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July 7, 2018
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  • Sorry, you can't do it. You cannot find a religion
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  • Sorry, you can't do it. You cannot find a religion.
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  • You cannot find a philosophy.
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  • If you walk down this road and try hard enough,
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  • you will end up one day in heaven.
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  • You cannot do that on your own.
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  • There's no religion that'll get you to heaven, it's impossible.
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  • But Jesus said, "The things that are impossible with man
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  • are possible with God."
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  • So he made the way by sending his Son to do all the heavy
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  • lifting, all the heavy lifting for us.
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  • So all you have to do is come along,
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  • hear the gospel, believe in your heart,
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  • trust him, and you'll be saved.
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  • And all of that bankroll of heaven,
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  • all of those promises that God has made
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  • will be at your disposal.
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  • Skip: The dominant figure in Western culture for the last 20
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  • centuries has been none other than the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • His coming divided time, and people,
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  • to this day, still mark their calendars according
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  • to his coming: BC and AD.
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  • The Encyclopedia Britannica uses 20.000 words in describing the
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  • life and ministry of Jesus Christ, 20.000 words.
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  • That's more words than the same encyclopedia uses in writing
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  • about Aristotle, Alexander the Great,
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  • Buddha, Caesar, Cicero, Confucius,
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  • and Mohammad put together.
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  • That's because that venerable encyclopedia realizes the
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  • influence that Christ has had on our culture.
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  • No one has influenced the world like Jesus.
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  • Think of it this way. Socrates taught for 40 years.
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  • Plato taught for 50 years.
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  • Aristotle taught for another 40 years.
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  • That's 130 combined years of Greek
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  • philosophical learning that was given.
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  • Jesus came, and his ministry only lasted three and a half
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  • years, but the impact and influence he has had on history
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  • far exceeds any of those thinkers put together.
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  • I've always loved James Hefley's little article called "One
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  • Solitary Life," where he notes: "Here is a man who was born in
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  • an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman.
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  • He worked in a carpenter's shop till he was 30.
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  • For three years, he was an itinerant preacher.
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  • He never owned a home. He never wrote a book.
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  • He never held an office. He never had a family.
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  • He never went to college.
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  • He never put his foot inside a big city.
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  • He never traveled 200 miles from the place he was born.
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  • He never did any one of the things
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  • that usually accompany greatness.
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  • But today, he is the centerpiece of the human race,
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  • and the leader in the column of progress.
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  • I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that
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  • ever marched, all the navies that were ever built,
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  • all the parliaments that ever sat,
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  • and all the kings that ever reigned put together have not
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  • affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as this
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  • one solitary life."
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  • I grew up hearing about him.
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  • I grew up knowing facts about Jesus,
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  • but when I was 18, I met him.
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  • And I was changed because of that.
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  • We've been looking at that one solitary life through the lens
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  • of the prophets of the Old Testament,
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  • and we have seen, in this series called "Against All Odds," how
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  • Jesus came and fulfilled so many of the predictions made by those
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  • Old Testament prophets concerning what this Messiah,
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  • this King, this Deliverer would be like.
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  • And we've done that because the apostles in the New Testament
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  • appealed to two areas to authenticate that Jesus
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  • was the Messiah.
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  • The first is the bodily Resurrection of Christ.
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  • And second is fulfilled prophecy.
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  • And it wasn't just one or two or three
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  • predictions thrown out there.
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  • There were hundreds of predictions made over 1.500
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  • years that pointed to Jesus Christ.
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  • And because they were written so far in advance,
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  • hundreds of years before, we can look at them and say,
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  • "Well, this is far more than just a good guess.
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  • This is far more than just some logical deduction."
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  • Prophecy lends itself to statistical analysis,
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  • as we have noted, that there is a reasonable order of magnitude
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  • that can be estimated.
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  • And if you recall back to our very first study in the series,
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  • we noted that mathematicians have figured that the odds of
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  • 1 man in history fulfilling just 8 of the predictions Jesus
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  • fulfilled is 1 in 10 to the 17th power.
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  • The odds of anyone fulfilling 16 of the predictions Jesus
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  • fulfilled is 1 in 10 to the 45th power.
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  • If you know your math, we're talking enormous numbers.
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  • And by the way, there are 300, 330,
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  • some say 332 prophecies, some more direct than others.
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  • For Jesus to fulfill 30 of the predictions he fulfilled is 1 in
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  • 10 to the 100th power.
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  • It's the same odds as 1 person winning the lottery
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  • 16 times in a row.
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  • Wouldn't that be wonderful?
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  • Far more wonderful is this one solitary life.
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  • And when we look at it this way, it does something for us.
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  • It shows us the reality of God.
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  • It shows us the authenticity of Scripture,
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  • that we're dealing with a far different book than just another
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  • holy book, and it shows us the validity of Jesus Christ.
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  • Now we wanna take a turn.
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  • Instead of looking at his birth and his genealogical record and
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  • some of the things we've noted over the past few weeks,
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  • we take a turn and we examine his life,
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  • the prophecies he would fulfill in his
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  • life and ministry, his adult life.
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  • Matthew does that for us in chapter 12.
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  • We're gonna look at a whole section of Scripture,
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  • but he quotes Isaiah chapter 42, beginning in verse 18.
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  • And what we're answering here is why Jesus came.
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  • You know, we have noted so far where Jesus came, Bethlehem.
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  • The prophets predicted that.
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  • We have noted how Jesus came, a virgin birth.
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  • Talk about against all odds. But now we are looking at why.
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  • What is the purpose that Jesus came?
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  • Matthew, in quoting Isaiah, wants you to know there are at
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  • least four reasons why he came: he came to serve,
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  • he came to speak, he came to strengthen,
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  • and he came to save.
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  • First of all, he came as a Servant.
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  • That's the word used in quoting Isaiah chapter 42.
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  • Look at verse 17, Matthew says: "That it might be fulfilled
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  • which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: 'Behold!
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  • My Servant whom I have chosen, my Beloved in
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  • whom my soul is well pleased!'"
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  • One of the most beautiful descriptions in all of the Bible
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  • of Jesus Christ is that he would be a Servant.
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  • Now, I told you that there are far more prophecies about his
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  • life than about his birth, and here's just a smattering of 'em.
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  • The prophets predicted that "he would be preceded by a
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  • messenger," Malachi chapter 3, verse 1,
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  • and Isaiah chapter 40, verse 3.
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  • And who was that messenger that preceded him?
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  • It was John the Baptist. He was predicted.
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  • Also, that "Christ would perform miracles," Isaiah 35,
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  • verse 4 through 6.
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  • That "he would teach in parables," Psalm 78.
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  • That "he would begin his ministry in Galilee,"
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  • Isaiah chapter 9:1 and 2.
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  • That "he would be sent to heal the brokenhearted."
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  • Remember, Jesus quoted that prophetic utterance of Isaiah 61
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  • in the synagogue: "I have come to heal the brokenhearted."
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  • "He'll be praised by children," Psalm 8, verse 2.
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  • "He'll enter the temple suddenly,"
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  • Malachi chapter 3, verse 1.
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  • "He'll come to Jerusalem riding in on a donkey," Zachariah 9:9.
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  • "He'll be rejected by the Jewish nation,"
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  • Isaiah 53, verse 3.
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  • "He'll come at a precise timetable on a prescribed day,"
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  • Isaiah chapter 9, verses 25 and 26.
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  • "A few days later," the same prophecy says,
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  • "he will be killed."
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  • "He will be betrayed by a close friend,"
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  • Psalm 41 and Zachariah 11.
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  • "And he will be silent when he is accused at his trial,"
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  • Isaiah chapter 53, verse 7.
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  • But all of those predictions of what he would do in his life can
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  • be summed up by a single word: "Servant."
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  • He will be a Servant to the Father.
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  • Did you know that the Bible has roughly
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  • 150 different names for Jesus?
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  • Some of them you know: "He will be called Wonderful,
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  • Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,
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  • Prince of Peace," to name a few.
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  • Jesus referred to himself as, "The Bread of Life,
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  • the Good Shepherd."
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  • Paul called him, "The Chief Shepherd,
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  • the Messiah, the Cornerstone."
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  • The writer of Hebrews called him, "Our great High Priest."
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  • There are 150 different titles, but Isaiah's favorite title for
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  • Jesus was that he would be the Servant of the Lord.
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  • He would serve the Father's will.
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  • Now, that's not an uncommon title.
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  • Abraham was called, "The servant of the Lord."
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  • Isaac was called, "The servant of the Lord."
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  • Jacob was called, "Servant of the Lord."
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  • It's one of the titles given to Moses,
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  • "The servant of God."
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  • Many of the prophets were given the title,
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  • "The servant of the Lord," but Isaiah uniquely has four
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  • sections of his prophetic book where he highlights the servant
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  • nature of the Messiah who is to come.
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  • Jesus, the Servant of the Father.
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  • Now, what I wanna do is show you a little bit of context.
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  • I don't wanna just jump in to Matthew quoting Isaiah.
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  • I want you to find out why.
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  • So, if you don't mind, would you go back to verse 9 of the same
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  • chapter, and let's see what's happening?
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  • "When he had departed from there,
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  • he went to their synagogue.
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  • And behold, there was a man who had a withered hand.
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  • And they asked him, saying, 'Is it lawful to
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  • heal on the Sabbath?'"
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  • It's kind of a dumb question,
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  • but when was the last time they did that?
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  • But they're all worried about the narrow
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  • interpretation of the law.
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  • "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"
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  • If I were Jesus, I would have said, "Try it."
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  • But notice why: "That they might accuse him," that's important.
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  • 00:12:00.280 --> 00:12:08.020
  • Skip: Okay, I'm with Ed Stetzer.
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  • He's next to me right here, right now.
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  • Ed Stetzer: Right here, I feel it.
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  • Skip: And you have, like, an interesting goatee,
  • 00:12:13.210 --> 00:12:15.190
  • a cool goatee.
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  • Ed: Thank you, it's a trademark.
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  • Skip: Can you tell me about that?
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  • Ed: It's mid-life crisis, and so,
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  • as quickly as I could, I grew a goatee.
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  • I figured it would be better than spendin' all the money on
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  • another car, and so I just embraced it for what it was.
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  • Skip: Are you gonna let it go for a while?
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  • Ed: I think this is pretty much it if I
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  • wanna stay happily married.
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  • Skip: Okay, and tell--just, how many children do you have?
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  • Ed: I have 3 daughters: 16, 12, and 9.
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  • And girls rule, and boys drool, and so we're happy
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  • to have those wonderful girls.
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  • Skip: Yeah, that's good.
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  • Well, let's get to church research for just a minute.
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  • You've done a lot of research over many years about church
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  • trends, church growth.
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  • Is there one thing that surprises you
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  • more than anything else?
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  • Ed: You know what?
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  • I think probably one of the things that surprise me is the
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  • assumption that people have that Evangelicalism,
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  • you know, the movement we'd be a part of,
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  • Bible-believing Christians, is collapsing.
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  • And because statistically, that's not the case.
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  • It's relatively steady.
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  • It might be down a little bit from the mid-'90s,
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  • but there's kinda the perception out there
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  • that there's this huge collapse.
  • 00:13:12.240 --> 00:13:14.030
  • Well, there is a collapse.
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  • That's mainline Protestantism, the,
  • 00:13:15.140 --> 00:13:16.230
  • you know, older, more liberal churches,
  • 00:13:16.240 --> 00:13:19.060
  • they would self-identify as.
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  • And so I think that's one thing that surprises me,
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  • and I think it's important for Christians to know so that they
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  • don't end up makin' bad decisions based
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  • on bad information.
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  • Skip: Interesting, can you give us some reasons why
  • 00:13:29.130 --> 00:13:31.060
  • you think that is?
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  • Ed: Yeah, well, pretty much everyone who does research
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  • would think that is.
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  • It's not the popular thing.
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  • You know, you write a book saying the sky is falling,
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  • and people buy the book.
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  • You know, that's sorta how it works.
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  • And so, all researchers--no real researcher thinks Christianity
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  • or Evangelicalism is dying.
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  • But I think part of the reason that people feel that way is
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  • that there's actually a minority of Americans--I mean,
  • 00:13:51.200 --> 00:13:54.190
  • you know, 75% of Americans say they're Christians.
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  • But if you look at convictional Christians,
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  • those who go to church regularly,
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  • who call themselves Christians, go to church regularly,
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  • you're down to about 25% of the population of all varieties that
  • 00:14:04.290 --> 00:14:08.210
  • would call themselves Christian, not just Evangelicals like us.
  • 00:14:08.220 --> 00:14:11.280
  • Well, what's happened is, is that all those nominal
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  • Christians that makes up about half of the population,
  • 00:14:14.030 --> 00:14:17.070
  • not really engaged or involved in church,
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  • not convictional in their beliefs,
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  • they're sorta changin' their views.
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  • They're beginning to think more like secular people,
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  • think in more progressive ways, so it feels like the church is
  • 00:14:25.090 --> 00:14:29.040
  • collapsing around us.
  • 00:14:29.050 --> 00:14:30.150
  • When really, what's primarily happening,
  • 00:14:30.160 --> 00:14:31.260
  • is nominal Christians are starting to think
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  • in more secular ways.
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  • They're acting like those who don't go to church at all
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  • probably would normally, and it's shifting in our culture.
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  • So, the percentage of people who are devout and convictional has
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  • remained relatively steady for 20 or 30 years.
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  • Skip: Interesting, if you were to look at what has
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  • happened to the influence of Christianity in Europe,
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  • and some have drawn a parallel that we lag behind Europe and
  • 00:14:53.280 --> 00:14:57.090
  • England X amount of years, do you see some of
  • 00:14:57.100 --> 00:15:00.020
  • those trends here?
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  • Ed: Some of the trends, yes, but I don't think that the
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  • future of the church in the United States,
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  • or here in Albuquerque, where we are,
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  • looks like Europe because Europe has a different history.
  • 00:15:07.250 --> 00:15:10.080
  • Wars were fought over religion.
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  • I mean, hundreds and hundreds of years of wars over Christian
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  • denominations or expressions.
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  • And so I wouldn't put that same path.
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  • I think the future, and I wrote this in a "USA Today" article
  • 00:15:21.010 --> 00:15:23.290
  • your listener's can find, I think the future of what
  • 00:15:24.000 --> 00:15:27.200
  • Christianity looks like in the United States looks more like
  • 00:15:27.210 --> 00:15:29.290
  • the Pacific Northwest, where you have a predominantly
  • 00:15:30.000 --> 00:15:32.230
  • post-Christian culture--actually,
  • 00:15:32.240 --> 00:15:34.210
  • it's gonna sound a lot like Albuquerque too.
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  • A predominantly post-Christian culture where you have devout
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  • groups of believers.
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  • And the example I gave up there was the Foursquare Church,
  • 00:15:42.000 --> 00:15:44.100
  • a Pentecostal denomination that we would both be familiar with.
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  • You know, they've planted dozens of churches,
  • 00:15:46.250 --> 00:15:49.000
  • and seen tens of thousands of water baptisms in the midst of a
  • 00:15:49.010 --> 00:15:53.070
  • very progressive, post-Christian culture.
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  • So I don't think the future is the Bible Belt.
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  • I don't think it's the Lutheranism of the
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  • north central states.
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  • I think it's a post-Christian society with robust churches
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  • that are distinctly different from society around them.
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  • Skip: "Then he said to them, 'What man is there among you who
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  • has one sheep, and if he falls into a pit on the Sabbath,
  • 00:16:10.110 --> 00:16:13.240
  • will he not lay hold of it and lift it out?
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  • Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep?
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  • Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.'
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  • And he said to the man, 'Stretch out your hand.'
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  • And he stretched it out,
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  • and it was restored as whole as the other.
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  • Then the Pharisees went out and plotted against him,
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  • how they might destroy him.
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  • But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew from there.
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  • And great multitudes followed him,
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  • and he healed them all.
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  • Yet he warned them not to make him known,
  • 00:16:47.110 --> 00:16:51.060
  • that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah
  • 00:16:51.070 --> 00:16:55.120
  • the prophet, saying: 'Behold!
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  • My Servant whom I have chosen, my Beloved in whom
  • 00:16:56.290 --> 00:17:00.270
  • my soul is well pleased!
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  • I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will declare justice to
  • 00:17:02.220 --> 00:17:06.030
  • the Gentiles.
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  • He will not quarrel nor cry out, nor will anyone hear his voice
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  • in the streets.
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  • A bruised reed he will not break,
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  • and smoking flax he will not quench,
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  • till he sends forth justice to victory;
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  • and in his name Gentiles will trust.'"
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  • So we're seeing that
  • 00:17:27.290 --> 00:17:29.080
  • there is a resistance that is building against Jesus,
  • 00:17:29.090 --> 00:17:31.290
  • a rejection that is mounting.
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  • The religious people especially are looking at him,
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  • and now they want to destroy him.
  • 00:17:37.110 --> 00:17:39.210
  • And here's why.
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  • When Jesus came on the scene and they thought he might be their
  • 00:17:41.050 --> 00:17:44.080
  • Messiah, they were disappointed.
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  • Jesus must have been a terrible disappointment to them because
  • 00:17:48.000 --> 00:17:51.170
  • they had it in their mind that when their Messiah comes,
  • 00:17:51.180 --> 00:17:54.160
  • he will deliver them from the Roman oppression and set Israel
  • 00:17:54.170 --> 00:17:58.090
  • up as top of the kingdom and establish his earthly kingdom.
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  • It's wonderful that he's healing people,
  • 00:18:03.070 --> 00:18:06.090
  • but he did not come and meet their expectations,
  • 00:18:06.100 --> 00:18:11.240
  • so they're against him.
  • 00:18:11.250 --> 00:18:13.160
  • But Jesus, not wanting to make a big deal out of it,
  • 00:18:13.170 --> 00:18:16.070
  • is a low-key Messiah at this point.
  • 00:18:16.080 --> 00:18:20.200
  • He just sorta backs out, doesn't say anything,
  • 00:18:20.210 --> 00:18:22.260
  • withdraws, and tells people, "Keep it quiet when I heal you.
  • 00:18:22.270 --> 00:18:26.050
  • Don't tell people."
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  • That'd be very hard to do, by the way.
  • 00:18:27.170 --> 00:18:30.000
  • If you've had a lifelong disease,
  • 00:18:30.010 --> 00:18:31.110
  • and suddenly, you're cured, and somebody says,
  • 00:18:31.120 --> 00:18:33.090
  • "Don't tell anybody," that's a miracle if somebody doesn't.
  • 00:18:33.100 --> 00:18:38.020
  • But because he didn't meet their expectations and they're trying
  • 00:18:38.030 --> 00:18:42.090
  • to trap him, that gives us the context for this.
  • 00:18:42.100 --> 00:18:47.120
  • See, they expected the Messiah to keep their rigid
  • 00:18:47.130 --> 00:18:49.230
  • interpretation of the law.
  • 00:18:49.240 --> 00:18:52.040
  • "The Messiah," they said, "will be the Servant of the law."
  • 00:18:52.050 --> 00:18:55.160
  • Matthew says, "No, according to Isaiah,
  • 00:18:55.170 --> 00:18:59.180
  • the Messiah will be the Servant of the Lord."
  • 00:18:59.190 --> 00:19:03.110
  • He's there to please the Father and fulfill the agenda of the
  • 00:19:03.120 --> 00:19:07.200
  • Father, not the expectation of people.
  • 00:19:07.210 --> 00:19:11.060
  • You know, when Jesus woke up every morning,
  • 00:19:11.070 --> 00:19:13.020
  • there was one dominating thought in his mind.
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  • You know what it was?
  • 00:19:16.010 --> 00:19:17.250
  • Pleasing the Father, pleasing the Father.
  • 00:19:17.260 --> 00:19:21.010
  • He was on a mission.
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  • There was an exact timetable, and he was there to redeem the
  • 00:19:23.020 --> 00:19:26.240
  • world from sin.
  • 00:19:26.250 --> 00:19:28.050
  • He knew it, and so he said in John chapter 8,
  • 00:19:28.060 --> 00:19:31.270
  • verse 29: "'I always do those things that please him.'"
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  • Don't you wish you could say that?
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  • I wish I could.
  • 00:19:38.110 --> 00:19:39.200
  • I can't say that, but Jesus could.
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  • "I always do those things that please him."
  • 00:19:41.110 --> 00:19:45.040
  • In fact, he said in John 4, "My food is to do the will of him
  • 00:19:45.050 --> 00:19:50.050
  • who sent me and to finish his work."
  • 00:19:50.060 --> 00:19:52.010
  • So he came to serve the Father.
  • 00:19:52.020 --> 00:19:56.250
  • But he also came to serve his followers.
  • 00:19:56.260 --> 00:19:59.230
  • We know that from looking at the ministry of Christ.
  • 00:19:59.240 --> 00:20:02.230
  • He washed their feet. He taught them truth.
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  • He fed them food. He multiplied food.
  • 00:20:05.260 --> 00:20:11.270
  • But even the apostles themselves had expectations
  • 00:20:11.280 --> 00:20:16.110
  • that Jesus did not fulfill.
  • 00:20:16.120 --> 00:20:19.250
  • Now, I want you to hear this.
  • 00:20:19.260 --> 00:20:21.080
  • Jesus wants to serve you as well.
  • 00:20:21.090 --> 00:20:23.220
  • He came to serve you.
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  • That doesn't mean he'll give you everything you want.
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  • He'll give you everything you need,
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  • but that doesn't mean everything you want.
  • 00:20:31.220 --> 00:20:33.220
  • He came to serve you.
  • 00:20:33.230 --> 00:20:35.120
  • That doesn't mean he'll always make you comfortable,
  • 00:20:35.130 --> 00:20:37.210
  • he'll heal you of every toe ache you have,
  • 00:20:37.220 --> 00:20:40.150
  • or he'll find you a parking space in the mall
  • 00:20:40.160 --> 00:20:42.100
  • during Christmastime.
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  • He tells us how he came to serve.
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  • This is what he said: "The Son of Man did not come to
  • 00:20:49.050 --> 00:20:51.000
  • be served, but to serve, and to give his
  • 00:20:51.010 --> 00:20:55.040
  • life a ransom for many."
  • 00:20:55.050 --> 00:21:00.210
  • Now, hear this.
  • 00:21:00.220 --> 00:21:02.010
  • Jesus Christ did not come to fulfill your expectation.
  • 00:21:02.020 --> 00:21:05.280
  • Jesus Christ came to end your condemnation.
  • 00:21:05.290 --> 00:21:09.000
  • That's how he serves us best, is by giving his life
  • 00:21:09.010 --> 00:21:13.230
  • a ransom for many.
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  • It's what God sent him to do, and it's why he said he was so
  • 00:21:15.050 --> 00:21:18.060
  • pleased with his Son.
  • 00:21:18.070 --> 00:21:19.200
  • He came to serve. There's a second reason he came.
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  • He came with a message. He came to speak.
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  • You'll notice in verse 18, the second part,
  • 00:21:27.050 --> 00:21:29.010
  • quoting the prophet: "'I will put my Spirit upon him and,'"
  • 00:21:29.020 --> 00:21:34.010
  • look at this word, "he will declare," he will declare,
  • 00:21:34.020 --> 00:21:38.290
  • "justice to the Gentiles."
  • 00:21:39.000 --> 00:21:42.160
  • That word "declare," "apangello," means
  • 00:21:42.170 --> 00:21:44.150
  • "to proclaim, to tell, to preach, to teach."
  • 00:21:44.160 --> 00:21:48.240
  • What Isaiah is saying is: "When my Servant comes,
  • 00:21:48.250 --> 00:21:51.160
  • he will have a message of truth that people need to hear."
  • 00:21:51.170 --> 00:21:57.030
  • Now, Jesus did a lot of things. He walked on water.
  • 00:21:57.040 --> 00:22:00.250
  • That was cool.
  • 00:22:00.260 --> 00:22:03.050
  • He healed people who were sick, awesome.
  • 00:22:03.060 --> 00:22:06.150
  • He raised people who were dead, unheard of.
  • 00:22:06.160 --> 00:22:09.030
  • He held little children in his arms to bless them.
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  • The parents loved that.
  • 00:22:11.280 --> 00:22:13.210
  • But he didn't come to just do some tricks and make people feel
  • 00:22:13.220 --> 00:22:17.020
  • good, and I'm still amazed at how many people think Jesus came
  • 00:22:17.030 --> 00:22:22.110
  • to just be a great example and to live a wonderful life and
  • 00:22:22.120 --> 00:22:26.070
  • show us what it's like to live to our full potential.
  • 00:22:26.080 --> 00:22:32.060
  • No, he came with a message he wanted people to hear,
  • 00:22:32.070 --> 00:22:36.240
  • and so he declared, he preached, he taught.
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  • In Luke chapter 20, verse 1, he enters the temple.
  • 00:22:41.260 --> 00:22:44.140
  • It says: "He taught the people in the temple
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  • and preached the gospel."
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  • He taught and he preached.
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  • Then he went into the synagogue, and we are told,
  • 00:22:52.290 --> 00:22:55.060
  • "He taught them."
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  • Then he went out in the Sea of Galilee and sat in a boat and
  • 00:22:56.250 --> 00:22:59.090
  • people gathered around on the shore and he taught them.
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  • He went to the temple again and he taught them.
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  • The multitudes came to him on the mountain,
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  • and what do you think he did?
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  • He taught them. That's exactly right.
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  • One of the most astonishing stories is when our Lord is
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  • in Capernaum, living at Peter's house,
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  • and he comes to the house, and we are told,
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  • "Many gathered together so there was no longer room to receive
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  • them, not even near the door."
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  • That's a big party.
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  • That's a lot of people at your house.
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  • It's so many people that they're looking through the windows and
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  • spilling out into the courtyard.
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  • "So many gathered together, there was no longer room to
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  • receive them, not even near the door."
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  • And listen to what he did.
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  • "And he preached the Word to them."
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  • What?
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  • What do you do with a group full of people?
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  • Many are diseased. Many have maladies.
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  • There's a lot of needs in that group.
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  • What's the most important thing that
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  • Jesus thought he oughtta do?
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  • Preach the Word to them. Preach the Word to them.
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  • Not heal them, but to preach to them.
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  • Why?
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  • Because hearing truth for your soul is more important than
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  • getting healing for your body.
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  • You can be living in perfect health and die without Christ,
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  • and you'll be hopeless for eternity.
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  • What good is that?
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  • So he wanted to make sure while he has them,
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  • the first thing he does is he preaches the Word to them.
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  • In the Gospels, Jesus is said to teach the Word.
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  • That's what's used.
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  • Thirty-six times, he's one who teaches.
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  • He's called a Teacher 47 times, and we know why.
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  • Our Lord himself said, "You will know the truth,
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  • and the truth will set you free," that's why.
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  • "You will know the truth, and it will be the truth
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  • that will set you free."
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  • Jesus came to speak God's truth to people in bondage to their
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  • own lies, and there's a lot of those lies.
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  • It's why I believe in the exposition of Scripture.
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  • It's why when you come here, we're gonna say,
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  • "Open your Bible to--" It's why we're gonna say,
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  • "Notice that word, and notice the context."
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  • It's because we believe that the exposition of Scripture
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  • unleashes God's truth in your life.
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  • I've always been concerned, and more so as time goes on,
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  • that Evangelical churches are moving away from the teaching,
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  • the expositional teaching of Scripture.
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  • It seems that some preachers think that what they have to say
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  • is more important than what the Scripture already has said.
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  • And they live for that.
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  • And so what you do is you produce a congregation that is
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  • long on zeal, but short on facts.
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