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September 22, 2019
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Fresh Life with Levi Lusko

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  • I came to church to tell somebody never doubt in shade what Jesus told you
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  • in the sunshine. You just got to hang on to whatever He told you on the
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  • shore, when you're in the middle of the storm, if He said go to the other side
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  • He's not gonna let you drown in the middle and I think sometimes we get so
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  • freaked out and emotional and when things are bad we make permanent
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  • decisions because of temporary emotions.
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  • Hey this is Levi and I wanna thank you so much for watching Fresh Life TV.
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  • It is such an incredible privilege to get to bring God' s word into your life, and
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  • that's exactly what we're about to do.
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  • We're gonna have our attention turned to the Gospel of John, where we're
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  • going to be looking at the seven different times that Jesus disclosed His
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  • identity using the words, I Am, and then telling us who He is.
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  • We'll be going from the bread of life, to the true vine, to the door of the
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  • sheep and the good shepherd, to the resurrection and the life.
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  • Come one, it's going to be an incredible ride.
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  • And I also love that He chose seven different times to tell us who He is.
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  • Cause if you know anything about scripture you ll know the number seven
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  • is kind of like one of God's favorite Easter eggs.
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  • He loves to hide in and pepper in, not only into the scripture but really into
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  • all of creation this number seven.
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  • That really speaks of completion or fullness. It's in the calendar, seven
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  • days in the week.
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  • It's in the rainbow, seven colors. It's in the musical scale, it's even in the
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  • amount of Harry Potter books there are.
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  • Now I'm not sure that God had anything to do with that but it is an incredible
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  • thing because in the seven statements of Jesus this magnificent seven,
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  • we're going to get a totality a full picture of the rainbow of who He is and
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  • how He wanted to reveal Himself to us.
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  • And through that our lives can be changed in the process.
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  • If in anyway you're encouraged by this message or blessed, we sure would
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  • love to hear about it.
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  • Shoot me an email, Levi@freshlife.church and I would love to hear what God is doing in your life.
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  • And as well if you wanna support this ministry financially and help us to
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  • bring God's word to more people, it would be thrilled to partner with you in that way.
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  • You can click the give button at Levilusko.com.
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  • Well let's jump into today's message.
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  • we've been grasping for a home, grasping for a home ever since. And to
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  • feel like we're at home when we're not is actually the biggest problem in this
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  • life. We should remember we are headed home, not currently home. But in
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  • Jesus, we find that answer to the ache that's within.
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  • There's a second thing. Jot this down. This passage tells us death is not the
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  • end. It tells us that death is not the end. Jot that down in your notes. It's a
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  • different way to think about death.
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  • Why? Because-- listen to me-- you have body, and you also have soul. And
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  • we tend to think about our physical body as our true life-- as everything that
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  • there is. But the proper way to look at it is to remember that you are a soul.
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  • You currently have a body.
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  • Therefore, death is not the end of the road. It's merely a bend in the road.
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  • And that's why it's important once more to look to the words of Jesus. They
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  • were freaking out. They were panicking because of their misunderstanding
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  • about the actual facts about death.
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  • So Jesus spoke to them. Look. In my father's house, there are many
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  • mansions-- meaning there's more after death. If it were not so,I would have
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  • told you. If it were not so, I would have told you. I wouldn't have been telling
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  • you all these lies about eternal life if all you got was this life here on Earth.
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  • So what happens when a person dies? Well, their body becomes a lifeless
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  • shell. Their body is lifeless,at least for the present time. And we'll talk a little
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  • bit more in the coming weeks as we get to number seven about what awaits
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  • the body. But presently,the moment someone dies, their soul leaves their
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  • body-- their soul, which is still them.
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  • But out of your body, you're still you just as much as you were inside of your
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  • body. And if you don't understad that, it will cause there to be fear. So
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  • when you go to a cemetery, there's not a single person to be found except
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  • the caretaker and those who are well-wishers and those who are leaving
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  • flowers. There's not a person in the cemetery. It's just full of lifeless shells.
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  • It's just full of places where people at one point used to live.
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  • So the question-- and listen to me-- is not will you live forever, but where
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  • will you live forever? Since one minute after you die and 1.000 years after
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  • you die, you will still be you just as much as you are currently. You will be ultimately.
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  • Jesus put it this way in Hebrews chapter 9 speaking to the author of the
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  • book of Hebrews. It is appointed for men to die once, but after this comes
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  • the judgment. So there's something after death, you see? There is
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  • something after death, and it'sa sorting. It's a sifting. It's a judging. It's
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  • where is this going to go.
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  • When you put away your groceries, you're judging. You take these bags
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  • now. You assemble them on the counter. Are they recyclable bags? Well
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  • done, Portland. We're glad to have you with us as well. Are they eco-
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  • conscious and full of organic, farm raised chickens that you know their name? OK.
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  • So anyhow, you're sorting now. Where do I put these groceries? You see,
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  • everyone has to choose. You're judging where they go. When we die,
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  • there's a judgment. It's a sorting. Where is this going to go?
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  • Jesus said there are only two roads-- a broad road that leads to destruction
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  • that many are on and a narrow road that leads to everlasting life. So it's Hell
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  • and it's Heaven. It's life and it's death. But regardless of which of the two
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  • waiting for you, death is not going to be the end. There is something more.
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  • For the believer, we have this great confidence that comes from knowing
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  • that-- 2 Corinthians 5:8-- absent from the body, present with the Lord. That's
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  • how we think about death.That's what Jesus secured for us-- absent from
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  • the body, present with the Lord. You don't pass go. You don't collect $200.
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  • There's no waiting in purgatoryr people who love you to do some nice
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  • things, rack up a few more points,and then maybe you can get.
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  • No, no. It's immediately to be present with the Lord. It's a helpful way to
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  • remember it. Death is then not leaving home, but going home.
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  • We think about leaving this world. That's so sad. Gone too soon. No, no. It's
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  • not leaving home, it's actually heading home where Jesus says to you,
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  • welcome home. Enter into the joy of your Lord. That's death. That's what
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  • happens when someone who loves Jesus and believes in Him dies.
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  • But it's only possible because of the price that was paid. That's what Jesus
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  • said when He said to the disciples, I go to prepare-- look at it-- prepare. Jot
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  • it down. He's preparing a place for them.
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  • What does that mean? I've heard so many sermons about Jesus up there in
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  • Heaven as a carpenter working to get all the dwelling places done. Not how
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  • Jesus builds, FYI. He says, let there be light, and there is. When He needs
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  • to speak something, He uses His words.
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  • By the way, you were made in the image of God. And when you speak
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  • something, it creates something. It's either life or death, depending on how
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  • you talk. How do you talk about your job? How do you talk about your
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  • marriage? How do you talk about your church? How do you talk about this sermon?
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  • Oh, this one-- you could speak life. This is going to be amazing. God's
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  • going to speak to me through His word. That's why we encourage talking
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  • back throughout the sermon. It's because you're speaking life just as I am.
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  • When you say that's good, that's for me. That's fantastic. You're speaking life.
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  • What are you doing when you sit there like this? What are you doing?
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  • You're not speaking life, you're speaking nothing. See what I'm saying? And
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  • that's why we encourage that-- using our mouths. Because the Bible says,
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  • let the Redeemer, the Lord, say so.
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  • If it's true, it's if it's in your heart.Well, no, I have a good heart. No, no. We
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  • only judge your heart by what comes out of your mouth. It's important what
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  • you post on social media. It's important what you speak. All anyone gets to
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  • judge about you is this.
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  • Well, I care about my church. I care about my faith. No, no. We only get
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  • what you say. We only get what you put out there. We only get what you
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  • tweet. We only get what you text. We only get what you email. You might
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  • have a golden heart just like an egg might have a golden heart. But we only
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  • get your words to judge you by, so we speak.
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  • So Jesus doesn't create with hammer and nails up in Heaven. He's not
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  • struggling to get it done like, no, no, don't send me back on the Rapture yet,
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  • God. I haven't finished it yet. No. That's not what is meant by I go to
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  • prepare a place for you.
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  • What He's talking about is this- hanging from the cross. That's how He
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  • prepared the means by which we would enter glory. He allowed himself to
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  • be nailed to a cross and He hung there as the weight of all of our sins was
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  • placed upon Him.
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  • And like a lamb led to the slaughter with silence, so He opened not His
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  • mouth except to speak golden words that came down from Golgotha--
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  • words of forgiveness, words of love, words that fulfilled prophecy, and
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  • words that indicated He was done and could leave this world and go home
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  • into His Father's hands. He committed his spirit when all had been
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  • accomplished. And after He rose from the dead, He then had prepared the way.
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  • He was the forerunner. He went behind the veil as the great anchor, and the
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  • Holy Spirit change our hearts to Heaven. And each day as believers, we're
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  • being winched in inch by inch by inch. We're getting closer to Heaven. Any
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  • other way to think of it will keep you spinning your wheels in unnecessary fear.
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  • He prepared the way by dying and rising, and now the way is prepared. The
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  • accommodations have been purchased. It's been paid for in advance. Not a
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  • cent remains. It's all been taken care of. Everything is ready for you. All that
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  • remains is for us to finish the work that He's given us to do, and then we get
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  • to enter into the joy of our Lord as well.
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  • But take that as a cautionary tale as well, because night is coming when no
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  • one can work. Yeah, Heaven's waiting for you, so what are you waiting for?
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  • Heaven's waiting for you, so what are we waiting for? Let's go into all the
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  • world. Let's preach the gospel o every creature. Let's believe that after the
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  • gospel has been proclaimed to the ends of the Earth then the end can
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  • come, so let's be after our Father's business.
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  • Let's work, and let's testify. Let's shine our lives. Let's live beautiful lives that
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  • are winsome, that attract people in. Let's be generous. Let's be sacrificial.
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  • Let's live crazy. Let's give our lives to God-- only one life. And soon it will be
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  • past, and only what's done for Christ will last.
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  • All right, so Jesus is the answer for the ache within. Death is not the end.
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  • Third thing-- jot this down. Heaven is an upgrade. Heaven is an upgrade.
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  • A question that a lot of us ask is, what is Heaven going to be like? And I
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  • think here in this passage, Jesus gives us one of the most helpful
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  • descriptions of it possible. Why? Because He used the word "mansions."
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  • Does that help anybody else? What is it like? Wayne Manor, anybody?
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  • When do you think about a mansion that it's ever a bad thing? It's like,
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  • what's Heaven like, God? Mansion. I'm good. I understand. That sounds
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  • fantastic, right? Mansion? He didn't say crappy studio apartment. See what
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  • I'm saying? He chose the word that he did intentionally to speak of permanence.
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  • And obviously, He does want you to conjure up an image of niceness. He
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  • would have used a different word if He didn't want to. He doesn't do
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  • anything badly. This world, fallen as though it is, is still beautiful-- breathtakingly so.
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  • live the life of freedom and power that God has planned for you.
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  • Through The Eyes of a Lion is all about facing impossible pain and finding
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  • incredible power through it.
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  • You see vistas. You see things. You enjoy His creation.
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  • You see what comes back from the images NASA sends back from -- follow
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  • NASA on Instagram. It's like, well done. I'm always in a worship moment. Good job.
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  • And all that's been there for all of human history. It's the first time we've
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  • ever seen it. God's been enjoying it forever. He's been enjoying it since He
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  • spoke it into existence. We're like, wow, look at that! He's like, yeah, I have
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  • that over my fireplace-- a picture of that. I'm glad you guys finally got
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  • around to seeing it.
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  • And what have we not discovered? And what's awaiting for us there in
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  • fullness of life where there's not any more anything being tarnished by sin--
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  • I like to think about Heaven as the grape, and this Earth is the raisin. The
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  • raisin is still sweet, but so much has been sucked out of it.
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  • What is it going to be like once again for our bodies and our lives in this
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  • world to be re-energized with the glory of God that will cover the world like
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  • the water currently covers our planet-- when God's glory is thick
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  • everywhere and we can breathe it in? We won't just be able to look at
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  • beautiful things. We'll be almost able to enter into the beauty in a way that
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  • we want to now.
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  • It's almost like today when we see creation that's stunning you're a little bit
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  • sad at times. Because you know as beautiful as it is, you have to walk
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  • away. You know as beautiful as it is, the picture isn't going to capture it.
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  • You know as beautiful as it is, you want to almost soar. You almost want to
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  • jump off that cliff. There's almost like something in you that feels bittersweet
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  • when you see something really beautiful, and that's you longing for things to
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  • be full, in a sense.
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  • C.S. Lewis talks about in that day, we won't just be able to see the beauty.
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  • We'll be able to almost absorb the beauty. And there will be a fullness to it
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  • that will cause the trees in the forest to clap their hands. If trees are going
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  • to clap their hands in Heaven, what will you be able to do? You think about
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  • it. It's overwhelming to think about.
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  • And by the way, all of this that we're talking about is the cure for a broken
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  • marriage. When your wholeness is in Jesus, and you know you're headed
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  • to Heaven, and you know there's going to be an ache here on this Earth
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  • until you're back where you should be, then you don't look to your spouse
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  • to fix what you have inside of you missing. And instead, you both look at
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  • each other and you go, we both know we're broke. And we both know we're lost.
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  • We both know Jesus is what satisfies us. But ultimately, we're both still
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  • empty in a certain way, because we're still out of Eden. And so you look to
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  • each other, and you both can just grow-- not expecting each other to fulfill
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  • that, but to look forward to your homeland when that ultimately is fulfilled.
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  • You see what I'm saying?
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  • So you could get married again. You could divorce and get married again.
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  • You could do it 19 times, but they're not going to have what you need
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  • either, and nothing on this Earth will. You know Jesus. You know you're
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  • headed to Heaven. And so now you just do life together, and serve
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  • together, and forgiveness with a mind towards heaven.
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  • So Heaven-- what is it? It's an upgrade. The two words that help me the
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  • most-- and there's nothing I wish I knew more than, what is actual the day
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  • to day details of Heaven like? Because I have a child there. And when I
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  • travel, I like to know what my kids are doing. If I am preaching somewhere,
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  • leading somewhere, doing something, I like to just know.
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  • Are they at ballet now?Good. Do you need to do something? No, I just
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  • want to know. I just what to think about it. I like to picture them doing ballet.
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  • I want to FaceTime.I just want to know what's now. Where are they now?
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  • Did they get ice cream? Are they finished with school yet? Are they just
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  • sitting around doing nothing but laughing at Tabasco and watching
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  • Lennox play and drool? I just like to know what they're doing.
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  • And with the child in Heaven, I think often, what's happening now? What
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  • are they doing in Heaven at this moment? What's Lenya experiencing
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  • here? And so what helps me is just remembering far better. Paul got to go
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  • to Heaven one time. Paul got to go to Heaven one time.
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  • Humble brag. Biggest humble brag in the Bible. He says, I know
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  • somebody. I'm not going to mention any names-- it was me-- and they got
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  • to go to Heaven one time.And what they saw-- listen. He said this. It's far
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  • better-- far better.
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  • And so think about that. Heaven is an upgrade. So all of our fears about
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  • death, all of our fears as Christians about dying-- they're unfounded.
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  • They're unnecessary.
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  • I saw a guy one time struggle against a flight attendant changing his seat.
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  • My daughter and I got separated. We were supposed to sit next to each
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  • other in this plane, but there's a man sitting in my daughter's seat. And he
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  • was adamant that he sit there. I said, my daughter-- can you move
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  • somewhere? No, it's my seat. They both had been assigned the same seat.
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  • The flight attendant-- can you please? No, no. This is my seat. So finally,
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  • she said, sir, I'm going to mov you. And he goes, listen, this i my seat. It's
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  • on the ticket. This is where I'm going to stay. She goes, but your seat's in
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  • first class. The one I'm going to give you is in first class.
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  • Oh, well, yeah, yeah. Please take it-- grabs his stuff.And I wonder if that's
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  • going to be some of us when we get to Heaven. We've been afraid our
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  • whole lives. I don't want to die. This is terrible. Death is awful.
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  • And then it's like, but this is first class. It's an upgrade. Heaven is an
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  • upgrade. It's a beautiful place. It's filled with glory and grace We're going to
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  • see our Savior's face, because Heaven is a wonderful place.
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  • I want to go there. I want to see my daughter's face. I want to be reunited
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  • with creation in perfection. No more sickness. No more disease. No more
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  • anxiety. No more sinful nature. No more bitterness. No more anger. No more dying.
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  • These things will be swallowed up. This life's a tent, Heaven is the home.
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  • And here's something good about Heaven. Jot this down. There's room for
  • 00:18:22.210 --> 00:18:27.050
  • everyone. There's room for everyone, like every one of you and everyone
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  • you know. There's room in Heaven for everyone, both from a space
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  • perspective and from the desire of God.
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  • You're like, I'm going to need to see that in the text. He didn't just say there
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  • are mansions. Look what He said He actually said, there are many
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  • mansions. Or as the New Living translates it, there's enough room for
  • 00:18:48.170 --> 00:18:52.040
  • everyone. There's plenty of room more than enough room in my Father's home.
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  • So just know this about God. However you feel about Jesus and whatever
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  • bad experience you've had with Christianity, just know this. God loves you,
  • 00:19:01.240 --> 00:19:05.210
  • has a plan for your life. And that plan for your life includes Heaven. He
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  • wants, when you die, to go to His Father's house, for you to be shown
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  • around by the angels, and to enjoy profection,enjoy that life. That's God's plan for you.
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  • God's been portrayed as this angry God, this vengeful God, this God who
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  • just can't wait for you to get out of line so He can throw a lightning bolt at
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  • you. And nothing could be further from the truth. Scripture actually tells us point blank.
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  • Look what God says about the death of the wicked. He says in Ezekiel, I
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  • have no pleasure in the death of sinful people, no pleasure in the death of
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  • the wicked. I don't get any joy out of that, like, yay! No. In fact, He says, I
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  • wish that the wicked would turn from his way and live.
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  • So turn. Look. He just starts screaming, turn from your ways. Turn from the
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  • way you're going. If today you're not believing in Christ, and you're headed
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  • the wrong way, what is God saying to you? He's saying, turn around.
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  • It's as though you saw someone driving on a road at 90 miles an hour and
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  • you knew the bridge was out. You would be saying to them, no! Turn from
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  • your wicked ways and repent. God loves you-- so much that He sent His
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  • son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for you to demonstrate his love.
  • 00:20:17.000 --> 00:20:21.080
  • God demonstrated His love in this that while we were sinners, Christ died
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  • for us. And it was necessary, because not only is there room for everyone
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  • in Heaven, but everyone has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
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  • You and me and everyone we'll ever meet-- all of us have sinned.
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  • And it's not good people that go to Heaven. Listen to me. It's forgiven
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  • people. And that's why Jesus Christ died on the cross-- so you could be
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  • forgiven. Christ has already paid the bill. All that's necessary is for you to
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  • receive the price that was paid into your life so that it can be applied to your
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  • bill and so everything can be sorted out.
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  • My dad stayed with me in a hotel room a while back, and he wanted to just
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  • hang out with us. So I said, I'll call for a rollaway bed. And I called the front
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  • desk, and they said, it's going to be $50 for rollaway bed. And I thought that
  • 00:21:06.270 --> 00:21:10.080
  • was interesting-- to have a crappy twin bed on wheels for the night.
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  • But my dad said, look, I'll pay for it. So he's like, I'll go down to the front
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  • desk and pay for that extra $50 so it's not on your bill. And so he did that,
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  • and then he got home and called me. He said, did you know that hotel
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  • where I stayed in that rollaway bed? He said they applied $1.000 bill to my
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  • credit card. They charged me $1.000. I only tried to pay $50. He's like, they charged me $1000!
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  • So what did he do? He called them up. And what did they do? They
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  • reversed the charges, and they applied that credit. But if he hadn't have
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  • called, they wouldn't have applied the credit.
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  • I'm telling you, if you don't call out to God in faith, He can't apply the credit
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  • of Jesus' righteousness that was shed at the cross for you. God wants to
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  • apply that to your account,but you must call out to him. Isaiah the prophet
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  • said, look unto Him, and you will be saved. Everybody all the way to the
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  • ends of the Earth can be forgiven if you would look to Jesus.
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  • There's no one so good that they don't need to be forgiven, but there's no
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  • one so bad that they can't be forgiven. If you would just trust Jesus, He
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  • would save you.There's room for everyone.
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  • There's one last thing. You need to not miss this. There are many ways to
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  • miss Heaven. That's what this passage tells us. There are many ways--
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  • endlessly possible variations of ways-- to miss Heaven, but there is only
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  • one way to go there.
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  • According to Jesus, He put it this way. Let's read it again. This is the "I am"
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  • statement we've come to consider. I am the way, I am the truth, and I am
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  • the life. No one, He says-- come on, everyone. Say "no one."
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  • No one comes to the Father except through me. Heaven is closed off to no
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  • one, but it is accessed only through the name of one. His name is Jesus,
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  • and he is God's open sesame to everlasting life and abundance. There's
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  • one way that gets to the Father.
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  • John Phillips and his commentary on the Gospel of John put it this way. In
  • 00:23:13.290 --> 00:23:18.130
  • that magnificent statement, Jesus answered the three greatest questions of
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  • the human heart. What is the way? What is the truth? What is the meaning of life?
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  • Is there anything people puzzle over more that that? Is there anything
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  • people go to college or travel the world or get high to try and figure out,
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  • what is the truth? What is life? What is life? What is life? That's a question
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  • asked on social media.
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  • The answer is Jesus.Life has a name. Truth has a name. The way has a
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  • name. And I'm told that in the Greek, the way that these are spoken build
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  • on each other. They build on each other. It's not like, I'm the way, comma,
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  • the truth, comma, the life, as though they were three separate categories of things.
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  • No, no. He's actually saying,I am the way. It builds on it, because I am the
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  • truth. Why? It builds on it-- because I am the life. He's able to be the way
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  • that you can get to Heaven. Do you know the way-- the way to San
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  • Francisco? Do you know the way-- the way to Albuquerque? Do you know
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  • the way-- the way to Starbucks?
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  • Here's what He's saying. You want to get to Heaven? I'm the way. I'm the
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  • directions. You don't need to look to a map. You to look to the Messiah. I
  • 00:24:19.090 --> 00:24:22.090
  • can get you there. Why? Because I am the truth. I am God's truth. I am God's word spoken.
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  • And why can you do that? Because I am life. To know Jesus is to know life.
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  • Therefore-- listen to me. 1 John 5:12-- if you have the Son, you have life. If
  • 00:24:32.250 --> 00:24:39.180
  • you don't have the Son, you don't have life.
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  • So my question to you as we close is this. Do you have the Son, or do you
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  • not? And you're saying, what do you mean? Do I go to church? Here I am. Is that good?
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  • No, it's good. That's not what I'm asking. I'm asking, do you have the Son?
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  • You're saying, do I know some verses? And I'm not asking about verses.
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  • Verses are good. Verses can tell you about Jesus, but do you have the Son?
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  • You're saying, do I do good deeds? No, I'm not asking if you've done good
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  • deeds. I'm asking, do you have the Son? Do you or don't you? Do you
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  • have life? Because if you don't have the Son, you don't have life.
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  • But what's for sure is this.If you were to believe on Jesus today, you could
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  • have the life. Because who the Son sets free shall be free indeed, and
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  • Jesus is the way. And He's the truth, and He's the life. And n, no one can
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  • get to the Father except through Him.
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  • But listen-- if you go through Him, you can get to the Father. Don't bury the
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  • lead. Don't bury the lead. A lot of people get lost in this statement, because
  • 00:25:41.270 --> 00:25:45.270
  • they start arguing about why there's only one way to the Father. That's
  • 00:25:45.290 --> 00:25:49.020
  • pretty intolerant. That's pretty arrogant.
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  • Not if it's true. Not if it's t. It's only intolerant and arrogant if it's not true--
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  • if we're making up a religion, and we make one up that just excludes all
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  • sorts of different people and belief systems. Yeah, that's so screwed up.
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  • But if it's true, then it's loving and kind to tell people the truth about it.
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  • Let me mix it up a little bit. If you're drowning in the ocean and a Coast
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  • Guard helicopter comes for you and a rescue swimmer dives down to get
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  • you, pulls you to a rubber raft or pulls you to a cage attached to a rope and
  • 00:26:22.250 --> 00:26:28.180
  • you begin to get winched up, are you going to argue with him about why
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  • there weren't many helicopters sent, why there aren't many divers sent?
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  • Oh, Christians are so arrogant. They think there's only one way to God.
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  • Let's not bury the lead.There's a way to God. It's not like there was a line
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  • of people lining up to die for you and rise from the dead to save you. There
  • 00:26:46.080 --> 00:26:52.260
  • is one way to the Father,because only one came down from the Father--
  • 00:26:52.280 --> 00:26:56.240
  • only one who was willing to go to the cross and die for your sins. Only one
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  • rose from the dead.
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  • Only one sent his fear into the world.Only one, even now, will forgive you
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  • and save you. No matter where you've been or what you've done, you're
  • 00:27:07.150 --> 00:27:12.020
  • not messed up enough that God can't save you. But you're not so good you
  • 00:27:12.040 --> 00:27:15.230
  • don't need Him to save you.And if you believe in Christ, the one name that
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  • can save is able to save you in this very moment.
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