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December 1, 2019
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It Is Written with John Bradshaw

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  • -John Bradshaw: This is It Is Written.
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  • I'm John Bradshaw.
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  • Thanks for joining me.
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  • This is part 3 of our series the "Prequel of the Bible,"
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  • and today we're going to be asking some questions.
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  • [soft piano music]
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  • Have you ever read the Bible?
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  • -Woman 1: Yes.
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  • -Woman 2: Yes.
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  • -Man 1: Uh, definitely parts, but not all the way through,
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  • which I should but just...haven't.
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  • -Man 2: Yes. Cover to cover about probably 27 times.
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  • -John: Did you know there's a story in the Bible that predates
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  • the Garden of Eden and yet is still impacting the world today?
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  • -Woman 1: Um, not so much.
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  • -Woman 2: No.
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  • -Man 1: I have heard it,
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  • but I couldn't tell you the name of the story.
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  • -Man 2: Uh... [metal rattling in background]
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  • Tell me about it. [laughs]
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  • [music]
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  • -John: We're looking at this backstory,
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  • this prequel that's hidden in the Bible.
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  • Once you discover it, once you know it,
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  • it'll broaden and deepen your understanding
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  • of the entire Word of God.
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  • And when I say it's hidden, well,
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  • that's because it is.
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  • You'll find part of it in Genesis,
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  • and you'll find the rest of it scattered throughout the Bible
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  • all the way down to the book of Revelation.
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  • And it's written in nonlinear form.
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  • That means, it's not written in order.
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  • The beginning of the story
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  • is found near the middle of the Bible;
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  • the middle of the story is found back near
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  • the beginning of the Bible.
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  • When something is written in a nonlinear form,
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  • presented in a nonlinear form,
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  • you want to sit up and take notice
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  • because important information is being conveyed.
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  • For example, prophecy, such as the book of Revelation,
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  • can be in nonlinear form.
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  • Our study of the prequel of the Bible so far
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  • has led to some big conclusions.
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  • First, there's a battle going on right now
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  • for control of the universe.
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  • Second, that battle isn't one of weapons,
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  • but it's one of ideas.
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  • It's a political battle, if you will.
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  • You could say it's a political campaign.
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  • Each side has a platform for how the universe should be run.
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  • On one side, God and His followers,
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  • who say that the universe should be organized around a system
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  • where everything gives to and supports everything else,
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  • where each interaction results in blessing to each party.
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  • It's a system that has lovingkindness
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  • as its organizing principle.
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  • Now, the competing system advanced by the other side,
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  • by Satan and his followers, contends that the universe
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  • should be organized around a system of taking.
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  • A system where strength and aggression rule.
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  • A system where interactions produce a winner and a loser.
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  • This is a system that has selfishness
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  • as its organizing principle.
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  • This system was part of Satan's rebellion against God.
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  • The two organizing principles reflect the characters
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  • of their champions.
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  • God is love, and in His system everything gives
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  • to everything else, with God giving the most.
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  • Satan is selfish, and his system is based on conflict and taking,
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  • where power and force determine outcomes
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  • and where domination is the ultimate goal.
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  • The irony here is that Satan has claimed from the start
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  • of his rebellion that God is, in fact, selfish at the core,
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  • and that he, Satan, is revealing the real character of God.
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  • And really, with that attempt to redefine reality,
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  • sounds much like what we would see
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  • in a modern political campaign.
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  • What we found in our study of this story in the Bible
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  • has been remarkable.
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  • But it hasn't just been an historical study,
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  • because this pitched political campaign between God and Satan
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  • and their governing philosophies
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  • is very real and is profoundly affecting our lives
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  • every single day.
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  • [somber music]
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  • One of the most remarkable things you can learn
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  • from this backstory of the Bible is this:
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  • This earth originally created by God in perfection
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  • has been twisted by the devil into a real-time demonstration
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  • of how his system of selfishness works.
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  • Now, we're going to look at some, some decisive battles
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  • in this war of ideas between God and Satan,
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  • battles that took place early in the life and ministry of Jesus.
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  • The first one took place in a valley in the Middle East,
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  • a valley through which the Jordan River flows.
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  • I'll have that in just a moment.
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  • [music]
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  • -John: Temptation is a fact of life,
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  • but you can be successful in the face of temptation.
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  • instead of being defeated by sin.
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  • [birds twittering]
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  • -John Bradshaw: Thanks for joining me on It Is Written.
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  • Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the River Jordan.
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  • When He was, His Father's voice was heard
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  • proclaiming from heaven
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  • that this was "my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased."
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  • The Holy Spirit rested upon Jesus in the form of a dove.
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  • This was the beginning of Jesus' formal ministry.
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  • What happened next
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  • was essentially hand-to-hand combat with Satan.
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  • Matthew 4:1 says that "Jesus was led...by the Spirit
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  • into the wilderness," which in this case was the desert.
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  • And He began to prepare for His conflict with Satan
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  • by fasting for 40 days.
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  • Now, that might seem like a strange thing to do;
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  • that is, most people would prepare for battle
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  • by doing everything they could to increase their strength.
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  • Jesus, on the other hand,
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  • gave up just about every last ounce of strength that He had.
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  • In doing this, He was showing us that power to resist Satan
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  • comes from not within ourselves,
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  • but from a relationship with God and from the Word of God.
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  • An ER doctor once said that the rule he uses
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  • is the rule of threes.
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  • Death comes after three minutes without oxygen,
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  • three days without water,
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  • or three weeks or up to 30 days without food.
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  • Now, there are all sorts of conditions and caveats,
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  • but basically 30 days without food takes a person
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  • to the very edge of human endurance.
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  • By the time Jesus had fasted for 40 days,
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  • He was faint with weakness; His body was shutting down.
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  • His energy reserves were depleted.
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  • His body was a jumble of chemical imbalances
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  • and shortages.
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  • It was practically screaming at Him to do whatever
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  • He possibly could to prolong life.
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  • Now, in that condition it would have taken an enormous effort
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  • simply to focus His mind, but it was in that state,
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  • on the very edge of death, that He met Satan in decisive battle.
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  • The picture is clearly painted for us
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  • in the writings of both Matthew and Luke.
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  • The battle was comprised of three skirmishes,
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  • and like the entire conflict before it,
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  • this was a political battle.
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  • It was a battle of ideas.
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  • Now, in the first encounter,
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  • Satan came to Jesus with an idea,
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  • which on the surface seemed to be straightforward.
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  • He said to Him, "If You are the Son of God,
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  • then command that these stones be made into bread."
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  • [soft somber music]
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  • So few words, so much going on.
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  • There were layers and layers to Satan's challenge.
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  • First was doubt.
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  • He wanted Jesus to express doubt in His relationship with God
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  • and in His own mission and ministry.
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  • Notice what he said: "If You are the Son of God."
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  • He was trying to open up a crack in Jesus' thinking
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  • that he could then go and drive a wedge right into.
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  • And secondly, he wanted Jesus to perform an act of selfishness
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  • as a consequence of that doubt.
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  • He wanted Jesus to act in harmony
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  • with his system of selfishness.
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  • Remember, Satan's original claim was that God
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  • was fundamentally selfish.
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  • He wanted to be justified in that.
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  • He was desperate to prove to the universe that that was so.
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  • And notice that the trap was baited with food,
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  • which was exactly what Jesus desperately needed.
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  • And yet Jesus didn't give in.
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  • In Matthew 4:4 we read that He responded to Satan
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  • with scripture:
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  • "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone,
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  • but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'"
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  • Satan's initial foray failed, and so he became less subtle.
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  • Matthew 4:5 says that Satan took Jesus and stood Him
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  • on the highest point of the temple and said,
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  • "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down.
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  • For it is written:
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  • 'He shall give His angels charge over you,'
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  • and, 'In their hands they shall bear you up,
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  • lest you dash your foot against a stone.'"
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  • Now, in the second temptation,
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  • Satan again tries to play on any shred of doubt
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  • that might be in Jesus' mind.
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  • Again, he uses that word "if":
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  • "If You are the Son of God."
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  • Just prove it, and everything will be okay.
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  • Now, for a dying man, the idea of having God help Him
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  • in His time of need must have been a very attractive one.
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  • It was a layered temptation, very clever.
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  • Satan was trying to get Jesus to use selfishness
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  • to His advantage.
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  • But he failed when Jesus quoted scripture in response.
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  • "It is also written, 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'"
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  • Then came the third and most decisive skirmish.
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  • There was no subtlety this time.
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  • It was a head-on attack that went right to the core
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  • of the conflict, character against character,
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  • system of running the universe
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  • against system of running the universe.
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  • We pick up the narrative in Matthew 4, verse 8:
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  • "Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain,
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  • and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
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  • And he said to Him,
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  • 'All these things I will give You
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  • if You will fall down and worship me.'"
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  • Let's take this bit by bit,
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  • make sure we understand what's going on here.
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  • Satan takes Jesus to the top of the highest mountain
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  • and shows Jesus in great detail the splendor of the world.
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  • Now, remember Satan usurped the dominion God gave Adam and Eve
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  • over the earth.
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  • So he's the boss of the earth, as it were.
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  • Jesus calls him "the prince of this world."
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  • Here, Satan asserts that he has control over the earth
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  • and that he's able to transfer ownership.
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  • That's a point Jesus does not dispute.
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  • Satan is essentially showing Jesus his accomplishments.
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  • He's saying, "See what happens under my control,
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  • under my system.
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  • See how humanity advances rapidly under a system
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  • of adversity and conflict.
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  • See how conflict breeds innovation and technology.
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  • See how selfishness and greed
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  • give birth to great commercial empires.
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  • See how cities grow and flourish as great men and women
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  • build them and compete for control."
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  • He's saying, "This is the way it should be done."
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  • Satan is saying that his system of unbridled selfishness works.
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  • He was making an offer, and it boiled down to this:
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  • "We can end the war right here,
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  • and You can have all the spoils of the earth I have built,
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  • if You just admit that my way is better than Yours."
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  • The offer to end the battle with a win was probably
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  • very compelling to a man exhausted and at death's door.
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  • But that would have been dishonest and selfish,
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  • and Christ refused.
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  • In Matthew 4:10 we read,
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  • "Jesus said to him, 'Away with you, Satan!
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  • For it is written, "You shall worship the Lord your God,
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  • and Him only you shall serve."'"
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  • Matthew tells us that angels came and attended Him,
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  • bringing Him back from the edge of death.
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  • Now, speaking of death,
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  • did Jesus really need to die on the cross?
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  • I'll have that in just a moment.
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  • [music]
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  • -John: Temptation is a fact of life,
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  • but you can be successful in the face of temptation.
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  • Be sure you get today's free offer,
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  • "When the Lion Roars,"
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  • and find out how you can successfully defeat temptation
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  • instead of being defeated by sin.
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  • To get your free copy of "When the Lion Roars,"
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  • call us on 800-253-3000.
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  • -John Bradshaw: Thanks for joining me on It Is Written.
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  • When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness,
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  • he caused Jesus to see the splendor of the kingdoms
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  • of the cities of the world.
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  • But it wasn't the cities Jesus wanted.
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  • Jesus came for the hearts of the people in the cities.
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  • He didn't want them suffering in Satan's kingdom.
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  • Instead, He wanted them living fulfilled, meaningful lives
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  • in His kingdom.
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  • Jesus does not want us to be content in rebellion
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  • but instead to call our hearts and our lives out of rebellion.
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  • [ominous music]
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  • Satan left the battlefield not quite fully defeated.
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  • Luke 4:13 says that the devil left Him
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  • "until an opportune time."
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  • And it's that opportune time
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  • that we want to look at right now.
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  • Turns out that Satan's strongest attacks against Jesus took place
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  • at the beginning and at the end of Jesus' ministry.
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  • His last and severest attack came as Jesus was about to die
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  • on the cross.
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  • So, did Jesus really need to die on the cross?
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  • Well, let's ask.
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  • [music]
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  • Did Jesus really need to die on the cross?
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  • Why or why not?
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  • -Woman 1: I believe yes, just 'cause He died on the cross
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  • for us, and it just shows like how powerful He is
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  • and just like how He's impacted all of us,
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  • and we're here today because He died on the cross for us.
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  • -Woman 2: Yes.
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  • Because there was sin in the world, and without someone,
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  • um, as in Jesus, God's Son, that came so that we may have
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  • the right to eternal life,
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  • because of sin that man brought into the world.
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  • And before sin, there was not a need,
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  • but after sin, yes.
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  • -Man 1: Um, to pay for our sins? And, uh, yes.
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  • -Man 2: Yes, because without the shedding of blood
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  • there's no remission of sins,
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  • and He was the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world.
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  • You know, His blood was shed on the cross,
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  • and that's the only thing that God looks at
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  • as the perfect sacrifice for sins.
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  • He's "the Way, the Truth, and the Life,"
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  • and no one gets to the Father but through Him.
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  • So...that's the only--there is no plan B. [Laughs]
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  • [music]
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  • -John: There are a lot of opinions about Jesus
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  • on the cross.
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  • So let's view the cross
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  • in the context of this prequel we are studying.
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  • So here is the Christ at the end of His life.
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  • Throughout His life He's preached and lived a message
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  • that is simple, yet radical, that His is a kingdom of love
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  • that is profoundly different from the world.
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  • He's lived a completely unselfish life.
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  • At the same time,
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  • He's accumulated some very powerful enemies
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  • by telling the religious leaders that they have turned
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  • a message of love into a system of domination and profit
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  • That they've taken something that was supposed
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  • to reflect God's character,
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  • and they've made it reflect Satan's character.
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  • Accordingly, He called them "hypocrites."
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  • He called them a "brood of vipers."
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  • And they hated Him.
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  • They wanted Him dead.
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  • And now, He's hanging on the cross.
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  • Some of His enemies are standing there, victorious.
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  • They're watching Him die.
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  • They weren't the only ones.
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  • Satan was there, of course,
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  • and it was a very, very tense moment for him.
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  • Remember, Satan's whole campaign and purpose
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  • was not about torturing or killing Jesus.
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  • Of course, he was happy enough to do that.
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  • His campaign, his war was about replacing God
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  • as the ruler of the universe,
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  • or at least revealing God as a fraud,
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  • and to do that, he had to prove his charges against God.
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  • He had to prove that God was selfish, a liar,
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  • and was holding everyone back
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  • and keeping the best for Himself.
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  • He had to prove that God and, of course, Jesus,
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  • were fundamentally selfish.
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  • And he had to prove that God's law was unjust,
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  • that law and mercy couldn't co-exist.
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  • If he managed to do even part of that,
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  • he would show that Christ's entire life had been a lie
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  • and an exercise in hypocrisy.
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  • As Jesus hangs on the cross,
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  • the primary characters in this contest
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  • for the control of the universe are thrown into sharp relief.
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  • On the one side is Jesus--kind, caring, self-sacrificing,
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  • with love and goodwill toward everyone.
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  • His life demonstrates what selflessness looks like
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  • as He substitutes Himself for us and takes the punishment
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  • for our rebellion so that we could be restored to paradise.
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  • On the other side is Satan--
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  • cruel, arrogant, selfish, grasping.
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  • His objective is to prove that God is selfish
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  • and then take over the administration of the universe.
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  • And it's not just the characters who are clashing at the cross;
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  • it's their systems.
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  • Jesus hangs on the cross,
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  • the ultimate reflection of His intentional giving
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  • and lovingkindness to humanity.
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  • At the same time, the fact He hangs on the cross
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  • is the ultimate reflection of Satan's world of taking,
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  • dominating, grasping for power and control.
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  • Both systems meet where a truly innocent Man hangs dying.
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  • And it's not as though Jesus confidently rushed to the cross.
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  • In Matthew 26:39, where Jesus is in the Garden of Gethsemane,
  • 00:20:19.030 --> 00:20:23.050
  • the night before He was crucified,
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  • He pleads with God to provide some other way
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  • of resolving the case of mankind.
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  • He's a man; He doesn't want to die.
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  • But unselfishly, Jesus goes through with it.
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  • He suffered under the weight of the sins of humanity,
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  • and He died.
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  • And in doing so, He demonstrated that God's law
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  • is both just and merciful.
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  • Jesus' death simultaneously threw the characters
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  • of God and Satan into sharp relief.
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  • It cut through Satan's layers of deception,
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  • and his rebellion was entirely discredited
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  • in front of a watching universe.
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  • So here's the question:
  • 00:21:03.260 --> 00:21:05.140
  • If Satan lost at the cross,
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  • why didn't God destroy him right then and there?
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  • Why has there been some 2.000 more years of the earth
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  • persisting under Satan's system and under Satan's dominion?
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  • Well, let's ask.
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  • [music]
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  • If Jesus won victory by dying on the cross,
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  • why is there still sin on the earth?
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  • -Woman 1: Um, just because it's our society today.
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  • We all have problems. We all deal with things.
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  • I mean, it's just life.
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  • -Woman 2: So, with sin and His death,
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  • that wasn't the end of it.
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  • He's coming back and for those that are believers and those
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  • that are living as He has instructed throughout the Bible;
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  • then He's coming to take us home.
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  • We were always meant to have eternal life.
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  • -Man 1: I don't know. I want to say, because of...Satan?
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  • Hell, maybe? I don't know.
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  • Why is it? That's a good question.
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  • I've honestly never been asked like something like that
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  • or thought about something like that.
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  • So...what? Do you know?
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  • -Man 2: We're in a spiritual warfare.
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  • We live in a fallen world, so, sin is rampant.
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  • Pick up any paper or listen to any newscast--
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  • I mean, it's just everywhere, and we're going to be subjected
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  • to a sinful world until Christ returns and changes it.
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  • [music]
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  • -John: At the cross, most of Satan's charges were swept away.
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  • Most, but not all.
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  • And that's not good enough for God.
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  • If He destroyed Satan then,
  • 00:22:47.010 --> 00:22:49.180
  • some of the accusations Satan made
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  • would forever hang in the air.
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  • There would always be a small doubt about God
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  • and His character, and that small doubt could be enough
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  • to build a rebellion on, and another Satan could arise.
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  • No, God is seeing this through until the very end
  • 00:23:02.250 --> 00:23:05.110
  • so there'll never again be cause for doubt,
  • 00:23:05.120 --> 00:23:08.050
  • never again be a rationale for rebellion.
  • 00:23:08.060 --> 00:23:11.140
  • And that means, once we're done with Satan,
  • 00:23:11.150 --> 00:23:13.210
  • we will forever be done with rebellion against God--
  • 00:23:13.220 --> 00:23:17.050
  • otherwise known as sin.
  • 00:23:17.060 --> 00:23:19.060
  • There's also another aspect.
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  • By letting time go on,
  • 00:23:22.100 --> 00:23:24.150
  • the effects of Jesus' ministry also go on,
  • 00:23:24.160 --> 00:23:28.080
  • and millions more people are able to accept eternal life.
  • 00:23:28.090 --> 00:23:31.080
  • You and I are able to accept the gift of eternal life
  • 00:23:31.090 --> 00:23:33.130
  • because time has continued through our lives.
  • 00:23:33.140 --> 00:23:36.180
  • And so we go on, letting Satan's design for the earth play out
  • 00:23:36.190 --> 00:23:41.060
  • and letting the truth be self-evident.
  • 00:23:41.070 --> 00:23:43.020
  • Of course, Satan is in total political campaign mode,
  • 00:23:43.030 --> 00:23:46.080
  • so anything bad that happens, he blames on God.
  • 00:23:46.090 --> 00:23:50.030
  • But here's the thing.
  • 00:23:50.040 --> 00:23:51.050
  • A system designed around selfishness and taking
  • 00:23:51.060 --> 00:23:54.040
  • is a really, really bad operating system for the earth
  • 00:23:54.050 --> 00:23:58.040
  • and for human society.
  • 00:23:58.050 --> 00:23:59.290
  • This is because selfishness by its very nature
  • 00:24:00.020 --> 00:24:03.060
  • collapses in on itself.
  • 00:24:03.070 --> 00:24:05.160
  • The system Satan unleashed has resulted in death,
  • 00:24:05.170 --> 00:24:08.190
  • disease, conflict, and suffering.
  • 00:24:08.200 --> 00:24:12.150
  • But there's more to come as our physical earth and human society
  • 00:24:12.160 --> 00:24:17.190
  • not only continue to decline
  • 00:24:17.200 --> 00:24:20.010
  • but reach a tipping point and go into rapid decline.
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  • Satan can't hide that fact, nor can he shift blame for it.
  • 00:24:23.260 --> 00:24:27.210
  • And as the effects of his system grow more apparent on earth,
  • 00:24:27.220 --> 00:24:31.140
  • Satan knows that he's rapidly running out of time.
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  • In the next part of this series,
  • 00:24:35.150 --> 00:24:37.090
  • we'll look at the prophecies of Jesus
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  • regarding the rapid decline of our earth and human society.
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  • We'll look at how those prophecies are coming true
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  • in real time right now.
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  • We'll look at the current collapse of Satan's design
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  • and what the Bible says will happen next
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  • as this war for control of the universe
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  • comes to its climactic end right before our eyes.
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  • -John: Thank you for remembering that It Is Written
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  • -John Bradshaw: Let's pray together now.
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  • Our Father in heaven,
  • 00:25:34.100 --> 00:25:35.230
  • we are grateful that in this great battle
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  • between good and evil,
  • 00:25:37.260 --> 00:25:39.210
  • in this competition of competing systems,
  • 00:25:39.220 --> 00:25:42.250
  • that we can know that
  • 00:25:42.260 --> 00:25:44.060
  • "greater is He that is in [us]
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  • than he that is in the world."
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  • We recognize that in a conflict of this magnitude,
  • 00:25:48.230 --> 00:25:51.050
  • we shall be swept away,
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  • unless our hearts are surrendered to You fully.
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  • Friend, let me ask you this question.
  • 00:25:56.070 --> 00:25:58.180
  • As this battle rages, where are you in relation to God?
  • 00:25:58.190 --> 00:26:02.070
  • Does He have your heart?
  • 00:26:02.080 --> 00:26:04.130
  • Beyond what we can see,
  • 00:26:04.140 --> 00:26:05.240
  • there is a tremendous conflict taking place.
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  • Will you be swept away or, or gathered up with the saints
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  • and saved when Jesus comes back?
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  • It takes simply a decision.
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  • Lord, take my heart; make it Yours.
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  • Save me; turn me in Your direction;
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  • live Your life in me.
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  • Lord, we do that.
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  • We thank You for doing it.
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  • We thank You for having us as Your own.
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  • We pray with John, who wrote the book of Revelation, and said,
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  • "Even so, come, Lord Jesus,"
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  • and we pray in Jesus' name.
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  • Amen.
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  • Thank you so much for joining me.
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  • I'm looking forward to seeing you again next time.
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  • Until then, remember:
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  • "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone,
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  • but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'"
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