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  • ♪♪♪
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  • male announcer: The birth ofJesus Christ fulfilled prophecy
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  • and brought hope to all.
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  • In this Christmas Eve message,Pastor Skip explains how Jesus's
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  • birth is a preview to what hislife and death means for us.
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  • Jesus was and is accessible toall people from all walks of
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  • life who believe in his name.
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  • Now, let's watch the conclusionof the message, Christmas
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  • Through the Ages.
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  • Here's Skip Heitzig.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Pastor Skip Heitzig: CharlesWesley, the brother of John
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  • Wesley, the founder ofMethodism, wrote this song,
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  • hark, the herald angels sing,glory to the newborn King.
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  • Peace on earth and mercy mild,God and sinners reconciled.
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  • Joyful all you nations rise,join the triumph of the skies.
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  • With angelic host proclaimChrist is born in Bethlehem.
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  • Hark, the herald angels sing.
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  • Great theological truths in thatsong, but the second verse is
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  • even better.
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  • Listen to how much truth hepacks into one verse.
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  • Christ by highest heaven adored,Christ the everlasting Lord.
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  • Late in time behold him come,offspring of the virgin's womb.
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  • Veiled in flesh the Godhead see,hail incarnate deity.
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  • Pleased as man with men todwell, Jesus our Emmanuel.
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  • Hark, the herald angels sing,glory to the newborn King.
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  • I love those truths in thatsong.
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  • But there's a phrase in thatsong that I'm drawing your
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  • attention to.
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  • The phrase is, late in timebehold him come, offspring of
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  • the virgin's womb.
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  • I have two questions to pose toyou this afternoon.
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  • Number one, where did Christmasbegin?
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  • And number two, why did ithappen then?
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  • Why 2.000 years ago inBethlehem?
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  • To answer those two questions, Ioffer you two verses of
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  • Scripture, two passages ofScripture.
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  • One is found in the book ofRomans, the first four verses of
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  • chapter 1, where Paul says,"Paul,
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  • a bondservant of Jesus
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  • Christ, called to be an apostle,separated to the gospel of God,"
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  • here's what I want you to listento, "which he promised before
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  • through his prophets in the HolyScriptures, concerning his Son
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  • Jesus Christ our Lord, who wasborn of the seed of David
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  • according to the flesh, anddeclared to be the Son of God
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  • with power according to theSpirit of holiness, by the
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  • resurrection from the dead."
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  • The second is Galatians chapter4, verses 4 and 5, where Paul
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  • adds this truth, "And when thefullness of the time had come,
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  • God sent forth his Son, born ofa woman, born under the law, to
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  • redeem those who are under thelaw, that we might receive the
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  • adoption as sons."
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  • So, where did Christmas begin,exactly?
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  • Did it happen at the manger?
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  • Was that the start of Christmas?
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  • Did it begin at the manger whenJesus was born in Bethlehem?
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  • Or did it start when theshepherds heard the angels
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  • announcing in the sky thatsomething was happening in
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  • Bethlehem that they should gocheck out?
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  • Or did Christmas begin when theMagi showed up eventually in
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  • Bethlehem with those presents togive Christ?
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  • Or did Christmas begin earlierthan that, say the book of
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  • Daniel, when he saw this greatvision of a kingdom filling the
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  • entire earth, ruled by oneperson called the son of man?
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  • Or maybe we could go backfurther.
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  • Did Christmas begin in the OldTestament book of Isaiah, where
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  • Isaiah, in chapter 7, said, "TheLord himself will give you
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  • a sign.
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  • Behold, a virgin shall conceiveand bear a son and call his
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  • name Emmanuel."
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  • Or perhaps two chapters later,that's when Christmas began.
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  • You know the passage.
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  • "For unto us a child is born,unto us a son is given.
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  • The government will be upon hisshoulders and his name will be
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  • Wonderful Counselor, MightyGod, Everlasting Father, Prince
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  • of Peace.
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  • Of the increase of hisgovernment and peace there will
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  • be no end.
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  • Upon the throne of his father,David, to order it and establish
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  • it from this time forth, evenforever, the zeal of the Lord of
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  • Hosts will perform this."
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  • Incredible prophecy ofScripture.
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  • Is that when Christmas began?
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  • No.
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  • To answer the question where itbegan, we have to go all the way
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  • back to the beginning of thestory, the beginning of the book
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  • of Genesis itself.
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  • Genesis opens up, you know thestory, God created stuff and he
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  • liked it.
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  • That's Genesis 1 and 2 rightthere.
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  • God made stuff and he looked atand goes, I like that,
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  • that's good.
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  • And then he makes somethingelse.
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  • That's good.And he makes something else.
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  • That's good.
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  • And he then created his crowningcreation, made in his image, the
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  • Bible says, humankind, man andwoman.
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  • The glory of God manifested inthese two people obedient,
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  • sinless, in cooperation withtheir Father.
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  • It was all very good, God said,until we get to chapter 3.
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  • Chapter 3 is the uh-oh chapter,because we discover that,
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  • because there is free will, thatfirst man and first woman
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  • decided to disobey God, notcooperate with him, estrange
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  • themselves from him, cooperatewith this serpent in the story,
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  • this being we know as Satan.
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  • And because they listened to himand followed him, they in effect
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  • became children of the serpent,children of the devil.
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  • And they were so alienated fromGod, and God took it so
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  • seriously, that he kicked themout of the garden and would not
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  • let them return.
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  • And so now we're reading thatstory and we go, now what?
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  • Now what's God gonna do?
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  • He gave mankind free well, thisis what they did with it.
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  • Will God ever do anything toredeem and restore his
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  • fallen creation?
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  • We're left wondering, until weget to chapter 3, verse 15 of
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  • the book of Genesis, and it's asif God says, yes, I have a plan,
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  • I'm going to do something aboutthis.
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  • And Genesis 3:15, is called bytheologians, I'm gonna give you
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  • a fancy word to impress yourfriends and family with after
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  • church, ready?
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  • Protoevangelium.
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  • Just throw that around atdinnertime.
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  • Protoevangelium is a word thatmeans first gospel, the first
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  • time the good news is mentionedor anticipated.
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  • The protoevangelium is Genesischapter 3, verse 15.
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  • What does that say?
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  • Says this, "I will put enmity,"God says to the serpent, to
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  • Satan, "I will put enmitybetween you and the woman,
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  • between your seed and her seed.
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  • He will bruise you in thehead, you will bruise
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  • him in the heel."
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  • Now, we don't quite know whatthat means yet, if we're there
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  • at that time that is given.
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  • All we know is there's gonna bea conflict, that's what
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  • enmity means.
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  • There's gonna be animosity orconflict between you, Satan, and
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  • the woman, Eve.
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  • How?
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  • Well, he goes on.
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  • Between your seed and her seed.
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  • Again, we don't exactly knowwhat that means, since seed is a
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  • word that can be either pluralor singular.
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  • It can mean many or it can meanone.
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  • So we don't know what it meansuntil the next phrase.
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  • "I will put enmity between youand the woman, between your seed
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  • and her seed," now listen, "he,he will bruise you in the head,
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  • you will bruise him in theheel."
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  • So now we know that seed isn'tmany, it's one.
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  • There's a he in this story,there's a he that is
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  • anticipated, a him that iscoming.
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  • So all we know is there's goingto be a conflict, and the
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  • conflict will then end when onecomes to strike a fatal blow to
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  • the head, the authority of theserpent, Satan, and that he will
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  • receive a minor temporary wound,a bruise in the heel.
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  • So we keep reading the story,because it's the offspring of
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  • the woman, it says.
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  • Well, that's everybody.
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  • Everybody's a son or daughter ofEve.
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  • But we keep reading the storyand we discover that Cain
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  • kills Abel.
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  • Adam and Eve have another soncalled Seth.
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  • The story goes on where God,because the populations of the
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  • earth are so wicked at the timeof Noah, that God destroys the
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  • entire world via a worldwideflood except for how
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  • many people?
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  • Eight people.
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  • Eight souls are spared.
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  • So we know that it's gonna besomeone from the lineage of
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  • Noah, because those are the onlypeople that'll be left on the
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  • earth to repopulate it.
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  • We keep reading the story and wediscover who that is, that one
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  • of the offspring of Noah is aguy by the name of Abraham, and
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  • God gives a promise to Abrahamin chapter 12 of Genesis and
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  • chapter 22, verse 16 of Genesis.
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  • God says, I'm gonna bless youand I'm going to bless the world
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  • through your seed.
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  • Then the promise goes fromAbraham to Abraham's second son,
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  • the first son of Sarah, by thename of Isaac.
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  • Genesis 26.
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  • Then the promise goes again toIsaac's second son, by the name
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  • of Jacob, in Genesis 28.
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  • And then that promise goes toJacob's fourth son, by the name
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  • of Judah, in Genesis chapter 49.
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  • And we keep reading the storyand God makes a promise to David
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  • from the tribe of Judah that hewill have a descendant who will
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  • sit upon the throne and rule theearth forever and ever and ever.
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  • So we have a line establishedfrom Adam to Seth to Noah to
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  • Abraham to Isaac to Jacob toJudah to David.
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  • No wonder, when we open up theNew Testament to Matthew chapter
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  • 1, it begins by saying, "Thegenealogy of Jesus Christ, the
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  • son of David, the son ofAbraham," and it's traced all
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  • the way back.
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  • The line is traced and preservedall the way back.
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  • So it's the genealogy of thathe, that him, the one who's
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  • gonna crush the serpent'sauthority, preserved in history.
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  • By the way, Jesus Christ hasthree basic credentials that
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  • separate him from every otherbelief system.
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  • Number one, his impact on worldhistory.
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  • Number two, his bodilyresurrection from the dead.
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  • And number three, fulfilledprophecy.
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  • Fulfilled prophecy.
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  • Did you know that the prophetsof old spoke in advance of
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  • Jesus's birth, life, death, andeven resurrection?
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  • And when I talk about prophecy,I don't mean a good guess, I
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  • mean there are multiplecontingencies that cannot be
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  • controlled or known about inadvance, but these things are
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  • written in detailbefore they happen.
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  • All of that to authenticate thatthe Scripture, what we call
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  • the Bible, is different
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  • from other holybooks, it is the Word of God.
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  • And the Word of God predicts thework of God through that one who
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  • was coming.
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  • So, that's that Romans 1 passageI just mentioned, "Concerning
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  • his Son, whom he promised beforethrough the prophets in the
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  • Holy Scriptures."
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  • That's when Christmas began.
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  • Second question, why then?
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  • Of all the periods of humanhistory, do you ever wonder why
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  • 2.000 years ago in the backwaters of the Roman Empire in a
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  • place called Bethlehem, why didGod send his son there?
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  • Why not to Rome, at least, orAthens, some major town?
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  • Why then?Why there?
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  • Well, that second passage Imentioned to you, Galatians 4,
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  • Paul writes, "And in thefullness of time God sent forth
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  • his Son, born of a woman, bornunder the law."
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  • He says it was the fullness oftime.
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  • The word fullness is pleroma, itmeans ripe, right, plump, full.
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  • You might be scratching yourhead going, why was that the
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  • right time?
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  • I mean, I would think this wouldbe the right time.
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  • Think of the technology we havetoday, think of the technology
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  • that could help God out to gethis message around the world.
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  • I mean, Bethlehem could've beena Facebook Live event.
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  • It could've been streamed inhigh definition television on
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  • satellite around the globe inreal time.
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  • Joseph could've done anInstagram story right there in
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  • the manger.
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  • The shepherds could've takenselfies with the angels.
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  • Hey, right there, don't move.
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  • Got it.
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  • The magi could've tweeted outwhere the star is tonight and
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  • the next night and the nextnight.
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  • But Paul says that was thefullness of the time, it was the
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  • ripe time, the right time, thefull time.
  • 00:14:50.505 --> 00:14:55.677
  • Why?
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  • Before I get to that, let mejust tell you something you can
  • 00:14:57.946 --> 00:15:00.715
  • apply to your own life.
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  • God is never late.
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  • He's never early, he's neverlate.
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  • Now sometimes you think he'slate, you're just early.
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  • God, you could've donesomething, I gave you plenty of
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  • time, where were you?
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  • If you would've just followed myinstructions, this could've
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  • been avoided.
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  • But God is never late.
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  • When Jesus first comes on thescene, the first words out of
  • 00:15:21.402 --> 00:15:24.872
  • Jesus's mouth recorded by Markare these words, "The time is
  • 00:15:24.906 --> 00:15:30.278
  • fulfilled, the kingdom of God isat hand, repent and believe
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  • the gospel."
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  • This is the time.
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  • You remember Solomon said, "Toeverything there's a season, a
  • 00:15:40.188 --> 00:15:43.825
  • time for every purpose underheaven."
  • 00:15:43.858 --> 00:15:49.197
  • So why was that the right time?
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  • Well, let me suggest to you itwas the right time spiritually.
  • 00:15:50.565 --> 00:15:56.104
  • You see, the Jews for centurieshad been oppressed by
  • 00:15:56.137 --> 00:16:00.541
  • oppressors, all the way back tothe Assyrians, then the
  • 00:16:00.575 --> 00:16:04.245
  • Babylonians, then the Syrians,now the Romans.
  • 00:16:04.278 --> 00:16:08.483
  • They were always crying out fora deliverer, but secular history
  • 00:16:08.516 --> 00:16:12.553
  • has recorded that there was amessianic fervor, a fervency, a
  • 00:16:12.587 --> 00:16:17.358
  • heightened expectation ofdeliverance at the time of Jesus
  • 00:16:17.392 --> 00:16:22.430
  • unlike other times in history.
  • 00:16:22.463 --> 00:16:25.533
  • They were waiting, they wereready.
  • 00:16:25.566 --> 00:16:27.068
  • No wonder when John the Baptistcame on the scene, they said,
  • 00:16:27.101 --> 00:16:30.204
  • they asked him, are you the one?
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  • Are you that guy?
  • 00:16:32.774 --> 00:16:34.108
  • Are you that he who's gonna fixall this?
  • 00:16:34.142 --> 00:16:37.712
  • He said, no, I'm not the one.
  • 00:16:37.745 --> 00:16:40.515
  • So it was the right timespiritually.
  • 00:16:40.548 --> 00:16:42.316
  • Let me also suggest it was theright time culturally.
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  • You see, before Jesus's time,there was a guy named Alexander
  • 00:16:47.055 --> 00:16:53.795
  • who thought he was really great.
  • 00:16:53.828 --> 00:16:56.831
  • Alexander had this crazy dreamto make the whole world Greek.
  • 00:16:56.864 --> 00:17:02.103
  • That was his dream.
  • 00:17:02.136 --> 00:17:03.638
  • He wanted to Hellenize theworld.
  • 00:17:03.671 --> 00:17:05.540
  • He wanted to Greek-ize theworld, wanted to give the world
  • 00:17:05.573 --> 00:17:08.209
  • a common language and a commonculture, his culture, the
  • 00:17:08.242 --> 00:17:10.778
  • Greek culture.
  • 00:17:10.812 --> 00:17:12.146
  • And he pretty much succeeded.
  • 00:17:12.180 --> 00:17:13.514
  • It was said that you couldtravel from India to Britain and
  • 00:17:13.548 --> 00:17:17.685
  • speak one common language,Greek.
  • 00:17:17.718 --> 00:17:21.756
  • So there's a common language,ideas can now spread freely.
  • 00:17:21.789 --> 00:17:24.992
  • By the way, Greek, as far as mystudies have taken me, is the
  • 00:17:25.026 --> 00:17:29.163
  • most precise language to conveyhuman thought that we have.
  • 00:17:29.197 --> 00:17:36.404
  • So things are just being set up,it's the right time spiritually,
  • 00:17:36.437 --> 00:17:39.907
  • culturally, and let me suggestalso it was the right
  • 00:17:39.941 --> 00:17:42.577
  • time politically.
  • 00:17:42.610 --> 00:17:44.078
  • You see, the big kid on theblock at that time, you know
  • 00:17:44.112 --> 00:17:47.281
  • this, was the Roman Empire.
  • 00:17:47.315 --> 00:17:49.517
  • And the Roman Empire was at itsvery peak of strength at the
  • 00:17:49.550 --> 00:17:52.720
  • time Jesus was born.
  • 00:17:52.753 --> 00:17:54.288
  • What does that mean?
  • 00:17:54.322 --> 00:17:55.623
  • Well, they had enforcedsomething they called the Pax
  • 00:17:55.656 --> 00:17:58.292
  • Romana, the Roman peace.
  • 00:17:58.326 --> 00:18:00.394
  • It was an enforced peace.
  • 00:18:00.428 --> 00:18:02.230
  • They built roads, 250.000 milesof mostly paved roads, you can
  • 00:18:02.263 --> 00:18:08.402
  • still see remains of them today,250.000 miles of roads, and
  • 00:18:08.436 --> 00:18:14.242
  • along the roads were postedsoldiers to keep the peace.
  • 00:18:14.275 --> 00:18:18.412
  • So now you can have peopletraveling speedily on those
  • 00:18:18.446 --> 00:18:22.483
  • roads and safely, because of thePax Romana, spreading their
  • 00:18:22.517 --> 00:18:27.688
  • exact ideas in a common languagearound the world.
  • 00:18:27.722 --> 00:18:31.993
  • "And when the fullness of thetime had come," listen to the
  • 00:18:32.026 --> 00:18:38.466
  • next verse, the next phrase, "inthe fullness of time God sent
  • 00:18:38.499 --> 00:18:43.404
  • forth his Son."
  • 00:18:43.437 --> 00:18:46.040
  • Notice how he wrote that.
  • 00:18:46.073 --> 00:18:47.742
  • He didn't say, when the time wasright, Jesus was born.
  • 00:18:47.775 --> 00:18:51.979
  • Though that's true, he was.
  • 00:18:52.013 --> 00:18:54.048
  • But when the time was right, Godsent forth his Son.
  • 00:18:54.081 --> 00:18:58.986
  • Now, the phrasing suggestspre-existence, suggests that he
  • 00:18:59.020 --> 00:19:04.292
  • was somewhere else first to besent forth from there to here.
  • 00:19:04.325 --> 00:19:10.231
  • God sent forth his Son.
  • 00:19:10.264 --> 00:19:13.000
  • Now that shouldn't surprise you,even Jesus thought that way and
  • 00:19:13.034 --> 00:19:16.971
  • spoke that way.
  • 00:19:17.004 --> 00:19:18.339
  • When he stood before PontiusPilate at his trial and Pilate
  • 00:19:18.372 --> 00:19:20.508
  • was asking about truth and hesaid, "What is truth?"
  • 00:19:20.541 --> 00:19:24.011
  • Jesus said, "For this reason Icame into the world, to bear
  • 00:19:24.045 --> 00:19:30.851
  • witness of the truth."
  • 00:19:30.885 --> 00:19:34.021
  • Just also as Isaiah said, "Forunto us a child is born," unto
  • 00:19:34.055 --> 00:19:39.093
  • us what?
  • 00:19:39.126 --> 00:19:40.761
  • "A Son is given."
  • 00:19:40.795 --> 00:19:43.631
  • So let me spell it out.
  • 00:19:43.664 --> 00:19:45.333
  • Jesus existed in the presence ofGod the Father.
  • 00:19:45.366 --> 00:19:48.970
  • Jesus, being the second memberof the Triune God, and at just
  • 00:19:49.003 --> 00:19:53.107
  • the right, perfect time inhistory as seen fit by God he
  • 00:19:53.140 --> 00:19:57.111
  • sprung into action and sentforth his Son from his presence
  • 00:19:57.144 --> 00:20:00.915
  • to ours.
  • 00:20:00.948 --> 00:20:02.750
  • The Incarnation.
  • 00:20:02.783 --> 00:20:05.119
  • Why?
  • 00:20:05.152 --> 00:20:06.787
  • Why go to all that trouble tohave it predicted, and the
  • 00:20:06.821 --> 00:20:10.391
  • lineage, to preserve the seedall the way down?
  • 00:20:10.424 --> 00:20:14.495
  • Paul tells us, that in thefullness of the time God sent
  • 00:20:14.528 --> 00:20:19.300
  • forth his Son, born of a woman,born under the law, here it is,
  • 00:20:19.333 --> 00:20:23.204
  • to redeem.
  • 00:20:23.237 --> 00:20:25.773
  • To redeem.
  • 00:20:25.806 --> 00:20:27.875
  • Redeem is a word from the slavemarket in antiquity.
  • 00:20:27.908 --> 00:20:31.812
  • To redeem means to buy back.
  • 00:20:31.846 --> 00:20:34.882
  • And it was used to go to a slavemarket and you would put down
  • 00:20:34.915 --> 00:20:37.852
  • the redemption money, you putdown the hard, cold cash and you
  • 00:20:37.885 --> 00:20:42.990
  • would buy a slave for yourself,or you would pay the price to
  • 00:20:43.024 --> 00:20:47.194
  • set the slave free.
  • 00:20:47.228 --> 00:20:48.663
  • That was redemption, to buyback, to pay to set a
  • 00:20:48.696 --> 00:20:53.868
  • slave free.
  • 00:20:53.901 --> 00:20:55.936
  • So Jesus came from heaven toearth to the slave market of
  • 00:20:55.970 --> 00:21:00.574
  • sin, and paid the price so wecould be taken to his house and
  • 00:21:00.608 --> 00:21:06.881
  • adopted as his sons.
  • 00:21:06.914 --> 00:21:09.417
  • So listen to the whole verse.
  • 00:21:09.450 --> 00:21:10.918
  • "That in the fullness of thetime, God sent forth his Son,
  • 00:21:10.951 --> 00:21:14.855
  • born of a woman born, under thelaw, to redeem those who were
  • 00:21:14.889 --> 00:21:18.259
  • under the law, that we mightreceive the adoption as sons."
  • 00:21:18.292 --> 00:21:23.164
  • You're not slaves anymore,you're sons and daughters of the
  • 00:21:23.197 --> 00:21:26.233
  • living God, you've been boughtwith blood, the price has been
  • 00:21:26.267 --> 00:21:30.671
  • paid, you are his because theseed has come to end the
  • 00:21:30.705 --> 00:21:35.142
  • dominion of the serpent.
  • 00:21:35.176 --> 00:21:36.977
  • [clapping]
  • 00:21:37.011 --> 00:21:40.614
  • So now, can you understand why Ilove that Christmas carol so
  • 00:21:40.648 --> 00:21:43.517
  • much, hark, the herald angelssing?
  • 00:21:43.551 --> 00:21:46.554
  • Now that one phrase, that oneverse that I quoted, that he is
  • 00:21:46.587 --> 00:21:54.462
  • worshiped, praised by highestheaven adored, Christ the
  • 00:21:54.495 --> 00:21:59.700
  • everlasting Lord, late in time,behold him come offspring of the
  • 00:21:59.734 --> 00:22:05.439
  • virgin's womb, veiled in fleshthe Godhead see, hail incarnate
  • 00:22:05.473 --> 00:22:12.012
  • deity, pleased as man with mento dwell, Jesus our Emmanuel.
  • 00:22:12.046 --> 00:22:19.587
  • Hark, the herald angels sing,glory to the newborn King.
  • 00:22:19.620 --> 00:22:23.758
  • Now that's a song that is sorich in truth.
  • 00:22:23.791 --> 00:22:27.294
  • Now compare that song to anothervery popular song.
  • 00:22:27.328 --> 00:22:31.332
  • The world loves to sing thissong during this time of the
  • 00:22:31.365 --> 00:22:33.968
  • year, and this song incomparison to those other songs,
  • 00:22:34.001 --> 00:22:37.004
  • it's a weak, insipid,counterfeit.
  • 00:22:37.037 --> 00:22:41.876
  • I think you'll recognize it.
  • 00:22:41.909 --> 00:22:44.845
  • You better watch out, you betternot cry, you better not pout,
  • 00:22:44.879 --> 00:22:52.720
  • I'm telling you why.
  • 00:22:52.753 --> 00:22:54.755
  • Santa Claus is coming to town.
  • 00:22:54.789 --> 00:22:58.893
  • He's making a list, he'schecking it twice, he's gonna
  • 00:22:58.926 --> 00:23:01.529
  • find out if you're naughty ornice.
  • 00:23:01.562 --> 00:23:03.931
  • Santa Claus is coming to town.
  • 00:23:03.964 --> 00:23:05.466
  • He sees you when you'resleeping, he knows when you're
  • 00:23:05.499 --> 00:23:08.803
  • awake, he knows if you've beenbad or good, so be good for
  • 00:23:08.836 --> 00:23:12.807
  • goodness sake.
  • 00:23:12.840 --> 00:23:15.576
  • You better watch out, you betternot cry, you better not pout,
  • 00:23:15.609 --> 00:23:22.349
  • I'm telling you why, Santa Clausis coming to town.
  • 00:23:22.383 --> 00:23:27.388
  • Does that threaten you?
  • 00:23:27.421 --> 00:23:32.560
  • Of course it does.
  • 00:23:32.593 --> 00:23:33.894
  • It was designed to threaten you,it was designed to scare
  • 00:23:33.928 --> 00:23:36.130
  • children into being good forgoodness sake, 'cause
  • 00:23:36.163 --> 00:23:40.000
  • Santa's comin'.
  • 00:23:40.034 --> 00:23:43.304
  • Now, I believe that thereexisted a person in history,
  • 00:23:43.337 --> 00:23:47.842
  • history shows, named Nicholas,who was a pastor.
  • 00:23:47.875 --> 00:23:53.447
  • He led a church and he gavegifts to the poor and he helped
  • 00:23:53.481 --> 00:23:57.218
  • people who were enslaved, andthat's where it all comes from.
  • 00:23:57.251 --> 00:24:01.622
  • But not like the song says.
  • 00:24:01.655 --> 00:24:04.658
  • And in all respect to the jollyfat guy, Santa Claus
  • 00:24:04.692 --> 00:24:09.063
  • ain't Jesus.
  • 00:24:09.096 --> 00:24:10.531
  • But when you teach your childrenthat song, you're teaching them
  • 00:24:10.564 --> 00:24:13.834
  • that Santa is a transcendentbeing with powers equal to God.
  • 00:24:13.868 --> 00:24:19.406
  • I mean, he's everywhere, he cando anything.
  • 00:24:19.440 --> 00:24:21.709
  • He sees you when you'resleeping, he knows what you're
  • 00:24:21.742 --> 00:24:23.310
  • thinking, knows when you'reawake, and he rewards you based
  • 00:24:23.344 --> 00:24:27.548
  • upon your deeds.
  • 00:24:27.581 --> 00:24:29.617
  • If you're good you get a reward,if you're bad you won't get
  • 00:24:29.650 --> 00:24:32.353
  • the gift.
  • 00:24:32.386 --> 00:24:34.555
  • How different Jesus is.
  • 00:24:34.588 --> 00:24:35.890
  • He's not there once a year, he'swith you every day, all
  • 00:24:35.923 --> 00:24:38.192
  • year long.
  • 00:24:38.225 --> 00:24:39.560
  • And he gives you gifts, notbased on your performance, but
  • 00:24:39.593 --> 00:24:42.329
  • on his performance.
  • 00:24:42.363 --> 00:24:43.964
  • And he extends mercy and gracewhen you don't deserve it.
  • 00:24:43.998 --> 00:24:47.368
  • By the way, something else aboutSanta Claus, you can't
  • 00:24:47.401 --> 00:24:49.670
  • trust him.
  • 00:24:49.703 --> 00:24:51.005
  • [laughter]
  • 00:24:51.038 --> 00:24:53.007
  • Oh, he threatens all year longand he promises all year long,
  • 00:24:53.040 --> 00:24:56.911
  • you better be nice, you betternot be naughty, you're not gonna
  • 00:24:56.944 --> 00:25:00.014
  • get any presents.
  • 00:25:00.047 --> 00:25:01.348
  • The truth is, it's a lie.
  • 00:25:01.382 --> 00:25:03.817
  • I've been naughty so many years,and at Christmas I still
  • 00:25:03.851 --> 00:25:07.454
  • get presents.
  • 00:25:07.488 --> 00:25:08.789
  • [laughter]
  • 00:25:08.822 --> 00:25:10.157
  • So do you.
  • 00:25:10.190 --> 00:25:19.199
  • How I love our Jesus.
  • 00:25:19.233 --> 00:25:21.902
  • I can trust his promises, and Ican trust his threats.
  • 00:25:21.936 --> 00:25:27.441
  • And he is coming again.
  • 00:25:27.474 --> 00:25:29.243
  • He came once, and he is comingagain.
  • 00:25:29.276 --> 00:25:33.047
  • And we celebrate him now, but doyou know what?
  • 00:25:33.080 --> 00:25:36.850
  • Just as Christmas has beencelebrated through the ages,
  • 00:25:36.884 --> 00:25:40.187
  • anticipated by the prophetsthrough the ages, predicted
  • 00:25:40.220 --> 00:25:43.657
  • through the ages, do you knowthat Jesus and the event that
  • 00:25:43.691 --> 00:25:48.095
  • happened at Christmas into hislifetime will be celebrated not
  • 00:25:48.128 --> 00:25:51.265
  • just in the past ages but in thefuture ages?
  • 00:25:51.298 --> 00:25:55.603
  • Ephesians 2, that in the ages tocome he might show us the
  • 00:25:55.636 --> 00:25:59.206
  • exceeding riches of his grace inChrist.
  • 00:25:59.239 --> 00:26:02.876
  • So we're sort of in the middle,we're in the comma, between ages
  • 00:26:02.910 --> 00:26:06.547
  • past and ages future.
  • 00:26:06.580 --> 00:26:07.915
  • ♪♪♪
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  • often overlooked.
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