
  • 00:19:34.229 --> 00:19:35.931
  • Notice that as Jesus approaches
  • 00:19:35.931 --> 00:19:38.667
  • this demon possessedboy the devil,
  • 00:19:38.667 --> 00:19:41.003
  • effectively tightenshis grip verse 20.
  • 00:19:41.003 --> 00:19:44.106
  • It says the demon saw Jesus.
  • 00:19:44.106 --> 00:19:46.541
  • And at once held theboy in his power.
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  • Listen to this when youseek to share the gospel
  • 00:19:50.479 --> 00:19:54.082
  • with someone, expectsatanic opposition,
  • 00:19:54.082 --> 00:19:58.153
  • you're entering into a timeof a spiritual warfare.
  • 00:19:58.153 --> 00:20:01.823
  • Remembering theparable of the sower.
  • 00:20:01.823 --> 00:20:04.326
  • Jesus said the sower went out
  • 00:20:04.326 --> 00:20:05.627
  • to sow seeds, some seed fell
  • 00:20:05.627 --> 00:20:07.696
  • on the roadside andthe birds ate it.
  • 00:20:07.696 --> 00:20:09.464
  • And he said, these are they,
  • 00:20:09.464 --> 00:20:10.799
  • that hear the word of God,
  • 00:20:10.799 --> 00:20:12.167
  • and Satan comes immediatelyto take it away.
  • 00:20:12.167 --> 00:20:15.237
  • So the devil attacks whenwe're trying to reach people.
  • 00:20:15.237 --> 00:20:18.206
  • So this boy was coming closer
  • 00:20:18.206 --> 00:20:20.609
  • to Jesus and the devilwants to stop him
  • 00:20:20.609 --> 00:20:23.545
  • from coming his poor father.
  • 00:20:23.545 --> 00:20:25.781
  • He said his wood sand.
  • 00:20:25.781 --> 00:20:27.049
  • And he says toJesus in verse 22,
  • 00:20:27.049 --> 00:20:29.551
  • if you can do anything tohelp us take pity on us.
  • 00:20:29.551 --> 00:20:34.323
  • And the Lord has avery strong reaction
  • 00:20:34.323 --> 00:20:36.625
  • to this a good verse,23, Jesus says.
  • 00:20:36.625 --> 00:20:38.927
  • "Why do you ask me that,
  • 00:20:38.927 --> 00:20:41.163
  • the one who has faithcan do all things."
  • 00:20:41.163 --> 00:20:44.266
  • Effectively Jesus is saying,
  • 00:20:44.266 --> 00:20:46.468
  • what do you meanif I can help you?
  • 00:20:46.468 --> 00:20:50.772
  • Of course I can don't forget,
  • 00:20:50.772 --> 00:20:53.175
  • I was just transfiguredwith Moses and Elijah,
  • 00:20:53.175 --> 00:20:56.178
  • don't forget I walked on water
  • 00:20:56.178 --> 00:20:57.946
  • and I healed a blind man
  • 00:20:57.946 --> 00:20:59.848
  • and I raised aperson from the dead.
  • 00:20:59.848 --> 00:21:01.750
  • If I can of courseI can handle this
  • 00:21:01.750 --> 00:21:05.821
  • but here's what he's saying.
  • 00:21:05.821 --> 00:21:07.456
  • You need to havefaith right now.
  • 00:21:07.456 --> 00:21:09.491
  • It's a very good idea for us
  • 00:21:09.491 --> 00:21:11.360
  • to remember God's faithfulness
  • 00:21:11.360 --> 00:21:13.395
  • to us in the past whenwe're facing trouble
  • 00:21:13.395 --> 00:21:17.265
  • in the moment,because it will say,
  • 00:21:17.265 --> 00:21:20.035
  • Oh, God's forgotten about me.
  • 00:21:20.035 --> 00:21:21.570
  • God's abandoned me.
  • 00:21:21.570 --> 00:21:22.771
  • No, he hasn't, I love how,
  • 00:21:22.771 --> 00:21:24.706
  • when you read Psalm 107
  • 00:21:24.706 --> 00:21:27.609
  • it reflects on thefaithfulness of God,
  • 00:21:27.609 --> 00:21:30.212
  • to the nationIsrael and it talks
  • 00:21:30.212 --> 00:21:33.648
  • about how the Lord delivered
  • 00:21:33.648 --> 00:21:34.983
  • them from the ofPharaoh, how the Lord
  • 00:21:34.983 --> 00:21:37.452
  • fed them in thewilderness with manna,
  • 00:21:37.452 --> 00:21:39.654
  • how the Lord broughtthem through the Red Sea.
  • 00:21:39.654 --> 00:21:41.890
  • And then the refrainthat is stated over
  • 00:21:41.890 --> 00:21:44.259
  • and over again is, oh that men
  • 00:21:44.259 --> 00:21:46.294
  • would praise the Lordfor his goodness.
  • 00:21:46.294 --> 00:21:48.497
  • And his wonderful worksto the children of men.
  • 00:21:48.497 --> 00:21:51.233
  • So they wrote itdown, I encourage you
  • 00:21:51.233 --> 00:21:53.435
  • keep a journal and write down
  • 00:21:53.435 --> 00:21:55.704
  • how God has answeredyour prayers.
  • 00:21:55.704 --> 00:21:57.839
  • And then the next time when
  • 00:21:57.839 --> 00:21:58.840
  • you're facing that challenge
  • 00:21:58.840 --> 00:22:00.208
  • reflect back on God'sfaithfulness to you in the past,
  • 00:22:00.208 --> 00:22:03.879
  • which will remind you.
  • 00:22:03.879 --> 00:22:05.013
  • He will also be faithful to you
  • 00:22:05.013 --> 00:22:06.581
  • in the present and in the future
  • 00:22:06.581 --> 00:22:09.418
  • because Jesus isthe same yesterday,
  • 00:22:09.418 --> 00:22:12.554
  • today, and forever.
  • 00:22:12.554 --> 00:22:14.623
  • See this man's faith was weak
  • 00:22:14.623 --> 00:22:17.192
  • because he put hiseyes on his problem.
  • 00:22:17.192 --> 00:22:19.928
  • Instead of putting them on theLord, the same happens to us.
  • 00:22:19.928 --> 00:22:24.666
  • When we forget God's word to us
  • 00:22:24.666 --> 00:22:27.302
  • you see the way youbuild your faith is
  • 00:22:27.302 --> 00:22:29.938
  • by reading the word of God.
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  • Faith comes byhearing and hearing
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  • by the word of God,then you apply it.
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  • So that's why we needto know the scripture
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  • and memorize this scripture.
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  • And then Jesus says in verse 23,
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  • anything is possibleif a person believes.
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  • A man have faith right now.
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  • And I love the honestyof this man statement
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  • in verse 24 withtears in his eyes,
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  • he says, Lord, I havefaith, help my unbelief.
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  • That's an honestprayer, isn't it?
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  • To just say, Lord, I believe
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  • but my faith is not perfect.
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  • And I have unbelief at times
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  • and we all haveunbelief at times,
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  • we all have lapsesof faith at times
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  • we all have momentary doubts
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  • but this man washonest and guess what?
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  • Jesus met him more than halfway.
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  • And he answered the man'sprayer and he healed the child.
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  • Yeah, it would benice if we could stay
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  • on mountaintops wouldn'tno more problems
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  • no more troubles, butwe all have to come
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  • and live in the valley oflife, the reality of life.
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  • But God will be withus in those times
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  • because really thosemountaintops are preparing us
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  • for reality, it'snot necessarily
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  • more mountaintops we needin the Christian life.
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  • It's more day-to-day obediencewhere we're walking by faith
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  • and not by feeling there iscoming a day in the future.
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  • When there will beno more temptation
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  • no more devil, nomore suffering.
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  • And this is sortof a sneak preview
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  • of things to come butChrist will return
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  • to this earth andestablish his kingdom.
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  • Remember when Jesuswas born in that manger
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  • it was so he could die onthat cross for your sin
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  • because we're separatedfrom the Lord by our sin.
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  • Remember Moses andElijah were having
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  • an in-depth discussionwith Jesus about his death
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  • and why that was so important.
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  • And they were encouraging him.
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  • No doubt on thatday for him to go
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  • through with this
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  • think how hard it was forJesus to take the cross
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  • and carry it to thestreets of Jerusalem.
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  • After he had alreadyhad his back ripped open
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  • with a Roman whip andeven more think how hard
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  • it was for Jesus bear,all the sins of the world.
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  • See that is what hewas contemplating
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  • in the Garden ofGethsemane being God.
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  • He knew what was ahead.
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  • He knew he would have todig all the corruption
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  • all the sin upon himself,and he did not wanna do it.
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  • And that is why he said tothe father, if it is possible
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  • let this cup pass from me.
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  • Nevertheless, not my will, butyours be done, but he did it.
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  • He went on with it andhe accomplished it.
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  • It died on that cross
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  • for your sin and Roseagain from the dead.
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  • Thanks for watchingour TV program.
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  • And I wonder if you yourselfhave accepted Jesus Christ.
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  • You know, a lot oftimes people tune
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  • into programs likethis weren't believers
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  • and that kind ofchecking it out.
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  • Maybe you're laughingat it at first.
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  • Maybe you think it's not real
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  • but something that's happened.
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  • And maybe somethingthat's been said
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  • you've suddenly discoveredyou need Jesus Christ.
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  • You know, the day I acceptedJesus, let me tell you.
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  • It was the last thingI planned on doing.
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  • I didn't plan on becominga Christian that day
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  • but that was the day thatwas appointed any eternity
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  • for me to believe in Jesus.
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  • I wonder if this isnot that day for you.
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  • You've been eavesdropping.
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  • You've been checking it out,but now God's speaking right
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  • to your heart and you realizeyou need Jesus Christ.
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  • Would you like to haveyour sin forgiven?
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  • Would you like asecond chance in life?
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  • Would you like to goto heaven when you die?
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  • Would you likeyour guilt removed?
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  • Let's send, it can all happenbecause Jesus Christ went
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  • to a cross and died foryour sin and then rose again
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  • three days later and he'll come
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  • into your life rightnow and be your savior
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  • and your Lord and the bestfriend you've ever had.
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  • Let's pray together.
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  • Pray this after me, Lord Jesus.
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  • I know that I'm a sinner
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  • but I believe you diedon the cross for my sin.
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  • And I'm sorry for that sin.
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  • And I turned from it now
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  • and I asked you to come intomy life and be my savior
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  • and be my Lord and bemy God, be my friend.
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  • I choose to follow you
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  • from this moment forwardin Jesus name I pray.
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  • Amen, if you just prayed thatprayer I want you to know
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  • on the authority of God's word
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  • that Christ himself hascome to live inside of you.
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  • The Bible says thesethings we write
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  • to you that believe inthe name of the son of God
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  • that you may know thatyou have eternal life.
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  • But let me say God bless youand welcome to God's family.
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  • ♪ This is the day
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  • ♪ The day when life begins
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