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The Most Abundant Life: The Basis of Abundance

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May 13, 2020
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Pastor Allen Jackson's mission is to help people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

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The Most Abundant Life: The Basis of Abundance

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  • Allen Jackson: I can't thinkof a better word than,
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  • "extravagant," for the way Godhas provided for you and me.
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  • It's evident in creation.
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  • When God made flowers for usto enjoy, he didn't make
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  • three kinds.
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  • He didn't make onefor the spring, and one
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  • for the summer, and onefor the fall.
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  • There's an infinite varietyof colors, and shapes,
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  • and sizes, and they bloomin different locations, it's
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  • almost beyond our abilityto catalog.
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  • When God made vegetables--andI'm quite certain, God could've
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  • made one vegetable with allof the vitamins in it and said
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  • eat this and shut up, all right.
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  • But he didn't do that.
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  • We've got broccoli,and cauliflower, and asparagus,
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  • and green beans, and beats.
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  • I mean, it's an infinite varietyof shapes, and colors,
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  • and textures, and ifthe government was in charge
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  • of vegetables,there would be one.
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  • It would be gray, and mushy,and back ordered.
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  • That as much as God--
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  • It don't apply to cheap shots.
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  • As much as we can see God'sextravagant provision
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  • and creation around us, it isequally true in his spiritual
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  • provision for our lives.
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  • I'll say it again, a God life isthe best life you can have.
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  • And wherever you are in thattension today, you may be
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  • in the midst of one of thosestruggles, you know, God has
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  • an invitation before you.
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  • You've been afraid to accept it.
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  • Or maybe he's asking you to laysomething down, and you've been
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  • reluctant to do so.
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  • You're clinging to it withall your might.
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  • A God life is the best lifeyou could lead.
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  • Let's start in 2 Corinthians,chapter 5, and verse 21.
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  • It says, "God made him who hadno sin to be sin for us."
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  • Who's the him in that statement?
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  • It's Jesus.
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  • "God made Jesus, who had no sin,to be sin for us so that in him
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  • we might becomethe righteousness of God
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  • in Christ."
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  • It's an amazing promise.
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  • God has made provision for youand for me to be righteous.
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  • Let's link that the Romanschapter 5, and verse 17.
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  • It says, "By the trespassof the one man, death reigned
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  • through that one man."
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  • Who's the one man referredto and those phrases?
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  • It's Adam, the first man.
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  • "How much more will those whoreceive God's abundant provision
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  • of grace and the giftof righteousness reign in life
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  • through the one man,Jesus Christ."
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  • The New Testament refersto Jesus as the second Adam,
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  • but you oughta circle thosethree words, where it says
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  • the gift of righteousness.
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  • I want you to begin to imaginerighteousness as a gift.
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  • It's something that's givento you.
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  • You don't earn it, you don'tqualify for it.
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  • If you earned, it it's nota gift.
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  • The gift of righteousness madeavailable to us in Jesus.
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  • Now, righteousness is a bigword, it's a religious word,
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  • but the meaning is really prettysimple.
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  • To be righteous means, you havethe ability to stand
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  • in the presence of Godwithout fear, without guilt,
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  • and without shame.
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  • The ability for you alone, asan individual, without pastor,
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  • or without a parent,or without a spouse,
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  • or without a child, you're gonnastand before God.
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  • You can stand therewithout guilt, without fear,
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  • and without shame.
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  • That's what it means to berighteous.
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  • Wow, now why does that matterto us?
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  • Well, the Bible says everyperson, every human being has
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  • two appointments that areinescapable death,
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  • and after death the judgmentbefore God.
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  • That's the ultimate open booktest.
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  • If you know it's coming, I wouldsubmit to you, you want to be
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  • able to stand therewithout fear, without guilt,
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  • or without shame.
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  • The last thing you want to do isstand before God terrified,
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  • guilty, and filled with shame.
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  • Agreed?
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  • 'Cause there's no do over.
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  • All right?
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  • This is a one trip journey.
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  • Isn't that exciting?
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  • So, righteousness isa requirement.
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  • The Bible says, it's notoptional, that no one will
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  • participate in the kingdomof God without righteousness.
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  • Now here, we have a problem,'cause we are born as
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  • descendants of Adam into sin.
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  • We don't have to be coachedup on sin.
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  • We don't have to put our kidsin school and give them classes
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  • on how to have less ethics.
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  • "You're just too stinking honestfor your own.
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  • Good.
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  • We're gonna put you in cheating101 A."
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  • "How to bend the truth to suityou, 301."
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  • I don't need that class, do I?
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  • I am born--that is, I amhardwired for that
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  • from the jump.
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  • I am born with, "Me do it,"imprinted on my mind, and I
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  • don't want any help.
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  • It doesn't matter how old I am,or what size I am, it's
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  • a problem.
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  • In fact, the Bible tells usthat, when God put Adam
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  • in the garden of Eden, he madeprovision for every need he had.
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  • He said, "Everythingin the garden is yours.
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  • Enjoy it.
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  • I give you authority over it.
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  • Take dominion over it.
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  • It's all yours.
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  • Just one thing, that one tree,leave that one alone."
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  • What did Adam do?
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  • Went to that one tree, and heforfeited everything he had.
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  • And the Bible is the storyof the descendants of Adam
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  • on planet Earth and theirrelationship with God.
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  • That's what this Book is about.
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  • And in its essence, it's a storyof a race of rebels.
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  • We begin in rebellion, and wecontinue through the whole Book,
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  • cycle after cycle, generationafter generation, culture
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  • after culture.
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  • The contexts change, the formsof government change, the world
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  • changes, but human beings remainrebellious.
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  • So, here's the problem, if we'renot going to participate
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  • in the kingdom of God, unlesswe're righteous, something has
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  • to happen to that rebellion.
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  • We need help to change,and that's what the lesson today
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  • is really rooted in,and the question is," How do you
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  • secure righteousness?
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  • Can you buy it.
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  • Can you rent it.
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  • Can you lease it.
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  • Can you earn it.
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  • How do you achieve it?
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  • " If you're gonna achieve iton your own,
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  • there's a technical termfor that.
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  • It's self-righteousness.
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  • Now, if you choose that path,you should know this,
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  • God's standard isabsolute perfection.
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  • So, that if you stumble on itone point, any point, no matter
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  • how small the point, you'reguilty.
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  • And it's not just in the future.
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  • If you have ever stumbled.
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  • So, self-righteousness isa pretty difficult challenge.
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  • The alternativeto self-righteousness, doing it
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  • on your own, is acceptingthe gift of righteousness.
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  • That God cares enough about us,that he has made righteousness
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  • available to anyone who willreceive the gift.
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  • Now, that's an amazing thing.
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  • We just read in 2 Corinthians 5.
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  • What was it that it said?
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  • "God made him who knew no sinto be sin for us, so that
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  • in Christ, we might be madethe righteousness of God."
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  • Wow!
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  • What did we say?
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  • A God life is the best wayyou can live.
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  • It's the most fulfilling,the most satisfying,
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  • the most rewarding.
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  • There's not a better way.
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  • Let's take it a little further.
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  • We've got this challengewith sin.
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  • Think of sin as anything thattakes you away from God, any
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  • attitude, any action, any word,anything that brings momentum
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  • to your life that takes you awayfrom God,
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  • let's think of it as sin.
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  • And God warns us about sin.
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  • He says, "Don't do that."
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  • Now, we tend to think that sinis something that God defines
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  • for us as prohibitive.
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  • It's a list of don'ts, and Ithink many of us imagine,
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  • at least in some seasons of ourlife, that God says don't 'cause
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  • he doesn't want us to have toogood of a time.
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  • He wants us to be vanilla,dressed permanently in khaki,
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  • and never smile.
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  • Just don't.
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  • And there's a lot of reasons Ithink those ideas get traction
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  • in our hearts, but God doesn'twarn us away from sin because
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  • he's trying to diminishthe pleasure of our lives.
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  • He warns us away from sinbecause he cares for us.
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  • Look at Romans 6 and verse 23.
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  • It says, "The wages of sin isdeath, but the gift of God is
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  • eternal life in Christ Jesusour Lord."
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  • Romans 5, "Just as sin enteredthe world through one man,
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  • and death through sin, in thisway death came to all men,
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  • because all have sinned."
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  • The outcome of sin is alwaysthe same.
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  • Once sin is initiated, it alwaysends in destruction.
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  • And because God loves us, it'sone of the unexplained truths
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  • statements of the Bible that Godloves us.
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  • The Bible never explains why Godloves us.
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  • It just says he does, and if youread the story, and you look
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  • at the world, it's really hardto explain, isn't it?
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  • 'Cause it's not like we're allin love with God,
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  • but God loves us.
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  • It says, "God so loved the worldthat he gave his only Son."
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  • He wasn't so in lovewith the mountains,
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  • or the seashore, or the sunsets.
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  • It was the people.
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  • He cares about us.
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  • Did you know God loves you?
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  • For just a minute, forgetthe global perspective,
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  • and think about itin your context.
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  • He loves you.
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  • You matter to him, who you are,the outcome of your life,
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  • your ultimate destiny.
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  • God cares about that.
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  • You know, God knows the worstthing about us.
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  • The things you pray never showup on the screens at church.
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  • God has reviewed them, and heloves us anyway.
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  • It's staggering to me.
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  • Remember a God life is the bestlife you can have.
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  • God loves you, and becauseof that, God hates sin,
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  • because sin destroys people.
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  • Allen: Look at Psalm 14.
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  • It says, "The fool says in hisheart, 'There is no God'.
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  • They are corrupt,their deeds are vile;
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  • there is no one who does good.
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  • The Lord looks down from heavenon the sons of men to see if
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  • there are any who understand,any who seek God.
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  • All have turned aside,
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  • they have together becomecorrupt;
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  • there is no one who does good,not even one."
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  • If we're left to our owndevices, apart from God,
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  • none of us will achieveor attain righteousness.
  • 00:11:25.500 --> 00:11:29.237
  • None of us will be good enough.
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  • It's an important idea to gettucked in your heart.
  • 00:11:32.440 --> 00:11:34.175
  • Look at Romans 3.
  • 00:11:34.209 --> 00:11:35.510
  • It says, "There is no onerighteous, not even one;
  • 00:11:35.543 --> 00:11:38.813
  • there is no one who understands,
  • 00:11:38.847 --> 00:11:40.782
  • no one who seeks God.
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  • All have turned away."
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  • We need God's help to addressthis righteousness issue, and I
  • 00:11:44.152 --> 00:11:49.424
  • wanna take a minute with thatbecause I think sometimes we
  • 00:11:49.457 --> 00:11:51.259
  • think that God just makes usrighteous by some sort
  • 00:11:51.292 --> 00:11:53.261
  • of a divine fiat.
  • 00:11:53.294 --> 00:11:55.196
  • It's like he has a wand, poof,right?
  • 00:11:55.230 --> 00:12:00.869
  • And he just--he touchessomething goes, "Oh, you'll be
  • 00:12:00.902 --> 00:12:04.572
  • righteous."
  • 00:12:04.606 --> 00:12:05.907
  • You know, I've discovered thatit's easy to look at other
  • 00:12:05.940 --> 00:12:07.275
  • people and it's easier for themto be godly.
  • 00:12:07.308 --> 00:12:09.711
  • Do you know somebody, you thinkit's probably easier for them
  • 00:12:09.744 --> 00:12:11.412
  • than it is for you, 'cause Godgot to them, poof.
  • 00:12:11.446 --> 00:12:17.552
  • And it feels like to me,he's just never brought
  • 00:12:17.585 --> 00:12:19.287
  • that wand my way, all right?
  • 00:12:19.320 --> 00:12:25.827
  • You think it's just somethin'that God arbitrarily, you know,
  • 00:12:25.860 --> 00:12:27.595
  • "You here, you have a littlebit," but that's not the story.
  • 00:12:27.629 --> 00:12:31.132
  • Now, I think we would like thatto be the story.
  • 00:12:31.166 --> 00:12:33.568
  • I think we wouldlike righteousness to be, it's
  • 00:12:33.601 --> 00:12:35.837
  • a gift we receive it,but learning to lead righteous
  • 00:12:35.870 --> 00:12:39.407
  • lives is a choice.
  • 00:12:39.440 --> 00:12:41.509
  • Righteousness is something Godgives to us.
  • 00:12:41.543 --> 00:12:43.545
  • Making righteous choices in yourlife is a gift you give back
  • 00:12:43.578 --> 00:12:46.247
  • to the Lord.
  • 00:12:46.281 --> 00:12:48.316
  • And that doesn't comeout of a wand either.
  • 00:12:48.349 --> 00:12:49.818
  • That comes out of yourcharacter, out of your heart.
  • 00:12:49.851 --> 00:12:54.589
  • And unfortunately, we've beentold that if you sit in church,
  • 00:12:54.622 --> 00:12:56.758
  • and you're wear appropriateclothes for church, and you
  • 00:12:56.791 --> 00:12:58.526
  • don't use profanity while you'reon campus, you've pretty much
  • 00:12:58.560 --> 00:13:03.898
  • met the threshold, and then, youcan get back to living life,
  • 00:13:03.932 --> 00:13:08.970
  • and we Miss the whole joyof this.
  • 00:13:09.003 --> 00:13:11.339
  • Righteousness is made availableto you and to me only
  • 00:13:11.372 --> 00:13:14.442
  • by an expression of the powerof God.
  • 00:13:14.475 --> 00:13:19.581
  • When we meet Adam in the Garden,we understand from the very
  • 00:13:19.614 --> 00:13:22.517
  • beginning of the story, it'san expression of the power
  • 00:13:22.550 --> 00:13:24.519
  • of God.
  • 00:13:24.552 --> 00:13:25.887
  • The Earth was chaotic,and formless, and without shape,
  • 00:13:25.920 --> 00:13:28.690
  • and it says, and God said,and things began to change.
  • 00:13:28.723 --> 00:13:33.628
  • And the crowning achievementof creation is from the dust
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  • of the ground.
  • 00:13:36.164 --> 00:13:37.498
  • He formed a man and he breathedlife into him.
  • 00:13:37.532 --> 00:13:39.100
  • He says, "I give you dominionover all of my creation."
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  • It's a power story.
  • 00:13:41.836 --> 00:13:44.639
  • Don't be confused.
  • 00:13:44.672 --> 00:13:46.007
  • It's not a science story, it'sa power story.
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  • The God we serve can createan earth.
  • 00:13:47.942 --> 00:13:51.512
  • He can part a see.
  • 00:13:51.546 --> 00:13:54.115
  • But for you and I to be maderighteous, we needed the power
  • 00:13:54.148 --> 00:13:56.317
  • of God.
  • 00:13:56.351 --> 00:13:58.019
  • We needed more than a setof rules, because all a set
  • 00:13:58.052 --> 00:13:59.988
  • of rules proved to us that wecouldn't do it.
  • 00:14:00.021 --> 00:14:03.491
  • All the set of rules provedto us as we're inadequate no
  • 00:14:03.524 --> 00:14:05.827
  • matter how committed we are,or determined we are, we will
  • 00:14:05.860 --> 00:14:08.997
  • fail again.
  • 00:14:09.030 --> 00:14:10.865
  • We needed a power to help us.
  • 00:14:10.899 --> 00:14:13.368
  • We can't free ourselvesby determined effort or desire.
  • 00:14:13.401 --> 00:14:17.171
  • The sin that stains our liveswill always result
  • 00:14:17.205 --> 00:14:19.941
  • in destruction apartfrom the power of God.
  • 00:14:19.974 --> 00:14:23.177
  • Look at Isaiah 59, and verse 15.
  • 00:14:23.211 --> 00:14:25.947
  • He says, "Truth is nowhere to befound and whoever shuns evil
  • 00:14:25.980 --> 00:14:30.051
  • becomes a prey.
  • 00:14:30.084 --> 00:14:31.486
  • The Lord looked and wasdispleased that there was
  • 00:14:31.519 --> 00:14:34.956
  • no justice.
  • 00:14:34.989 --> 00:14:36.291
  • He saw that there was no one,
  • 00:14:36.324 --> 00:14:37.659
  • he was appalled that there wasno one to intervene;
  • 00:14:37.692 --> 00:14:39.260
  • so his own arm worked salvationfor him, and his own
  • 00:14:39.294 --> 00:14:43.298
  • righteousness sustained him."
  • 00:14:43.331 --> 00:14:45.233
  • When God looked at humanity, hesaid there was no one that could
  • 00:14:45.266 --> 00:14:48.903
  • change the direction.
  • 00:14:48.937 --> 00:14:50.672
  • So, his own strength workedsalvation, and his own
  • 00:14:50.705 --> 00:14:55.677
  • righteousness was extended.
  • 00:14:55.710 --> 00:14:57.946
  • You prefer the New Testament,look in Colossians 2.
  • 00:14:57.979 --> 00:15:01.316
  • It says, "When you were deadin your sins."
  • 00:15:01.349 --> 00:15:03.351
  • What does sin always result in?
  • 00:15:03.384 --> 00:15:06.955
  • Death.
  • 00:15:06.988 --> 00:15:08.323
  • "And in the uncircumcisionof your sinful nature,
  • 00:15:08.356 --> 00:15:10.591
  • God made you alive with Christ.
  • 00:15:10.625 --> 00:15:12.927
  • He forgave all our sins, havingcanceled the written code,
  • 00:15:12.961 --> 00:15:17.031
  • with its regulations, that wasagainst us and that stood
  • 00:15:17.065 --> 00:15:20.268
  • opposed to us;
  • 00:15:20.301 --> 00:15:21.636
  • he took it away,nailing it to the cross.
  • 00:15:21.669 --> 00:15:24.605
  • And having disarmed the powersand authorities,
  • 00:15:24.639 --> 00:15:26.507
  • he made a public spectacleof them, triumphing over them
  • 00:15:26.541 --> 00:15:30.678
  • by the cross."
  • 00:15:30.712 --> 00:15:32.814
  • What is the event in humanhistory that makes righteousness
  • 00:15:32.847 --> 00:15:36.484
  • possible for human beings?
  • 00:15:36.517 --> 00:15:39.020
  • It's what transpiredon the cross.
  • 00:15:39.053 --> 00:15:42.457
  • It's what makes the power of Godavailable to human beings today.
  • 00:15:42.490 --> 00:15:46.961
  • It's not arbitrary, it's notwhimsy.
  • 00:15:46.995 --> 00:15:50.898
  • It's not based on yourethnicity, or your accent,
  • 00:15:50.932 --> 00:15:53.601
  • or your bank balance.
  • 00:15:53.634 --> 00:15:55.203
  • It's centered in the workof the cross.
  • 00:15:55.236 --> 00:15:58.272
  • On the cross, a divinely orderedexchange was orchestrated.
  • 00:15:58.306 --> 00:16:02.977
  • God placed upon Jesusthe sinless, perfect, obedient
  • 00:16:03.011 --> 00:16:06.881
  • Son of God.
  • 00:16:06.914 --> 00:16:08.850
  • All of the punishment that wasdue by divine justice, my
  • 00:16:08.883 --> 00:16:12.453
  • rebellion and my ungodliness,so that in turn we might receive
  • 00:16:12.487 --> 00:16:16.991
  • all of the blessings that weredue his perfect obedience.
  • 00:16:17.025 --> 00:16:21.162
  • The cross was a power statement.
  • 00:16:21.195 --> 00:16:24.165
  • You see it wasn't easyto deliver us from the power
  • 00:16:24.198 --> 00:16:27.502
  • of darkness.
  • 00:16:27.535 --> 00:16:30.538
  • It wasn't something that can beaccomplished casually.
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  • It took God's Son.
  • 00:16:33.174 --> 00:16:34.876
  • We have two primary holidayson the Christian calendar.
  • 00:16:34.909 --> 00:16:37.512
  • We have others, but there aretwo that are primary.
  • 00:16:37.545 --> 00:16:41.249
  • We celebrate Christmas, whichacknowledges the birth of Jesus,
  • 00:16:41.282 --> 00:16:44.685
  • the incarnation that God senthis Son in the flesh.
  • 00:16:44.719 --> 00:16:48.823
  • He got an earth suit and becameone of us because we needed one
  • 00:16:48.856 --> 00:16:52.060
  • of us to get it right.
  • 00:16:52.093 --> 00:16:55.863
  • Otherwise, there was somethingunleashed in humanity that was
  • 00:16:55.897 --> 00:16:58.466
  • going to take us allto destruction.
  • 00:16:58.499 --> 00:17:01.769
  • So, we celebrate Christmas.
  • 00:17:01.803 --> 00:17:03.137
  • It reminds us of the birthof Jesus, the incarnation.
  • 00:17:03.171 --> 00:17:05.673
  • And then, we celebrate Easteron the other end of his life,
  • 00:17:05.706 --> 00:17:09.811
  • his resurrection,but the resurrection is preceded
  • 00:17:09.844 --> 00:17:12.213
  • by the crucifixion where,on a brutal cross, Jesus
  • 00:17:12.246 --> 00:17:17.118
  • exhausted the punishment of ourungodliness and our rebellion
  • 00:17:17.151 --> 00:17:20.688
  • that we might be made righteous.
  • 00:17:20.721 --> 00:17:22.256
  • We started with 2 Corinthians 5,remember?
  • 00:17:22.290 --> 00:17:24.992
  • "God made him who knew no sinto be sin for us that we might
  • 00:17:25.026 --> 00:17:29.864
  • become the righteousness of Godin Christ."
  • 00:17:29.897 --> 00:17:32.633
  • The Christmas storyand the Easter story are annual
  • 00:17:32.667 --> 00:17:36.737
  • reminders of what God has donefor us.
  • 00:17:36.771 --> 00:17:39.507
  • May I suggest you celebratethose holidays with some
  • 00:17:39.540 --> 00:17:43.911
  • enthusiasm.
  • 00:17:43.945 --> 00:17:45.246
  • Christians make me smile.
  • 00:17:45.279 --> 00:17:46.781
  • Now, I've given my lifeto the Christian church, so I'm
  • 00:17:46.814 --> 00:17:49.484
  • in the midst of it,but sometimes I just shake my
  • 00:17:49.517 --> 00:17:51.686
  • head at us.
  • 00:17:51.719 --> 00:17:53.521
  • People say, "You know, I'm notcelebrating Christmas.
  • 00:17:53.554 --> 00:17:55.256
  • It's December the 25th."
  • 00:17:55.289 --> 00:18:00.128
  • All right.
  • 00:18:00.161 --> 00:18:02.163
  • It is.
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  • That's the day we celebratein our nation.
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  • We stop.
  • 00:18:04.899 --> 00:18:06.234
  • I mean, we shut down.
  • 00:18:06.267 --> 00:18:08.336
  • We park everything,and eat gluttonously.
  • 00:18:08.369 --> 00:18:17.778
  • "Well, it's not--you know,Jesus was not born on the 25th.
  • 00:18:17.812 --> 00:18:19.881
  • It's the Winter Solstice.
  • 00:18:19.914 --> 00:18:21.249
  • It was a Pagan holiday."
  • 00:18:21.282 --> 00:18:23.951
  • Could have been.
  • 00:18:23.985 --> 00:18:25.653
  • But on that day, I'm celebratingthe fact that Jesus was born.
  • 00:18:25.686 --> 00:18:30.057
  • I'm not worshiping a tree,or a fat guy in a red suit,
  • 00:18:30.091 --> 00:18:32.560
  • or a reindeer with a nose thatcan glow.
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  • Those things don't offend me.
  • 00:18:36.430 --> 00:18:42.937
  • There's a whole 'nother about--"Well, you know,
  • 00:18:42.970 --> 00:18:44.372
  • Easter is not about eggsand chocolate bunnies."
  • 00:18:44.405 --> 00:18:46.107
  • No kidding.
  • 00:18:46.140 --> 00:18:48.442
  • You bring the meaningto the holidays.
  • 00:18:48.476 --> 00:18:50.645
  • You bring the validity to them.
  • 00:18:50.678 --> 00:18:52.013
  • You bring life to the storyin your home.
  • 00:18:52.046 --> 00:18:55.783
  • If our culture doesn't getthe message right, it's because
  • 00:18:55.816 --> 00:18:58.452
  • those of us that say we'reChrist followers aren't sharing
  • 00:18:58.486 --> 00:19:00.721
  • the message, but don't abandonthe annual reminder.
  • 00:19:00.755 --> 00:19:04.625
  • God put things in placefrom the time he began
  • 00:19:04.659 --> 00:19:07.929
  • cultivating his peoplein the in the books of Moses,
  • 00:19:07.962 --> 00:19:10.665
  • on an annual basis, to rememberwhat he's done for us.
  • 00:19:10.698 --> 00:19:14.502
  • And Christmas and Easter matter,because on the cross something
  • 00:19:14.535 --> 00:19:19.774
  • happened for you and me that wecan't do for ourselves.
  • 00:19:19.807 --> 00:19:22.076
  • We have no story apartfrom the cross.
  • 00:19:22.109 --> 00:19:25.413
  • We have no story apartfrom Jesus crucified and raised
  • 00:19:25.446 --> 00:19:28.349
  • to life again.
  • 00:19:28.382 --> 00:19:30.351
  • If you hear someoneunder the umbrella
  • 00:19:30.384 --> 00:19:31.852
  • of Christianity, saying,the cross is not essential,
  • 00:19:31.886 --> 00:19:35.056
  • or the incarnate Son of God wasnot necessary, and his death
  • 00:19:35.089 --> 00:19:38.392
  • on a cross was not required,understand it's not
  • 00:19:38.426 --> 00:19:42.263
  • Christianity.
  • 00:19:42.296 --> 00:19:43.598
  • I don't care if the message hasbeing delivered in a church,
  • 00:19:43.631 --> 00:19:44.966
  • and the person delivering it iswearing robes and a vestment,
  • 00:19:44.999 --> 00:19:47.101
  • and is well-educated.
  • 00:19:47.134 --> 00:19:48.469
  • It isn't Christianity.
  • 00:19:48.502 --> 00:19:51.138
  • We have no story apartfrom Jesus crucified and raised
  • 00:19:51.172 --> 00:19:54.542
  • to life again.
  • 00:19:54.575 --> 00:19:55.876
  • It is the redemptive work of Godon our behalf.
  • 00:19:55.910 --> 00:19:58.045
  • It transcends every barrier.
  • 00:19:58.079 --> 00:20:02.183
  • We've quibbleabout insignificant things
  • 00:20:02.216 --> 00:20:03.751
  • for far too long.
  • 00:20:03.784 --> 00:20:07.488
  • We have in our culture, we'vehad the luxury.
  • 00:20:07.521 --> 00:20:10.825
  • My lifetime is for the most partbeen defined by a Christian
  • 00:20:10.858 --> 00:20:15.229
  • culture.
  • 00:20:15.263 --> 00:20:16.597
  • I wasn't too many years ago thathe visited the city like this
  • 00:20:16.631 --> 00:20:18.165
  • one, you go downtown, there'sthere's a church on three
  • 00:20:18.199 --> 00:20:20.134
  • or four corners, and on Sundaymorning, you could find 'cause
  • 00:20:20.167 --> 00:20:22.770
  • everybody knew that the onlytime God went to church was,
  • 00:20:22.803 --> 00:20:26.574
  • Sunday, at 11.
  • 00:20:26.607 --> 00:20:29.143
  • So, that's when everybody went,'cause you didn't want to go
  • 00:20:29.176 --> 00:20:31.479
  • and God not be there.
  • 00:20:31.512 --> 00:20:34.782
  • And we'd go downtown.
  • 00:20:34.815 --> 00:20:36.150
  • We'd file and our building welook across at the street at our
  • 00:20:36.183 --> 00:20:37.818
  • brothers and sisters in the Lordgoing into their building and we
  • 00:20:37.852 --> 00:20:39.854
  • would smugly think to ourselves,"We're better than them."
  • 00:20:39.887 --> 00:20:45.826
  • 'Cause the Wesley brothers wroteour music, or because we take
  • 00:20:45.860 --> 00:20:50.197
  • communion more appropriatelythan they do, or the translation
  • 00:20:50.231 --> 00:20:53.334
  • of the Bible we read is betterthan the one that they read.
  • 00:20:53.367 --> 00:20:56.370
  • What are all those thingsindicate?
  • 00:20:56.404 --> 00:21:01.909
  • "Self-righteousness.
  • 00:21:01.942 --> 00:21:03.277
  • I'm better than you becauseof what I'm doing."
  • 00:21:03.311 --> 00:21:05.646
  • And the truth is, Isaiah said itbest, "My righteousness,
  • 00:21:05.680 --> 00:21:08.449
  • the best that I can do, isnothing but a filthy rag."
  • 00:21:08.482 --> 00:21:13.587
  • God gave us a gift.
  • 00:21:13.621 --> 00:21:15.222
  • And I would submit to you thatit's time for those of us that
  • 00:21:15.256 --> 00:21:17.958
  • stand beneath the umbrellaof Christianity to get
  • 00:21:17.992 --> 00:21:19.960
  • over ourselves a bit.
  • 00:21:19.994 --> 00:21:21.696
  • If I can disagree with youon a point and we can both go
  • 00:21:21.729 --> 00:21:24.031
  • to heaven, I will extend to youa hand to fellowship.
  • 00:21:24.065 --> 00:21:27.635
  • I'm not gonna throw a rockat you.
  • 00:21:27.668 --> 00:21:29.003
  • I thank God for every churchthat honors Jesus, for every
  • 00:21:29.036 --> 00:21:32.506
  • group of believers that tellsthe truth about the Word of God.
  • 00:21:32.540 --> 00:21:36.944
  • I think Patrick Henry--PatrickHenry had it right so many years
  • 00:21:36.977 --> 00:21:39.747
  • ago when he said, "We're eithergoing to hang together,
  • 00:21:39.780 --> 00:21:41.549
  • or we will hang separately."
  • 00:21:41.582 --> 00:21:44.752
  • Our story is centeredin the cross, not in ourselves.
  • 00:21:44.785 --> 00:21:48.155
  • There are some significantoutcomes from the cross,
  • 00:21:48.189 --> 00:21:50.691
  • and for the most part we havebeen unaware of, or at least
  • 00:21:50.725 --> 00:21:53.761
  • sleeping through.
  • 00:21:53.794 --> 00:21:55.296
  • Isaiah says it beautifullyin Isaiah 53.
  • 00:21:55.329 --> 00:21:57.765
  • It says, "Jesus was--"
  • 00:21:57.798 --> 00:21:59.266
  • It's a messianic prophecyspeaking of Jesus.
  • 00:21:59.300 --> 00:22:02.002
  • He said, "He was despisedand rejected by men, a man
  • 00:22:02.036 --> 00:22:03.771
  • of sorrows, and familiarwith suffering.
  • 00:22:03.804 --> 00:22:07.641
  • Like one from whom menhide their faces
  • 00:22:07.675 --> 00:22:09.210
  • he was despised, and we esteemedhim not.
  • 00:22:09.243 --> 00:22:12.513
  • Surely he took up ourinfirmities and carried
  • 00:22:12.546 --> 00:22:14.949
  • our sorrows."
  • 00:22:14.982 --> 00:22:16.450
  • Pay careful attentionto the pronouns.
  • 00:22:16.484 --> 00:22:19.053
  • There's an exchange it's bigdescribed, like I'm going
  • 00:22:19.086 --> 00:22:20.788
  • to take the plural pronounsand make them singular.
  • 00:22:20.821 --> 00:22:22.957
  • I'm going to take ourand make it mine.
  • 00:22:22.990 --> 00:22:25.960
  • So, it makes it easier for meto imagine my personal
  • 00:22:25.993 --> 00:22:29.096
  • participation in this.
  • 00:22:29.130 --> 00:22:31.632
  • It says, "Surely he took up myinfirmities and carried my
  • 00:22:31.665 --> 00:22:35.736
  • sorrows, yet we considered himstricken by God, smitten by him
  • 00:22:35.770 --> 00:22:38.606
  • and afflicted.
  • 00:22:38.639 --> 00:22:40.107
  • He was pierced for mytransgressions,
  • 00:22:40.141 --> 00:22:42.777
  • he was crushed for my iniquity;
  • 00:22:42.810 --> 00:22:45.212
  • the punishment that brought mepeace was upon him,
  • 00:22:45.246 --> 00:22:49.250
  • and by his wounds I am healed.
  • 00:22:49.283 --> 00:22:51.585
  • We all like sheep,have gone astray,
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  • each of us has turned to his ownway; and the Lord has laid
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  • on him the iniquity of us all."
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  • See, something happenedon the cross.
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  • It was an expressionof the power of God.
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  • The power just as dramaticand just as remarkable as
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  • the creation narrative.
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  • In fact, the exodus event,the plagues on Egypt,
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  • and the parting of the Red Seaare used in Scripture as a type,
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  • a shadow, as as a word pictureof the power of God is going
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  • to be demonstrated on the cross.
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  • I made a list of what Isaiahsaid, there's nine things that
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  • he said or a part of thatexchange there.
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  • Jesus was punished that I mightbe forgiven.
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  • He suffered physically that Imight be healed.
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  • He was made sin with mysinfulness that I might be made
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  • righteous with hisrighteousness.
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  • He died my death that I couldshare his life.
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  • He was made a curse that I couldreceive his blessing.
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  • He endured my poverty that Imight have his abundance.
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  • He bore my shame that I mightshare his glory.
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  • He endured my rejection that Imight have his acceptance,
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  • and my old, earthly, carnal,selfish, Adamic nature was
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  • crucified in him that I mighthave a new life.
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  • Only the power of God can makethat available.
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  • That is the basis of ourabundant life.
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  • The cross is the reason thata God life is the best way
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  • to be.
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  • The cross is the reason the moreof Jesus in you brings
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  • about better outcomes, becausethere's a power at work
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  • to help you.
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  • You will not outthink evil.
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  • You don't have enoughself-determination
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  • to overcome evil.
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  • You don't have enough focus.
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  • You can't link enough peopleinto your sphere of influence
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  • to overcome evil.
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  • We need the power.
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  • The only thing evil will yieldto is a power greater
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  • than itself, the power of God.
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  • We have been deliveredfrom a kingdom of darkness
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  • and welcomed into the kingdomof Almighty God.
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  • Look in Colossians 1.
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  • It says, "Give thanksto the Father, who has qualified
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  • you to share in the inheritanceof the saints in the kingdom
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  • of light.
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  • He's rescued usfrom the dominion of darkness
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  • and brought us into the kingdomof the Son he loves, in whom we
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  • have redemption, the forgivenessof sins."
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  • It's not arbitrary.
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  • It's a legal transaction.
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  • The penalty was paid in fullthat we might receive
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  • the blessings of obediencein full.
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  • Now, that has to beappropriated.
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  • It doesn't just fall on you.
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  • And what is the linkbetween your experience
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  • and that truth?
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  • How does that truth beginto define your life
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  • and your future?
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  • It's so simple, it's easilywalked past.
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  • You have to believe it.
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