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December 3, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • [ANNOUNCER] FROM THE PULPIT OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
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  • OF DALLAS, TEXAS, THIS IS "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • MUSIC
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS, AND WELCOME AGAIN
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  • TO "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • SKEPTICS OFTEN ARGUE THAT JESUS NEVER CLAIMED
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  • TO BE THE SON OF GOD, AND HOW COULD JESUS
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  • BE THE MESSIAH IF HE NEVER HIMSELF MADE SUCH AN ASSERTION?
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  • WELL, THOSE WHO WANNA MAKE THAT ARGUMENT
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  • HAVE CLEARLY NEVER READ THE BIBLE,
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  • OR AT LEAST THEY HAVEN'T READ IT VERY CAREFULLY.
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  • BECAUSE OVER AND OVER AGAIN JESUS CLAIMS
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  • TO BE THE SON OF GOD.
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  • WHY ELSE WOULD THE JEWS HAVE BEEN PROVOKED TO KILL HIM?
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  • WELL, TODAY ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY,"
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  • WE'LL LOOK AT ONE OF THOSE SHOCKING REVELATIONS
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  • WHEN JESUS SPOKE UP IN THE SYNAGOGUE.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED, "THE DAY JESUS CAME TO CHURCH,"
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • MUSIC
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  • PEOPLE WHO INVEST THEIR LIVES IN THE KINGDOM OF
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  • GOD DON'T LOOK BACK WITH REGRET.
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  • IN FACT, THEIR IMPACT EXTENDS FAR
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  • BEYOND THEIR OWN LIFETIME!
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  • IN THIS SPIRIT, SOME FRIENDS OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY
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  • HAVE BANDED TOGETHER AND SET ASIDE
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  • A GIFT OF $920.000 WITH THE INTENTION OF MOTIVATING
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  • YOU TO GIVE FROM YOUR RESOURCES AS WELL.
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  • AS YOU DO, EVERY DOLLAR YOU GIVE WILL BE MATCHED
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  • AND THEREFORE DOUBLED UNTIL DECEMBER 31ST.
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  • THANK YOU FOR GIVING GENEROUSLY TOWARD THE
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  • COURAGEOUS 2020 MATCHING CHALLENGE!
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  • MUSIC
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  • HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED HOW FICKLE PEOPLE ARE?
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  • I MEAN, HOW THEY CAN CHANGE IN A MOMENT
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  • FROM BEING YOUR GREATEST ENCOURAGER
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  • TO YOU STAUNCHEST CRITIC.
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  • EVERY ATHLETE KNOWS THAT REALITY.
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  • ONE POPULAR NFL PLAYER SAID, "EVERY NFL QUARTERBACK KNOWS
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  • "THAT ONE WEEK YOU CAN BE IN THE PENTHOUSE
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  • "AND THE NEXT WEEK IN THE OUTHOUSE."
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHING)
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  • IT'S NOT ATHLETES THAT UNDERSTAND THAT.
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  • IF YOU'RE AN EMPLOYEE, YOU UNDERSTAND THAT AS WELL.
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  • ONE WEEK YOUR SUPERVISOR CALLS YOU IN AND SAYS,
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  • "WE COULDN'T MAKE IT IN THIS PLACE WITHOUT YOU."
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  • AND THE NEXT MONTH HE CAN CALL YOU IN AND SAY,
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  • "SORRY, BUT YOUR SERVICES ARE NO LONGER NEEDED."
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  • PARENTS UNDERSTAND THAT REALITY OF
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  • HOW QUICKLY THINGS CAN TURN AGAINST YOU,
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  • ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE ADOLESCENTS STILL LIVING
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  • IN THE HOME. MOMS TODAY, YOUR CHILDREN MAY BE SAYING,
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  • "OH MOM, YOU'RE INCREDIBLE, "THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO FOR ME."
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  • BY FRIDAY THEY'RE SAYING, "YOU'RE THE WORST MOM
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  • "TO EVER WALK THE FACE OF THE EARTH."
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  • THEY CHANGE QUICKLY.
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  • JESUS UNDERSTOOD THAT REALITY AS WELL.
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  • REMEMBER THE LAST WEEK OF HIS EARTHLY LIFE?
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  • ON MONDAY HE ENTERED JERUSALEM TO THE CRIES
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  • OF THE PEOPLE, "HOSANNA, HOSANNA, HOSANNA!"
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  • THAT SAME CROWD BY FRIDAY WERE YELLING OUT,
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  • "CRUCIFY HIM, CRUCIFY HIM."
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  • ACTUALLY JESUS HAD EXPERIENCED A SIMILAR PHENOMENON
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  • AT THE EARLY OUTSET OF HIS MINISTRY
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  • WHEN A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO HAD BEEN PRAISING HIM
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  • TURNED ON A DIME AGAINST HIM
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  • IN THE SPACE OF JUST A FEW MINUTES.
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  • WE'RE GONNA SEE WHAT HAPPENED IN THAT INSTANT.
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  • BECAUSE IN SPITE OF THEIR CRITICISM,
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  • JESUS KEPT MARCHING FORWARD IN HIS OBEDIENCE TO GOD.
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  • WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT THAT INCIDENT TODAY
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  • IN LUKE CHAPTER 4, IF YOU HAVE YOUR BIBLES,
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  • TURN TO LUKE CHAPTER 4 AS WE TALK ABOUT
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  • WHAT HAPPENED THE DAY JESUS CAME TO CHURCH.
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  • VERSES 14 AND 15 ARE SUMMARY STATEMENTS
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  • ABOUT HIS MINISTRY OF A YEAR AND A HALF IN GALILEE,
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  • THE NORTHERN PART OF ISRAEL.
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  • "AND JESUS RETURNED," THERE IT IS,
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  • "HE RETURNED TO GALILEE IN THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT,
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  • "AND NEWS ABOUT HIM SPREAD
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  • "THROUGHOUT THE SURROUNDING DISTRICT.
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  • "AND HE BEGAN TEACHING IN THEIR SYNAGOGUES
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  • "AND WAS PRAISED BY ALL."
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  • NOW, LET ME SAY A WORD ABOUT SYNAGOGUES.
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  • SYNAGOGUES WERE LOCAL HOUSES OF WORSHIP.
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  • LITERALLY HOUSES OF INSTRUCTION.
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  • THE SYNAGOGUE ACTUALLY CAME INTO REALITY
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  • DURING THE BABYLONIAN DEPORTATION.
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  • REMEMBER IN ABOUT 586 B.C. THE BABYLONIANS HAD COME
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  • UNDER NEBUCHADNEZZAR AND TAKEN JUDAH CAPTIVE.
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  • AND SINCE THEY HAD BEEN USED TO WORSHIPING AT THE TEMPLE,
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  • NOW THAT THEY WERE IN BABYLON, THEY HAD NO PLACE TO WORSHIP.
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  • SO THEY INSTITUTED THESE SYNAGOGUES, LOCAL
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  • WORSHIP PLACES. WELL, AFTER THEY RETURNED BACK TO ISRAEL,
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  • THEY KEPT THAT PRACTICE.
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  • A SYNAGOGUE WAS JUST A SIMPLE PLACE
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  • WHERE YOU WENT TO WORSHIP EVERY SATURDAY.
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  • TO FORM A SYNAGOGUE IN YOUR COMMUNITY,
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  • YOU REALLY ONLY NEEDED 10 JEWISH MEN,
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  • THAT WAS ENOUGH TO HAVE A SYNAGOGUE,
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  • AND THAT WAS THE PLACE THAT THEY WORSHIPED
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  • WEEK IN AND WEEK OUT.
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  • INTERESTINGLY, ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO
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  • SOME ISRAELIS WERE BUILDING A NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
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  • IN THE TOWN, THE VILLAGE OF MIGDAL,
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  • MIGDAL IN THE NORTH.
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  • MIGDAL IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ANCIENT CITY OF MAGDALA.
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  • IT USED TO BE MAGDALA.
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  • NOW, DO YOU KNOW SOMEBODY THAT CAME FROM MAGDALA?
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  • REMEMBER, MARY THE MAGDALENE CAME FROM MAGDALA.
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  • WELL, WHEN THEY WERE BUILDING THIS HOUSING DEVELOPMENT,
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  • THEY WERE PUTTING THE FOUNDATION IN,
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  • AND THEY FOUND SOME STONE.
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  • AND ONCE THEY HIT THE STONE, THEY BEGAN TO DIG FURTHER
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  • AND FURTHER AND FURTHER.
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  • THEY FOUND AN ENTIRE SYNAGOGUE
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  • FROM THE ANCIENT VILLAGE OF MAGDALA, MIGDAL.
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  • IT WAS NO DOUBT ONE OF THESE SYNAGOGUES
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  • WHERE JESUS TAUGHT AND WORSHIPED.
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  • IN FACT, THEY ALSO FOUND A COIN
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  • THAT WAS A ROMAN COIN FROM 29 A.D.,
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  • THE YEAR THAT JESUS BEGAN HIS MINISTRY.
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  • IT'S ONE OF ONLY SEVEN SYNAGOGUES
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  • THAT HAVE BEEN UNCOVERED IN ISRAEL.
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  • WELL, JESUS WAS TEACHING EVERY SATURDAY
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  • IN THE SYNAGOGUES AND HE WAS BEING PRAISED BY ALL.
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  • NOW, THAT'S THE SUMMARY STATEMENT OF
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  • WHAT WAS GOING ON DURING THAT YEAR OR SO
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  • THAT HE WAS IN THE NORTHERN REGION OF GALILEE.
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  • BUT LOOK AT VERSE 16.
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  • AS A PART OF HIS MINISTRY, "HE CAME TO NAZARETH,
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  • "WHERE HE HAD BEEN BROUGHT UP,
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  • "AND AS WAS HIS CUSTOM, HE ENTERED THE SYNAGOGUE
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  • "ON THE SABBATH AND STOOD UP TO READ."
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  • EVERY SATURDAY HE WAS IN THE SYNAGOGUE.
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  • BUT THIS PARTICULAR SYNAGOGUE THAT JESUS CAME TO
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  • IN VERSE 16 WAS NOT JUST ANY OLD SYNAGOGUE.
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  • IT WAS THE SYNAGOGUE IN THE CITY WHERE HE GREW UP.
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  • IT WAS THE SYNAGOGUE WHERE HE WORSHIPED AS A CHILD
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  • AND A TEENAGER.
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  • THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE JESUS HAD BEEN BROUGHT
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  • EVERY SATURDAY TO WORSHIP.
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  • AND YOU CAN IMAGINE THE EMOTION JESUS MUST HAVE FELT
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  • AS HE ENTERED THIS PARTICULAR SYNAGOGUE.
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  • AND NO DOUBT HE SAW SOME OF HIS FAMILY THERE.
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  • MARY WAS STILL ALIVE, HIS MOTHER.
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  • JOSEPH HAD PROBABLY PASSED AWAY BY THIS POINT.
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  • THE SYNAGOGUE WAS PROBABLY FILLED WITH HIS HALF-BROTHERS
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  • AND HALF-SISTERS THAT WERE THE CHILDREN OF MARY AND JOSEPH.
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  • THEY WERE THERE.
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  • HIS CHILDHOOD FRIENDS WERE THERE AS WELL.
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  • PROBABLY THE ELDERS WHO HAD MINISTERED TO HIM AS A BOY,
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  • THEY WERE THERE AS WELL.
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  • IT MUST HAVE BEEN A GREAT MOMENT OF EMOTION FOR JESUS
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  • AS HE ENTERED HIS CHILDHOOD SYNAGOGUE.
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  • YOU KNOW, I PERSONALLY CAN IDENTIFY WITH THAT.
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  • I SPENT THE FIRST 30 YEARS OF MY LIFE
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  • LIKE JESUS SPENT THE FIRST 30 YEARS OF HIS LIFE.
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  • I SPENT THE FIRST 30 YEARS OF MY LIFE
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  • GROWING UP HERE AT THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF DALLAS.
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  • AND THEN I WENT AWAY FOR 22 YEARS TO PASTOR
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  • IN OTHER PLACES.
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  • AND AS LONG AS I LIVE I'LL NEVER FORGET THE EMOTION
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  • ALMOST NINE YEARS AGO OF WALKING INTO THAT OLD SANCTUARY
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  • TO PREACH MY SERMON IN VIEW OF A CALL HERE.
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  • TO WALK INTO THAT PLACE WHERE I'D BEEN SAVED
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  • AND BAPTIZED AND ORDAINED IN THE MINISTRY.
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  • I REMEMBER WALKING UP TO THAT PULPIT
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  • AND LOOKING UP AT THE BALCONY WHERE MY PARENTS USED TO SIT
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  • BEFORE GOD CALLED THEM TO HEAVEN,
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  • LOOKING OUT ON MY FRIENDS FROM CHILDHOOD,
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  • SEEING THOSE LEADERS WHO AT YOUNG MEN
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  • WERE LEADERS IN OUR CHURCH BUT WERE STILL
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  • IN THEIR LATTER YEARS SERVING GOD STILL SO FAITHFULLY.
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  • I MEAN, IT WAS A GREAT MOMENT OF EMOTION FOR ME.
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  • I IMAGINE JESUS FELT THAT WAY AS WELL
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  • AS HE WENT INTO THAT PLACE.
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  • NOT JUST AS A SPECTATOR, BUT AS SOMEBODY
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  • WHO WAS ABOUT TO LEAD THE SERVICE.
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  • HE WENT INTO THE SYNAGOGUE,
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  • AND NOTICE THIS PHRASE HERE, WILL YOU?
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  • "AS WAS HIS CUSTOM."
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  • THIS WASN'T A ONCE A MONTH DEAL FOR JESUS
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  • OR A ONCE A YEAR THING FOR JESUS.
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  • REGULAR SABBATH WORSHIP WAS A PART OF HIS ROUTINE.
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  • NOW, THINK ABOUT THIS FOR A MOMENT.
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  • IF ANYBODY HAD AN EXCUSE FOR NOT GOING TO CHURCH,
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  • IT WOULD HAVE BEEN JESUS.
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  • HE COULD HAVE USED ANY OF THE FAMILIAR EXCUSES TODAY.
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  • OH, I'VE HEARD IT ALL BEFORE.
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHING)
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  • OH, JESUS HAD HEARD IT ALL BEFORE,
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  • HE KNEW THE SCRIPTURES BACKWARD AND FORWARD.
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  • HECK, HE WROTE THE SCRIPTURES, SO HE KNEW THEM.
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  • HE DIDN'T USE THAT AS AN EXCUSE.
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  • OR HE COULD HAVE SAID, YOU KNOW,
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  • I REALLY DON'T AGREE WITH THE WAY
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  • THE MONEY IS BEING SPENT THERE.
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHING)
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  • YEAH, SOME OF YOU BACK THERE, YOU GOT THAT ONE.
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHING)
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  • JESUS COULD HAVE USED THAT ARGUMENT,
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  • AND HE WOULD HAVE BEEN RIGHT.
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  • THE JEWISH RELIGIOUS SYSTEM WAS CORRUPT,
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  • THE WAY THEY USED THE MONEY.
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  • BY THE WAY, THAT JEWISH RELIGIOUS SYSTEM
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  • WOULD CRUCIFY JESUS WITHIN A FEW YEARS.
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  • BUT HE DIDN'T USE THAT EXCUSE.
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  • HE COULD HAVE SAID, I DON'T HAVE TO COME TO CHURCH
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  • TO WORSHIP GOD, I CAN WORSHIP ANYWHERE I AM,
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  • OUT ON THE SEA OF GALILEE, I CAN COMMUNE WITH GOD.
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  • WELL, YEAH, HE DID COMMUNE WITH GOD.
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  • HE HAD PERFECT FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD,
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  • BUT HE USED NONE OF THOSE EXCUSES.
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  • IT WAS A PART OF HIS HABIT TO COME TO WORSHIP.
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  • BECAUSE YOU SEE, JESUS UNDERSTAND HOW VITAL
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  • CORPORATE WORSHIP WAS IN MAINTAINING
  • 00:10:26.090 --> 00:10:29.040
  • HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
  • 00:10:29.050 --> 00:10:30.140
  • NOW, THINK ABOUT THIS, IF CORPORATE WORSHIP
  • 00:10:30.150 --> 00:10:33.220
  • ONCE A WEEK WAS IMPORTANT TO JESUS,
  • 00:10:33.230 --> 00:10:36.020
  • HOW MUCH MORE VITAL IS IT FOR YOU AND ME?
  • 00:10:36.030 --> 00:10:40.170
  • IT'S NOT A NICETY, IT'S A NECESSITY,
  • 00:10:40.180 --> 00:10:43.010
  • IF WE'RE GONNA STAY STRONG IN OUR FAITH.
  • 00:10:43.020 --> 00:10:46.050
  • IT CAN'T BE THIS ATTITUDE, WELL, YEAH,
  • 00:10:46.060 --> 00:10:48.030
  • I'LL COME TO CHURCH IF I'M NOT OUT OF TOWN
  • 00:10:48.040 --> 00:10:50.000
  • OR HAVE SOMETHING ELSE BETTER TO DO
  • 00:10:50.010 --> 00:10:51.190
  • OR THE KIDS HAVING A SOCCER GAME
  • 00:10:51.200 --> 00:10:53.070
  • OR BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH, NO.
  • 00:10:53.080 --> 00:10:55.180
  • NO, IT WAS AN ABSOLUTE ESSENTIAL FOR JESUS.
  • 00:10:55.190 --> 00:10:59.050
  • LISTEN TO HEBREWS CHAPTER 10 VERSES 24 AND 25
  • 00:10:59.060 --> 00:11:02.110
  • ABOUT WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT FOR US TO WORSHIP.
  • 00:11:02.120 --> 00:11:04.290
  • WE READ IT JUST A MOMENT AGO.
  • 00:11:05.000 --> 00:11:06.090
  • "AND LET US CONSIDER HOW TO STIMULATE ONE ANOTHER
  • 00:11:06.100 --> 00:11:10.050
  • "TO LOVE AND GOOD DEEDS, NOT FORSAKING
  • 00:11:10.060 --> 00:11:13.230
  • "OUR OWN ASSEMBLING TOGETHER, AS IS THE HABIT OF SOME,
  • 00:11:13.240 --> 00:11:18.130
  • "BUT ENCOURAGING ONE ANOTHER, AND ALL THE MORE
  • 00:11:18.140 --> 00:11:21.230
  • "AS YOU SEE THE DAY DRAWING NEAR."
  • 00:11:21.240 --> 00:11:24.150
  • THE WRITER IS SAYING AS THIS DAY GETS MORE AND MORE EVIL,
  • 00:11:24.160 --> 00:11:27.250
  • AS THE END COMES CLOSER AND CLOSER,
  • 00:11:27.260 --> 00:11:30.000
  • WE NEED ENCOURAGEMENT THAT COMES FROM OTHER CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:11:30.010 --> 00:11:33.140
  • AFTER BATTERED AND BRUISED BY DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES
  • 00:11:33.150 --> 00:11:37.240
  • AND DIFFICULT PEOPLE ALL WEEK,
  • 00:11:37.250 --> 00:11:39.220
  • WE NEED A TIME TO COME TOGETHER TO ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER.
  • 00:11:39.230 --> 00:11:43.150
  • AFTER A WEEK OF BEING DISTRACTED FROM SPIRITUAL THINGS,
  • 00:11:43.160 --> 00:11:46.120
  • WE NEED A TIME TO COME TOGETHER AND REFOCUS ON GOD
  • 00:11:46.130 --> 00:11:49.270
  • AND REMEMBER THAT HE'S THE CENTER,
  • 00:11:49.280 --> 00:11:52.010
  • NOT ONLY OF OUR LIFE, BUT OF THE UNIVERSE.
  • 00:11:52.020 --> 00:11:54.260
  • CORPORATE WORSHIP, FELLOWSHIPPING,
  • 00:11:54.270 --> 00:11:57.230
  • HEARING GOD'S WORD, PRAYING, SINGING,
  • 00:11:57.240 --> 00:11:59.290
  • ALL OF THAT IS VITAL FOR US.
  • 00:12:00.020 --> 00:12:02.070
  • BUT LISTEN, ANOTHER REASON IT'S VITAL IS
  • 00:12:02.080 --> 00:12:04.130
  • BECAUSE OF OTHER PEOPLE.
  • 00:12:04.140 --> 00:12:06.130
  • YOU SEE, WORSHIP ONCE A WEEK NOT ONLY BENEFITS YOU,
  • 00:12:06.140 --> 00:12:10.090
  • IT BENEFITS OTHERS, AND WHEN YOU'RE NOT HERE,
  • 00:12:10.100 --> 00:12:14.250
  • IT SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACTS OTHER PEOPLE,
  • 00:12:14.260 --> 00:12:17.240
  • FOR THE WORSE, NOT THE BETTER.
  • 00:12:17.250 --> 00:12:20.000
  • DID YOU KNOW YOUR PRESENCE HERE MAKES A DIFFERENCE
  • 00:12:20.010 --> 00:12:22.100
  • AND YOUR ABSENCE HERE MAKES A REAL DIFFERENCE AS WELL?
  • 00:12:22.110 --> 00:12:26.100
  • WHEN YOU'RE NOT IN YOUR PLACE,
  • 00:12:26.110 --> 00:12:27.210
  • IN YOUR PEW ON SUNDAY MORNING,
  • 00:12:27.220 --> 00:12:29.120
  • WHEN THERE'S AN EMPTY HOLE THERE,
  • 00:12:29.130 --> 00:12:31.120
  • IT REALLY AFFECTS OTHER PEOPLE
  • 00:12:31.130 --> 00:12:33.190
  • IN THE BODY OF CHRIST NEGATIVELY.
  • 00:12:33.200 --> 00:12:36.150
  • A FEW YEARS AGO I JUST WROTE DOWN
  • 00:12:36.160 --> 00:12:39.060
  • SOME OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF WHAT HAPPENS
  • 00:12:39.070 --> 00:12:42.210
  • WHEN YOU AND I ARE NOT IN OUR PLACE OF WORSHIP ON SUNDAY,
  • 00:12:42.220 --> 00:12:46.130
  • WHEN YOU'RE NOT HERE, IT MEANS, NUMBER ONE,
  • 00:12:46.140 --> 00:12:48.220
  • THERE'S ONE LESS VOICE SINGING GOD'S PRAISES.
  • 00:12:48.230 --> 00:12:53.010
  • THERE'S ONE LESS PRAYER BEING OFFERED
  • 00:12:53.020 --> 00:12:55.160
  • BEFORE THE THRONE OF GRACE.
  • 00:12:55.170 --> 00:12:57.260
  • THERE'S ONE LESS PERSON HERE AVAILABLE
  • 00:12:57.270 --> 00:13:00.100
  • TO MEET THE NEEDS OF HURTING CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:13:00.110 --> 00:13:03.110
  • WHEN YOU'RE NOT HERE ON SUNDAYS,
  • 00:13:03.120 --> 00:13:04.250
  • IT MEANS THERE'S ONE LESS SPIRITUAL GIFT BEING EXERCISED
  • 00:13:04.260 --> 00:13:08.150
  • TO HELP PERFECT THE BODY OF CHRIST.
  • 00:13:08.160 --> 00:13:11.000
  • AND IT MEANS THERE'S ONE LESS BELIEVER PRESENT
  • 00:13:11.010 --> 00:13:14.030
  • TO HEAR THE VITAL INSTRUCTION FROM GOD'S WORD
  • 00:13:14.040 --> 00:13:17.050
  • THAT WILL IMPACT THE WORLD FOR CHRIST.
  • 00:13:17.060 --> 00:13:20.150
  • YOUR PRESENCE HERE DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
  • 00:13:20.160 --> 00:13:23.200
  • NOT JUST IN YOUR LIFE, BUT IN THE LIVES
  • 00:13:23.210 --> 00:13:26.090
  • OF OTHER PEOPLE HERE AS WELL.
  • 00:13:26.100 --> 00:13:28.270
  • THAT'S WHY JESUS MADE IT HIS CUSTOM
  • 00:13:28.280 --> 00:13:31.090
  • TO BE IN WORSHIP EVERY SATURDAY.
  • 00:13:31.100 --> 00:13:34.180
  • NOW LOOK AT VERSE 16.
  • 00:13:34.190 --> 00:13:36.170
  • "AND HE CAME TO NAZARETH, WHERE HE HAD BEEN BROUGHT UP,
  • 00:13:36.180 --> 00:13:39.090
  • "AND AS WAS HIS CUSTOM, HE ENTERED THE SYNAGOGUE
  • 00:13:39.100 --> 00:13:42.140
  • "ON THE SABBATH AND HE STOOD UP TO READ."
  • 00:13:42.150 --> 00:13:46.280
  • NOW, LET ME EXPLAIN WHAT'S GOING ON HERE.
  • 00:13:46.290 --> 00:13:49.080
  • THERE WAS NO PERMANENT PASTOR OF THE SYNAGOGUE.
  • 00:13:49.090 --> 00:13:53.070
  • THERE WAS NO PERMANENT PREACHER EVERY SATURDAY.
  • 00:13:53.080 --> 00:13:56.060
  • INSTEAD, THOSE DUTIES OF LEADING WORSHIP
  • 00:13:56.070 --> 00:13:58.020
  • WERE PASSED AROUND.
  • 00:13:58.030 --> 00:14:00.110
  • SO WHEN JESUS CAME IN, SINCE HE WAS THE HOMETOWN BOY,
  • 00:14:00.120 --> 00:14:03.280
  • HE WAS GIVEN THE TASK OF LEADING WORSHIP ON THAT SATURDAY.
  • 00:14:03.290 --> 00:14:08.010
  • NOW, TO APPRECIATE WHAT WAS GOING ON HERE,
  • 00:14:08.020 --> 00:14:10.230
  • YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND SOMETHING
  • 00:14:10.240 --> 00:14:12.000
  • ABOUT THE SYNAGOGUE WORSHIP SERVICE.
  • 00:14:12.010 --> 00:14:14.080
  • AND THERE WERE THREE COMPONENTS TO SYNAGOGUE WORSHIP
  • 00:14:14.090 --> 00:14:17.110
  • IN ADDITION TO THE PRAYER AND THE SINGING OF THE PSALTER,
  • 00:14:17.120 --> 00:14:20.080
  • THREE MAJOR PORTIONS, WRITE THEM DOWN.
  • 00:14:20.090 --> 00:14:22.190
  • FIRST OF ALL, IT WOULD BEGIN WITH THE INVOCATION.
  • 00:14:22.200 --> 00:14:26.030
  • THE GREAT SHEMA, WHICH MEANS HERE,
  • 00:14:26.040 --> 00:14:28.150
  • WAS READ FROM DEUTERONOMY 6:4-9.
  • 00:14:28.160 --> 00:14:31.220
  • "HEAR O ISRAEL, THE LORD IS OUR GOD, THE LORD IS ONE."
  • 00:14:31.230 --> 00:14:36.200
  • THAT WAS THE FOUNDATIONAL BELIEF OF JUDAISM,
  • 00:14:36.210 --> 00:14:39.140
  • THE ONENESS OF GOD, AND THAT WAS FOLLOWED BY A PRAYER.
  • 00:14:39.150 --> 00:14:43.100
  • THEN THE SECOND MAJOR PORTION OF THE SERVICE WAS
  • 00:14:43.110 --> 00:14:45.270
  • THE READING OF THE SCRIPTURE.
  • 00:14:45.280 --> 00:14:49.200
  • THE LEADER OF THE SERVICE THAT DAY
  • 00:14:49.210 --> 00:14:51.240
  • WOULD BE HANDED A SCROLL AND HE WOULD READ
  • 00:14:51.250 --> 00:14:54.080
  • AND THE PEOPLE WOULD STAND TOGETHER
  • 00:14:54.090 --> 00:14:56.060
  • AND READ ALONG WITH HIM THE SCRIPTURE.
  • 00:14:56.070 --> 00:14:59.030
  • AND BY THE WAY, 2.000 YEARS LATER,
  • 00:14:59.040 --> 00:15:01.190
  • WE DO THE SAME THING TODAY.
  • 00:15:01.200 --> 00:15:03.200
  • FIRST PETER 5:13, PAUL SAID TO TIMOTHY,
  • 00:15:03.210 --> 00:15:06.160
  • "GIVE ATTENTION TO THE PUBLIC READING OF THE SCRIPTURE."
  • 00:15:06.170 --> 00:15:11.000
  • AND THEN, ONCE THEY HAD READ THE SCRIPTURE,
  • 00:15:11.010 --> 00:15:12.280
  • THE PEOPLE WOULD BE SEATED AND THE LEADER
  • 00:15:12.290 --> 00:15:15.100
  • WOULD BE SEATED AS WELL, AND HE WOULD EXPLAIN THE SCRIPTURE
  • 00:15:15.110 --> 00:15:19.180
  • AND APPLY IT TO THE LIVES OF THE LISTENERS.
  • 00:15:19.190 --> 00:15:22.150
  • THAT WAS THE STRUCTURE OF THE SYNAGOGUE SERVICE.
  • 00:15:22.160 --> 00:15:26.090
  • NOW, VERSE 17, JESUS, THE LEADER,
  • 00:15:26.100 --> 00:15:30.060
  • WAS THE ONE WHO WAS TO READ AND EXPLAIN THE SCRIPTURE.
  • 00:15:30.070 --> 00:15:33.100
  • SO LOOK AT VERSE 17.
  • 00:15:33.110 --> 00:15:34.270
  • "AND THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET ISAIAH WAS HANDED TO HIM."
  • 00:15:34.280 --> 00:15:41.020
  • NOW, APPARENTLY THE BOOK OF THE BIBLE
  • 00:15:41.030 --> 00:15:43.210
  • HAD ALREADY BEEN CHOSEN.
  • 00:15:43.220 --> 00:15:45.120
  • MAYBE THEY HAD SOME REGULATED READING PROGRAM
  • 00:15:45.130 --> 00:15:48.080
  • THEY WERE IN AS A SYNAGOGUE.
  • 00:15:48.090 --> 00:15:49.230
  • MAYBE IT WAS A READ THROUGH THE OLD TESTAMENT
  • 00:15:49.240 --> 00:15:52.140
  • IN A YEAR PLAN THEY WERE ON, I DON'T KNOW.
  • 00:15:52.150 --> 00:15:54.250
  • BUT THEY HAD GOTTEN TO ISAIAH,
  • 00:15:54.260 --> 00:15:56.100
  • SO THEY HANDED THE SCROLL OF ISAIAH TO JESUS,
  • 00:15:56.110 --> 00:15:59.000
  • BUT JESUS APPARENTLY HAD THE LATITUDE
  • 00:15:59.010 --> 00:16:01.240
  • TO PICK WHICH PASSAGE HE WAS GOING TO READ FROM.
  • 00:16:01.250 --> 00:16:04.230
  • SO HE READ FROM THE 61ST CHAPTER OF ISAIAH,
  • 00:16:04.240 --> 00:16:09.080
  • VERSES 1 AND 2, AND WE SEE THOSE REPRINTED
  • 00:16:09.090 --> 00:16:13.200
  • IN VERSES 18 AND 19 OF LUKE FOUR.
  • 00:16:13.210 --> 00:16:15.220
  • THAT'S WHY IT'S IN ALL CAPS, IT'S A QUOTATION
  • 00:16:15.230 --> 00:16:18.090
  • OF ISAIAH 61:1 AND 2.
  • 00:16:18.100 --> 00:16:21.000
  • HERE'S WHAT JESUS READ TO THE CROWD THAT MORNING.
  • 00:16:21.010 --> 00:16:23.260
  • "THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME,
  • 00:16:23.270 --> 00:16:26.260
  • "BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR.
  • 00:16:26.270 --> 00:16:30.220
  • "HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES,
  • 00:16:30.230 --> 00:16:35.050
  • "AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND,
  • 00:16:35.060 --> 00:16:37.290
  • "TO SET THOSE FREE WHO ARE DOWNTRODDEN,
  • 00:16:38.000 --> 00:16:40.270
  • "TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD."
  • 00:16:40.280 --> 00:16:45.260
  • EVERY JEW WAS FAMILIAR WITH THIS PASSAGE FROM ISAIAH.
  • 00:16:45.270 --> 00:16:48.280
  • WRITTEN 700 YEARS EARLIER, IT WAS A PROPHECY OF
  • 00:16:48.290 --> 00:16:52.150
  • WHAT THE MESSIAH WOULD DO WHEN HE CAME.
  • 00:16:52.160 --> 00:16:55.130
  • I WANT YOU TO NOTICE THE FOUR CHARACTERISTICS
  • 00:16:55.140 --> 00:16:57.160
  • OF THE MESSIAH THAT JESUS WAS READING ABOUT
  • 00:16:57.170 --> 00:17:00.100
  • TO THIS ASSEMBLED CROWD, FOUR CHARACTERISTICS
  • 00:17:00.110 --> 00:17:02.200
  • OF THE MESSIAH FROM ISAIAH 61:1-2.
  • 00:17:02.210 --> 00:17:06.050
  • NUMBER ONE, HE WOULD BE ANOINTED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD.
  • 00:17:06.060 --> 00:17:10.010
  • THAT'S WHY HE SAYS, "THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME."
  • 00:17:10.020 --> 00:17:13.130
  • SECONDLY, HE WOULD ANNOUNCE,
  • 00:17:13.140 --> 00:17:16.150
  • HE WOULD ANNOUNCE THE ARRIVAL OF GOD'S SALVATION.
  • 00:17:16.160 --> 00:17:20.020
  • THAT'S WHAT'S MEANT BY THE PHRASE "HE HAS SENT ME
  • 00:17:20.030 --> 00:17:22.200
  • "TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES."
  • 00:17:22.210 --> 00:17:26.290
  • WHAT DOES HE MEAN CAPTIVES?
  • 00:17:27.000 --> 00:17:28.140
  • HE WASN'T TALKING ABOUT POLITICAL CAPTIVES,
  • 00:17:28.150 --> 00:17:31.000
  • HE WAS TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE
  • 00:17:31.010 --> 00:17:33.100
  • WHO HAD BEEN HELD CAPTIVE BY SIN.
  • 00:17:33.110 --> 00:17:36.230
  • YOU SEE, ALL OF US ARE PRISONERS OF SIN.
  • 00:17:36.240 --> 00:17:39.260
  • THE BIBLE SAYS EVERY ONE OF US HAVE SINNED
  • 00:17:39.270 --> 00:17:42.020
  • AND FALLEN SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD.
  • 00:17:42.030 --> 00:17:44.240
  • AND BECAUSE OF OUR SIN, WE ARE ON DEATH ROW, AS IT WERE.
  • 00:17:44.250 --> 00:17:48.230
  • WE HAD THE DEATH VERDICT PRONOUNCED AGAINST US.
  • 00:17:48.240 --> 00:17:51.230
  • THE SOUL THAT SINS SHALL DIE.
  • 00:17:51.240 --> 00:17:53.090
  • THAT MEANS TO BE ETERNALLY SEPARATED FROM GOD.
  • 00:17:53.100 --> 00:17:56.010
  • WE ARE LIKE PRISONERS ON DEATH ROW
  • 00:17:56.020 --> 00:17:58.150
  • AWAITING OUR EXECUTION.
  • 00:17:58.160 --> 00:18:00.170
  • BUT JESUS, THE MESSIAH, CAME TO MAKE A PAYMENT FOR OUR SIN
  • 00:18:00.180 --> 00:18:05.000
  • SO THAT HE COULD SET US FREE
  • 00:18:05.010 --> 00:18:06.290
  • FROM THOSE CHAINS OF SIN AND DEATH.
  • 00:18:07.000 --> 00:18:09.120
  • HE WOULD SET THE PRISONERS FREE.
  • 00:18:09.130 --> 00:18:12.060
  • AND THEN NUMBER THREE, HE WOULD BRING GOD'S SALVATION.
  • 00:18:12.070 --> 00:18:14.290
  • THE MESSIAH NOT ONLY ANNOUNCED IT,
  • 00:18:15.000 --> 00:18:16.230
  • HE ACTUALLY AFFECTED GOD'S SALVATION,
  • 00:18:16.240 --> 00:18:20.050
  • TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE DOWNTRODDEN.
  • 00:18:20.060 --> 00:18:23.260
  • AND FINALLY, HE WOULD OFFER FORGIVENESS FROM SINS,
  • 00:18:23.270 --> 00:18:27.160
  • TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.
  • 00:18:27.170 --> 00:18:30.190
  • THIS IS AN ALLUSION TO THE JEWISH YEAR CALLED JUBILEE
  • 00:18:30.200 --> 00:18:34.080
  • IN WHICH ALL OF A PERSON'S DEBTS,
  • 00:18:34.090 --> 00:18:36.190
  • THE CITIZEN'S DEBTS WERE FORGIVEN
  • 00:18:36.200 --> 00:18:38.090
  • IN THAT PARTICULAR YEAR, THE YEAR OF JUBILEE.
  • 00:18:38.100 --> 00:18:41.200
  • THAT'S WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT HERE.
  • 00:18:41.210 --> 00:18:43.230
  • HE CAME TO ANNOUNCE THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.
  • 00:18:43.240 --> 00:18:46.260
  • THAT IS, IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT SIN DEBT YOU HAVE,
  • 00:18:46.270 --> 00:18:50.180
  • DOESN'T MATTER HOW BADLY YOU HAVE DISOBEYED GOD
  • 00:18:50.190 --> 00:18:53.130
  • OR FOR HOW LONG YOU'VE DISOBEYED GOD,
  • 00:18:53.140 --> 00:18:55.210
  • YOU CAN BE FORGIVEN, THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.
  • 00:18:55.220 --> 00:19:01.190
  • NOW, WHAT IS FASCINATING IS,
  • 00:19:01.200 --> 00:19:05.000
  • HE LEFT OUT A PHRASE FROM ISAIAH 61:2
  • 00:19:05.010 --> 00:19:08.130
  • LOOK AT ISAIAH 61:2 CAREFULLY.
  • 00:19:08.140 --> 00:19:11.030
  • ISAIAH THE PROPHET SAID MESSIAH WOULD COME
  • 00:19:11.040 --> 00:19:14.050
  • "TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD,
  • 00:19:14.060 --> 00:19:17.190
  • "AND THE DAY OF VENGEANCE OF OUR GOD."
  • 00:19:17.200 --> 00:19:23.280
  • BUT JESUS DIDN'T REPEAT THAT PART
  • 00:19:23.290 --> 00:19:26.110
  • ABOUT THE VENGEANCE OF GOD.
  • 00:19:26.120 --> 00:19:27.260
  • HE SAID SIMPLY TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD,
  • 00:19:27.270 --> 00:19:31.110
  • PERIOD, AND THEN HE SAT DOWN.
  • 00:19:31.120 --> 00:19:35.170
  • WHY DIDN'T HE READ THE SECOND PHRASE?
  • 00:19:35.180 --> 00:19:37.160
  • DID HE RUN OUT OF TIME, WHAT WAS GOING ON HERE?
  • 00:19:37.170 --> 00:19:40.090
  • NO, THERE'S A REAL REASON JESUS OMITTED
  • 00:19:40.100 --> 00:19:42.110
  • THAT SECOND PHRASE.
  • 00:19:42.120 --> 00:19:44.090
  • YOU SEE, THE JEWS COULD NOT PUT ALL OF THIS TOGETHER
  • 00:19:44.100 --> 00:19:47.030
  • ABOUT THE MESSIAH, HOW DO YOU COME PREACHING GRACE
  • 00:19:47.040 --> 00:19:50.110
  • AND JUDGMENT AT THE SAME TIME?
  • 00:19:50.120 --> 00:19:52.180
  • HOW CAN YOU SAY IT'S THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD
  • 00:19:52.190 --> 00:19:55.090
  • WHEN YOU CAN BE FORGIVEN AND AT THE SAME TIME
  • 00:19:55.100 --> 00:19:57.180
  • GOD'S GONNA EXACT VENGEANCE FOR THE SINS
  • 00:19:57.190 --> 00:20:00.100
  • YOU'VE COMMITTED AGAINST HIM?
  • 00:20:00.110 --> 00:20:02.120
  • WHAT THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHETS DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WAS,
  • 00:20:02.130 --> 00:20:05.050
  • THERE WOULD BE A GAP BETWEEN THE FIRST COMING OF JESUS
  • 00:20:05.060 --> 00:20:08.190
  • AND HIS SECOND COMING.
  • 00:20:08.200 --> 00:20:10.180
  • WHEN JESUS CAME THE FIRST TIME,
  • 00:20:10.190 --> 00:20:12.170
  • MESSIAH CAME TO BE THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD.
  • 00:20:12.180 --> 00:20:16.240
  • BUT THE NEXT TIME JESUS COMES,
  • 00:20:16.250 --> 00:20:18.210
  • HE'S NOT COMING AS SAVIOR, HE'S COMING AS THE JUDGE
  • 00:20:18.220 --> 00:20:21.240
  • OF ALL THE WORLD, TO JUDGE THE WICKED
  • 00:20:21.250 --> 00:20:24.240
  • AND REWARD THE RIGHTEOUS.
  • 00:20:24.250 --> 00:20:26.260
  • THAT IS A FUTURE COMING OF CHRIST.
  • 00:20:26.270 --> 00:20:29.210
  • THE FUTURE DAY OF VENGEANCE IS COMING,
  • 00:20:29.220 --> 00:20:32.200
  • IT JUST HASN'T COME YET.
  • 00:20:32.210 --> 00:20:34.120
  • IN REVELATION 19:15, JOHN PICTURES
  • 00:20:34.130 --> 00:20:37.230
  • THAT FUTURE DAY OF GOD'S WRATH,
  • 00:20:37.240 --> 00:20:40.070
  • TALKING ABOUT THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS.
  • 00:20:40.080 --> 00:20:42.090
  • JOHN WRITES, "AND FROM HIS MOUTH COMES A SHARP SWORD,
  • 00:20:42.100 --> 00:20:45.210
  • "SO THAT WITH IT HE MAY SMITE THE NATIONS,
  • 00:20:45.220 --> 00:20:48.080
  • "AND HE WILL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON,
  • 00:20:48.090 --> 00:20:51.050
  • "AND HE TREADS THE WINEPRESS OF THE FIERCE WRATH OF GOD,
  • 00:20:51.060 --> 00:20:55.260
  • "THE ALMIGHTY."
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  • NOW, THAT IS THE FUTURE COMING OF MESSIAH,
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  • BUT RIGHT NOW HE HAS COME TO OFFER FORGIVENESS.
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  • VERSE 20 SAYS WHEN HE HAD FINISHED READING THAT SCRIPTURE,
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  • HE SAT DOWN, THAT'S WHAT THE TEACHER WOULD DO,
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  • HE WOULD SIT DOWN, BUT NOTICE THE LAST PHRASE
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  • OF VERSE 20, "AND THE EYES OF ALL IN THE SYNAGOGUE
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  • "WERE FIXED UPON HIM."
  • 00:21:18.180 --> 00:21:22.050
  • I BET THEY WERE.
  • 00:21:22.060 --> 00:21:25.080
  • YOU CAN JUST SEE THEM NUDGING ONE ANOTHER, WHISPERING.
  • 00:21:25.090 --> 00:21:29.200
  • WHY DID JESUS READ THIS PASSAGE TODAY?
  • 00:21:29.210 --> 00:21:33.290
  • IS JESUS INFERRING WHAT I THINK HE'S SAYING?
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  • IS HE CLAIMING TO BE THE "M" WORD?
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  • IS THAT WHAT HE'S SAYING?
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  • SURELY NOT!
  • 00:21:44.010 --> 00:21:46.120
  • WELL, WHEN JESUS SAT DOWN FOR THE EXPLANATION,
  • 00:21:46.130 --> 00:21:48.250
  • HE ANSWERED THAT QUESTION CLEARLY, VERSE 21,
  • 00:21:48.260 --> 00:21:51.250
  • "AND JESUS BEGAN TO SAY TO THEM,
  • 00:21:51.260 --> 00:21:54.240
  • "TODAY THIS SCRIPTURE HAS BEEN FULFILLED IN YOUR HEARING."
  • 00:21:54.250 --> 00:22:01.050
  • YOU'VE BEEN WAITING FOR THE MESSIAH.
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  • YOUR WAIT IS OVER, I AM HE.
  • 00:22:04.130 --> 00:22:08.140
  • MUSIC
  • 00:22:08.150 --> 00:22:13.240
  • THE WORLD NEEDS TO HEAR THE TRUTH ABOUT JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:22:13.250 --> 00:22:17.250
  • HE IS THE LONG AWAITED MESSIAH.
  • 00:22:17.260 --> 00:22:22.100
  • AND HERE AT "PATHWAY TO VICTORY,"
  • 00:22:22.110 --> 00:22:23.230
  • WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE
  • 00:22:23.240 --> 00:22:26.060
  • TO EXPAND OUR MINISTRY SO THAT MORE
  • 00:22:26.070 --> 00:22:28.180
  • AND MORE PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD
  • 00:22:28.190 --> 00:22:30.080
  • HEAR THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:22:30.090 --> 00:22:33.150
  • MAY I COUNT ON YOU TO BECOME PART OF THIS TEAM?
  • 00:22:33.160 --> 00:22:36.180
  • YOUR SPECIAL YEAR END GIFT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT
  • 00:22:36.190 --> 00:22:40.030
  • AS WE ATTEMPT TO SHARE THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD
  • 00:22:40.040 --> 00:22:43.030
  • WITH AN INCREASINGLY DARK AND HURTING WORLD.
  • 00:22:43.040 --> 00:22:46.180
  • AND RIGHT NOW WE'RE PLEASED TO BE THE RECIPIENTS
  • 00:22:46.190 --> 00:22:48.280
  • OF AN AMAZING MATCHING CHALLENGE
  • 00:22:48.290 --> 00:22:51.210
  • IN THE AMOUNT OF $920.000.
  • 00:22:51.220 --> 00:22:55.020
  • THAT MEANS YOUR GIFT TODAY WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY MATCHED,
  • 00:22:55.030 --> 00:22:59.090
  • MAKING IT TWICE AS EFFECTIVE.
  • 00:22:59.100 --> 00:23:01.170
  • FOR EXAMPLE, YOUR $100 GIFT WILL BE MATCHED,
  • 00:23:01.180 --> 00:23:05.090
  • MAKING THE TOTAL GIFT $200.
  • 00:23:05.100 --> 00:23:08.020
  • YOUR $500 GIFT WILL BECOME A THOUSAND DOLLARS
  • 00:23:08.030 --> 00:23:11.180
  • WHEN IT'S MATCHED.
  • 00:23:11.190 --> 00:23:12.250
  • NO MATTER THE AMOUNT, YOUR GIFT WILL HAVE
  • 00:23:12.260 --> 00:23:15.040
  • TWICE THE IMPACT UNTIL WE REACH THE TOTAL GOAL.
  • 00:23:15.050 --> 00:23:19.040
  • THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR GENEROSITY.
  • 00:23:19.050 --> 00:23:22.010
  • NOW, PLEASE STAY RIGHT THERE.
  • 00:23:22.020 --> 00:23:24.040
  • I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE IN JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:23:24.050 --> 00:23:27.130
  • MUSIC
  • 00:23:27.140 --> 00:23:28.220
  • CHRISTMAS, IT'S MY FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR.
  • 00:23:28.230 --> 00:23:35.050
  • OUR KIDS AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN COME FROM
  • 00:23:35.060 --> 00:23:37.230
  • ALL OVER TO SHARE THE JOYS OF THE PAST YEAR,
  • 00:23:37.240 --> 00:23:40.160
  • AND BLESS EACH OTHER WITH GIFTS,
  • 00:23:40.170 --> 00:23:42.260
  • AND REMEMBER THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS.
  • 00:23:42.270 --> 00:23:47.000
  • FOR OUR FAMILY, CHRISTMAS IT'S THE MOST
  • 00:23:47.010 --> 00:23:49.200
  • SPECIAL DAY OF THE YEAR.
  • 00:23:49.210 --> 00:23:51.030
  • WE GET TOGETHER FOR SOME GREAT FOOD,
  • 00:23:51.040 --> 00:23:52.240
  • AND FELLOWSHIP, FOR SOME GREAT LAUGHS AND MEMORIES;
  • 00:23:52.250 --> 00:23:56.150
  • AND TO THANK THE LORD FOR
  • 00:23:56.160 --> 00:23:58.110
  • THE BIRTH OF HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:23:58.120 --> 00:24:01.030
  • GATHERING TOGETHER TO HONOR THE BIRTH OF OUR
  • 00:24:01.040 --> 00:24:04.030
  • LORD AND SAVIOR, IT'S A TRADITION THAT WE WANT TO
  • 00:24:04.040 --> 00:24:06.230
  • CONTINUE IN OUR FAMILY.
  • 00:24:06.240 --> 00:24:07.290
  • SO THIS YEAR, WE'RE GIVING OUR LOVED ONES A GIFT THAT
  • 00:24:08.000 --> 00:24:11.040
  • WILL NOT ONLY BRING A SMILE,
  • 00:24:11.050 --> 00:24:12.140
  • BUT LEAVE A LEGACY.
  • 00:24:12.150 --> 00:24:15.210
  • THE DAILY DEVOTIONAL IS A GIFT THAT INVITES THE LORD
  • 00:24:15.220 --> 00:24:17.290
  • INTO THEIR LIFE EVERY DAY.
  • 00:24:18.000 --> 00:24:20.000
  • SO WHEN THE DAY COMES FOR THE FAMILY CHRISTMAS TO
  • 00:24:20.010 --> 00:24:22.100
  • TAKE PLACE IN THEIR HOME, WE KNOW THAT JESUS WILL
  • 00:24:22.110 --> 00:24:25.130
  • STILL BE THE CENTER OF THE CELEBRATION.
  • 00:24:25.140 --> 00:24:27.210
  • DR. JEFFERSS: LIFE IS BETTER WHEN YOU SPEND TIME
  • 00:24:27.220 --> 00:24:30.120
  • DAILY WITH GOD.
  • 00:24:30.130 --> 00:24:31.290
  • HE GUIDES OUR STEPS AND LIGHTS A CLEAR PATH
  • 00:24:32.000 --> 00:24:34.160
  • FOR US TO FOLLOW.
  • 00:24:34.170 --> 00:24:36.050
  • AND THIS CHRISTMAS, YOU CAN HELP YOUR FAMILY
  • 00:24:36.060 --> 00:24:38.180
  • BOLDLY FACE THE COMING YEAR WITH THE BRAND-NEW,
  • 00:24:38.190 --> 00:24:42.110
  • LEATHER-BOUND PATHWAY TO VICTORY DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR 2020.
  • 00:24:42.120 --> 00:24:47.060
  • THANK YOU FOR JOINING WITH ME THIS CHRISTMAS TO GIVE
  • 00:24:47.070 --> 00:24:50.070
  • THE GREATEST GIFT YOU COULD POSSIBLY GIVE -
  • 00:24:50.080 --> 00:24:53.080
  • THE TRANSFORMING WORD OF GOD - TO OUR FAMILIES,
  • 00:24:53.090 --> 00:24:56.000
  • OUR COUNTRY, AND THE WORLD!
  • 00:24:56.010 --> 00:24:58.160
  • MUSIC
  • 00:24:58.170 --> 00:25:02.040
  • CAN YOU IMAGINE THE SILENCE THAT MUST HAVE FALLEN
  • 00:25:02.050 --> 00:25:05.060
  • ACROSS THE CROWD IN THE SYNAGOGUE
  • 00:25:05.070 --> 00:25:07.160
  • AFTER JESUS SPOKE THOSE WORDS?
  • 00:25:07.170 --> 00:25:10.060
  • READING A PASSAGE ABOUT THE MESSIAH
  • 00:25:10.070 --> 00:25:12.130
  • AND THEN SAYING, "TODAY THIS SCRIPTURE
  • 00:25:12.140 --> 00:25:15.220
  • "HAS BEEN FULFILLED IN YOUR HEARING."
  • 00:25:15.230 --> 00:25:18.250
  • NO OTHER RELIGIOUS LEADER IN HISTORY
  • 00:25:18.260 --> 00:25:20.290
  • HAS EVER MADE THAT KIND OF BOLD CLAIM
  • 00:25:21.000 --> 00:25:23.240
  • AND MATCHED IT BY HIS OWN EVIDENCE.
  • 00:25:23.250 --> 00:25:27.050
  • AND NEXT TIME WE'LL SEE HOW THE JEWS
  • 00:25:27.060 --> 00:25:29.130
  • IN THE SYNAGOGUE REACTED TO JESUS' CLAIM.
  • 00:25:29.140 --> 00:25:32.280
  • THE VERY PEOPLE WHO HAD JUST BEEN PRAISING HIM
  • 00:25:32.290 --> 00:25:35.240
  • WOULD TURN AGAINST HIM ON A DIME,
  • 00:25:35.250 --> 00:25:38.050
  • IN THE SPACE OF JUST A FEW MOMENTS.
  • 00:25:38.060 --> 00:25:40.170
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT
  • 00:25:40.180 --> 00:25:43.240
  • ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:25:43.250 --> 00:25:46.070
  • [ANNOUNCER] TODAY WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:25:47.180 --> 00:25:49.120
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY,"
  • 00:25:49.130 --> 00:25:51.280
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BY SENDING YOU THE BRAND NEW
  • 00:25:51.290 --> 00:25:54.100
  • 2020 PATHWAY TO VICTORY DAILY DEVOTIONAL.
  • 00:25:54.110 --> 00:25:57.090
  • PLUS, "JESUS, THE FULFILLMENT OF GOD'S PROPHECIES,"
  • 00:25:57.100 --> 00:26:00.130
  • IS OUR GIFT TO YOU SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US TODAY
  • 00:26:00.140 --> 00:26:03.060
  • AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:03.070 --> 00:26:04.250
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $100 OR MORE,
  • 00:26:04.260 --> 00:26:07.130
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE
  • 00:26:07.140 --> 00:26:09.000
  • "INCOMPARABLE CHRIST" TEACHING SERIES ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:09.010 --> 00:26:13.110
  • REMEMBER, YOUR MINISTRY GIFT RIGHT NOW WILL BE DOUBLED
  • 00:26:13.120 --> 00:26:16.020
  • IN IMPACT THANKS TO OUR ACTIVE MATCHING CHALLENGE,
  • 00:26:16.030 --> 00:26:18.240
  • SO BE SURE TO CALL, WRITE OR GO ONLINE TODAY.
  • 00:26:18.250 --> 00:26:22.000
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIME ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:26:22.010 --> 00:26:25.090
  • SOME OF YOU ARE THINKING RIGHT NOW,
  • 00:26:25.100 --> 00:26:27.040
  • "IF GOD WOULD JUST GIVE ME A SIGN,
  • 00:26:27.050 --> 00:26:29.100
  • "IF HE'D PERFORM A MIRACLE,
  • 00:26:29.110 --> 00:26:30.170
  • "THEN I'D BELIEVE IN HIM FOREVER."
  • 00:26:30.180 --> 00:26:34.000
  • JUST THINK BACK ON SOME OF THE MIRACLES
  • 00:26:34.010 --> 00:26:35.210
  • GOD HAS ALREADY DONE IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:26:35.220 --> 00:26:38.090
  • BRINGING YOU INTO THIS WORLD, TO BEGIN WITH.
  • 00:26:38.100 --> 00:26:40.260
  • CREATING EVERYTHING AROUND THAT WE SEE.
  • 00:26:40.270 --> 00:26:42.280
  • THINK OF SOME OF THE PERSONAL ANSWERS TO PRAYERS
  • 00:26:42.290 --> 00:26:45.110
  • YOU'VE ALREADY EXPERIENCED.
  • 00:26:45.120 --> 00:26:46.230
  • WHY DO YOU KEEP ON DOUBTING THE REALITY OF GOD?
  • 00:26:46.240 --> 00:26:49.270
  • [ANNOUNCER] SET YOUR DVR AND JOIN US NEXT TIME
  • 00:26:49.280 --> 00:26:52.000
  • FOR PART TWO OF THE MESSAGE,
  • 00:26:52.010 --> 00:26:53.160
  • "THE DAY JESUS CAME TO CHURCH" HERE ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:26:53.170 --> 00:26:57.130
  • MUSIC
  • 00:26:57.140 --> 00:27:01.270
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  • ON THE PATHWAY TO VICTORY ALASKA CRUISE.
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  • AND KETCHIKAN, THEN ENJOY ONBOARD ENTERTAINMENT
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  • 00:27:16.270 --> 00:27:19.210
  • AND COMEDIAN DENNIS SWANBERG.
  • 00:27:19.220 --> 00:27:21.290
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