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The Wonder of Christmas

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  • it appears that a star
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  • that's been moving
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  • suddenly stands still,
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  • actually the earth is passing it
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  • and so it tends to stand still.
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  • It's called when the star
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  • goes stationary.
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  • This happened.
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  • They timed it out.
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  • Scientists timed this out,
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  • figured out this is exactly
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  • when the Bible talks about
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  • Mary and Joseph being
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  • in Bethlehem and they did
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  • the calculations and the star
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  • [music]
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  • - Bil: You are the church
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  • - Bil: What if I were to tell
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  • you that science has gotten
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  • so good that we now know that
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  • there was a star of Bethlehem?
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  • In fact, what if I were
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  • to tell you that because
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  • of the Hubble Telescope
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  • and studies that have been done
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  • through NASA, as well as other
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  • major universities, that we know
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  • through planetary studies
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  • that actually the stars are
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  • stationary and the planets
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  • are the ones that move?
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  • And so, we know for a fact
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  • that it was a planet actually
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  • that was one of the--
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  • that the star that arose.
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  • In fact, we actually now know
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  • that through calculations that
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  • were done through astronomers
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  • that actually April 17, 6 B.C.,
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  • Jupiter was the star
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  • of Bethlehem.
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  • It had what was called
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  • a heliacal rising.
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  • And just to put it in layman's
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  • terms, just imagine that
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  • the earth is revolving
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  • and it's also on its orbit.
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  • And it as it revolves on its
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  • orbit, Jupiter is on its orbit
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  • and as it comes through its
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  • orbit, it appears as we
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  • turn from the east,
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  • we see a star rising,
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  • when actually it was Jupiter.
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  • What's interesting
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  • is they've done the dates
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  • and they've actually worked it
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  • mathematically to discover the
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  • exact date because the specific
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  • day when this star arose at
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  • that same day, there was what's
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  • called a lunar occultation,
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  • which is a fancy way of saying
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  • that the moon blocked those who
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  • were in the west from seeing it.
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  • So, the astrologers in the east
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  • side could look and see the star
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  • rising, but Herod's astrologers
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  • could not see it.
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  • Just as the Bible said, welcome
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  • We're talking tonight about
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  • the evidence of the wonder
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  • of Christmas.
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  • You know, forgive me for being
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  • a little scientific here at
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  • the beginning, but I wanted
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  • to show you some science.
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  • In fact, we're gonna show you
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  • some more discoveries a little
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  • later on in the message because
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  • I wanted you to understand
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  • that you don't have to check
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  • your brain at the door to be
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  • a follower of Christ.
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  • You can engage God mentally,
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  • intellectually, as much as
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  • you engage God with faith.
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  • Some time people have this sense
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  • you believe, "Well, I have to
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  • sort of switch off the knowledge
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  • button in my mind if I'm gonna
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  • embrace God by faith."
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  • I couldn't disagree more.
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  • I believe that God is revealing
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  • himself through knowledge
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  • and faith.
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  • It's not one or the other.
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  • And maybe you're like me and
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  • you're a person of faith seeking
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  • knowledge or maybe you're
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  • a person of knowledge seeking
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  • faith tonight.
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  • Either way, I want to encourage
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  • you that God wants you
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  • to discover him.
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  • He wanted his Son to be
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  • discovered and he used the stars
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  • to do it.
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  • Let's look at some Scripture
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  • tonight.
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  • Matthew chapter 2, verses 1,
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  • it says this, "Jesus was born
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  • in Bethlehem in Judea,
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  • during the reign of King Herod.
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  • About the time--about that
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  • time some wise men,"
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  • royal astrologers,
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  • "from eastern lands arrived
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  • in Jerusalem, asking,
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  • 'Where is the newborn
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  • king of the Jews?
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  • We saw his star as it rose, and
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  • we have come to worship him.'"
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  • I just think it's interesting
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  • that these wise men
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  • saw this star rise,
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  • this Jupiter rising or heliacal
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  • rising, as we now know through
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  • science that this was a star.
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  • But the ones that move
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  • are the planets, we know that.
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  • All the other stars
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  • are stationary.
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  • It's the planets that have
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  • an orbit.
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  • And so, when Jupiter was rising,
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  • by the way, I think it's also
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  • interesting that science now
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  • tells us that when stars, when
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  • planets, if you will, have a
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  • heliacal rising, they illuminate
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  • stronger when they rise
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  • and they light up the sky.
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  • So, it must have been very
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  • obvious to these astrologers who
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  • study the stars every single day
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  • that one morning, they saw this
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  • one star seemingly come out
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  • of nowhere in the middle of the
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  • Aries of the--yeah,
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  • the Aries, excuse me.
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  • The Aries ram zodiac is actually
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  • what they came up out of
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  • and they just noticed
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  • 'cause it lit up the sky.
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  • They said, "We wanna follow
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  • that star.
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  • That's gotta be the star
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  • of the Messiah," 'cause they
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  • knew about the prophecies.
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  • And so, but think about this,
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  • see, we think in our minds
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  • because we've all had, you know,
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  • little bitty kids plays at
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  • school and stuff where you see
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  • the wise men and they kind of
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  • do the little nightly journey
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  • and show up.
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  • And there's Jesus, right?
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  • That seems like what it would be
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  • like but actually it was
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  • an 8-month journey.
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  • Scholars tell us that they went
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  • 8 months.
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  • So, I don't know about you,
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  • but it had to be quite a birth
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  • for me to travel 8 months
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  • so go see this birth.
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  • You can practically give birth
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  • in 8 months.
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  • Going to see a child on an
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  • 8-month journey, this must have
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  • been one special child.
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  • Would you write this down?
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  • Number one, a normal baby
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  • does not cause wise men to leave
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  • their land in search
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  • of a Savior.
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  • A normal just doesn't do that.
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  • This was not a normal baby.
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  • Look what happens next in
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  • verse 3, "King Herod was deeply
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  • disturbed when he heard this,
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  • as was everyone in Jerusalem.
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  • He called a meeting of
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  • the leading priests and teachers
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  • of religious law and asked,
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  • 'Where is the Messiah
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  • supposed to be born?'"
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  • So, King Herod was upset.
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  • Now, first of all, King Herod
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  • didn't know about this
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  • 'cause he didn't see it 'cause
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  • his astrologers didn't see it
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  • because the Lord caused
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  • this lunar blockage to where
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  • the moon was blocking
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  • anyone who was on the west side
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  • of the planet at that moment
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  • and so only those on the
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  • east side could see it if they
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  • happened to be looking.
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  • And so, he didn't see it.
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  • That's the thing first.
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  • The second thing is the reason
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  • why the Lord blocked it was
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  • because Herod wanted to kill any
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  • baby that would be considered
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  • an insurrection to him.
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  • In other words,
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  • he thought he was king.
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  • He wanted to prove that he was
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  • king, and he didn't want anybody
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  • messing with his kingdom.
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  • So, any baby that was gonna come
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  • along and become the next king,
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  • he wasn't gonna have it.
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  • Of course, we know he actually
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  • tried to kill Jesus 'cause he
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  • killed all the firstborn males
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  • in the attempt to get Jesus,
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  • but he missed him.
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  • And so, but that's how evil
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  • this guy was.
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  • In fact, the reason why
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  • King Herod was even considered
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  • a king, he really wasn't a king.
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  • He was from no royal line.
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  • He was from no priestly line
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  • but he had made a deal with
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  • the Romans.
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  • He was very slick politically.
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  • He made a deal with the Romans.
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  • The Romans said, "Look, if
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  • you'll just keep Israel quiet.
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  • If you'll just, you know,
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  • basically shut the Jews up.
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  • Just don't let them be a problem
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  • to us and we'll let you
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  • be king."
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  • That's how he became king.
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  • So, he knew he was not royalty.
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  • And so, he was very paranoid
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  • in case one came along that
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  • actually was of a royal descent.
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  • So, all of a sudden,
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  • these guys show up.
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  • They look real important.
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  • They're all fancy in all their
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  • fancy clothes 'cause they're
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  • royal astrologers.
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  • They show up and say,
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  • "Hey, we're here."
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  • "Well, where you come from?"
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  • "We come from the east.
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  • We've made a long journey.
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  • We're here to see the Messiah.
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  • Where is he?"
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  • He's like,
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  • "What are you talking about?"
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  • "You know,, the Messiah.
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  • Didn't you see the star rising?"
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  • "No, we didn't."
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  • He looking at his astrologers
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  • going like, "This is your jobs.
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  • Why didn't you see this?
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  • Why'd you get it wrong?
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  • What's the deal?
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  • You couldn't get this right?"
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  • "We didn't read it right.
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  • We didn't see it.
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  • We didn't know."
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  • And so, they didn't see it.
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  • They didn't read it right.
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  • And so, they never saw
  • 00:07:32.250 --> 00:07:34.220
  • the star rising.
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  • So, at this point, he is
  • 00:07:37.000 --> 00:07:38.020
  • freaking out 'cause he's like,
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  • "This is a threat
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  • to my kingdom."
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  • Would you write this down?
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  • Number two, a normal baby
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  • doesn't make a king sweat.
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  • A normal baby doesn't make
  • 00:07:47.170 --> 00:07:48.130
  • a king sweat, but this baby,
  • 00:07:48.130 --> 00:07:50.060
  • while he's getting his diapers
  • 00:07:50.060 --> 00:07:51.110
  • changed, he's got a king,
  • 00:07:51.110 --> 00:07:52.150
  • a very powerful man,
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  • scared to death.
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  • That just shows you the power
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  • of Jesus.
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  • Even as a baby,
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  • he's making a king nervous.
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  • This king's worried about
  • 00:08:00.290 --> 00:08:02.060
  • what someone may think of
  • 00:08:02.060 --> 00:08:04.120
  • this newborn Messiah.
  • 00:08:04.120 --> 00:08:06.280
  • So, he's freaking out over this.
  • 00:08:07.060 --> 00:08:10.060
  • Scripture goes on to say this
  • 00:08:10.060 --> 00:08:11.190
  • in Matthew chapter 2, verse 5.
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  • "'In Bethlehem in Judea,'
  • 00:08:13.100 --> 00:08:15.070
  • they said, 'for this is what
  • 00:08:15.070 --> 00:08:16.100
  • the prophet wrote--'"
  • 00:08:16.100 --> 00:08:18.080
  • And then they quote Isaiah.
  • 00:08:18.080 --> 00:08:20.000
  • "'And you, O Bethlehem
  • 00:08:20.000 --> 00:08:21.080
  • in the land of Judah,
  • 00:08:21.080 --> 00:08:22.080
  • are not least among
  • 00:08:22.080 --> 00:08:23.070
  • the ruling cities of Judah,
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  • for a ruler will come from you
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  • who will be the shepherd
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  • for my people Israel.'"
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  • So, he says--they basically say,
  • 00:08:29.230 --> 00:08:31.000
  • there's a prophecy that out of
  • 00:08:31.000 --> 00:08:32.040
  • Bethlehem, out of a little town
  • 00:08:32.040 --> 00:08:34.040
  • south of Jerusalem--
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  • Jesus is from the south side.
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  • Out of the south section of
  • 00:08:37.140 --> 00:08:40.020
  • Jerusalem, it says that little
  • 00:08:40.020 --> 00:08:42.140
  • bitty city is where Jesus is
  • 00:08:42.140 --> 00:08:44.020
  • gonna come from because the
  • 00:08:44.020 --> 00:08:45.060
  • prophecy was not only prophesied
  • 00:08:45.060 --> 00:08:46.080
  • by Isaiah here that we just
  • 00:08:46.080 --> 00:08:47.080
  • quoted, but also it's prophesied
  • 00:08:47.080 --> 00:08:48.200
  • by Micah, another prophet
  • 00:08:48.200 --> 00:08:50.160
  • that's from 700 years earlier.
  • 00:08:50.160 --> 00:08:52.000
  • And they prophesied it would be
  • 00:08:52.000 --> 00:08:52.280
  • out of town of David, 'cause it
  • 00:08:52.280 --> 00:08:54.120
  • was supposed to be this--
  • 00:08:54.120 --> 00:08:55.160
  • this child was supposed to be
  • 00:08:55.160 --> 00:08:56.120
  • from the lineage of David, one
  • 00:08:56.120 --> 00:08:57.150
  • of David's line, if you will.
  • 00:08:57.150 --> 00:08:59.260
  • And so, that's where Jesus
  • 00:08:59.260 --> 00:09:01.010
  • was born was from Bethlehem,
  • 00:09:01.120 --> 00:09:04.120
  • and so he's from the south side
  • 00:09:04.120 --> 00:09:06.130
  • of Jerusalem.
  • 00:09:06.130 --> 00:09:07.210
  • Bethlehem, by the way,
  • 00:09:07.210 --> 00:09:08.200
  • was just a small town.
  • 00:09:08.200 --> 00:09:09.150
  • It means we all know where--
  • 00:09:09.150 --> 00:09:10.140
  • God introduced the Savior of the
  • 00:09:10.140 --> 00:09:11.200
  • world through a very small town.
  • 00:09:11.200 --> 00:09:13.070
  • This wasn't some big pomp
  • 00:09:13.070 --> 00:09:14.230
  • and circumstance place.
  • 00:09:14.230 --> 00:09:15.240
  • Wasn't even Jerusalem.
  • 00:09:15.240 --> 00:09:16.240
  • I mean it could have been
  • 00:09:16.240 --> 00:09:17.220
  • Shanghai, could have been L.A.,
  • 00:09:17.220 --> 00:09:19.080
  • London, New York, you know,
  • 00:09:19.080 --> 00:09:20.080
  • someplace really cool, Sydney,
  • 00:09:20.080 --> 00:09:21.060
  • right?
  • 00:09:21.060 --> 00:09:22.080
  • Oh, no, no, no Bethlehem.
  • 00:09:22.080 --> 00:09:23.080
  • This is just not where you
  • 00:09:23.080 --> 00:09:24.150
  • expect the Savior of the world
  • 00:09:24.150 --> 00:09:25.180
  • to come from.
  • 00:09:25.180 --> 00:09:26.110
  • I mean, a blinking light
  • 00:09:26.110 --> 00:09:27.070
  • and a Dairy Queen.
  • 00:09:27.070 --> 00:09:28.010
  • That's what they got going on
  • 00:09:28.010 --> 00:09:28.240
  • in Bethlehem.
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  • Savior of the world comes
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  • from--I mean, it's just not what
  • 00:09:31.010 --> 00:09:32.030
  • you thought was gonna happen.
  • 00:09:32.030 --> 00:09:33.040
  • But number three,
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  • a normal baby does not
  • 00:09:34.040 --> 00:09:35.040
  • fulfill a 700-year-old prophecy.
  • 00:09:35.100 --> 00:09:38.100
  • Makes you wonder, doesn't it?
  • 00:09:38.100 --> 00:09:40.070
  • A normal baby does not fulfill
  • 00:09:40.070 --> 00:09:42.090
  • a 700-year-old prophecy.
  • 00:09:42.090 --> 00:09:44.090
  • By the way, there's a space
  • 00:09:44.090 --> 00:09:45.160
  • in between the Old and the
  • 00:09:45.160 --> 00:09:46.200
  • New Testament, it's called
  • 00:09:46.200 --> 00:09:47.270
  • the intertestamental period.
  • 00:09:47.270 --> 00:09:50.010
  • That's a big long word.
  • 00:09:50.010 --> 00:09:51.000
  • Say that five times fast, right,
  • 00:09:51.000 --> 00:09:51.290
  • intertestamental,
  • 00:09:51.290 --> 00:09:52.290
  • intertestamental,
  • 00:09:52.290 --> 00:09:53.220
  • inter--intertestamental means it
  • 00:09:53.220 --> 00:09:55.240
  • was in between the Old Testament
  • 00:09:55.240 --> 00:09:57.090
  • and the New Testament.
  • 00:09:57.090 --> 00:09:58.140
  • This is a 400-year period
  • 00:09:58.140 --> 00:09:59.260
  • of time where it seems like God
  • 00:09:59.260 --> 00:10:01.040
  • went silent.
  • 00:10:01.040 --> 00:10:02.150
  • There were no prophets speaking
  • 00:10:02.150 --> 00:10:03.190
  • on God's behalf.
  • 00:10:03.190 --> 00:10:05.290
  • We don't hear from God again
  • 00:10:05.290 --> 00:10:07.140
  • until all of a sudden,
  • 00:10:07.140 --> 00:10:09.020
  • Jesus shows up.
  • 00:10:09.020 --> 00:10:11.040
  • He's born and he's born in a
  • 00:10:11.040 --> 00:10:13.200
  • shed lying in a manger,
  • 00:10:13.200 --> 00:10:16.050
  • wrapped in snugly cloths,
  • 00:10:16.050 --> 00:10:17.150
  • which sounds really nice
  • 00:10:17.150 --> 00:10:18.060
  • but it actually means it was
  • 00:10:18.060 --> 00:10:18.230
  • dirty cloths from the barn.
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  • Next to the weed eater
  • 00:10:20.170 --> 00:10:22.070
  • and the lawnmower,
  • 00:10:22.070 --> 00:10:23.110
  • that's where Jesus was laying.
  • 00:10:23.110 --> 00:10:24.240
  • I mean, I'm just putting it
  • 00:10:24.240 --> 00:10:25.190
  • in perspective.
  • 00:10:25.190 --> 00:10:26.120
  • That's really the truth.
  • 00:10:26.120 --> 00:10:27.080
  • And so, this is not the way
  • 00:10:27.080 --> 00:10:28.100
  • they would have thought
  • 00:10:28.100 --> 00:10:29.100
  • the Messiah would come
  • 00:10:29.100 --> 00:10:30.030
  • but he did come in the right
  • 00:10:30.030 --> 00:10:30.270
  • location.
  • 00:10:30.270 --> 00:10:31.250
  • This is where God wanted him
  • 00:10:31.250 --> 00:10:32.140
  • to be born in Bethlehem.
  • 00:10:32.140 --> 00:10:34.090
  • But this was a 700-year-old
  • 00:10:34.090 --> 00:10:35.240
  • prophecy that was fulfilled.
  • 00:10:35.240 --> 00:10:36.260
  • But there was this period
  • 00:10:36.260 --> 00:10:37.240
  • of time in between when God
  • 00:10:37.240 --> 00:10:38.270
  • didn't speak.
  • 00:10:38.270 --> 00:10:39.210
  • Maybe you're in a point
  • 00:10:39.210 --> 00:10:40.180
  • in your life where you feel like
  • 00:10:40.180 --> 00:10:41.120
  • God's not speaking to you.
  • 00:10:41.120 --> 00:10:43.060
  • Maybe you feel like the Lord's
  • 00:10:43.060 --> 00:10:44.050
  • gone silent and you're thinking,
  • 00:10:44.050 --> 00:10:45.140
  • "Lord, I'm crying out to you
  • 00:10:45.140 --> 00:10:46.120
  • and I just feel like you're not
  • 00:10:46.120 --> 00:10:47.100
  • hearing me."
  • 00:10:47.100 --> 00:10:48.100
  • Maybe that's you or maybe you
  • 00:10:48.100 --> 00:10:49.130
  • just need to know that God loves
  • 00:10:49.130 --> 00:10:51.030
  • you enough that when he seems
  • 00:10:51.030 --> 00:10:52.050
  • to go silent, it's because, just
  • 00:10:52.050 --> 00:10:53.200
  • like in the intertestamental
  • 00:10:53.200 --> 00:10:54.190
  • period, he goes silent
  • 00:10:54.190 --> 00:10:56.010
  • 'cause he's setting up for his
  • 00:10:56.010 --> 00:10:56.290
  • greatest act.
  • 00:10:56.290 --> 00:10:59.260
  • And so, if it seems like
  • 00:10:59.260 --> 00:11:00.230
  • God's quiet in your life,
  • 00:11:00.230 --> 00:11:01.270
  • could it be that God's setting
  • 00:11:01.270 --> 00:11:03.000
  • things up for you in a beautiful
  • 00:11:03.000 --> 00:11:04.260
  • way right now and you just don't
  • 00:11:04.260 --> 00:11:06.030
  • realize it?
  • 00:11:06.030 --> 00:11:06.280
  • Isn't that good news?
  • 00:11:06.280 --> 00:11:07.240
  • God is trying to tell you
  • 00:11:07.240 --> 00:11:08.140
  • tonight, help is on the way.
  • 00:11:08.230 --> 00:11:11.230
  • Isn't that good?
  • 00:11:11.230 --> 00:11:13.070
  • Help is on the way.
  • 00:11:13.070 --> 00:11:16.000
  • I heard about this young lady
  • 00:11:16.000 --> 00:11:17.010
  • and her mom, they were walking
  • 00:11:17.010 --> 00:11:18.050
  • through the mall and they were
  • 00:11:18.050 --> 00:11:19.240
  • doing some last-minute Christmas
  • 00:11:19.240 --> 00:11:21.000
  • shopping, you know, just a few
  • 00:11:21.000 --> 00:11:21.260
  • more days till Christmas.
  • 00:11:21.260 --> 00:11:23.010
  • And as they're walking through
  • 00:11:23.010 --> 00:11:24.090
  • the mall, they were talking and
  • 00:11:24.090 --> 00:11:25.270
  • this young lady sees Santa Claus
  • 00:11:25.270 --> 00:11:27.100
  • in the middle of the mall like
  • 00:11:27.100 --> 00:11:28.110
  • most malls in America, right?
  • 00:11:28.110 --> 00:11:29.110
  • Santa Claus is sitting there
  • 00:11:29.110 --> 00:11:30.150
  • and there's this big line.
  • 00:11:30.150 --> 00:11:31.160
  • You come, you sign up,
  • 00:11:31.160 --> 00:11:32.170
  • and you pay whatever,
  • 00:11:32.170 --> 00:11:33.170
  • and you get your pictures taken.
  • 00:11:33.170 --> 00:11:34.100
  • And the kids get to, you know,
  • 00:11:34.100 --> 00:11:35.060
  • tell Santa what they want
  • 00:11:35.060 --> 00:11:35.290
  • for Christmas.
  • 00:11:35.290 --> 00:11:36.230
  • So, there's a bunch of
  • 00:11:36.230 --> 00:11:37.140
  • 5- and 6-year-olds in line.
  • 00:11:37.140 --> 00:11:38.120
  • And here this
  • 00:11:38.120 --> 00:11:39.080
  • 20-something-year-old girl
  • 00:11:39.080 --> 00:11:40.270
  • stands in line.
  • 00:11:40.270 --> 00:11:41.260
  • And so, her mom just waits
  • 00:11:41.260 --> 00:11:42.190
  • inside and she's like, "I don't
  • 00:11:42.190 --> 00:11:43.180
  • know what this is about."
  • 00:11:43.180 --> 00:11:44.120
  • But she stands in line.
  • 00:11:44.120 --> 00:11:45.110
  • She finally gets all the way up
  • 00:11:45.110 --> 00:11:46.070
  • to Santa Claus and Santa Claus
  • 00:11:46.070 --> 00:11:47.060
  • is like, "Well, hello,
  • 00:11:47.060 --> 00:11:48.050
  • how can I help you?"
  • 00:11:48.050 --> 00:11:49.190
  • And she says, "Well, you know,
  • 00:11:49.190 --> 00:11:51.030
  • I need something for Christmas."
  • 00:11:51.030 --> 00:11:52.290
  • And so, she sits on Santa's lap.
  • 00:11:52.290 --> 00:11:54.060
  • Santa says, "What do you want
  • 00:11:54.060 --> 00:11:55.100
  • for Christmas?"
  • 00:11:55.100 --> 00:11:56.040
  • And she says, "Well, it's not
  • 00:11:56.040 --> 00:11:57.000
  • what I want for Christmas.
  • 00:11:57.000 --> 00:11:57.210
  • It's what my mom wants
  • 00:11:57.210 --> 00:11:58.150
  • for Christmas."
  • 00:11:58.150 --> 00:11:59.120
  • And so, he says, "Okay.
  • 00:11:59.120 --> 00:12:00.240
  • Well, what would you mother like
  • 00:12:00.240 --> 00:12:01.160
  • for Christmas?"
  • 00:12:01.160 --> 00:12:02.080
  • She says, "A son-in-law."
  • 00:12:03.170 --> 00:12:06.170
  • I don't know what
  • 00:12:06.170 --> 00:12:07.090
  • you're waiting on.
  • 00:12:07.090 --> 00:12:08.230
  • Maybe you're waiting on
  • 00:12:08.230 --> 00:12:09.160
  • a relationship.
  • 00:12:09.160 --> 00:12:10.240
  • Maybe you're single and you're
  • 00:12:10.240 --> 00:12:11.150
  • waiting for a Mr. or Mrs. Right
  • 00:12:11.150 --> 00:12:12.130
  • to enter your life.
  • 00:12:12.130 --> 00:12:14.000
  • Maybe you're waiting
  • 00:12:14.000 --> 00:12:14.220
  • for a promotion.
  • 00:12:14.220 --> 00:12:16.040
  • Maybe you're waiting
  • 00:12:16.040 --> 00:12:16.240
  • for something to work out
  • 00:12:16.240 --> 00:12:17.180
  • financially in your life.
  • 00:12:17.180 --> 00:12:18.190
  • Maybe you're waiting for
  • 00:12:18.190 --> 00:12:19.290
  • a relationship to turn around.
  • 00:12:19.290 --> 00:12:21.020
  • Maybe you're a waiting for
  • 00:12:21.020 --> 00:12:22.000
  • a wayward child to come back
  • 00:12:22.000 --> 00:12:22.280
  • to the Lord.
  • 00:12:22.280 --> 00:12:24.210
  • I don't know what you're waiting
  • 00:12:24.210 --> 00:12:25.110
  • on but I believe that God wants
  • 00:12:25.110 --> 00:12:26.090
  • you to know that he may not be
  • 00:12:26.090 --> 00:12:27.280
  • early but he's seldom--
  • 00:12:27.280 --> 00:12:29.010
  • he's seldom early,
  • 00:12:29.010 --> 00:12:29.290
  • but he's never late.
  • 00:12:29.290 --> 00:12:32.010
  • You can trust the Lord.
  • 00:12:32.010 --> 00:12:33.160
  • His timing is unbelievable.
  • 00:12:34.040 --> 00:12:37.040
  • I mean, his timing is so amazing
  • 00:12:37.040 --> 00:12:39.030
  • that he set up this heliacal
  • 00:12:39.030 --> 00:12:40.070
  • rising of this star to put that
  • 00:12:40.070 --> 00:12:42.060
  • in motion means that when the
  • 00:12:42.060 --> 00:12:43.170
  • orbits began, he put that in
  • 00:12:43.170 --> 00:12:44.240
  • motion and timed it out
  • 00:12:44.240 --> 00:12:45.260
  • perfectly.
  • 00:12:45.260 --> 00:12:46.200
  • If God can time that out
  • 00:12:46.200 --> 00:12:47.120
  • perfectly, then I'm pretty sure
  • 00:12:47.120 --> 00:12:48.130
  • he can take care of your
  • 00:12:48.130 --> 00:12:49.100
  • love life.
  • 00:12:49.100 --> 00:12:51.180
  • If he can time that out
  • 00:12:51.180 --> 00:12:52.160
  • perfectly, I'm pretty sure
  • 00:12:52.160 --> 00:12:53.160
  • he can land you a job.
  • 00:12:53.160 --> 00:12:55.210
  • If he can time that out
  • 00:12:55.210 --> 00:12:56.130
  • perfectly, I'm pretty sure that
  • 00:12:56.130 --> 00:12:57.160
  • he will take care of whatever
  • 00:12:57.160 --> 00:12:59.200
  • it is you need.
  • 00:12:59.200 --> 00:13:00.260
  • Right when you need the money is
  • 00:13:00.260 --> 00:13:01.250
  • when the money's gonna come in.
  • 00:13:01.250 --> 00:13:02.160
  • Right when you need the door
  • 00:13:02.160 --> 00:13:03.120
  • to open is when the door
  • 00:13:03.120 --> 00:13:04.020
  • is gonna open.
  • 00:13:04.020 --> 00:13:04.240
  • You can trust in the Lord's
  • 00:13:04.240 --> 00:13:06.020
  • timing.
  • 00:13:06.020 --> 00:13:06.240
  • He has your back.
  • 00:13:06.280 --> 00:13:09.280
  • He really does.
  • 00:13:09.280 --> 00:13:11.070
  • Look what happens next.
  • 00:13:11.070 --> 00:13:11.290
  • Matthew chapter 2, verse 7,
  • 00:13:11.290 --> 00:13:14.130
  • "Then Herod called for a private
  • 00:13:14.130 --> 00:13:15.260
  • meeting with the wise men, and
  • 00:13:15.260 --> 00:13:17.160
  • he learned from them the time
  • 00:13:17.160 --> 00:13:18.200
  • when the star first appeared.
  • 00:13:18.200 --> 00:13:20.290
  • Then he told them,
  • 00:13:20.290 --> 00:13:21.280
  • 'Go to Bethlehem and
  • 00:13:21.280 --> 00:13:22.260
  • search carefully for the child.
  • 00:13:22.260 --> 00:13:24.240
  • And when you find him,
  • 00:13:24.240 --> 00:13:25.230
  • come back and tell me so that
  • 00:13:25.230 --> 00:13:27.030
  • I can go and worship him, too!'"
  • 00:13:27.030 --> 00:13:29.060
  • Of course, we know
  • 00:13:29.060 --> 00:13:30.100
  • that's not what he wanted to do
  • 00:13:30.100 --> 00:13:32.050
  • 'cause he tried to kill the baby
  • 00:13:32.050 --> 00:13:33.100
  • later on.
  • 00:13:33.100 --> 00:13:34.090
  • He never found him though.
  • 00:13:34.090 --> 00:13:35.260
  • "After this interview
  • 00:13:35.260 --> 00:13:36.270
  • the wise men went their way.
  • 00:13:36.270 --> 00:13:38.220
  • And the star they had seen
  • 00:13:38.220 --> 00:13:40.040
  • in the east guided them
  • 00:13:40.040 --> 00:13:41.120
  • to Bethlehem.
  • 00:13:41.120 --> 00:13:42.110
  • It went ahead of them
  • 00:13:42.110 --> 00:13:43.110
  • and stopped over the place
  • 00:13:43.110 --> 00:13:44.200
  • where the child was.
  • 00:13:44.200 --> 00:13:46.000
  • When they saw the star,
  • 00:13:46.000 --> 00:13:47.050
  • they were filled with joy!"
  • 00:13:47.050 --> 00:13:49.140
  • And now the scientists
  • 00:13:49.140 --> 00:13:50.110
  • in the room says,
  • 00:13:50.110 --> 00:13:51.070
  • "Hold on, that's not possible.
  • 00:13:51.070 --> 00:13:54.010
  • Planets or stars that
  • 00:13:54.010 --> 00:13:55.240
  • are in orbit don't stop.
  • 00:13:55.240 --> 00:13:58.060
  • They just keep on going."
  • 00:13:58.060 --> 00:13:59.140
  • Oh, but we now know through
  • 00:13:59.140 --> 00:14:02.080
  • research that's recently been
  • 00:14:02.080 --> 00:14:04.020
  • done through NASA as well
  • 00:14:04.020 --> 00:14:06.160
  • as planetary studies at Harvard
  • 00:14:06.160 --> 00:14:08.220
  • and other places, we now know
  • 00:14:08.220 --> 00:14:10.080
  • what this actually means.
  • 00:14:10.080 --> 00:14:11.090
  • In fact, there's a word for it.
  • 00:14:11.090 --> 00:14:12.080
  • It's called a planet going
  • 00:14:12.080 --> 00:14:13.220
  • stationary.
  • 00:14:13.220 --> 00:14:15.150
  • And so, let me just try to put
  • 00:14:15.150 --> 00:14:16.110
  • this in perspective for you.
  • 00:14:16.110 --> 00:14:17.150
  • This is how good God is and
  • 00:14:17.150 --> 00:14:18.200
  • how incredible his timing is.
  • 00:14:18.200 --> 00:14:20.070
  • So, the way it appears is
  • 00:14:20.070 --> 00:14:22.010
  • something seems to be standing
  • 00:14:22.010 --> 00:14:23.090
  • still and standing over
  • 00:14:23.090 --> 00:14:24.120
  • something, and this has actually
  • 00:14:24.120 --> 00:14:25.120
  • been calculated that it actually
  • 00:14:25.120 --> 00:14:26.100
  • did stand over in 6 B.C.
  • 00:14:26.170 --> 00:14:29.170
  • over Bethlehem right at 8 months
  • 00:14:29.170 --> 00:14:31.170
  • after the heliacal rising, just
  • 00:14:31.170 --> 00:14:32.280
  • enough sometime for the wise men
  • 00:14:32.280 --> 00:14:34.080
  • to go from where they were
  • 00:14:34.080 --> 00:14:35.110
  • to Bethlehem.
  • 00:14:35.110 --> 00:14:36.210
  • How cool is this?
  • 00:14:36.210 --> 00:14:38.100
  • Here's what happened,
  • 00:14:38.100 --> 00:14:39.120
  • imagine if I'm in the car
  • 00:14:39.120 --> 00:14:40.100
  • and I'm going 60 miles an hour,
  • 00:14:40.100 --> 00:14:41.220
  • okay?
  • 00:14:41.220 --> 00:14:42.280
  • And so, I'm driving down
  • 00:14:42.280 --> 00:14:43.220
  • the road.
  • 00:14:43.220 --> 00:14:44.140
  • And there's a car in front of me
  • 00:14:44.140 --> 00:14:45.100
  • going 50 miles an hour
  • 00:14:45.100 --> 00:14:46.170
  • to the right of me,
  • 00:14:46.170 --> 00:14:47.180
  • and there's a car in front
  • 00:14:47.180 --> 00:14:48.150
  • of that one to the right
  • 00:14:48.150 --> 00:14:49.090
  • going 40 miles an hour.
  • 00:14:49.090 --> 00:14:50.290
  • And that means as I approach
  • 00:14:50.290 --> 00:14:51.270
  • this car, the closer I get to
  • 00:14:51.270 --> 00:14:52.290
  • this car, eventually I catch up
  • 00:14:52.290 --> 00:14:55.090
  • to the car that's right beside
  • 00:14:55.090 --> 00:14:57.050
  • me and the car right beside
  • 00:14:57.050 --> 00:14:58.050
  • that one.
  • 00:14:58.050 --> 00:14:59.000
  • And as I pass them,
  • 00:14:59.000 --> 00:15:00.130
  • it appears that the car
  • 00:15:00.130 --> 00:15:01.160
  • in the middle is standing still
  • 00:15:01.160 --> 00:15:03.240
  • but actually I'm just going by.
  • 00:15:03.240 --> 00:15:06.050
  • It's called when the planet
  • 00:15:06.050 --> 00:15:07.010
  • goes stationary.
  • 00:15:07.010 --> 00:15:08.050
  • And so, it appears that a star
  • 00:15:08.050 --> 00:15:09.180
  • that's been moving suddenly
  • 00:15:09.180 --> 00:15:10.230
  • stands still actually the earth
  • 00:15:10.230 --> 00:15:12.090
  • is passing it and so it tends
  • 00:15:12.090 --> 00:15:14.010
  • to stand still.
  • 00:15:14.010 --> 00:15:15.160
  • It's called when a star
  • 00:15:15.160 --> 00:15:16.100
  • goes stationary.
  • 00:15:16.100 --> 00:15:17.070
  • This happened.
  • 00:15:17.070 --> 00:15:18.040
  • They timed it out.
  • 00:15:18.040 --> 00:15:19.040
  • Scientists timed this out
  • 00:15:19.040 --> 00:15:20.200
  • to figure out this is exactly
  • 00:15:20.200 --> 00:15:22.180
  • when the Bible talks about Mary
  • 00:15:22.180 --> 00:15:25.160
  • and Joseph being in Bethlehem,
  • 00:15:25.160 --> 00:15:26.260
  • and they did the calculations
  • 00:15:26.260 --> 00:15:27.280
  • and the star truly was over
  • 00:15:27.280 --> 00:15:30.210
  • Bethlehem.
  • 00:15:30.210 --> 00:15:33.120
  • I want you to know how good your
  • 00:15:33.120 --> 00:15:34.200
  • God is, and I want you to know
  • 00:15:34.200 --> 00:15:37.180
  • that this book is dead-on
  • 00:15:37.180 --> 00:15:39.140
  • accurate.
  • 00:15:42.190 --> 00:15:45.190
  • Amazing, phenomenal.
  • 00:15:45.190 --> 00:15:48.040
  • God did exactly what he said he
  • 00:15:48.040 --> 00:15:50.130
  • was going to do.
  • 00:15:50.130 --> 00:15:53.030
  • I just find this amazing.
  • 00:15:53.030 --> 00:15:54.030
  • Number four, a normal baby does
  • 00:15:54.030 --> 00:15:55.240
  • not command a star to point
  • 00:15:55.240 --> 00:15:58.000
  • to his birthplace.
  • 00:15:58.000 --> 00:16:00.030
  • Scientists also tell us that
  • 00:16:00.030 --> 00:16:01.150
  • when there's a heliacal rising,
  • 00:16:01.150 --> 00:16:03.060
  • that the star illuminates
  • 00:16:03.060 --> 00:16:04.120
  • stronger and it highlights
  • 00:16:04.120 --> 00:16:05.190
  • the sky.
  • 00:16:05.190 --> 00:16:06.150
  • This is why the wise men
  • 00:16:06.150 --> 00:16:08.050
  • would have obviously said,
  • 00:16:08.050 --> 00:16:09.140
  • "This is the messianic sign
  • 00:16:09.140 --> 00:16:10.260
  • that we're looking for."
  • 00:16:10.260 --> 00:16:12.000
  • And by the way, the thing that
  • 00:16:12.000 --> 00:16:13.180
  • threw all the scientists off for
  • 00:16:13.180 --> 00:16:14.220
  • years is they thought it was in
  • 00:16:14.220 --> 00:16:15.230
  • Pisces because they went off a
  • 00:16:15.230 --> 00:16:17.140
  • religious bent that said Pisces
  • 00:16:17.140 --> 00:16:18.240
  • makes the shape of a fish,
  • 00:16:18.240 --> 00:16:20.100
  • that would be like
  • 00:16:20.100 --> 00:16:21.010
  • a Christian fish.
  • 00:16:21.010 --> 00:16:21.230
  • That must be it.
  • 00:16:21.230 --> 00:16:22.180
  • But actually, there was where
  • 00:16:22.180 --> 00:16:23.100
  • when he had our bias of religion
  • 00:16:23.100 --> 00:16:24.130
  • come in.
  • 00:16:24.130 --> 00:16:25.090
  • But once they took the bias
  • 00:16:25.090 --> 00:16:26.030
  • of religion out--I love this,
  • 00:16:26.030 --> 00:16:27.050
  • I love this.
  • 00:16:27.050 --> 00:16:27.270
  • Once you take the bias
  • 00:16:27.270 --> 00:16:28.200
  • of religion out, it brings you
  • 00:16:28.200 --> 00:16:29.230
  • back to God.
  • 00:16:29.230 --> 00:16:31.270
  • How crazy is that?
  • 00:16:31.270 --> 00:16:33.150
  • So, it was the nonbelieving
  • 00:16:33.150 --> 00:16:35.050
  • scientists without the bias that
  • 00:16:35.050 --> 00:16:38.030
  • this guy named Dr. David Molnar
  • 00:16:38.130 --> 00:16:41.130
  • from Rutgers University,
  • 00:16:41.130 --> 00:16:42.290
  • he happens to be an astronomist,
  • 00:16:42.290 --> 00:16:44.050
  • also a coin collector.
  • 00:16:44.050 --> 00:16:46.120
  • And he had collected this coin
  • 00:16:46.120 --> 00:16:47.140
  • and he bought 50--for $50 off
  • 00:16:47.140 --> 00:16:49.020
  • someone in Syria.
  • 00:16:49.020 --> 00:16:51.010
  • And he had this old coin and it
  • 00:16:51.010 --> 00:16:52.070
  • was obviously for many, many
  • 00:16:52.070 --> 00:16:53.260
  • years ago, he did the research
  • 00:16:53.260 --> 00:16:56.010
  • on this coin and it was minted
  • 00:16:56.010 --> 00:16:57.230
  • in between--it was minted by
  • 00:16:57.230 --> 00:16:59.140
  • a governor named Quirinius who,
  • 00:16:59.140 --> 00:17:01.110
  • by the way, is found in
  • 00:17:01.110 --> 00:17:02.180
  • the Luke chapter 2
  • 00:17:02.180 --> 00:17:03.240
  • if you wanna look this up.
  • 00:17:03.240 --> 00:17:05.110
  • Quirinius had these things
  • 00:17:05.110 --> 00:17:06.190
  • minted and on the coin there
  • 00:17:06.190 --> 00:17:08.160
  • is a picture of Aries the ram.
  • 00:17:08.160 --> 00:17:10.260
  • Aries the ram, according
  • 00:17:10.260 --> 00:17:11.260
  • to astrologers, is if someone
  • 00:17:11.260 --> 00:17:13.260
  • is born under that zodiac,
  • 00:17:13.260 --> 00:17:15.150
  • under that--if this is
  • 00:17:15.150 --> 00:17:16.110
  • confusing, just imagine
  • 00:17:16.110 --> 00:17:17.130
  • like you look up
  • 00:17:17.130 --> 00:17:18.060
  • and see the little dipper.
  • 00:17:18.060 --> 00:17:19.020
  • Okay, well also you can look up
  • 00:17:19.020 --> 00:17:19.240
  • and see Aries the ram, okay?
  • 00:17:19.240 --> 00:17:22.020
  • If you were born underneath
  • 00:17:22.020 --> 00:17:23.090
  • Aries the ram, that was
  • 00:17:23.090 --> 00:17:24.120
  • considered a holy regal
  • 00:17:24.120 --> 00:17:27.070
  • or royal birth.
  • 00:17:27.090 --> 00:17:30.090
  • And so, he began to think, "Now,
  • 00:17:30.090 --> 00:17:31.140
  • wait a minute, these were minted
  • 00:17:31.140 --> 00:17:34.030
  • between--these were made,"
  • 00:17:34.030 --> 00:17:35.280
  • in other words,
  • 00:17:35.280 --> 00:17:36.270
  • "between 10 B.C. and 2 B.C.
  • 00:17:36.270 --> 00:17:39.140
  • That's right in the time
  • 00:17:39.140 --> 00:17:40.210
  • of Christ."
  • 00:17:40.210 --> 00:17:42.040
  • So, he said, "Let me take out
  • 00:17:42.040 --> 00:17:43.150
  • the religious bias, kick that
  • 00:17:43.150 --> 00:17:44.170
  • out and let's just assume that
  • 00:17:44.170 --> 00:17:46.070
  • maybe Jesus was born at 6 B.C.
  • 00:17:47.150 --> 00:17:50.150
  • like we think according
  • 00:17:50.150 --> 00:17:51.210
  • to historical documents.
  • 00:17:51.210 --> 00:17:53.210
  • Let's see if that lines up--
  • 00:17:53.210 --> 00:17:54.130
  • if there's any stars
  • 00:17:54.130 --> 00:17:55.100
  • that line up with this."
  • 00:17:55.100 --> 00:17:56.140
  • That's how they found the
  • 00:17:56.140 --> 00:17:57.200
  • heliacal rising when they went
  • 00:17:57.200 --> 00:17:59.040
  • back and added up the math
  • 00:17:59.040 --> 00:18:00.100
  • and sure enough, it matched up
  • 00:18:00.100 --> 00:18:01.290
  • perfectly that it was Jupiter
  • 00:18:01.290 --> 00:18:03.060
  • that was rising.
  • 00:18:03.060 --> 00:18:04.240
  • And by the way, it rose in the
  • 00:18:04.240 --> 00:18:05.230
  • morning and I believe Jesus
  • 00:18:05.230 --> 00:18:06.270
  • was called the morning star.
  • 00:18:09.080 --> 00:18:12.080
  • Not only did it highlight
  • 00:18:12.080 --> 00:18:13.090
  • the sky but 8 months later in
  • 00:18:13.090 --> 00:18:14.080
  • December, by the way, it parked.
  • 00:18:14.270 --> 00:18:17.270
  • It went stationary
  • 00:18:17.270 --> 00:18:19.110
  • as the earth went by.
  • 00:18:19.110 --> 00:18:21.030
  • Right at around December 19
  • 00:18:21.030 --> 00:18:23.070
  • is what their guess is according
  • 00:18:23.070 --> 00:18:24.190
  • to the schedule,
  • 00:18:24.190 --> 00:18:25.240
  • according to the calendar.
  • 00:18:25.240 --> 00:18:26.220
  • And right about that time
  • 00:18:26.220 --> 00:18:28.100
  • is when it went stationary.
  • 00:18:28.100 --> 00:18:30.040
  • And you know when a star goes
  • 00:18:30.040 --> 00:18:31.010
  • stationary, it illuminates.
  • 00:18:31.010 --> 00:18:32.010
  • But guess what.
  • 00:18:32.010 --> 00:18:32.220
  • It doesn't illuminate the sky.
  • 00:18:32.220 --> 00:18:33.210
  • It illuminates the ground.
  • 00:18:33.210 --> 00:18:34.170
  • It basically is a big
  • 00:18:34.170 --> 00:18:35.100
  • highlighter.
  • 00:18:35.100 --> 00:18:36.040
  • And God said, "Here's my Son,
  • 00:18:36.040 --> 00:18:38.230
  • right here in Bethlehem where
  • 00:18:38.230 --> 00:18:41.060
  • I said he was gonna be."
  • 00:18:41.060 --> 00:18:43.200
  • Is anyone else blown away by
  • 00:18:43.200 --> 00:18:45.020
  • the goodness of God right now?
  • 00:18:46.070 --> 00:18:49.070
  • Wow.
  • 00:18:49.070 --> 00:18:51.090
  • God's amazing.
  • 00:18:51.090 --> 00:18:53.150
  • So, Dr. David Molnar decided to
  • 00:18:53.150 --> 00:18:55.020
  • publish his works in the
  • 00:18:55.020 --> 00:18:56.230
  • "Sky & Telescope" magazine,
  • 00:18:56.230 --> 00:18:59.230
  • which is a very popular
  • 00:18:59.230 --> 00:19:00.260
  • magazine among astronomers.
  • 00:19:00.260 --> 00:19:02.200
  • I'm sure you have it
  • 00:19:02.200 --> 00:19:03.120
  • on your shelves.
  • 00:19:03.120 --> 00:19:04.240
  • But anyways, it's a very
  • 00:19:04.240 --> 00:19:05.280
  • academic type magazine.
  • 00:19:05.280 --> 00:19:07.090
  • And I just want to--let's just
  • 00:19:07.090 --> 00:19:08.040
  • ask a question real quick.
  • 00:19:08.040 --> 00:19:09.020
  • Do you think science
  • 00:19:09.020 --> 00:19:09.260
  • is pro religion
  • 00:19:09.260 --> 00:19:10.230
  • or against religion?
  • 00:19:10.230 --> 00:19:13.170
  • Obviously, most scientists
  • 00:19:13.170 --> 00:19:15.040
  • are very against religion
  • 00:19:15.040 --> 00:19:16.240
  • and whatever the Bible says.
  • 00:19:16.240 --> 00:19:17.200
  • I know there's some Christian
  • 00:19:17.200 --> 00:19:18.230
  • scientists.
  • 00:19:18.230 --> 00:19:19.110
  • I'm not trying to knock 'em all
  • 00:19:19.110 --> 00:19:20.010
  • but I'm just trying to say,
  • 00:19:20.010 --> 00:19:20.290
  • they are about empirical
  • 00:19:20.290 --> 00:19:22.040
  • evidence only, right?
  • 00:19:22.040 --> 00:19:23.120
  • So, we're just taking out
  • 00:19:23.120 --> 00:19:24.060
  • all this other stuff.
  • 00:19:24.060 --> 00:19:24.290
  • "That's just wishes and dreams
  • 00:19:24.290 --> 00:19:25.280
  • and that's religion.
  • 00:19:25.280 --> 00:19:26.200
  • Let's just take all that--"
  • 00:19:26.200 --> 00:19:27.140
  • And so, he publishes this
  • 00:19:27.140 --> 00:19:28.150
  • in "Sky & Telescope" magazine in
  • 00:19:28.150 --> 00:19:29.280
  • 2003, not that long ago,
  • 00:19:29.280 --> 00:19:32.050
  • waiting for people
  • 00:19:32.050 --> 00:19:33.170
  • to poke holes.
  • 00:19:33.170 --> 00:19:34.080
  • And he thought,
  • 00:19:34.080 --> 00:19:35.010
  • "This is just career suicide.
  • 00:19:35.010 --> 00:19:36.080
  • I'm gonna put this out there
  • 00:19:36.080 --> 00:19:37.080
  • 'cause I believe my calculations
  • 00:19:37.080 --> 00:19:38.040
  • are right and I'm just curious
  • 00:19:38.040 --> 00:19:39.030
  • if anyone would request them."
  • 00:19:39.030 --> 00:19:40.070
  • So, he puts it out in this
  • 00:19:40.070 --> 00:19:41.010
  • magazine and he just
  • 00:19:41.010 --> 00:19:42.000
  • waits thinking,
  • 00:19:42.000 --> 00:19:42.230
  • "I'm gonna get ripped apart."
  • 00:19:42.230 --> 00:19:44.140
  • And guess what.
  • 00:19:44.140 --> 00:19:45.240
  • No one refuted it.
  • 00:19:45.240 --> 00:19:48.060
  • And then what happened was
  • 00:19:48.060 --> 00:19:49.020
  • he got a call from a guy named
  • 00:19:49.020 --> 00:19:50.170
  • Dr. David Weintraub
  • 00:19:50.170 --> 00:19:52.060
  • of Harvard University
  • 00:19:52.060 --> 00:19:53.250
  • through the Harvard
  • 00:19:53.250 --> 00:19:54.140
  • Planetary Studies Division
  • 00:19:54.140 --> 00:19:56.270
  • and he said,
  • 00:19:56.270 --> 00:19:57.200
  • "I too came across one of those
  • 00:19:57.200 --> 00:19:59.130
  • coins you're talking about
  • 00:19:59.130 --> 00:20:00.270
  • with Aries the ram on it.
  • 00:20:00.270 --> 00:20:02.170
  • I have now gone back because
  • 00:20:02.170 --> 00:20:04.060
  • you published something I had
  • 00:20:04.060 --> 00:20:05.070
  • a hunch about and I went back
  • 00:20:05.070 --> 00:20:07.020
  • and I dated it.
  • 00:20:07.020 --> 00:20:08.190
  • And I went back and I put all
  • 00:20:08.190 --> 00:20:09.170
  • the mathematics in it to figure
  • 00:20:09.170 --> 00:20:11.040
  • out when the orbit happens
  • 00:20:11.040 --> 00:20:12.080
  • and what star is where."
  • 00:20:12.080 --> 00:20:13.240
  • 'Cause they have all
  • 00:20:13.240 --> 00:20:14.240
  • that calculated now.
  • 00:20:14.240 --> 00:20:15.230
  • And he said, "And I have to
  • 00:20:15.230 --> 00:20:16.250
  • tell ya something.
  • 00:20:16.250 --> 00:20:17.180
  • I'm almost scared to say it
  • 00:20:17.180 --> 00:20:18.160
  • out loud.
  • 00:20:18.160 --> 00:20:19.240
  • You're right.
  • 00:20:19.240 --> 00:20:22.060
  • I've done the math.
  • 00:20:22.060 --> 00:20:24.070
  • You're right."
  • 00:20:24.070 --> 00:20:25.190
  • And at the same time,
  • 00:20:25.190 --> 00:20:26.170
  • another independent study
  • 00:20:26.170 --> 00:20:27.150
  • that they didn't even know
  • 00:20:27.150 --> 00:20:28.200
  • each other someone from
  • 00:20:28.200 --> 00:20:29.230
  • Vanderbilt University,
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  • another astronomist began
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  • to do the math as well.
  • 00:20:32.130 --> 00:20:33.220
  • He called both of these guys up
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  • and said, "Guys, we have to do
  • 00:20:34.270 --> 00:20:36.030
  • a conference.
  • 00:20:36.030 --> 00:20:37.020
  • This is dead-on accurate."
  • 00:20:37.020 --> 00:20:39.110
  • And eventually, finally,
  • 00:20:39.110 --> 00:20:40.230
  • Dr. Molnar published a book,
  • 00:20:40.230 --> 00:20:42.130
  • I hold it in my hand.
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  • It's called,
  • 00:20:43.110 --> 00:20:44.070
  • "The Star of Bethlehem."
  • 00:20:44.070 --> 00:20:45.040
  • You can get it, by the way,
  • 00:20:45.040 --> 00:20:46.100
  • from Rutgers University press,
  • 00:20:46.100 --> 00:20:48.170
  • not a Christian university.
  • 00:20:48.170 --> 00:20:51.050
  • Guys, this stuff is legit.
  • 00:20:51.050 --> 00:20:53.050
  • Your faith is real.
  • 00:20:53.050 --> 00:20:55.150
  • God's Word is true.
  • 00:20:55.150 --> 00:20:57.200
  • You can bank on it.
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  • It's the real deal,
  • 00:21:00.030 --> 00:21:01.220
  • it really is.
  • 00:21:01.220 --> 00:21:03.220
  • Check out the next Scripture.
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  • Matthew, chapter 2,
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  • "They entered the house
  • 00:21:05.120 --> 00:21:06.110
  • and saw the child with his
  • 00:21:06.110 --> 00:21:07.130
  • mother, Mary, and they bowed
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  • down and worshiped him.
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  • Then they opened their treasure
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  • chests and gave him gifts of
  • 00:21:11.130 --> 00:21:12.210
  • gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
  • 00:21:12.210 --> 00:21:15.070
  • When it was time to leave, they
  • 00:21:15.070 --> 00:21:16.090
  • returned to their own country
  • 00:21:16.090 --> 00:21:17.070
  • by another route, for God had
  • 00:21:17.070 --> 00:21:18.140
  • warned them in a dream not
  • 00:21:18.140 --> 00:21:20.010
  • to return to Herod."
  • 00:21:20.010 --> 00:21:21.030
  • You know, I love how God warned
  • 00:21:21.030 --> 00:21:22.010
  • them and said, "Don't go back
  • 00:21:22.010 --> 00:21:23.060
  • to Herod, he's trouble."
  • 00:21:23.060 --> 00:21:25.010
  • You know, and the reason I wanna
  • 00:21:25.010 --> 00:21:25.270
  • bring this up is 'cause, guys,
  • 00:21:25.270 --> 00:21:26.290
  • let's be honest.
  • 00:21:26.290 --> 00:21:27.200
  • Right now, I think if you're
  • 00:21:27.200 --> 00:21:28.200
  • like me, you just get tired of
  • 00:21:28.200 --> 00:21:30.100
  • turning on the news right now.
  • 00:21:30.100 --> 00:21:32.100
  • It seems like every day, someone
  • 00:21:32.100 --> 00:21:33.100
  • else is getting shot up.
  • 00:21:33.100 --> 00:21:35.070
  • Some crazy person's flipping
  • 00:21:35.070 --> 00:21:36.150
  • out.
  • 00:21:36.150 --> 00:21:37.100
  • I mean, am I the only one
  • 00:21:37.100 --> 00:21:38.050
  • that's feeling this way?
  • 00:21:38.050 --> 00:21:38.290
  • I'm like, I'm just nervous.
  • 00:21:38.290 --> 00:21:41.160
  • And it's just good to know
  • 00:21:41.160 --> 00:21:42.190
  • this Christmas Eve that God is
  • 00:21:42.190 --> 00:21:43.250
  • saying here, "If I took care
  • 00:21:43.250 --> 00:21:44.270
  • of the wise men who were seeking
  • 00:21:44.270 --> 00:21:47.030
  • Jesus, I'll take care of all of
  • 00:21:47.030 --> 00:21:48.160
  • you who are seeking Jesus."
  • 00:21:48.160 --> 00:21:50.290
  • God has you in the palm of his
  • 00:21:50.290 --> 00:21:52.050
  • hand and he is protecting you.
  • 00:21:52.270 --> 00:21:55.270
  • It's good to know, isn't it?
  • 00:21:55.270 --> 00:21:58.010
  • So, he says to the wise men in a
  • 00:21:58.010 --> 00:21:59.150
  • dream, "Don't go back to Herod.
  • 00:21:59.150 --> 00:22:00.270
  • He's bad news.
  • 00:22:00.270 --> 00:22:02.070
  • Go around.
  • 00:22:02.070 --> 00:22:03.060
  • Go another way."
  • 00:22:03.060 --> 00:22:04.030
  • And so, he sends them
  • 00:22:04.030 --> 00:22:05.080
  • another way home.
  • 00:22:05.080 --> 00:22:06.240
  • But I just wanna point this out
  • 00:22:06.240 --> 00:22:07.210
  • to you.
  • 00:22:07.210 --> 00:22:08.130
  • It says that when they got there
  • 00:22:08.130 --> 00:22:09.080
  • to Jesus, they opened up their
  • 00:22:09.080 --> 00:22:10.030
  • treasure chests, right?
  • 00:22:10.030 --> 00:22:11.000
  • They gave gold, they gave
  • 00:22:11.000 --> 00:22:12.000
  • frankincense.
  • 00:22:12.000 --> 00:22:12.210
  • Now, I knew I understood both
  • 00:22:12.210 --> 00:22:13.180
  • of those 'cause both of those
  • 00:22:13.180 --> 00:22:14.170
  • represent a kingly gift.
  • 00:22:14.170 --> 00:22:16.050
  • They represent royalty
  • 00:22:16.050 --> 00:22:17.120
  • and riches.
  • 00:22:17.120 --> 00:22:18.080
  • So, that makes sense
  • 00:22:18.080 --> 00:22:18.290
  • to give that to a king, right,
  • 00:22:18.290 --> 00:22:20.000
  • to a future king.
  • 00:22:20.000 --> 00:22:20.210
  • But it says they also give him
  • 00:22:20.210 --> 00:22:21.160
  • myrrh.
  • 00:22:21.160 --> 00:22:22.170
  • Now, here's the funny thing
  • 00:22:22.170 --> 00:22:23.080
  • about myrrh.
  • 00:22:23.080 --> 00:22:24.150
  • I had to look this up.
  • 00:22:24.150 --> 00:22:25.110
  • I didn't know what it meant.
  • 00:22:25.110 --> 00:22:26.140
  • I mean, I had heard it my whole
  • 00:22:26.140 --> 00:22:27.090
  • life like you have.
  • 00:22:27.090 --> 00:22:28.120
  • But what is myrrh?
  • 00:22:28.120 --> 00:22:29.030
  • What's that for?
  • 00:22:29.030 --> 00:22:29.240
  • Myrrh is an oil that has a very
  • 00:22:29.240 --> 00:22:31.240
  • specific usage.
  • 00:22:31.240 --> 00:22:33.000
  • It's actually like a perfume.
  • 00:22:33.000 --> 00:22:34.050
  • It's a aromatic oil,
  • 00:22:34.050 --> 00:22:35.240
  • smells very nice.
  • 00:22:35.240 --> 00:22:37.040
  • But the usage would probably
  • 00:22:37.040 --> 00:22:38.270
  • freak you out if someone gave it
  • 00:22:38.270 --> 00:22:39.280
  • to your baby as a gift.
  • 00:22:39.280 --> 00:22:41.260
  • In fact, just imagine if I am
  • 00:22:41.260 --> 00:22:42.230
  • with you at your child's
  • 00:22:42.230 --> 00:22:44.200
  • 1-year birthday and I bring
  • 00:22:44.200 --> 00:22:45.260
  • a gift.
  • 00:22:45.260 --> 00:22:46.230
  • And you're like, "Hey,
  • 00:22:46.230 --> 00:22:47.220
  • happy birthday, little guy.
  • 00:22:47.220 --> 00:22:49.000
  • Look at him, he's so cute.
  • 00:22:49.000 --> 00:22:50.060
  • You're so cute.
  • 00:22:50.060 --> 00:22:50.240
  • Here's your little gift."
  • 00:22:50.240 --> 00:22:52.060
  • And then you open up the gift.
  • 00:22:52.060 --> 00:22:53.040
  • You're thinking it's gonna be
  • 00:22:53.040 --> 00:22:53.280
  • a cute little hat.
  • 00:22:53.280 --> 00:22:55.090
  • It's gonna be maybe a practical
  • 00:22:55.090 --> 00:22:56.100
  • gift like some diapers.
  • 00:22:56.100 --> 00:22:57.250
  • It's gonna be maybe
  • 00:22:57.250 --> 00:22:58.220
  • a little cute toy, you know,
  • 00:22:58.220 --> 00:22:59.220
  • something they can play with it.
  • 00:22:59.220 --> 00:23:00.260
  • And you open it up and actually
  • 00:23:00.260 --> 00:23:01.270
  • it's a certificate,
  • 00:23:01.270 --> 00:23:03.040
  • it's a certificate
  • 00:23:03.040 --> 00:23:04.100
  • for a cemetery plot.
  • 00:23:04.100 --> 00:23:06.200
  • You'd be like,
  • 00:23:06.200 --> 00:23:08.040
  • "Well, why you giving us this?"
  • 00:23:08.040 --> 00:23:10.260
  • "Well, I just know he's gonna
  • 00:23:10.260 --> 00:23:11.270
  • die one day so I got him
  • 00:23:11.270 --> 00:23:14.250
  • a cemetery plot."
  • 00:23:14.250 --> 00:23:17.240
  • That's not what I wanna give
  • 00:23:17.240 --> 00:23:18.110
  • my son.
  • 00:23:18.110 --> 00:23:20.090
  • Why would the wise men bring oil
  • 00:23:20.090 --> 00:23:23.000
  • that was used for the specific
  • 00:23:23.000 --> 00:23:25.050
  • of purpose of embalming a king
  • 00:23:25.050 --> 00:23:27.160
  • when they die unless they knew
  • 00:23:28.060 --> 00:23:31.060
  • this child was destined to give
  • 00:23:31.060 --> 00:23:33.030
  • his life for you and me?
  • 00:23:33.250 --> 00:23:36.250
  • That's why they gave it to him.
  • 00:23:36.250 --> 00:23:39.070
  • Even in his birth,
  • 00:23:39.070 --> 00:23:41.240
  • his purpose is found.
  • 00:23:41.240 --> 00:23:44.060
  • His purpose was to give his life
  • 00:23:44.060 --> 00:23:46.190
  • for you and for me.
  • 00:23:46.190 --> 00:23:48.060
  • You know, it's Christmastime.
  • 00:23:48.060 --> 00:23:49.180
  • I love Christmas.
  • 00:23:49.180 --> 00:23:50.150
  • It's so much fun, right?
  • 00:23:50.150 --> 00:23:51.170
  • It's fun shopping, getting all
  • 00:23:51.170 --> 00:23:52.210
  • the gifts ready, wrapping them,
  • 00:23:52.210 --> 00:23:54.220
  • you know, eating till your
  • 00:23:54.220 --> 00:23:55.200
  • heart's content.
  • 00:23:55.200 --> 00:23:56.140
  • You know, throw out the diet.
  • 00:23:56.140 --> 00:23:57.120
  • It's Christmas Eve, right?
  • 00:23:57.120 --> 00:23:58.190
  • You know, you're having fun.
  • 00:23:58.190 --> 00:23:59.270
  • You got family in town.
  • 00:23:59.270 --> 00:24:01.000
  • The inlaws and the outlaws
  • 00:24:01.000 --> 00:24:01.280
  • are here.
  • 00:24:01.280 --> 00:24:02.210
  • I mean, it's a good time, right?
  • 00:24:02.210 --> 00:24:03.190
  • I mean you're all having fun,
  • 00:24:03.190 --> 00:24:04.290
  • you know?
  • 00:24:04.290 --> 00:24:05.200
  • And so, you know, if you like
  • 00:24:05.200 --> 00:24:06.160
  • your family, you don't have any
  • 00:24:06.160 --> 00:24:07.120
  • eggnog.
  • 00:24:07.120 --> 00:24:08.000
  • If you don't like your family,
  • 00:24:08.000 --> 00:24:08.180
  • you got lots of eggnog.
  • 00:24:08.180 --> 00:24:09.170
  • You know what I'm saying?
  • 00:24:09.170 --> 00:24:12.100
  • You may need to explain that
  • 00:24:12.100 --> 00:24:13.020
  • to your kids later.
  • 00:24:13.020 --> 00:24:13.210
  • But anyways, but, you know,
  • 00:24:13.210 --> 00:24:15.220
  • you're having a good time,
  • 00:24:15.220 --> 00:24:16.160
  • right, with your family,
  • 00:24:16.160 --> 00:24:17.150
  • your friends.
  • 00:24:17.150 --> 00:24:18.060
  • You're here.
  • 00:24:18.060 --> 00:24:18.240
  • But wouldn't it be crazy in the
  • 00:24:18.240 --> 00:24:19.180
  • middle of all this busy time
  • 00:24:19.180 --> 00:24:20.200
  • having fun at Christmas
  • 00:24:20.200 --> 00:24:22.090
  • to miss Christ at Christmas?
  • 00:24:24.070 --> 00:24:27.070
  • 'Cause see, he really
  • 00:24:27.070 --> 00:24:28.050
  • is the reason we're here.
  • 00:24:28.050 --> 00:24:30.200
  • It's to celebrate Jesus.
  • 00:24:30.200 --> 00:24:32.150
  • People say,
  • 00:24:32.150 --> 00:24:33.090
  • "What's Christmas all about?"
  • 00:24:33.090 --> 00:24:34.170
  • Oh, that's real simple,
  • 00:24:34.170 --> 00:24:35.260
  • for God so loved the world that
  • 00:24:35.260 --> 00:24:37.250
  • he gave his one and only Son.
  • 00:24:37.270 --> 00:24:40.270
  • That's what it's about.
  • 00:24:40.270 --> 00:24:42.130
  • He is the gift.
  • 00:24:42.130 --> 00:24:44.060
  • Jesus is the gift.
  • 00:24:44.250 --> 00:24:47.250
  • Number five, would ya write
  • 00:24:47.250 --> 00:24:48.210
  • this down?
  • 00:24:48.210 --> 00:24:49.150
  • Receive the true wonder of
  • 00:24:49.150 --> 00:24:50.170
  • Christmas, Jesus Christ himself.
  • 00:24:50.170 --> 00:24:53.120
  • In fact, you know, oftentimes
  • 00:24:53.120 --> 00:24:54.080
  • churches have an invitation,
  • 00:24:54.080 --> 00:24:56.080
  • maybe you've been a part of one,
  • 00:24:56.080 --> 00:24:57.060
  • where you come forward
  • 00:24:57.060 --> 00:24:58.180
  • to receive Christ.
  • 00:24:58.180 --> 00:24:59.160
  • That's great.
  • 00:24:59.160 --> 00:25:00.030
  • Nothing wrong with that.
  • 00:25:00.030 --> 00:25:00.270
  • We've done those many years
  • 00:25:00.270 --> 00:25:01.160
  • here.
  • 00:25:01.160 --> 00:25:02.080
  • Most the time, people receive
  • 00:25:02.080 --> 00:25:03.030
  • Christ sitting at their seat
  • 00:25:03.030 --> 00:25:03.260
  • just praying a little simple
  • 00:25:03.260 --> 00:25:04.210
  • prayer.
  • 00:25:04.210 --> 00:25:05.100
  • But sometimes we invite people
  • 00:25:05.100 --> 00:25:06.000
  • to come down.
  • 00:25:06.000 --> 00:25:06.210
  • And I grew up in a church
  • 00:25:06.210 --> 00:25:07.130
  • tradition where you actually
  • 00:25:07.130 --> 00:25:08.060
  • went forward, right?
  • 00:25:08.060 --> 00:25:09.140
  • But you see Christmas
  • 00:25:09.140 --> 00:25:10.130
  • is a little different.
  • 00:25:10.130 --> 00:25:11.150
  • Christmas, if you really study
  • 00:25:11.150 --> 00:25:12.180
  • it, it's not about people
  • 00:25:12.180 --> 00:25:13.170
  • trying to get to God.
  • 00:25:13.170 --> 00:25:15.030
  • No, Christmas is the fact
  • 00:25:15.030 --> 00:25:16.240
  • that God came out to you.
  • 00:25:18.080 --> 00:25:21.080
  • He said, "No, I'm sending
  • 00:25:21.080 --> 00:25:22.130
  • my Son to you.
  • 00:25:22.220 --> 00:25:25.220
  • I am coming to you."
  • 00:25:25.220 --> 00:25:27.240
  • Would you receive Jesus
  • 00:25:27.240 --> 00:25:29.030
  • this Christmas?
  • 00:25:29.030 --> 00:25:30.000
  • Before you open any gifts,
  • 00:25:30.000 --> 00:25:31.090
  • would you receive the gift
  • 00:25:31.090 --> 00:25:32.050
  • of Christmas?
  • 00:25:32.050 --> 00:25:34.030
  • Instead of just getting a gift
  • 00:25:34.030 --> 00:25:35.020
  • for Christmas,
  • 00:25:35.020 --> 00:25:35.200
  • why don't you receive the gift
  • 00:25:35.200 --> 00:25:36.100
  • of Christmas?
  • 00:25:36.100 --> 00:25:38.090
  • - Bil: Hey, thanks so much
  • 00:25:46.290 --> 00:25:47.200
  • for watching the program today.
  • 00:25:47.200 --> 00:25:49.020
  • I got a question for you,
  • 00:25:49.020 --> 00:25:50.210
  • have you asked Jesus Christ
  • 00:25:50.210 --> 00:25:52.090
  • to be your Lord and Savior?
  • 00:25:52.090 --> 00:25:53.270
  • Have you prayed a simple prayer
  • 00:25:53.270 --> 00:25:55.130
  • that guarantees that you
  • 00:25:55.130 --> 00:25:56.280
  • will go to heaven
  • 00:25:56.280 --> 00:25:58.020
  • because you know Jesus?
  • 00:25:58.020 --> 00:26:00.020
  • Would you pray this prayer
  • 00:26:00.020 --> 00:26:00.280
  • with me right now?
  • 00:26:00.280 --> 00:26:01.270
  • You can just say this out loud.
  • 00:26:01.270 --> 00:26:02.260
  • You can say, "Dear Jesus,
  • 00:26:02.260 --> 00:26:04.130
  • I realize I need you.
  • 00:26:04.130 --> 00:26:06.090
  • I believe you died on the cross
  • 00:26:06.090 --> 00:26:07.110
  • for me to pay the price
  • 00:26:07.110 --> 00:26:08.210
  • for my sins and I believe
  • 00:26:08.210 --> 00:26:10.110
  • you rose again.
  • 00:26:10.110 --> 00:26:11.220
  • Please come into my heart,
  • 00:26:11.220 --> 00:26:12.270
  • be my Lord, and be my Savior.
  • 00:26:12.270 --> 00:26:15.100
  • Thank you, Jesus, for saving me.
  • 00:26:15.100 --> 00:26:17.260
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  • ever wondered what God says
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  • plans for your life for you to
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  • be addicted to any substance.
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  • forever.
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  • There is hope for you.
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  • Christ has a purpose for you.
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  • There is goodness in your life.
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  • There's so much to do.
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  • to your most frequently asked
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  • questions.
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  • - Bil: But we're gonna still
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  • gonna seek Jesus, love him,
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  • and love people.
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