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  • THE LOST ARE FOUND.
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  • OH CAN YOU HEAR ALL THE ANGELS ARE SINGING
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  • THIS IS THE DAY THE DAY WHEN LIFE BEGINS.
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  • THE TITLE ITLE OF MY MESSAGE IS: WAITING FOR CHRISTMAS.
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  • I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I DON'T LIKE
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  • TO WAIT FOR ANYTHING.
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  • YOU KNOW, IF YOU'RE ON THE FREEWAY AND YOU SEE THAT
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  • ONE GUY WHO IS WEAVING IN AND OUT OF DIFFERENT
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  • LANES TRYING TO GET AHEAD THAT'S ME.
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  • WHEN I'M IN THE MARKET AND I HAVE TO CHECK OUT,
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  • I WILL ACTUALLY GO TO THE SEVEN ITEMS OR LESS LINE,
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  • EVEN IF I NEED TO BUY MORE STUFF, I'LL NOT GET IT
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  • BECAUSE I DON'T LIKE TO WAIT IN LINES AND BY THE
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  • WAY I'M COUNTING HOW MANY ITEMS THE PERSON IN FRONT
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  • OF ME HAS BECAUSE I DON'T LIKE WHEN PEOPLE CHEAT THERE.
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  • BUT THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS THAT WE HAVE
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  • TO WAIT FOR IN LIFE.
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  • WELL, THERE ARE TWO PEOPLE I WANT TO LOOK AT IN THIS
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  • MESSAGE THAT ARE A PART OF THE CHRISTMAS STORY.
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  • THEY WERE WAITING FOR CHRIST.
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  • NO IT WAS NOT JOSEPH AND MARY.
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  • THESE ARE TWO OFTEN OVERLOOKED BUT VERY
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  • SIGNIFICANT PEOPLE IN THE CHRISTMAS STORY.
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  • I'M TALKING ABOUT RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER
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  • AND FROSTY THE SNOWMAN.
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  • LET'S ALL SING, RUDOLPH THE RED...
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  • NO DON'T.
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  • AND ALL THE PEOPLE WEARING RED STARTED
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  • TO SING DIDN'T THEY.
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  • [laughter]
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  • NO, I'M TALKING ABOUT TWO NAMES YOU MAY
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  • NOT EVEN KNOW ARE A PART OF THE CHRISTMAS STORY.
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  • THEIR NAMES ARE SIMEON AND ANNA.
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  • THEY DON'T APPEAR IN ANY NATIVITY SCENE THAT IS ON
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  • A CARD OR DISPLAYED ON A COFFEE TABLE,
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  • BUT THEY WERE THERE.
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  • THEY WERE WAITING FOR CHRISTMAS AND IN FACT,
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  • THEY PRECEDED THE WISE MEN WHO CAME MUCH LATER.
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  • THE TRUTH IS THE WISE MEN WEREN'T EVEN AT THE MANGER.
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  • THEY CAME LATER TO THE HOME THAT JESUS WAS IN,
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  • NOT TO THE MANGER WHERE HE WAS BORN.
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  • THE WISE MEN MAY HAVE COME UP TO A YEAR TO TWO YEARS
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  • LATER BUT SIMEON AND ANNA SAW THE LITTLE CHILD
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  • JESUS BEING DEDICATED IN THE TEMPLE ONLY
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  • EIGHT DAYS AFTER HIS BIRTH.
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  • SO LET'S GET THE BIG PICTURE.
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  • SORT OF THE TIMELINE BEFORE WE TALK ABOUT SIMEON AND ANNA.
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  • WE START OF COURSE WITH MARY, A YOUNG GIRL,
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  • A VERY YOUNG GIRL.
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  • PROBABLY IN HER EARLY TEENS AND SHE WAS LIVING
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  • IN THE LITTLE TOWN OF NAZARETH.
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  • NAZARETH WAS SORT OF A NOTHING PLACE, IN THE
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  • MIDDLE OF NO WHERE AND MARY, FOR ALL PRACTICAL
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  • PURPOSES, WAS A NOBODY.
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  • BUT GOD HAD SPECIFICALLY CHOSEN HER TO BE THE
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  • MOTHER OF THE MESSIAH OF ISRAEL AND OF JESUS CHRIST
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  • WHO WOULD BE THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD.
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  • WE ALL KNOW THE STORY. SHE WAS ENGAGED TO JOSEPH.
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  • THAT'S THE WORD WE USE TODAY.
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  • BIBLICAL TERM IS ESPOUSED, WHICH IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT.
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  • BEING ESPOUSED WAS ALMOST LIKE BEING MARRIED BUT
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  • WITHOUT CONSUMMATING THE RELATIONSHIP, SO IT WAS A
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  • VERY SERIOUS COMMITMENT.
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  • AND OF COURSE, HERE IS MARY LIVING IN NAZARETH
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  • AND WHO SHOWS UP BUT THE ANGEL GABRIEL.
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  • YOU KNOW SOMETHING BIG IS GOING DOWN
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  • IF GABRIEL SHOWS UP.
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  • HE'S ONE OF THOSE HIGH-RANKING ANGELS.
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  • HE GREETS MARY AND TELLS HER SHE'S GOING TO BE
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  • THE MOTHER OF THE MESSIAH.
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  • UNDERSTANDABLY, SHE NEEDS A LITTLE MORE INTEL HERE
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  • CONSIDERING THE FACT THAT SHE'S NEVER BEEN WITH A
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  • MAN BEFORE AND GABRIEL SAYS, "THE HOLY SPIRIT
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  • WILL COME UPON YOU.
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  • THE POWER OF THE MOST HIGH WILL OVERSHADOW YOU AND
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  • THE BABY BORN TO YOU WILL BE HOLY AND WILL BE CALLED
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  • THE SON OF GOD," AND SO MARY AGREES.
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  • NOW, HERE'S JOSEPH AND HE FINDS OUT MARY IS PREGNANT.
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  • FRANKLY, HE'S NOT BUYING IT.
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  • "OH YEAH, AN ANGEL CAME TO YOU. UH-HUH."
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  • AND AN ANGEL COMES TO HIM AS WELL AND TELLS JOSEPH
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  • THAT MARY IS CARRYING THE SON OF GOD IN HER WOMB AND
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  • THEY ARE TO CALL HIM JESUS BECAUSE HE WILL SAVE HIS
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  • PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS, AND JOSEPH AGREES.
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  • AND LET ME JUST SAY, JOSEPH IS THE UNSUNG HERO
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  • OF THE CHRISTMAS STORY.
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  • WE TALK A LOT ABOUT MARY, BUT JOSEPH WENT ALONG
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  • WITH THIS GAME PLAN.
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  • REALISTICALLY, HE HAD TO LIVE WITH THIS RUMOR ABOUT
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  • HIS WIFE BEING UNFAITHFUL TO HIM BEFORE THEY WERE
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  • MARRIED, WHICH WAS SO FAR FROM THE TRUTH.
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  • MARY WAS A VERY PURE YOUNG LADY, BUT THIS WAS THE
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  • REPUTATION SHE HAD TO LIVE WITH BECAUSE A LOT OF
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  • PEOPLE DIDN'T BELIEVE GOD HAD
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  • SUPERNATURALLY TOUCHED HER. JOSEPH AGREES.
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  • AND NOW, SEEMINGLY OUT OF NO WHERE, A DECREE IS
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  • GIVEN BY CAESAR AUGUSTUS THAT ALL THE WORLD SHOULD
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  • BE TAXED SO MARY AND JOSEPH WHO BOTH HAD THE
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  • BLOOD OF KING DAVID IN THEIR VEINS, THEY WERE
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  • PART OF THE GENEALOGY OF DAVID, WENT TO BETHLEHEM
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  • BECAUSE THAT WAS THE BOYHOOD TOWN OF DAVID.
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  • BUT IT WAS NOT SEEMINGLY OUT OF NOWHERE.
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  • IT WAS ALL ACCORDING TO GOD'S PLAN BECAUSE
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  • SCRIPTURE CLEARLY SAID MESSIAH WOULD
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  • BE BORN IN BETHLEHEM.
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  • I DON'T THINK MARY AND JOSEPH FULLY UNDERSTOOD
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  • WHAT WAS HAPPENING TO THEM.
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  • I THINK IT CAME TO THEM LATER, SO THEY MAKE THE
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  • JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEM.
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  • WE ALL KNOW THE BEAUTIFUL STORY.
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  • THEY ARRIVE IN TOWN.
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  • THERE'S NO ROOM IN THE INN, SO AN INNKEEPER SENDS
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  • THEM OFF TO A MANGER, REALLY A CAVE, A GARAGE
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  • WE MIGHT CALL IT TODAY.
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  • VERY UNSANITARY PLACE, AND THAT IS WHERE THE SON OF
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  • GOD CAME INTO THIS WORLD.
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  • NOW, WHEN A BABY IS BORN YOU WANT TO LET PEOPLE KNOW.
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  • YOU CALL FAMILY, YOU CALL FRIENDS, YOU KNOW THE
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  • WEIGHT TO THE BABEL, BABY, OR THE BABEL
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  • [chuckles] THE BABY.
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  • YOU KNOW THE TIME OF THE BIRTH OF THE BABY.
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  • MAYBE THE LENGTH OF THE CHILD AND YOU TELL
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  • PEOPLE YOU CARE ABOUT.
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  • SO HERE'S GOD IN HEAVEN READY TO GIVE THE
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  • ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE BIRTH OF JESUS.
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  • WHO DOES HE TELL FIRST?
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  • YOU WOULD'VE THOUGHT THAT
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  • HE WOULD'VE GONE TO CAESAR AUGUSTUS.
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  • YOU KNOW, HISTORY TELLS US THAT CAESAR AUGUSTUS WAS 5'7" TALL.
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  • NOW, THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH BEING 5'7" TALL,
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  • BUT LET'S JUST SAY THAT'S NOT A TALL MAN, OKAY.
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  • SO THE ANGEL OF THE LORD ANNOUNCES NOT TO THIS MAN
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  • WHO THOUGHT HE WAS A GOD BECAUSE THAT'S
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  • WHAT AUGUSTUS MEANS "OF THE GODS".
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  • CAESAR WAS ORIGINALLY THE NAME OF JULIUS CAESAR, BUT
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  • AFTER HE DIED THEY TOOK HIS NAME AND MADE IT A
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  • TITLE AND THIS CAESAR IN PARTICULAR ADDED AUGUSTUS
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  • WHICH MEANS THE DEIFIED OR WORSHIPPED ONE SO HE
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  • WANTED TO BE WORSHIPPED SO THE LORD COULD'VE SAID,
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  • "HEY, YOU ARE NOT TO BE WORSHIPPED.
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  • THE TRUE SON OF GOD HAS BEEN BORN."
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  • BUT NO, THE ANGELS DIDN'T GO TO CAESAR OR LITTLE CAESAR.
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  • THEY DIDN'T GO TO THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS EVEN.
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  • THEY WENT TO PEOPLE WHO ARE ON THE BOTTOM OF THE
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  • SOCIAL LADDER - SHEPHERDS.
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  • YOU COULDN'T GET ANY LOWER THAN A SHEPHERD.
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  • THESE ARE HARD WORKING MEN.
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  • THESE WERE MEN THAT HAD DIRT UNDER THEIR FINGERNAILS.
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  • THESE WERE MEN THAT WERE DESPISED IN THEIR CULTURE
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  • AND THE LORD SAYS, "THESE ARE THE ONES
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  • I'M GOING TO ANNOUNCE IT TO."
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  • SO THE ANNOUNCEMENT COMES TO THE SHEPHERDS THAT
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  • THE SON OF GOD IS BORN.
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  • THEY'RE SHOWN A PORTAL INTO HEAVEN AND THEY SEE
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  • THE ANGELS OF THE LORD SAYING, "GLORY TO GOD IN
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  • THE HIGHEST AND ON EARTH PEACE AMONG MEN WITH WHOM
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  • GOD IS WELL PLEASED," AND SO THE SHEPHERD SAID,
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  • "LET'S GO AND SEE THIS THING THAT THE LORD
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  • HAD TOLD US ABOUT."
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  • OKAY, SO WHAT HAPPENS NEXT CHRONOLOGICALLY?
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  • WELL, THE WISEMEN OF COURSE SHOW UP ON THEIR
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  • CAMELS AND THEY RIDE... NOPE. SORRY.
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  • AS I SAID EARLIER, THEY DIDN'T COME UNTIL MUCH LATER.
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  • HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED NEXT CHRONOLOGICALLY.
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  • EIGHT DAYS LATER MARY AND JOSEPH TAKE THEIR LITTLE
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  • BABY JESUS INTO THE TEMPLE TO HAVE HIM CIRCUMCISED
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  • AND THAT BRINGS US TO THE FIRST PERSON WHO WAS
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  • WAITING FOR CHRISTMAS IN OUR STORY.
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  • HIS NAME IS SIMEON.
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  • HE WAS A GODLY MAN EAGERLY WAITING FOR THE MESSIAH.
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  • BY THE WAY, THAT WAS NO SMALL FEAT AT THIS TIME HISTORICALLY.
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  • ISRAEL HAD, FOR ALL PRACTICAL PURPOSES,
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  • TURNED HER BACK ON GOD.
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  • THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL HAD NOT HEARD FROM
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  • THE LORD FOR 400 YEARS.
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  • 400 YEARS SINCE A PROPHET APPEARED.
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  • 400 YEARS SINCE AN ANGELIC APPEARANCE.
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  • 400 YEARS SINCE A MIRACLE HAD BEEN PREFORMED.
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  • 400 YEARS THE LAST WORD THEY HAD FROM GOD WAS FROM
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  • THE PROPHET MALACHI, THE LAST BOOK OF THE OLD TESTAMENT.
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  • BUT HERE WERE THESE GODLY PEOPLE SIMEON AND ANNA,
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  • AND OF COURSE, JOSEPH AND MARY.
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  • REALLY WE HAVE A CROSS SECTION OF HUMANITY.
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  • MARY: VERY YOUNG, EARLY TEENS.
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  • JOSEPH: WE DON'T KNOW HIS AGE,
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  • MAYBE LATE 20s POSSIBLY EARLY 30s.
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  • SIMEON AND ANNA: BOTH ELDERLY PEOPLE.
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  • SO, THEY'RE ALL WAITING FOR JESUS TO COME.
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  • DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE YOU'RE THE ONLY CHRISTIAN
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  • IN YOUR LITTLE WORLD EVEN THOUGH SOME PEOPLE IN YOUR
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  • FAMILY PROFESS FAITH THEY DON'T SEEM TO REALLY
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  • WANT TO PRACTICE IT?
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  • YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE THE ONLY CHRISTIAN IN YOUR HOUSE.
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  • YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE THE ONLY
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  • CHRISTIAN IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.
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  • THE ONLY CHRISTIAN IN YOUR CAMPUS.
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  • THE ONLY CHRISTIAN IN YOUR WORKPLACE.
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  • WELL, THAT'S PROBABLY HOW THEY FELT IN MANY WAYS.
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  • THAT'S WHY YOU NEED TO BE FAITHFUL TO THE LORD AND
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  • KNOW THIS: GOD REWARDS FAITHFULNESS BECAUSE GOD
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  • HAD REVEALED TO SIMEON, AN OLDER MAN, THAT HE WOULD
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  • NOT DIE UNTIL HE SAW THE MESSIAH.
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  • WHAT A PROMISE.
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  • YOU KNOW SOMETIMES CHRISTMAS GIFTS ARRIVE
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  • EARLY FROM PEOPLE THAT LIVE OUT OF STATE AND THEY'LL
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  • HAVE IT MARKED "DO NOT OPEN UNTIL CHRISTMAS" RIGHT.
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  • SOMETIMES THEY EVEN COME LIKE A MONTH EARLY.
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  • YOU HAVE TO WAIT.
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  • WELL, REALLY TO SIMEON GOD HAD REVEALED THIS TO HIM
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  • "DO NOT DIE UNTIL CHRISTMAS.
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  • HERE'S YOUR MARCHING ORDERS, BUDDY, DO NOT DIE.
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  • STAY ALIVE BECAUSE YOU'RE GOING TO SEE THE MESSIAH."
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  • HE HELD ON TO THAT PROMISE OF SCRIPTURE THAT HAD BEEN
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  • GIVEN 400 YEARS EARLIER FROM MALACHI SAYING THE
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  • SON OF RIGHTEOUSNESS WILL RISE WITH HEALING IN HIS WINGS.
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  • HAVE YOU EVER FELT AS THOUGH YOU HAVEN'T HEARD
  • 00:10:23.000 --> 00:10:25.120
  • FROM GOD FOR A LONG TIME?
  • 00:10:25.150 --> 00:10:26.240
  • THERE CAN BE REASONS FOR THAT.
  • 00:10:26.270 --> 00:10:28.210
  • ONE REASON YOU MAY NOT HEAR FROM THE LORD IS
  • 00:10:28.240 --> 00:10:31.010
  • BECAUSE OF UNCONFESSED SIN IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:10:31.040 --> 00:10:33.210
  • GOD SAYS IN ISAIAH 59:1 "LISTEN, THE LORD'S ARM IS
  • 00:10:33.240 --> 00:10:38.280
  • NOT SHORT THAT IT CAN'T SAVE YOU.
  • 00:10:39.010 --> 00:10:41.120
  • THE LORD'S EAR IS NOT CLOSED THAT IT CANNOT HEAR YOU.
  • 00:10:41.150 --> 00:10:45.120
  • IT'S YOUR SINS THAT HAVE CUT YOU OFF FROM GOD AND
  • 00:10:45.150 --> 00:10:48.190
  • BECAUSE OF YOUR SINS HE HAS TURNED AWAY AND HE
  • 00:10:48.220 --> 00:10:51.120
  • WON'T LISTEN TO YOU ANYMORE."
  • 00:10:51.150 --> 00:10:54.030
  • IF IT SEEMS TO YOU AS THOUGH GOD IS NOT HEARING
  • 00:10:54.060 --> 00:10:56.230
  • YOUR PRAYERS, AND MORE TO THE POINT, ANSWERING YOUR
  • 00:10:56.260 --> 00:10:59.100
  • PRAYERS IN THE AFFIRMATIVE,
  • 00:10:59.130 --> 00:11:00.260
  • IT MAY BE BECAUSE OF UNCONFESSED SIN.
  • 00:11:00.290 --> 00:11:04.090
  • THAT IS WHY JESUS TAUGHT US IN THE LORD'S PRAYER TO
  • 00:11:04.120 --> 00:11:08.040
  • SAY "GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD AND FORGIVE US
  • 00:11:08.070 --> 00:11:11.250
  • OUR SINS AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO HAVE SINNED AGAINST US."
  • 00:11:11.280 --> 00:11:15.110
  • EVERY DAY YOU SHOULD PRAY FOR GOD'S PROVISION, AND
  • 00:11:15.140 --> 00:11:18.120
  • YOU SHOULD PRAY FOR GOD'S FORGIVENESS.
  • 00:11:18.150 --> 00:11:21.030
  • YOU SAY, "GREG, I DON'T THINK THAT I SINNED TODAY."
  • 00:11:21.060 --> 00:11:23.090
  • OH. YEAH, YOU DID.
  • 00:11:23.120 --> 00:11:24.180
  • WE SIN MORE THAN WE THINK WE DO RIGHT.
  • 00:11:24.210 --> 00:11:28.010
  • THERE'S ALL KINDS OF SINS WE CAN COMMIT.
  • 00:11:28.040 --> 00:11:30.040
  • SINS OF COMMISSION, SINS OF OMISSION.
  • 00:11:30.070 --> 00:11:32.220
  • THAT'S A WHOLE OTHER SUBJECT, BUT THE POINT IS
  • 00:11:32.250 --> 00:11:34.270
  • TRUST ME WHEN I TELL YOU ON A REGULAR BASIS ASK
  • 00:11:35.000 --> 00:11:38.130
  • GOD TO FORGIVE YOU.
  • 00:11:38.160 --> 00:11:40.230
  • SO SIMEON HELD ON TO THE PROMISES OF GOD.
  • 00:11:40.260 --> 00:11:43.190
  • NEVER LET GO OF GOD'S PROMISES TO YOU.
  • 00:11:43.220 --> 00:11:45.240
  • HIS PROMISES ARE TRUE.
  • 00:11:45.270 --> 00:11:47.080
  • HIS PROMISES ARE TRUSTWORTHY, AND A LOT OF
  • 00:11:47.110 --> 00:11:50.210
  • US LET GO OF THEM SORT OF LIKE THESE GIFT CARDS
  • 00:11:50.240 --> 00:11:53.050
  • THAT WE GIVE OUT.
  • 00:11:53.080 --> 00:11:55.070
  • DO YOU GET GIFT CARDS FOR CHRISTMAS?
  • 00:11:55.100 --> 00:11:57.110
  • I HAVE TO SAY, PEOPLE HAVE BEEN VERY NICE TO ME.
  • 00:11:57.140 --> 00:11:59.230
  • I HAVE MORE GIFT CARDS FOR KRISPY KREME DONUTS THAN I
  • 00:11:59.260 --> 00:12:03.140
  • EVER WANT TO USE IN A LIFETIME AND THANK YOU FOR
  • 00:12:03.170 --> 00:12:07.180
  • THOSE OF YOU WHO SENT THEM, BUT PLEASE, NEVER
  • 00:12:07.210 --> 00:12:10.160
  • SEND ME ANOTHER ONE EVER BECAUSE IF I USED ALL
  • 00:12:10.190 --> 00:12:14.090
  • THOSE CARDS, I WOULD BE 600 POUNDS.
  • 00:12:14.120 --> 00:12:17.140
  • ANYWAY, SO THE POINT IS, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE GIVE GIFT
  • 00:12:17.170 --> 00:12:20.180
  • CARDS AND A LOT OF THEM ARE NEVER REDEEMED.
  • 00:12:20.210 --> 00:12:24.030
  • DID YOU KNOW THAT ONE BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF
  • 00:12:24.060 --> 00:12:26.220
  • GIFT CARDS ARE NOT USED EVERY YEAR?
  • 00:12:26.250 --> 00:12:29.090
  • I THINK THE PEOPLE THAT SELL THE CARDS LOVE THAT.
  • 00:12:29.120 --> 00:12:31.150
  • AWESOME. YOU GAVE US MONEY, WE DON'T HAVE TO GIVE YOU
  • 00:12:31.180 --> 00:12:34.020
  • A PRODUCT. CARRY ON. BUT THAT'S HOW
  • 00:12:34.050 --> 00:12:37.190
  • IT CAN BE WITH US AND THE PROMISES OF GOD.
  • 00:12:37.220 --> 00:12:39.200
  • THEY'RE THERE FOR US BUT WE DON'T TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEM.
  • 00:12:39.230 --> 00:12:43.150
  • SO HERE NOW IS SIMEON WHO WAITED.
  • 00:12:43.180 --> 00:12:46.260
  • BY THE WAY, HIS NAME MEANS GOD HAS HEARD.
  • 00:12:46.290 --> 00:12:50.070
  • HE WAS WAITING FOR CHRISTMAS, OR MORE
  • 00:12:50.100 --> 00:12:52.170
  • SPECIFICALLY, HE WAS WAITING FOR CHRIST AND
  • 00:12:52.200 --> 00:12:55.160
  • THEN ONE DAY THE LORD LEADS HIM TO GO TO THE TEMPLE.
  • 00:12:55.190 --> 00:12:59.120
  • BOY, I'M SURE HE'S GLAD HE WENT THAT DAY.
  • 00:12:59.150 --> 00:13:01.250
  • HAS THERE EVER BEEN A TIME WHERE YOU DECIDED TO GO TO
  • 00:13:01.280 --> 00:13:04.260
  • CHURCH AT THE LAST MINUTE AND YOU'RE SO GLAD YOU ARE HERE.
  • 00:13:04.290 --> 00:13:08.290
  • OH, I'M SO GLAD I'M IN CHURCH TODAY.
  • 00:13:09.020 --> 00:13:10.280
  • MAN, YOU CAN BE SURE HE WAS GLAD HE WAS IN THE
  • 00:13:11.010 --> 00:13:13.200
  • TEMPLE THAT DAY BECAUSE HE KNEW ONE OF THESE DAYS
  • 00:13:13.230 --> 00:13:15.250
  • THE MESSIAH WAS GOING TO COME. I DON'T KNOW WHEN.
  • 00:13:15.280 --> 00:13:18.010
  • I DON'T KNOW HOW I'LL KNOW.
  • 00:13:18.040 --> 00:13:19.190
  • AND THEN ONE DAY, IN TO THE TEMPLE WALKS MARY AND
  • 00:13:19.220 --> 00:13:23.050
  • JOSEPH AND THE BABY JESUS.
  • 00:13:23.080 --> 00:13:25.050
  • CAN YOU IMAGINE?
  • 00:13:25.080 --> 00:13:26.060
  • HOW DID HE KNOW IT WAS THEM?
  • 00:13:26.090 --> 00:13:27.180
  • WELL, THEY HAD HALOS OF COURSE.
  • 00:13:27.210 --> 00:13:29.120
  • HAVEN'T YOU SEEN THE CHRISTMAS CARDS?
  • 00:13:29.150 --> 00:13:32.110
  • MARY AND JOSEPH HAVE A HALO AND JESUS HAS ONE
  • 00:13:32.140 --> 00:13:34.230
  • TOO, BUT HIS IS A LITTLE SMALL HALO.
  • 00:13:34.260 --> 00:13:37.090
  • A LITTLE KID HALO, RIGHT.
  • 00:13:37.120 --> 00:13:38.270
  • NO. THEY DIDN'T HAVE HALOS.
  • 00:13:39.000 --> 00:13:40.070
  • THEY LOOKED LIKE ANY OTHER COUPLE, AND IN FACT,
  • 00:13:40.100 --> 00:13:42.170
  • THEY WOULD LOOK LIKE AN IMPOVERISHED COUPLE
  • 00:13:42.200 --> 00:13:44.230
  • BECAUSE THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THEY WERE.
  • 00:13:44.260 --> 00:13:46.260
  • THAT'S BECAUSE THEY BROUGHT TWO TURTLE DOVES
  • 00:13:46.290 --> 00:13:48.230
  • WHICH WAS THE LEAST YOU COULD BRING IN THE TEMPLE.
  • 00:13:48.260 --> 00:13:52.290
  • SO HERE THEY COME, BUT THE LORD REVEALS TO SIMEON
  • 00:13:53.020 --> 00:13:56.080
  • BECAUSE HE WALKS WITH GOD, THIS IS THE MESSIAH.
  • 00:13:56.110 --> 00:13:59.200
  • SO HE'S VERY AGGRESSIVE, HE WALKS RIGHT UP TO MARY
  • 00:13:59.230 --> 00:14:02.040
  • AND JOSEPH AND TAKES THE CHILD INTO HIS ARMS AND WE
  • 00:14:02.070 --> 00:14:06.010
  • READ ABOUT IT HERE IN LUKE 2:32, "HE THANKED GOD HE
  • 00:14:06.040 --> 00:14:09.230
  • HAD SEEN THE MESSIAH AND HE PRAYED, 'HE IS A LIGHT
  • 00:14:09.260 --> 00:14:13.200
  • TO REVEAL GOD TO THE NATIONS.
  • 00:14:13.230 --> 00:14:15.210
  • HE'S THE GLORY OF YOUR PEOPLE IN ISRAEL.' MARY
  • 00:14:15.240 --> 00:14:17.280
  • AND JOSEPH WERE AMAZED AT WHAT WAS BEING SAID ABOUT HIM.
  • 00:14:18.010 --> 00:14:21.090
  • THEN SIMEON BLESSED HIM AND SAID TO MARY, THE
  • 00:14:21.120 --> 00:14:23.260
  • BABY'S MOTHER, 'THIS CHILD IS DESTINED TO CAUSE MANY
  • 00:14:23.290 --> 00:14:28.000
  • IN ISRAEL TO FALL, AND MANY OTHERS TO RISE.
  • 00:14:28.030 --> 00:14:30.290
  • HE ASCENDS AS A SIGN FROM GOD AND MANY WILL OPPOSE
  • 00:14:31.020 --> 00:14:33.180
  • HIM AND AS A RESULT, THE DEEPEST THOUGHTS
  • 00:14:33.210 --> 00:14:36.040
  • OF MANY HEARTS WILL BE REVEALED.''
  • 00:14:36.070 --> 00:14:38.110
  • AND THEN THIS POWERFUL STATEMENT TO MARY:
  • 00:14:38.140 --> 00:14:41.060
  • "AND A SWORD WILL PEIRCE YOUR VERY SOUL."
  • 00:14:41.090 --> 00:14:47.110
  • THE GODLY SIMEON HAD BEEN WAITING FOR THE MESSIAH.
  • 00:14:47.140 --> 00:14:49.250
  • THE LORD HAD SHOWN HIM HE WOULD NOT DIE UNTIL HE SAW
  • 00:14:49.280 --> 00:14:53.240
  • THE MESSIAH. WHY? BECAUSE HE WAITED WITH EXPECTANCY.
  • 00:14:53.270 --> 00:14:58.030
  • LOOK AT LUKE VERSE 23 CHAPTER 2, "HE WAS A MAN
  • 00:14:58.060 --> 00:15:01.220
  • NAMED SIMEON RIGHTEOUS AND DEVOUT, EAGERLY WAITING
  • 00:15:01.250 --> 00:15:05.200
  • FOR THE MESSIAH TO COME AND RESCUE ISRAEL."
  • 00:15:05.230 --> 00:15:08.110
  • EAGERLY WAITING.
  • 00:15:08.140 --> 00:15:09.180
  • THAT COULD BE TRANSLATED ALERT TO HIS APPEARANCE.
  • 00:15:09.210 --> 00:15:14.150
  • YOU KNOW SOMETIMES WE SAY, "I NEVER HEAR FROM GOD."
  • 00:15:14.180 --> 00:15:17.060
  • WELL, ARE YOU EAGERLY WAITING?
  • 00:15:17.090 --> 00:15:19.100
  • ARE YOU EAGERLY LISTENING?
  • 00:15:19.130 --> 00:15:22.010
  • YOU SEE, THE THING IS I THINK A LOT OF TIMES
  • 00:15:22.040 --> 00:15:24.030
  • WE DON'T HEAR FROM GOD BECAUSE WE'RE NOT TUNED IN.
  • 00:15:24.060 --> 00:15:26.230
  • HERE'S A THOUGHT, IF YOU WANT TO HEAR FROM GOD,
  • 00:15:26.260 --> 00:15:29.150
  • PUT DOWN THE CELLPHONE. TURN OFF THE CELLPHONE.
  • 00:15:29.180 --> 00:15:34.060
  • TURN OFF THE TABLET. TURN OFF THE TV.
  • 00:15:34.090 --> 00:15:36.280
  • GO OUTSIDE WITH A BIBLE IN YOUR LAP.
  • 00:15:37.010 --> 00:15:40.180
  • LISTEN, I BET GOD MAY SPEAK TO YOU.
  • 00:15:40.210 --> 00:15:43.110
  • THERE'S A APP OUT THAT APPLE NAMED THE APP OF THE YEAR.
  • 00:15:43.140 --> 00:15:48.090
  • YOU KNOW WHAT THIS APP IS CALLED?
  • 00:15:48.120 --> 00:15:49.250
  • THE NAME OF THE APP IS "CALM" AND YOU KNOW
  • 00:15:49.280 --> 00:15:53.020
  • WHAT THE APP DOES?
  • 00:15:53.050 --> 00:15:54.010
  • BASICALLY, IT SHOWS YOU NATURE SCENES.
  • 00:15:54.040 --> 00:15:57.110
  • CRASHING WAVES. TREES BLOWING WITH A BREEZE.
  • 00:15:57.140 --> 00:16:02.080
  • A FIREPLACE CRACKLING AWAY, AND YOU'RE SUPPOSED
  • 00:16:02.110 --> 00:16:05.130
  • TO WATCH IT FOR ONE MINUTE.
  • 00:16:05.160 --> 00:16:07.050
  • A LITTLE TIMER GOES ON. WATCH THIS FOR ONE MINUTE.
  • 00:16:07.080 --> 00:16:09.090
  • PEOPLE SAY, "THIS IS SO CALMING."
  • 00:16:09.120 --> 00:16:10.290
  • HEY, PUT THE STINKIN' PHONE DOWN AND GO OUTSIDE.
  • 00:16:11.020 --> 00:16:14.240
  • IT'S EVEN BETTER AND GOD MADE IT.
  • 00:16:14.270 --> 00:16:17.280
  • [applause]
  • 00:16:18.010 --> 00:16:23.060
  • YOU KNOW, JUST GO OUT AND ENJOY GOD'S CREATION.
  • 00:16:23.090 --> 00:16:25.130
  • THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT BEING OUT THERE AND BEING
  • 00:16:25.160 --> 00:16:28.070
  • QUIET AND LISTENING.
  • 00:16:28.100 --> 00:16:29.110
  • YOU'LL HEAR FROM THE LORD.
  • 00:16:29.140 --> 00:16:30.200
  • YES, SIMEON WAS EAGERLY WAITING FOR JESUS TO COME
  • 00:16:30.230 --> 00:16:33.280
  • THE FIRST TIME AND GUESS WHAT?
  • 00:16:34.010 --> 00:16:35.170
  • JESUS CHRIST IS COMING BACK A SECOND TIME AS WELL
  • 00:16:35.200 --> 00:16:39.260
  • AND WE SHOULD BE EAGERLY AWAITING THAT.
  • 00:16:39.290 --> 00:16:42.150
  • HEBREWS 9:28, I FELT SOME OF YOU WANT TO CLAP.
  • 00:16:42.180 --> 00:16:45.270
  • GO. CLAP. LET IT OUT. DOESN'T THAT FEEL GOOD?
  • 00:16:46.000 --> 00:16:48.190
  • [applause]
  • 00:16:48.220 --> 00:16:50.060
  • IT FEELS GOOD BECAUSE IT'S TRUE.
  • 00:16:50.090 --> 00:16:51.270
  • HEBREWS 9:28 SAYS, "HE WILL COME AGAIN, NOT TO
  • 00:16:52.000 --> 00:16:54.280
  • DEAL WITH OUR SINS, BUT TO BRING SALVATION" LISTEN,
  • 00:16:55.010 --> 00:16:58.280
  • "FOR THOSE WHO ARE EAGERLY WAITING FOR HIM."
  • 00:16:59.010 --> 00:17:02.220
  • ARE YOU EAGERLY AWAITING THE RETURN OF CHRIST?
  • 00:17:02.250 --> 00:17:06.200
  • THAT'S A REAL TEST I THINK IN MANY WAYS TO DETERMINE
  • 00:17:06.230 --> 00:17:11.170
  • WHERE YOU'RE AT SPIRITUALLY.
  • 00:17:11.200 --> 00:17:13.090
  • I THINK IF YOU'RE RIGHT WITH GOD YOU WILL LONG FOR
  • 00:17:13.120 --> 00:17:16.040
  • THE RETURN OF CHRIST.
  • 00:17:16.070 --> 00:17:18.030
  • I THINK IF YOU'RE NOT RIGHT WITH THE LORD OR
  • 00:17:18.060 --> 00:17:20.100
  • MAYBE LIVING IN A WAY YOU SHOULD NOT BE LIVING, YOU
  • 00:17:20.130 --> 00:17:22.200
  • SORT OF DREAD HEARING ABOUT THE RETURN OF
  • 00:17:22.230 --> 00:17:26.050
  • CHRIST BUT HE'LL COME AGAIN.
  • 00:17:26.080 --> 00:17:28.090
  • THE FIRST TIME HE CAME IN A MANGER.
  • 00:17:28.120 --> 00:17:30.140
  • NEXT TIME HE'LL COME IN GLORY.
  • 00:17:30.170 --> 00:17:33.020
  • THE FIRST TIME HE CAME IN SWADDLING CLOTHS.
  • 00:17:33.050 --> 00:17:36.200
  • THE NEXT TIME HE'LL COME IN A ROBE DIPPED IN BLOOD.
  • 00:17:36.230 --> 00:17:40.050
  • IN HIS FIRST COMING HE WAS SURROUNDED
  • 00:17:40.080 --> 00:17:43.000
  • BY SHEPHERDS AND ANIMALS.
  • 00:17:43.030 --> 00:17:45.090
  • IN THE SECOND COMING HE'LL BE ACCOMPANIED
  • 00:17:45.120 --> 00:17:47.150
  • BY SAINTS AND ANGELS.
  • 00:17:47.180 --> 00:17:49.230
  • AT HIS FIRST COMING, THERE WAS NO ROOM IN THE INN.
  • 00:17:49.260 --> 00:17:53.030
  • AT HIS SECOND COMING, THE DOOR OF THE HEAVENS
  • 00:17:53.060 --> 00:17:55.110
  • WILL BE OPENED TO HIM.
  • 00:17:55.140 --> 00:17:57.040
  • IN HIS FIRST COMING HE CAME AS THE LAMB OF GOD
  • 00:17:57.070 --> 00:17:59.140
  • WHO WOULD DIE FOR THE SIN OF THE WORLD.
  • 00:17:59.170 --> 00:18:02.040
  • IN HIS SECOND COMING, HE'LL RETURN AS THE
  • 00:18:02.070 --> 00:18:04.170
  • FEROCIOUS LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH.
  • 00:18:04.200 --> 00:18:07.170
  • YES, HE IS COMING BACK AGAIN AND LIKE SIMEON
  • 00:18:07.200 --> 00:18:10.220
  • WE SHOULD LIVE IN ANTICIPATION OF THAT DAY.
  • 00:18:10.250 --> 00:18:14.140
  • MESSIAH IS COMING AGAIN.
  • 00:18:14.170 --> 00:18:17.110
  • [applause]
  • 00:18:17.140 --> 00:18:19.280
  • SO THERE'S ONE OTHER PERSON IN OUR STORY THAT
  • 00:18:20.010 --> 00:18:23.050
  • WAS WAITING FOR CHRISTMAS.
  • 00:18:23.080 --> 00:18:24.180
  • WAITING FOR CHRIST AND IT'S ANNA.
  • 00:18:24.210 --> 00:18:27.150
  • SHE HAD BEEN A WIDOW FOR MOST OF HER LIFE.
  • 00:18:27.180 --> 00:18:30.000
  • SHE LOST HER HUSBAND AFTER 7 YEARS OF MARRIAGE.
  • 00:18:30.030 --> 00:18:33.130
  • SHE'S NOW 84 YEARS OLD.
  • 00:18:33.160 --> 00:18:35.230
  • ANNA, FOR ALL PRACTICAL PURPOSES,
  • 00:18:35.260 --> 00:18:38.170
  • LIVED IN THE TEMPLE AS SHE WAITED FOR MESSIAH.
  • 00:18:38.200 --> 00:18:42.140
  • VERSE 37 AND 38 OF LUKE 2 SAYS, "SHE NEVER LEFT THE TEMPLE.
  • 00:18:42.170 --> 00:18:48.170
  • BUT STAYED THERE DAY AND NIGHT WORSHIPPING
  • 00:18:48.200 --> 00:18:50.280
  • GOD WITH FASTING AND PRAYER.
  • 00:18:51.010 --> 00:18:53.100
  • SHE CAME ALONG JUST AS SIMEON WAS TALKING WITH
  • 00:18:53.130 --> 00:18:55.290
  • MARY AND JOSEPH AND SHE BEGAN PRAISING GOD AND SHE
  • 00:18:56.020 --> 00:18:58.230
  • TALKED ABOUT THE CHILD TO EVERYONE WHO HAD BEEN
  • 00:18:58.260 --> 00:19:03.240
  • WAITING EXPECTANTLY FOR GOD TO RESCUE JERUSALEM."
  • 00:19:03.270 --> 00:19:08.030
  • THAT'S INTERESTING. YOU LOOK AT ANNA.
  • 00:19:08.060 --> 00:19:09.210
  • YOU KNOW SHE JUST SHOWS US HOW A BELIEVER SHOULD LIVE.
  • 00:19:09.240 --> 00:19:13.070
  • YOU KNOW, REALLY, WHAT DID ANNA DO?
  • 00:19:13.100 --> 00:19:15.290
  • SHE DID THE FOUR THINGS WE TELL NEW BELIEVERS TO DO.
  • 00:19:16.020 --> 00:19:19.190
  • YOU KNOW, WHEN PEOPLE COME TO CHRIST AND WE SAY WE
  • 00:19:19.220 --> 00:19:21.180
  • HAVE A BIBLE FOR YOU THAT LOOKS LIKE THIS RIGHT.
  • 00:19:21.210 --> 00:19:24.030
  • WE SAY, GO BACK INTO THIS ROOM AND WE'LL TALK TO
  • 00:19:24.060 --> 00:19:26.080
  • YOU, HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHAT HAPPENS
  • 00:19:26.110 --> 00:19:28.110
  • BACK IN THAT ROOM?
  • 00:19:28.140 --> 00:19:30.090
  • WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE AND WHAT ARE THEY SAYING?
  • 00:19:30.120 --> 00:19:32.260
  • IT'S REAL SIMPLE.
  • 00:19:32.290 --> 00:19:33.250
  • WE TELL BRAND-NEW CHRISTIANS THAT THEY
  • 00:19:33.280 --> 00:19:36.030
  • NEED TO STUDY GOD'S WORD EVERYDAY.
  • 00:19:36.060 --> 00:19:38.160
  • THEY NEED TO PRAY AND BE A PART OF THE CHURCH.
  • 00:19:38.190 --> 00:19:41.150
  • THEY NEED TO SHARE THEIR FAITH.
  • 00:19:41.180 --> 00:19:43.130
  • THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT ANNA DID.
  • 00:19:43.160 --> 00:19:45.090
  • HERE IS A WOMAN THAT STUDIED GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:19:45.120 --> 00:19:47.050
  • SHE WORSHIPPED AND FASTED. SHE PRAYED.
  • 00:19:47.080 --> 00:19:50.120
  • SHE WENT TO CHURCH, OR IN HER CASE, THE TEMPLE AND
  • 00:19:50.150 --> 00:19:53.040
  • IMMEDIATELY SHE SHARED JESUS WITH OTHERS.
  • 00:19:53.070 --> 00:19:56.120
  • NOW, THEY HAD ONE THING IN COMMON.
  • 00:19:56.150 --> 00:19:58.200
  • THEY WERE BOTH OLD.
  • 00:19:58.230 --> 00:20:00.100
  • AS I SAID EARLIER, THEIR OBJECTIVE WAS: DO NOT DIE
  • 00:20:00.130 --> 00:20:03.140
  • UNTIL CHRISTMAS AND ONCE SIMEON HELD THE BABY IN
  • 00:20:03.170 --> 00:20:07.150
  • HIS ARMS, HE SAID IN VERSE 29, "LORD, NOW LET YOUR
  • 00:20:07.180 --> 00:20:12.010
  • SERVANT DEPART IN PEACE ACCORDING TO YOUR WORDS
  • 00:20:12.040 --> 00:20:14.200
  • BECAUSE MY EYES HAVE SEEN YOUR SALVATION."
  • 00:20:14.230 --> 00:20:18.010
  • HE WAITED AND HE DIED WITH HOPE.
  • 00:20:18.040 --> 00:20:21.060
  • IN FACT, SIMEON HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF HOLDING HOPE
  • 00:20:21.090 --> 00:20:25.000
  • IN HIS ARMS WHEN HE HELD JESUS.
  • 00:20:25.030 --> 00:20:27.130
  • HOPE HAS A NAME AND IT'S JESUS.
  • 00:20:27.160 --> 00:20:30.080
  • HE HELD ON TO THAT HOPE.
  • 00:20:30.110 --> 00:20:31.250
  • WE HAVE THAT SAME HOPE.
  • 00:20:31.280 --> 00:20:33.080
  • [applause]
  • 00:20:33.110 --> 00:20:36.010
  • THIS MIGHT SURPRISE YOU, MIGHT BE A LITTLE BIT OF A
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  • DOWNER FOR SOME, BUT THE FACT IS DEATH
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  • AND CHRISTMAS ARE INSEPARABLY CONNECTED.
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  • I KNOW THAT DOESN'T FIT THE CHEERY HOLIDAY IMAGE
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  • OF WHAT WE THINK CHRISTMAS OUGHT TO BE BUT DEATH
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  • AND CHRISTMAS ARE CLOSELY CONNECTED.
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  • DON'T FORGET THAT THE ANGEL SAID TO JOSEPH OF
  • 00:20:54.210 --> 00:20:57.240
  • JESUS HE WILL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS.
  • 00:20:57.270 --> 00:21:03.220
  • DON'T FORGET THAT THE MAGI, THE WISE MEN
  • 00:21:03.250 --> 00:21:07.020
  • WHO CAME LATER, BROUGHT THREE GIFTS -
  • 00:21:07.050 --> 00:21:09.250
  • FRANKINCENSE, GOLD, AND MUR.
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  • MUR BEING AN EMBALMING ELEMENT.
  • 00:21:11.190 --> 00:21:14.050
  • HERE IS WHAT JESUS HIMSELF SAYS ABOUT WHY HE CAME.
  • 00:21:14.080 --> 00:21:17.240
  • HE SAID, "I HAVE COME SO YOU MIGHT
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  • ALL GO SHOPPING," RIGHT. NO.
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  • I HAVEN'T READ THAT VERSE. "I HAVE COME SO YOU MIGHT
  • 00:21:23.290 --> 00:21:26.170
  • HAVE AWESOME CHRISTMAS PARTIES." NO.
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  • "I HAVE COME," JESUS SAYS, "TO GIVE MY LIFE AS A
  • 00:21:29.040 --> 00:21:34.040
  • RANSOM FOR MANY."
  • 00:21:34.070 --> 00:21:35.150
  • WHY DID YOU COME, JESUS?
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  • WHY WERE YOU BORN IN THAT MANGER IN BETHLEHEM?
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  • WHY DID YOU WALK AMONG US AS A MAN?
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  • WHY DID YOU DIE ON THAT CROSS AND RISE
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  • AGAIN FROM THE DEAD?
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  • JESUS SAYS, "I CAME TO GIVE MY LIFE AS A RANSOM
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  • FOR MANY" BECAUSE WE'RE ALL SEPARATED FROM GOD
  • 00:21:49.010 --> 00:21:52.030
  • BY OUR SIN AND HE'S COME TO FORGIVE US.
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  • HE CAME TO THIS EARTH BECAUSE WE'RE SINNERS
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  • THAT NEED A SAVIOR.
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  • BUT IT'S HARD FOR US TO ADMIT WE'RE SINNERS
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  • SOMETIMES, AND IT'S HARD FOR US TO JUMP INTO HIS OPEN ARMS.
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  • THE OTHER DAY I WAS IN MY HOUSE.
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  • I WAS WATCHING SOMETHING ON TELEVISION AND I HEARD
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  • THE VOICE OF MY WIFE SAY "GREG!"
  • 00:22:12.060 --> 00:22:14.090
  • AND I LOOKED AROUND.
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  • I COULDN'T SEE HER ANYWHERE SO I WENT
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  • BACK TO MY PROGRAM.
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  • SHE YELLS AGAIN "GREG!" EVEN LOUDER.
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  • I'M LIKE WHERE IS SHE?
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  • I'M WALKING AROUND TRYING TO FIND HER.
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  • I GO IN MY BACKYARD, I'M NOT MAKING THIS UP,
  • 00:22:22.080 --> 00:22:24.270
  • CATHE IS UP IN A TREE.
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  • [laughter]
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  • SHE'S UP IN A TREE.
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  • I'M LOOKING UP AT HER IN A TREE LIKE,
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  • WHY ARE YOU IN A TREE?
  • 00:22:31.220 --> 00:22:33.090
  • WELL, WHAT HAPPENED WAS SHE WENT OUT TO PUT
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  • SOMETHING IN THE TRASHCAN AND WE HAVE A LITTLE WALL
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  • RIGHT NEXT TO OUR GARAGE AND THE DOOR IS LOCKED
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  • ON THE OUTSIDE. I DIDN'T KNOW THIS.
  • 00:22:42.090 --> 00:22:43.200
  • SO AS SHE WENT OUT THE DOOR SHUT BEHIND HER AND
  • 00:22:43.230 --> 00:22:45.190
  • SHE WAS LOCKED IN THIS TINY LITTLE SPACE SO SHE
  • 00:22:45.220 --> 00:22:48.110
  • CLIMBED UP ON A TRASH CAN AND THEN SHE CLIMBED UP IN
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  • THE TREE BUT COULDN'T GET DOWN FROM THE TREE.
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  • SO SHE YELLS OUT TO ME, "GREG, HELP ME!"
  • 00:22:53.200 --> 00:22:57.090
  • SO I COME OUT AND THERE SHE IS.
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  • I LOOKED UP AT HER AND I SAID, "HERE, CATHE!
  • 00:22:58.260 --> 00:23:00.190
  • JUMP INTO MY ARMS."
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  • SHE SAID "NO WAY."
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  • [Laughter]
  • 00:23:02.240 --> 00:23:04.070
  • COME ON.
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  • I'M TRYING TO BE THE PRINCE OR SOMETHING
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  • I DON'T KNOW.
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  • JUMP INTO MY ARMS. I'LL CATCH YOU.
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  • SHE SAYS "NO, GET A LADDER."
  • 00:23:09.050 --> 00:23:11.030
  • [laughter]
  • 00:23:11.060 --> 00:23:11.290
  • I DON'T THINK SHE TRUSTED ME.
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  • I THINK SHE WAS AFRAID I MIGHT DROP HER SO I GOT
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  • HER A LADDER AND SHE GOT DOWN SAFELY.
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  • SO CATHE WAS IN A TREE.
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  • THERE YOU GO.
  • 00:23:23.150 --> 00:23:24.160
  • BUT YOU KNOW I LOVE THE WAY GRANDCHILDREN THEY'LL
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  • JUST JUMP INTO YOUR ARMS.
  • 00:23:28.110 --> 00:23:29.210
  • SOMETIMES THEY DON'T TELL YOU THEY'RE COMING RIGHT.
  • 00:23:29.240 --> 00:23:31.200
  • THEY JUST DECIDE THEY'RE GOING TO FLING THEMSELVES
  • 00:23:31.230 --> 00:23:33.200
  • AT YOU AND YOU CATCH THEM AT THE LAST SECOND.
  • 00:23:33.230 --> 00:23:36.010
  • SO THE LORD IS STANDING THERE SAYING,
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  • "JUST JUMP INTO MY ARMS RIGHT NOW."
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  • GET A LADDER!
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  • NO. YOU NEED TO SURRENDER AND LET GO AND CHRIST WILL
  • 00:23:40.190 --> 00:23:43.210
  • CATCH YOU AND JESUS WILL NOT DROP YOU FOR SURE.
  • 00:23:43.240 --> 00:23:47.160
  • [applause]
  • 00:23:47.190 --> 00:23:51.070
  • GOD CAN FORGIVE YOU OF ALL OF YOUR SIN AND NONE OF US
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  • HAVE THE PROMISE WE'LL BE HERE NEXT CHRISTMAS.
  • 00:23:55.290 --> 00:23:58.130
  • YOU KNOW, SIMEON DIDN'T HAVE THAT PROMISE.
  • 00:23:58.160 --> 00:24:01.150
  • THE LORD SHOWED HIM HE WOULD LIVE UNTIL
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  • HE SAW THE MESSIAH. WE HAVE THIS CHRISTMAS.
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  • WE DON'T KNOW IF WE'LL BE HERE NEXT CHRISTMAS,
  • 00:24:06.200 --> 00:24:08.140
  • BUT WE'RE HERE THIS ONE SO LISTEN, DON'T LET THIS
  • 00:24:08.170 --> 00:24:12.250
  • OPPORTUNITY GO BY BECAUSE GOD IS OFFERING YOU THE
  • 00:24:12.280 --> 00:24:15.190
  • GREATEST OF ALL GIFTS.
  • 00:24:15.220 --> 00:24:16.260
  • I LOVE THE FACT THAT WHEN YOU GIVE GIFTS
  • 00:24:16.290 --> 00:24:19.190
  • TO CHILDREN, THEY'LL LET YOU KNOW
  • 00:24:19.220 --> 00:24:21.290
  • IF THEY LIKE THE GIFT OR NOT.
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  • [laughter]
  • 00:24:23.120 --> 00:24:25.000
  • THEY HAVEN'T LEARNED TO LIE LIKE ADULTS.
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  • YOU EVER GET A GIFT THAT'S LIKE THE WORST GIFT EVER?
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  • BY THE WAY WHEN I GIVE A GIFT TO SOMEONE, I'LL SAY
  • 00:24:29.190 --> 00:24:31.240
  • THIS, "I GOT THIS FOR YOU.
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  • I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'RE GOING TO LIKE IT.
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  • IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, HERE'S WHERE I GOT IT.
  • 00:24:36.020 --> 00:24:38.030
  • HERE'S A GIFT RECEIPT.
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  • PLEASE RETURN IT AND GET WHAT YOU WANT."
  • 00:24:39.270 --> 00:24:41.250
  • THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT GIVE YOU THE UGLIEST SWEATER
  • 00:24:41.280 --> 00:24:44.090
  • EVER MADE AND THEN THEY'LL SEE YOU TWO WEEKS LATER,
  • 00:24:44.120 --> 00:24:47.190
  • "WHY AREN'T YOU WEARING THE SWEATER?"
  • 00:24:47.220 --> 00:24:49.160
  • BECAUSE IT'S UGLY.
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  • [laughter]
  • 00:24:50.290 --> 00:24:52.100
  • SO YOU DON'T WANT TO HURT THEIR FEELINGS.
  • 00:24:52.130 --> 00:24:53.130
  • JUST DON'T BE THAT PERSON.
  • 00:24:53.160 --> 00:24:54.280
  • BUT WITH A KID, YOU GIVE A GIFT.
  • 00:24:55.010 --> 00:24:57.090
  • WE GAVE GIFTS TO OUR GRANDCHILDREN LAST NIGHT.
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  • WE DO IT A LITTLE EARLIER THAN CHRISTMAS AND WITH
  • 00:25:01.070 --> 00:25:03.100
  • LITTLE CHRISTOPHER, I GAVE HIM SOMETHING
  • 00:25:03.130 --> 00:25:05.070
  • AND HE'LL SAY "HUH" OOF.
  • 00:25:05.100 --> 00:25:07.010
  • REALLY?! I THOUGHT THAT WAS A GOOD GIFT.
  • 00:25:07.040 --> 00:25:09.280
  • THEY'LL TELL YOU WHAT THEY THINK.
  • 00:25:10.010 --> 00:25:11.080
  • WELL, GOD IS GIVING YOU A GIFT.
  • 00:25:11.110 --> 00:25:12.230
  • DON'T PUSH IT ASIDE. ACCEPT IT. ENJOY IT.
  • 00:25:12.260 --> 00:25:16.030
  • THE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE.
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  • I'D LIKE TO CLOSE IN PRAYER AND SOME OF YOU
  • 00:25:18.040 --> 00:25:21.120
  • NEED TO MAKE A RECOMMITMENT TO JESUS.
  • 00:25:21.150 --> 00:25:24.040
  • AND A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE HERE.
  • 00:25:24.070 --> 00:25:26.070
  • A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE WATCHING.
  • 00:25:26.100 --> 00:25:27.060
  • OTHERS ARE LISTENING.
  • 00:25:27.090 --> 00:25:29.030
  • YOU NEED TO MAKE A RECOMMITMENT TO JESUS.
  • 00:25:29.060 --> 00:25:32.180
  • YOU ARE NOT READY FOR THE LORD'S RETURN.
  • 00:25:32.210 --> 00:25:36.000
  • YOU ARE NOT LOOKING EXPECTANTLY FOR CHRIST'S RETURN.
  • 00:25:36.030 --> 00:25:39.250
  • YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT NOW YOU SHOULD NOT
  • 00:25:39.280 --> 00:25:42.110
  • BE DOING AS A FOLLOWER OF JESUS.
  • 00:25:42.140 --> 00:25:44.190
  • MAKE A RECOMMITMENT TO CHRIST.
  • 00:25:44.220 --> 00:25:47.000
  • TURN FROM THAT SIN. RECOMMIT YOURSELF TO HIM.
  • 00:25:47.030 --> 00:25:49.170
  • THERE'S SOME OF YOU HERE THAT WELL, YOU'VE NEVER
  • 00:25:49.200 --> 00:25:52.180
  • EVEN ASKED JESUS TO COME INTO YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:25:52.210 --> 00:25:54.150
  • YOU'VE ALWAYS THOUGHT HIGHLY OF JESUS, BUT YOU
  • 00:25:54.180 --> 00:25:56.180
  • NEVER UNDERSTOOD HE CAME ON A RESCUE MISSION FOR YOU.
  • 00:25:56.210 --> 00:26:00.190
  • YES, TO BE BORN IN THE MANGER, BUT YES TO DIE ON
  • 00:26:00.220 --> 00:26:03.270
  • THE CROSS AND TO BEAR YOUR SINS AND MINE AND THEN TO
  • 00:26:04.000 --> 00:26:07.160
  • RISE AGAIN FROM THE DEAD AND HE'LL COME INTO YOUR
  • 00:26:07.190 --> 00:26:10.210
  • LIFE RIGHT NOW AND YOU'LL NEVER BE ALONE AGAIN.
  • 00:26:10.240 --> 00:26:13.250
  • IF YOU NEED JESUS IN YOUR LIFE, RESPOND AS WE PRAY
  • 00:26:13.280 --> 00:26:17.030
  • AND YOU CAN PRAY THIS PRAYER WITH ME.
  • 00:26:17.060 --> 00:26:18.240
  • IF YOU WANT CHRIST TO FORGIVE YOU OF YOUR SIN.
  • 00:26:18.270 --> 00:26:21.140
  • IF YOU WANT TO COMMIT YOUR LIFE TO JESUS OR RECOMMIT
  • 00:26:21.170 --> 00:26:24.210
  • YOUR LIFE TO JESUS, JUST PRAY THIS PRAYER
  • 00:26:24.240 --> 00:26:27.170
  • RIGHT WHERE YOU SIT.
  • 00:26:27.200 --> 00:26:28.210
  • YOU CAN PRAY IT OUT LOUD IF YOU LIKE, BUT PRAY THIS
  • 00:26:28.240 --> 00:26:31.090
  • WITH ME WHEREVER YOU ARE.
  • 00:26:31.120 --> 00:26:32.210
  • JUST PRAY LORD JESUS, I'M SORRY FOR MY SIN AND I
  • 00:26:32.240 --> 00:26:37.090
  • TURN FROM IT RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:26:37.120 --> 00:26:40.100
  • THANK YOU FOR BEING BORN IN THAT MANGER.
  • 00:26:40.130 --> 00:26:43.060
  • THANK YOU FOR DYING ON THE CROSS.
  • 00:26:43.090 --> 00:26:46.030
  • THANK YOU FOR RISING FROM THE DEAD.
  • 00:26:46.060 --> 00:26:49.140
  • THANK YOU THAT YOU'RE COMING BACK AGAIN.
  • 00:26:49.170 --> 00:26:51.200
  • I CHOOSE RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW TO FOLLOW YOU AS MY
  • 00:26:51.230 --> 00:26:59.000
  • SAVIOR AND LORD, AS MY GOD AND FRIEND.
  • 00:26:59.030 --> 00:27:03.160
  • IN JESUS NAME I PRAY, AMEN.
  • 00:27:03.190 --> 00:27:06.260
  • GOD BLESS EACH OF YOU THAT PRAYED THAT PRAYER.
  • 00:27:06.290 --> 00:27:09.270
  • MERRY CHRISTMAS.
  • 00:27:10.000 --> 00:27:11.100
  • [applause]
  • 00:27:11.130 --> 00:27:13.170
  • [Phil Wickham: This is the Day] THIS IS THE DAY WHEN
  • 00:27:13.200 --> 00:27:14.290
  • THE LOST ARE FOUND.
  • 00:27:15.020 --> 00:27:17.020
  • OH CAN YOU HEAR ALL THE ANGELS ARE SINGING.
  • 00:27:17.050 --> 00:27:21.120
  • THIS IS THE DAY THE DAY WHEN LIFE BEGINS.
  • 00:27:21.150 --> 00:27:22.150