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Jesus: Part 2 | Episode 10

Watch Jesus: Part 2 | Episode 10
April 3, 2018
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Max Lucado: Unshakable Hope

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Jesus: Part 2 | Episode 10

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  • (Max Lucado) They don't build things like they used to.
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  • Cathedrals, castles, and monuments
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  • still standing centuries after they were constructed,
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  • or buildings like this one.
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  • Cracks and creaks reveal the years,
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  • yet it still remains.
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  • From the cathedrals of Rome to the Alamo near my own home,
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  • there's something special about a building
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  • that stands the test of time.
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  • Wars could not destroy them, storms could not devastate them.
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  • You might even say they're unshakable.
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  • Hi, I'm Max Lucado, and I wonder,
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  • what kind of life are you building?
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  • We live in a shaky world.
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  • Promises break and stock markets crash
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  • and relationships crumble.
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  • The pillars of our faith will be tested.
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  • Want to be unshakable in a shaky world?
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  • You can build your life on the enduring promises of God.
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  • You have a problem, God has a promise,
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  • and these promises stand the test of time,
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  • and they weather life's biggest storms.
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  • Today we're going to explore some of these great
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  • and precious promises found in God's Word.
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  • And when the world rages around you,
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  • you can stand with unshakable hope.
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  • Unshakable
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  • (female announcer) We are building our lives on the promises of God.
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  • Because his word is unbreakable, our hope is unshakable.
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  • We do not stand on the problems of life
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  • or the pain in life.
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  • We stand on the great and precious promises of God.
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  • This is "Unshakable Hope."
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  • (Max Lucado) Have you heard this promise?
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  • It is a promise that takes the pressure off your shoulders,
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  • wipes the sweat from your brow, and reminds you
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  • that you aren't going through the storms of life alone.
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  • Romans 8:34 says, "Jesus is at the right hand of God
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  • and is also interceding for us."
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  • Have you ever felt like the pressure was so heavy,
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  • the fight so lopsided, the burden so big
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  • that you just couldn't make it through?
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  • Martin Luther did too.
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  • He was prone to doubts.
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  • The great reformer could match the angels with his faith.
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  • At times, however, he could rival the atheists
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  • with his reservations.
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  • One day he fell so low in spirit that his friends
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  • were frightened at what he might say or do.
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  • They convinced him to rest and retreat,
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  • but he emerged from his sabbatical
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  • looking as sour and gloomy as ever.
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  • His fervor had faded.
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  • His followers feared that he would abandon his work.
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  • He might have done exactly that
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  • except for the actions of his wife, Katherine.
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  • He went home to find her dressed in black,
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  • weeping as from a death in the house.
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  • By her side lay a mourning cloak such as ladies wore at funerals.
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  • He begged for an explanation, "Kate, what matters now?
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  • Is a child dead?"
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  • And she shook her head and said that the little ones were alive
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  • but that something much worse than that had happened.
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  • Luther cried, "Oh, what has befallen us?
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  • "Tell me quick, I am sad enough as it is.
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  • Tell me quick."
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  • "Good man," she replied, "have you not heard?
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  • "Is it possible that the terrible news
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  • has not reached you?"
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  • And he shook his weary head
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  • and pressed her for an explanation.
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  • She continued, "Have you not been told
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  • "that our heavenly Father is dead
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  • and his cause in the world is therefore overturned?"
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  • Luther looked at her for the longest time,
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  • and at last he burst into such a laugh
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  • that he could not contain himself.
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  • "Kate," he said, "I read thy riddle.
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  • "What a fool I am. God is not dead.
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  • He ever lives, but I have acted as if he were."
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  • Luther can be forgiven for having his doubts.
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  • Every bridge of faith has been known to sway
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  • during times of storms, from Luther to Lucado.
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  • We all have had those moments.
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  • Maybe that is the reason the gospel speaks so often
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  • about Jesus in the midst of storms.
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  • We might assume they would have stopped.
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  • Jesus was on the earth, after all.
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  • He made the planet, he invented the storm systems,
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  • he created the whole idea of atmosphere
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  • and winds and rains.
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  • We might assume that for the time he was on the earth
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  • the world would have been storm-free,
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  • that God would suspend the laws of nature
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  • and spare his Son the discomfort of slashing rains
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  • and howling winds.
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  • Jesus should be spared the storms of life
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  • and so should we.
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  • To follow Jesus is to live a storm-free life, right?
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  • Well, that expectation is quick to crash
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  • on the rocks of reality.
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  • The truth of the matter is life comes with storms.
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  • It does for you, it does for me,
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  • it did for Jesus.
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  • Yet, in the midst of these storms,
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  • there is a powerful promise available to believers
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  • that we can hold onto tighter than any life raft.
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  • Romans 8:34, "Jesus is at the right hand of God
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  • and is also interceding for us."
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  • When Tyler Sullivan was an 11-year-old
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  • elementary school student, he skipped a day of class.
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  • He played hooky, not in order to hang out with friends
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  • or watch television.
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  • He missed school so he could meet
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  • the President of the United States.
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  • Barack Obama was visiting Tyler's hometown
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  • of Golden Valley, Minnesota.
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  • His father had introduced the president at an event.
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  • After the speech, when Tyler met the president,
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  • Obama realized that Tyler was missing school.
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  • He asked an aide for a pen
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  • and a card with presidential letterhead.
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  • He asked for the name of Tyler's teacher.
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  • He then wrote a note, "Please excuse Tyler.
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  • He was with me, Barack Obama, the president."
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  • I'm thinking that the teacher read the note
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  • and granted the request.
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  • It's not every day that the president speaks up
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  • on behalf of a kid.
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  • But you have more.
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  • The king of the universe is speaking up for you.
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  • You can be sure when Jesus speaks,
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  • all of heaven listens.
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  • In the midst of any storm, trial, or tribulation,
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  • you have someone very powerful on your side.
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  • He sees you and is making your case known.
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  • Jesus understands storms.
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  • He went through his own.
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  • So did the disciples who were with him.
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  • Matthew tells the story of Jesus sending his disciples
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  • out onto the waters ahead of him
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  • on what turned out to be a particularly stormy night,
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  • while he stayed behind to dismiss the crowd.
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  • Matthew 14:23 says, "After Jesus had dismissed the people,
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  • "he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.
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  • "When evening came, he was there alone,
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  • "but the boat with the disciples was already
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  • "a considerable distance from the land,
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  • buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it."
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  • Matthew was careful to count the hours of this ordeal.
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  • Jesus dismissed the crowd and launched the disciples
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  • at the evening hour.
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  • Now, we do not know what time the storm hit,
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  • but we do know that John says the disciples
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  • had rode 3 or 4 miles.
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  • And before long, their boat was riding the raging roller coaster
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  • of the Galilean sea.
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  • And the 5-mile trip should have taken them less than an hour,
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  • but at 3 a.m., they were still far from the shore.
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  • The storm showed no sign of letting up.
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  • Let's climb in the boat with the disciples.
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  • Look into the rain-splattered faces of the followers.
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  • What do you see?
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  • Fear? For sure.
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  • Doubt? Absolutely.
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  • You may even hear a question.
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  • Shouted over the wind, someone asked,
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  • "Does anybody know where Jesus is?"
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  • Now, let's give the disciples a little credit.
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  • They did not turn about and return to the shore,
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  • but they persisted in obedience.
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  • They kept digging the oars into the water
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  • and pulling the craft across the sea.
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  • In the pecking order of the night,
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  • the storm called the shots,
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  • but the disciples were too far from the shore,
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  • too long in the struggle, and too small in the waves.
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  • And you, do you feel too far from the shore,
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  • no solution in sight?
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  • Too long in the struggle, too long in the court system,
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  • too long in the doctor's office, too long without a good friend,
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  • too long and too lonely and too small,
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  • too small against the waves?
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  • Where is Jesus when you need him?
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  • Where was he the night of the storm in Galilee,
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  • when the ferocious storm was pounding
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  • on the obedient disciples?
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  • Where in the world was Jesus?
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  • Well, the answer is clear and surprising.
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  • He was praying.
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  • Matthew writes that Jesus had gone up on a mountainside
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  • by himself to pray, and there's no indication
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  • that Jesus did anything else.
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  • He didn't eat, he didn't chat,
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  • he didn't sleep, he prayed.
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  • After he had served all day, he prayed all night.
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  • He felt the gale force winds and the skin-stinging rain.
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  • He was in the storm, but still he prayed.
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  • Or should we say he was in the storm,
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  • and so he prayed?
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  • Was the storm the reason for his intercession?
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  • And did the disciples represent all his followers?
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  • Does the storm represent all tough times,
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  • and do his actions describe the first course of action
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  • to pray for his followers?
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  • For Romans 8:34 tells us,
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  • "He is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us."
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  • To intercede means to make specific requests
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  • or petitions before someone.
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  • This is what intercessors do.
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  • They offer a passionate
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  • and a specific request before God.
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  • So, ponder this promise for a moment.
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  • Jesus right now, at this moment, in the midst of your storm,
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  • is interceding for you.
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  • The king of the universe is speaking up on your behalf.
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  • He's calling out to the heavenly Father.
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  • He's urging the help of the Holy Spirit.
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  • He's advocating for a special blessing to be sent your way.
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  • Hebrews 7:25 states, "Therefore he is able
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  • "to save completely those who come to God through him,
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  • because he always lives to intercede for them."
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  • When we forget to pray, he remembers to pray.
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  • When we're full of doubt, he's full of faith.
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  • When we are unworthy to be heard,
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  • he is ever worthy to be heard.
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  • He is the sinless and perfect high priest.
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  • The king of the universe is speaking for you.
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  • In the midst of your storm, he is praying.
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  • And through the midst of your storm,
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  • he is coming.
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  • Matthew goes on to tell the rest of the story.
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  • "During the fourth watch of the night
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  • "Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.
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  • "When the disciples saw him walking on the lake,
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  • "they were terrified.
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  • 'It's a ghost,' they said, and cried out in fear."
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  • Jesus didn't still the storm and then appear.
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  • He appeared in the midst of the storm.
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  • He commanded the torrent to become a trail,
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  • and the sea to become solid.
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  • He who made two walls out of the Red Sea for Moses
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  • and the iron ax to swim for Elijah
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  • treated the water of Galilee like a mountain path
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  • and came walking to the apostles in the midst of the storm.
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  • Still the followers, they panicked.
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  • They never expected to see Jesus in the storm.
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  • His followers thought he was a ghost at first,
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  • but Jesus stayed.
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  • Peter's faith became fear, but Jesus stayed.
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  • The winds howled and raged, but Jesus stayed.
  • 00:11:36.070 --> 00:11:39.050
  • He stayed until his point was made:
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  • he is sovereign over all storms.
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  • The disciples for the first time recorded
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  • in Scripture worshiped him.
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  • They said, "Truly you are the Son of God."
  • 00:11:49.110 --> 00:11:53.260
  • With a stilled boat as their altar
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  • and beating hearts as their liturgy,
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  • they worshiped Jesus.
  • 00:11:58.230 --> 00:12:00.260
  • And that could have been the end of the story,
  • 00:12:00.270 --> 00:12:03.030
  • and what a wonderful ending at that,
  • 00:12:03.040 --> 00:12:05.000
  • but Matthew makes sure we find out what happened
  • 00:12:05.010 --> 00:12:08.020
  • on the other side of that storm.
  • 00:12:08.030 --> 00:12:11.000
  • After they had crossed over, the people recognized Jesus,
  • 00:12:11.010 --> 00:12:14.230
  • and the news of his arrival spread quickly
  • 00:12:14.240 --> 00:12:17.010
  • throughout the whole area,
  • 00:12:17.020 --> 00:12:18.240
  • and soon people were bringing all their sick.
  • 00:12:18.250 --> 00:12:21.030
  • And the Scripture says all who touched him were healed.
  • 00:12:21.040 --> 00:12:24.110
  • On the other side of the storm were more miracles
  • 00:12:24.120 --> 00:12:27.280
  • than could be counted.
  • 00:12:27.290 --> 00:12:29.230
  • What would have happened if the disciples had turned around
  • 00:12:29.240 --> 00:12:32.100
  • and gone back?
  • 00:12:32.110 --> 00:12:34.010
  • Well, Jesus probably would have still visited those people,
  • 00:12:34.020 --> 00:12:37.210
  • but the disciples would have missed out
  • 00:12:37.220 --> 00:12:40.030
  • on being a part of the miracle.
  • 00:12:40.040 --> 00:12:42.210
  • But, instead, the disciples were right there
  • 00:12:42.220 --> 00:12:45.270
  • in the midst of it all, and they would have a story
  • 00:12:45.280 --> 00:12:49.010
  • to tell around campfires for years to come,
  • 00:12:49.020 --> 00:12:52.020
  • the night Jesus came walking on the water,
  • 00:12:52.030 --> 00:12:54.150
  • the night Jesus rescued them in the midst of the storm.
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  • What storm are you facing?
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  • However dark and windy, however violent and threatening,
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  • you can build your life on this promise:
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  • Jesus is interceding for you.
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  • And then make your own promise.
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  • "I will take heart because Jesus is speaking up for me."
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  • It's time to stop feeling guilty, ashamed, and worthless.
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  • Yes, even about that.
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  • Because I have some good news.
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  • It's a promise found in Romans 8 and verse 1,
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  • "There is now no condemnation
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  • for those who are in Christ Jesus."
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  • On a splendid April afternoon in 2008,
  • 00:15:16.130 --> 00:15:19.290
  • two college women softball teams squared off
  • 00:15:20.000 --> 00:15:22.050
  • beneath the blue sky of the Cascade mountains.
  • 00:15:22.060 --> 00:15:24.290
  • Inside a chain link fence before 100 fans,
  • 00:15:25.000 --> 00:15:28.010
  • the two teams played a decisive game.
  • 00:15:28.020 --> 00:15:30.160
  • The winner would advance to the division playoffs.
  • 00:15:30.170 --> 00:15:33.240
  • The Western Oregon Wolves were a sturdy team
  • 00:15:33.250 --> 00:15:36.040
  • that boasted several strong batters,
  • 00:15:36.050 --> 00:15:38.160
  • but Sara Tucholsky was not one of them.
  • 00:15:38.170 --> 00:15:41.090
  • Sara had never hit a home run in her life.
  • 00:15:41.100 --> 00:15:44.100
  • But on that Saturday, with two runners on base,
  • 00:15:44.110 --> 00:15:47.150
  • she connected with a curveball and sent it sailing
  • 00:15:47.160 --> 00:15:50.050
  • over the left field fence.
  • 00:15:50.060 --> 00:15:51.270
  • In her excitement, Sara overstepped first base.
  • 00:15:51.280 --> 00:15:55.100
  • Pivoting back, something popped in her knee,
  • 00:15:55.110 --> 00:15:58.090
  • and down she went.
  • 00:15:58.100 --> 00:15:59.280
  • She pulled herself back to the bag,
  • 00:15:59.290 --> 00:16:01.240
  • pulled her knee to her chest in pain,
  • 00:16:01.250 --> 00:16:04.040
  • and asked the umpire, "What do I do?"
  • 00:16:04.050 --> 00:16:07.020
  • Well, the umpire wasn't sure.
  • 00:16:07.030 --> 00:16:09.030
  • If any of Sara's teammates assisted her,
  • 00:16:09.040 --> 00:16:11.070
  • she would be out.
  • 00:16:11.080 --> 00:16:12.270
  • Sara knew this much, if she tried to stand,
  • 00:16:12.280 --> 00:16:15.210
  • she would collapse.
  • 00:16:15.220 --> 00:16:17.130
  • Her team couldn't help her, her leg couldn't support her.
  • 00:16:17.140 --> 00:16:20.180
  • How could Sara cross home plate?
  • 00:16:20.190 --> 00:16:23.040
  • Well, the umpires huddled to talk.
  • 00:16:23.050 --> 00:16:25.280
  • And while they huddled and Sara groans,
  • 00:16:25.290 --> 00:16:29.010
  • can I make a comparison?
  • 00:16:29.020 --> 00:16:30.260
  • Blame it on the preacher in me,
  • 00:16:30.270 --> 00:16:32.230
  • but I see an illustration in this moment.
  • 00:16:32.240 --> 00:16:35.150
  • You and I have a lot in common with Sara Tucholsky.
  • 00:16:35.160 --> 00:16:38.230
  • We, too, have stumbled, not in baseball,
  • 00:16:38.240 --> 00:16:41.190
  • but in life, in morality, honesty, integrity.
  • 00:16:41.200 --> 00:16:45.170
  • We've done our best only to trip and fall.
  • 00:16:45.180 --> 00:16:48.130
  • Our finest efforts have left us flat on our backs,
  • 00:16:48.140 --> 00:16:51.130
  • in the dust, out of the game.
  • 00:16:51.140 --> 00:16:53.160
  • And the distance between where we are
  • 00:16:53.170 --> 00:16:55.110
  • and where we want to be is impassible.
  • 00:16:55.120 --> 00:16:58.000
  • What do we do?
  • 00:16:58.010 --> 00:16:59.210
  • As the Apostle Paul writes in Romans 3:10 and 11,
  • 00:16:59.220 --> 00:17:03.000
  • "There is no one righteous, not even one.
  • 00:17:03.010 --> 00:17:05.150
  • There is no one who understands. There is no one who seeks God."
  • 00:17:05.160 --> 00:17:09.070
  • Now, people often bristle at the message of this verse.
  • 00:17:09.080 --> 00:17:12.070
  • They take offense at its allegation,
  • 00:17:12.080 --> 00:17:14.150
  • "No one righteous?
  • 00:17:14.160 --> 00:17:15.270
  • No one seeks God?"
  • 00:17:15.280 --> 00:17:17.180
  • And how often do we produce our own resumé of righteousness?
  • 00:17:17.190 --> 00:17:21.010
  • "I pay my taxes. I love my family.
  • 00:17:21.020 --> 00:17:23.010
  • "I don't drink all that much.
  • 00:17:23.020 --> 00:17:24.200
  • "By most standards, I'm a good person.
  • 00:17:24.210 --> 00:17:27.010
  • Besides," we reason, "at least I'm not as bad as,"
  • 00:17:27.020 --> 00:17:30.150
  • and the list begins: an evil dictator,
  • 00:17:30.160 --> 00:17:32.270
  • a mass murderer, a slimy politician,
  • 00:17:32.280 --> 00:17:35.080
  • a reality show contestant.
  • 00:17:35.090 --> 00:17:37.100
  • We're left where Sara Tucholsky was,
  • 00:17:37.110 --> 00:17:39.220
  • unable to stand on our own two feet.
  • 00:17:39.230 --> 00:17:42.260
  • The amazing news is Jesus did for us
  • 00:17:42.270 --> 00:17:46.160
  • what Mallory Holtman did for Sara.
  • 00:17:46.170 --> 00:17:50.060
  • When we last left Sara, she was lying on the ground,
  • 00:17:50.070 --> 00:17:53.110
  • clinging to her knee with one hand,
  • 00:17:53.120 --> 00:17:55.060
  • and touching first base with the other.
  • 00:17:55.070 --> 00:17:57.170
  • The umpires huddled. The players stood and watched.
  • 00:17:57.180 --> 00:18:00.020
  • The fans shouted for someone to take Sara off the field,
  • 00:18:00.030 --> 00:18:03.020
  • but she wanted to cross home plate for her team.
  • 00:18:03.030 --> 00:18:05.220
  • She had just knocked the ball out of the park,
  • 00:18:05.230 --> 00:18:08.180
  • but she just wasn't strong enough.
  • 00:18:08.190 --> 00:18:10.200
  • She couldn't do it on her own.
  • 00:18:10.210 --> 00:18:12.210
  • Mallory Holtman, who played first base
  • 00:18:12.220 --> 00:18:15.130
  • for the opposing team, came up with a solution.
  • 00:18:15.140 --> 00:18:18.070
  • A loss would end the season of her senior year,
  • 00:18:18.080 --> 00:18:21.080
  • so you'd think Mallory would be happy to see
  • 00:18:21.090 --> 00:18:23.120
  • the home run nullified.
  • 00:18:23.130 --> 00:18:25.010
  • Well, she wasn't.
  • 00:18:25.020 --> 00:18:26.190
  • Asking permission, she signaled for the shortstop to help her,
  • 00:18:26.200 --> 00:18:30.090
  • and they picked up the injured player.
  • 00:18:30.100 --> 00:18:32.130
  • Tears streaming down Sara's face,
  • 00:18:32.140 --> 00:18:35.090
  • the mission of mercy began.
  • 00:18:35.100 --> 00:18:37.100
  • They carried her around the bases,
  • 00:18:37.110 --> 00:18:39.170
  • touching each along the way.
  • 00:18:39.180 --> 00:18:41.280
  • The spectators rose to their feet and cheered.
  • 00:18:41.290 --> 00:18:45.050
  • Mallory's solution was the perfect solution.
  • 00:18:45.060 --> 00:18:48.000
  • Through her efforts, the standard of the game
  • 00:18:48.010 --> 00:18:50.260
  • was honored, and the desire of the player was rewarded.
  • 00:18:50.270 --> 00:18:54.290
  • The only one who could help did help.
  • 00:18:55.000 --> 00:18:57.130
  • And because she did, Sara made it home.
  • 00:18:57.140 --> 00:19:01.120
  • God offers to do the same for you and me.
  • 00:19:01.130 --> 00:19:04.030
  • No matter how big the fall, how messy the mess,
  • 00:19:04.040 --> 00:19:07.130
  • how broken you feel,
  • 00:19:07.140 --> 00:19:08.230
  • he does so through the finished work
  • 00:19:08.240 --> 00:19:10.220
  • of Jesus Christ on the cross.
  • 00:19:10.230 --> 00:19:13.010
  • God's beautiful promise to us is this,
  • 00:19:13.020 --> 00:19:16.010
  • Romans 8 and verse 1.
  • 00:19:16.020 --> 00:19:17.250
  • "There is now no condemnation
  • 00:19:17.260 --> 00:19:19.230
  • for those who are in Christ Jesus."
  • 00:19:19.240 --> 00:19:23.280
  • 00:19:23.290 --> 00:19:29.290
  • When you hear the word "cross,"
  • 00:19:30.000 --> 00:19:31.210
  • what comes to your mind?
  • 00:19:31.220 --> 00:19:34.010
  • A slender symbol hanging from a gold chain,
  • 00:19:34.020 --> 00:19:36.280
  • an ornamental fixture atop a church steeple?
  • 00:19:36.290 --> 00:19:40.010
  • Maybe a heavy wooden crucifix nailed to a podium.
  • 00:19:40.020 --> 00:19:43.140
  • The cross represents many things to many people:
  • 00:19:43.150 --> 00:19:46.090
  • religion, sacrament, Sunday school, grandma's Bible.
  • 00:19:46.100 --> 00:19:49.230
  • And the feelings are just as varied.
  • 00:19:49.240 --> 00:19:51.250
  • For some it brings up feelings of antipathy and condemnation.
  • 00:19:51.260 --> 00:19:55.190
  • For others it's a sense of redemption and freedom.
  • 00:19:55.200 --> 00:19:59.190
  • For one man, what started as a fire
  • 00:19:59.200 --> 00:20:01.160
  • that fueled his hate for the cross
  • 00:20:01.170 --> 00:20:03.200
  • became the fire that fueled his greatest passion.
  • 00:20:03.210 --> 00:20:06.250
  • He once considered himself a Pharisee of all Pharisees.
  • 00:20:06.260 --> 00:20:11.030
  • In other words, the most religious man in town.
  • 00:20:11.040 --> 00:20:13.200
  • But all his scruples and lawkeeping
  • 00:20:13.210 --> 00:20:15.240
  • hadn't made him into a better man.
  • 00:20:15.250 --> 00:20:18.120
  • Paul was bloodthirsty and angry,
  • 00:20:18.130 --> 00:20:20.230
  • determined to extinguish anything and everyone Christian.
  • 00:20:20.240 --> 00:20:24.090
  • The first time we are introduced to him,
  • 00:20:24.100 --> 00:20:26.090
  • he's overseeing the death of Stephen,
  • 00:20:26.100 --> 00:20:28.090
  • being stoned for his faith.
  • 00:20:28.100 --> 00:20:30.070
  • However, Paul's attitude began to change
  • 00:20:30.080 --> 00:20:33.060
  • on the road to Damascus.
  • 00:20:33.070 --> 00:20:35.110
  • That's when Jesus appeared to him.
  • 00:20:35.120 --> 00:20:37.160
  • Jesus, the one who had died, nailed to a cross.
  • 00:20:37.170 --> 00:20:41.020
  • The one whose name was being whispered
  • 00:20:41.030 --> 00:20:42.240
  • along with resurrected and Son of God.
  • 00:20:42.250 --> 00:20:46.190
  • The one whose followers Paul had been determined to wipe out.
  • 00:20:46.200 --> 00:20:50.220
  • Jesus knocked Paul off his high horse
  • 00:20:50.230 --> 00:20:52.270
  • and left him alone and sightless for 3 days.
  • 00:20:52.280 --> 00:20:56.120
  • Paul could only see one direction, inward.
  • 00:20:56.130 --> 00:20:59.250
  • And what he saw he did not like.
  • 00:20:59.260 --> 00:21:01.180
  • He saw a narrow-minded tyrant.
  • 00:21:01.190 --> 00:21:03.210
  • And when he was told that he could be baptized
  • 00:21:03.220 --> 00:21:05.190
  • and wash away his sins,
  • 00:21:05.200 --> 00:21:07.130
  • he didn't wait for a second invitation.
  • 00:21:07.140 --> 00:21:09.020
  • Within a few days he was preaching about Christ
  • 00:21:09.030 --> 00:21:11.100
  • and the cross.
  • 00:21:11.110 --> 00:21:12.230
  • And within a few years he was off
  • 00:21:12.240 --> 00:21:14.090
  • on his first missionary journey.
  • 00:21:14.100 --> 00:21:16.040
  • Within a decade he was writing the letters we still read today,
  • 00:21:16.050 --> 00:21:18.280
  • each one making the case for Christ and the cross.
  • 00:21:18.290 --> 00:21:22.160
  • Now, we aren't told when Paul realized the meaning of grace.
  • 00:21:22.170 --> 00:21:26.150
  • Was it immediately on the Damascus road,
  • 00:21:26.160 --> 00:21:28.210
  • or gradually during the 3-day darkness?
  • 00:21:28.220 --> 00:21:31.010
  • We aren't told.
  • 00:21:31.020 --> 00:21:32.160
  • But we know this, Paul got it.
  • 00:21:32.170 --> 00:21:35.220
  • He embraced the improbable offer that God would make us
  • 00:21:35.230 --> 00:21:39.110
  • right with himself through the forgiveness of sins
  • 00:21:39.120 --> 00:21:42.190
  • through Jesus Christ and his sacrifice on the cross.
  • 00:21:42.200 --> 00:21:46.090
  • And he made the grace of Christ his life message.
  • 00:21:46.100 --> 00:21:50.270
  • He preached, "For all have sinned
  • 00:21:50.280 --> 00:21:53.130
  • and fall short of the glory of God."
  • 00:21:53.140 --> 00:21:56.270
  • In other words, we haven't met the standard God set.
  • 00:21:56.280 --> 00:22:00.100
  • According to the garden of Eden plan,
  • 00:22:00.110 --> 00:22:02.220
  • we were made in God's image.
  • 00:22:02.230 --> 00:22:04.230
  • We were intended to bear the nature of God,
  • 00:22:04.240 --> 00:22:08.050
  • to speak, act, and behave
  • 00:22:08.060 --> 00:22:09.260
  • like he speaks, acts, and behaves,
  • 00:22:09.270 --> 00:22:12.010
  • to love like he loves, to value what he values,
  • 00:22:12.020 --> 00:22:15.100
  • to honor who he honors.
  • 00:22:15.110 --> 00:22:17.150
  • This is the glorious standard God has set,
  • 00:22:17.160 --> 00:22:20.100
  • so a yawning canyon separates us from God.
  • 00:22:20.110 --> 00:22:24.010
  • He's holy, we aren't.
  • 00:22:24.020 --> 00:22:26.030
  • He's perfect, we are not.
  • 00:22:26.040 --> 00:22:28.010
  • So, what are we supposed to do?
  • 00:22:28.020 --> 00:22:29.260
  • If we can't deny our sin,
  • 00:22:29.270 --> 00:22:31.260
  • might we hope that God will overlook it?
  • 00:22:31.270 --> 00:22:34.140
  • Well, he would except for his one essential detail.
  • 00:22:34.150 --> 00:22:37.140
  • He's a God of justice.
  • 00:22:37.150 --> 00:22:39.070
  • He will punish our sin, he must.
  • 00:22:39.080 --> 00:22:41.090
  • If he does not, he's not just.
  • 00:22:41.100 --> 00:22:43.130
  • If he's not just, then what hope do we have of a just heaven?
  • 00:22:43.140 --> 00:22:47.020
  • God must punish sin or he is not just.
  • 00:22:47.030 --> 00:22:50.130
  • Yet if he punishes sinners, well, we're lost.
  • 00:22:50.140 --> 00:22:53.290
  • So, what is the solution?
  • 00:22:54.000 --> 00:22:56.010
  • Again, we turn to Paul for the explanation.
  • 00:22:56.020 --> 00:22:59.010
  • He wrote, "God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,
  • 00:22:59.020 --> 00:23:04.040
  • "through the shedding of his blood,
  • 00:23:04.050 --> 00:23:06.000
  • "to be received by faith.
  • 00:23:06.010 --> 00:23:07.290
  • "He did this to demonstrate his righteousness,
  • 00:23:08.000 --> 00:23:11.040
  • "because in his forbearance
  • 00:23:11.050 --> 00:23:13.030
  • "he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished.
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  • "He did it to demonstrate his righteousness
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  • "at the present time, so as to be just
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  • and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus."
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  • Jesus took our sin on the cross,
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  • paying the price for Paul, for you, for me.
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  • Now we understand the cry of Christ from the cross,
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  • "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
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  • Jesus felt the deep and furious wrath
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  • of a just and holy God.
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  • Wave after wave, load after load,
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  • hour after hour.
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  • He felt the separation between him and his Father.
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  • And then when he and we could scarcely take it anymore,
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  • he cried, "It is finished!"
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  • The mission was complete.
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  • No more division, no more separation,
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  • no more sacrifices.
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  • It was finished.
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  • Christ's death brought new life.
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  • Every obstacle that had separated
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  • and could ever separate us from God was gone.
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  • The promise is written with the crimson blood of Christ.
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  • There is now no condemnation
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  • for those who are in Christ Jesus,
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  • no condemnation, not limited condemnation
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  • or appropriate condemnation or calculated condemnation.
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  • This is what people give people.
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  • What does God give his children?
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  • No condemnation.
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  • Jesus was truly the Lamb of God
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  • who took away the sins of the world.
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  • Only Jesus could help us, for only Jesus was sinless.
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  • 1 Peter 2:24 tells us,
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  • "He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross
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  • so we can be dead to sin and live for what is right."
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  • God does not stand on a mountain
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  • and tell us to climb it and find him.
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  • He comes down into our dark valley,
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  • and he finds us.
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  • He doesn't offer to complete the work if we will start it.
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  • He does all the work from beginning to end.
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  • He does not bargain with us,
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  • telling us to clean up our lives so he can help.
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  • He washes our sins without our help.
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  • The Scripture says, "God is able to keep you from falling
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  • "and to present you before his glorious presence
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  • without fault and with great joy."
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  • We need this promise.
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  • We fall.
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  • We fall in our lust, in our anger,
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  • in our addictions.
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  • We fall face first so publicly,
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  • so undeniably that we despair of ever rising again.
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  • It is in these moments that only the promise of God can save us.
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  • No condemnation.
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  • Frustration yes, temptation aplenty,
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  • humiliation for sure,
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  • but condemnation, cut off from God,
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  • divorced from all hope?
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  • No, no, no, 1.000 times no.
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  • The cross is not a symbol of condemnation.
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  • The cross is a symbol of hope, freedom, forgiveness,
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  • a constant reminder that our sin has been paid for
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  • once and for all.
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  • Like Paul who wrote this powerful promise,
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  • we, too, can hold to it.
  • 00:26:21.210 --> 00:26:23.220
  • There is now no condemnation
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  • for those who are in Christ Jesus.
  • 00:26:26.160 --> 00:26:29.250
  • What's shaking in your world?
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  • Your finances, your family, your faith?
  • 00:26:33.080 --> 00:26:35.240
  • It's easy to lose hope when the storms of life come.
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  • But there is one thing in life we can stand on
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  • when everything around us is shaken.
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  • We can build our lives on the promises of God.
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  • Why?
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  • Well, God's Word is sure.
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  • What he says happens.
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  • God will not, indeed he cannot break his promises.
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  • His covenants won't collapse.
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  • His word is his bond, and his bond won't break.
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  • What he says will happen.
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  • Won't you say it with me?
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  • We are building our lives on the promises of God.
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  • Because his word is unbreakable, our hope is unshakable.
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  • We do not stand on the problems of life
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  • or the pain in life,
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  • we stand on the great and precious promises of God.
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  • Unshakable
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