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How Do I Know God Loves Me?

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October 18, 2020
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Pastor Robert discusses how we can confidently know God loves us; even in the midst of pain and suffering.

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How Do I Know God Loves Me?

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  • ROBERT MORRIS: Here's whyI'm saying all this,
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  • and I'm taking a little timebefore I even get to my points.
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  • Why don't you ask Jesus,
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  • what are You doingin my life right now?
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  • With all this stuff,and the business,
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  • what are You doing in my heart?
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  • What are You doing in my life?
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  • And let me tell youwhy He's doing it.
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  • Because He loves you.
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  • ROBERT: The title of the messageis "How Do I Know God Loves Me?"
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  • Now, I wanna remind you, whatI'm saying is how do I know.
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  • So, I'm telling you how I know,through my study of Scripture,
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  • through my personal experience,how I know God loves me.
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  • And what I wanna do is takeyou back to a story in John 11,
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  • it's the raisingof Lazarus from the dead.
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  • John 11, and I wannashow you some things
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  • maybe you'venever seen, all right?
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  • John 11:1.
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  • "Now a certain man was sick,Lazarus of Bethany,
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  • the town of Maryand her sister Martha.
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  • It was that Mary who anointedthe Lord with fragrant oil
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  • and wiped His feetwith her hair,
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  • whose brother Lazarus was sick.
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  • Therefore the sisterssent to Him, saying,"
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  • and I want youto watch what they said:
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  • "Lord, behold,he whom You love is sick."
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  • I just wanna stopfor a moment, just notice,
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  • they didn't even say Lazarus.
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  • Now, He knowsit's Mary and Martha
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  • sending this wordthrough a messenger,
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  • but they said,"He whom You love is sick."
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  • So, He knew it was Lazarus,
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  • but I also want you to noticethat Jesus loved Lazarus.
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  • "He whom You love," so lookagain, now, John 11:4.
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  • "When Jesus heard that, He said,
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  • 'This sicknessis not unto death,
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  • but for the glory of God,that the Son of God
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  • may be glorified through it.'"
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  • Now, the next two versesare extremely important.
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  • John 11:5.
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  • "Now Jesus loved Marthaand her sister and Lazarus."
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  • Now, lookat John 11:6 carefully.
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  • "So, when He heard that he wassick, He rushed right over."
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  • Is that whatyour Bible says? No.
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  • It says: "He stayed two moredays in the place where He was."
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  • Now, I want youto just notice that.
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  • That sentence makesno sense in the natural.
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  • It doesn't say, "So,He loved him, He loved --
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  • boy, He loved Lazarus,Mary, and Martha,
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  • so, when He heardthat he was sick,
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  • He just went immediately."
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  • Doesn't say that.
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  • It says He stayed two more days.
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  • It seems like it shouldsay He loved them,
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  • but He had to staytwo more days.
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  • But it doesn't say that.
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  • It says He loved them,so He stayed two more days.
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  • Now, that makes me wonder,why did He stay two more days,
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  • and why would it sayHe loved them,
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  • so He stayed two more days?
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  • See, I thinkso many times in Scripture,
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  • we read over things like this.
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  • So many times, we're readingalong in the Scripture,
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  • and we see something like this,and we just kinda keep going,
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  • and we just think -- and wedon't even look at the wording,
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  • but the Bible is God's word.
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  • I wanna talk to youabout that next week.
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  • And so, when we see somethingthat says He loved them, so,
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  • He stayed two more days,He didn't rush,
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  • we need to ask ourselves why.
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  • So, there's, first,a couple of things
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  • I want you to notice, all right?
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  • There's an earthly conversation,
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  • and a heavenlyconversation going on.
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  • There's alwaysan earthly conversation,
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  • and a heavenlyconversation going on.
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  • The problem is,like in this virus right now,
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  • in this pandemic,we get caught up too many times
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  • in the earthly conversation.
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  • When are the businessessupposed to open back up,
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  • when's the economygonna spring back,
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  • when are they gonna finda cure or a vaccine,
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  • instead ofa heavenly conversation.
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  • So I wanna show youhow clear it is
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  • in the next two versesthat I read.
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  • Next few verses.John 11:11.
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  • "These things He said,and after that He said to them,
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  • 'Our friend Lazarus sleeps,'" --
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  • okay, that's heavenlylanguage for is dead.
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  • That's what that is.
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  • But He's usingheavenly language.
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  • "Our friend Lazarus sleeps, butI go that I may wake him up."
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  • Okay, that'sheavenly language for
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  • raise the dude from the dead.
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  • That's what that means.Raise the dude from the dead.
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  • That's straight outof the Greek, by the way,
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  • if you wanna know:"That I may wake him up."
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  • See the heavenly language?
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  • "Then His disciples said,'Well, Lord, if he sleeps
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  • he will get well.'" Okay?
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  • That's earthly language.
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  • They're on an earthlyplane right now,
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  • Jesus is on a heavenly plane.
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  • "However, Jesus spokeof his death,
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  • but they thought He was speakingabout taking rest in sleep.
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  • Then Jesus said to them plainly,'Lazarus is dead.'"
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  • You know, I kind of wonderif He said, "Idiots."
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  • You know what I mean?Just, he's dead.
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  • He's dead, you're not listening,
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  • you're not followingMe right now.
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  • Here's the reasonI'm saying that.
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  • I think we have a tendencyto have earthly discussions
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  • about heavenly issues.
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  • Now, I want you to thinkabout what we just read.
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  • It says that Jesus lovedLazarus, and Martha, and Mary,
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  • but when He heard he was sick,He stayed two more days.
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  • Actually, it said:"So, when He heard,"
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  • He stayed two more days. Okay.
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  • I'm wondering if years later,when they got to heaven,
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  • Mary, Martha, Lazarus,and they're talking to John,
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  • who wrote the Bookof John, and they say,
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  • "So, when Jesus heard,I guess He was busy
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  • 'cause He didn'tshow up immediately.
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  • Took Him a littlewhile to get there.
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  • So, we're wondering,what was He doing?"
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  • And John said, "Oh,we didn't do anything.
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  • No, no, Jesus was --the crusade was over.
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  • We just sat around for two days.We just sat around."
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  • And I'm wondering if Maryand Martha and Lazarus
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  • found Jesus one dayand said, "Hey.
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  • You know, no hard feelings,'cause I know You raised him
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  • from the dead, and everythingturned out okay, but,
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  • you know,we were talking to John,
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  • and John said Youdidn't rush right over,
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  • and You weren't busy.
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  • And John said y'alljust sat around for two days,
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  • and, so, we just wantedto ask You about that.
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  • Why did You do that?"
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  • So here is what Jesus would'vesaid if they would've said,
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  • "Why did You waittwo more days?"
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  • Here's what Jesus would've said."Because I love you."
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  • That's what the Bible says.
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  • We just read it.
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  • John 11:5-6.
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  • Jesus loved them,so when He heard he was sick,
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  • He waited two days.
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  • Because I love you, that's why.
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  • Here's why I'm saying all this,
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  • and I'm taking a little timebefore I even get to my points.
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  • Why don't you ask Jesus,what are You doing
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  • in my life right now?
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  • With all this stuff,and the business,
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  • what are You doing in my heart?
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  • What are You doing in my life?
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  • And let me tell youwhy He's doing it.
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  • Because He loves you.
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  • Lazarus, by the way,Jesus did something for him
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  • that He didn't do for any personwho's ever lived.
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  • Now, I know you thinkyou got me, but you don't.
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  • You're thinking, well, He raisedother people from the dead.
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  • Yes, He did,but not after four days.
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  • Lazarus is the onlyperson He raised
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  • from the dead after four days.
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  • The son of the widow,He raised on the day he died,
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  • because it's Jewish customto bury on the day they died.
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  • Jesus was buriedon the day He died.
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  • They didn't even have timeto embalm the body,
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  • so they came backon Sunday to do that,
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  • and of course,He'd risen.
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  • So, they're inthe funeral procession.
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  • It's the son of a widow.
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  • Jesus raises him from the dead,on the day he died.
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  • Jesus raised JAIRUS' daughter onthe day she died.
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  • She's in the same room, andthey're on the way, she's sick.
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  • A messenger comes, says, "Don'tbother the teacher anymore.
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  • The little girl's dead."Jesus said, "Only believe."
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  • They get there, He raisesJAIRUS' daughter from the dead,
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  • on the day she died. Listen.
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  • Jesus didn't even raiseHimself after four days.
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  • He raised Himself after three.
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  • Now, here's the reason,by the way,
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  • if you don't know this.
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  • Corruption setsin on the fourth day.
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  • We would call it putrefaction.
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  • let me tell you how Marthasaid it in the Old King James.
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  • When Jesus said, "Roll awaythe stone," Martha said,
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  • "Behold, He stinketh."
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  • That was her way to say,
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  • "It's too long to roll awaythe stone, Lord."
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  • Four days.
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  • The reason He waited two days,it was a day's journey
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  • from where Jesuswas to where Lazarus was.
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  • Now, a lot of peoplehave it confused,
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  • 'cause Jesus was in Bethany,but there are two Bethany's.
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  • He was in Bethany onthe other side of the Galilee,
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  • and this was Bethanywhere Lazarus was,
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  • a mile-and-a-halffrom Jerusalem.
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  • So it was a day's journeyfrom where Jesus was.
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  • So when the messengercame to tell Jesus
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  • that Lazarus was sick,when He left the house
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  • and took the day's journey,Lazarus died.
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  • And when the messenger left --it took the messenger a day
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  • to get there.They waited two days.
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  • And then, it took Jesusa day to get there.
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  • That's how youget the four days.
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  • You know why Jesuswaited two days?
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  • Because He wanted to dosomething for Lazarus
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  • that was incredible.
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  • By the way, Jesus raisedother people from the dead,
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  • He walked on the water,He fed multitudes.
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  • The raising of Lazarusis what sealed His fate.
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  • This is when the chiefpriests and scribes said,
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  • "We have to kill Him, becausetoo many people are believing."
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  • And it says very clearly,in John 12,
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  • many people believed,because Lazarus
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  • was raised from the dead,
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  • because he was raisedfour days after death.
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  • So Jesus wanted to do somethingthat was unprecedented,
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  • and in the end,it was gonna be great for Mary,
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  • Martha, and Lazarus.
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  • I'm just wondering if Jesusis doing something now
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  • that's unprecedented,but we're still having
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  • earthly conversations.All right.
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  • So, I've got three questionsthat I wanna ask God,
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  • and they're tough questions,but they're gonna lead us
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  • to how we know God loves us.All right?
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  • So here's question number one.
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  • Why did You create pain?
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  • I'm asking God,why did You create pain?
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  • Here's His answer.
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  • Because I love you.Because I love you.
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  • Now, I know you're thinking,I don't understand that. Okay.
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  • Pain is to help us, or keep us,from hurting ourselves more.
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  • That's what pain's for.
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  • Today, we have thesesliding glass doors,
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  • and I was holding something,and I was kinda
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  • closing it like this,
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  • and I felt a little bit ofpressure on my little finger.
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  • And I realized, oh,my finger's in there,
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  • so I pulled it out.
  • 00:11:41.693 --> 00:11:42.961
  • It was just a little pressure,but I felt it, pulled it out,
  • 00:11:43.061 --> 00:11:45.864
  • and then shutthe sliding glass door.
  • 00:11:45.964 --> 00:11:48.399
  • You know what thatlittle pressure did?
  • 00:11:48.500 --> 00:11:50.969
  • Kept me fromhurting myself more.
  • 00:11:51.069 --> 00:11:52.937
  • Because if I couldn't feel that,I would just close the door
  • 00:11:53.037 --> 00:11:55.573
  • and probably broken the bone.See what I'm saying?
  • 00:11:55.673 --> 00:11:58.243
  • So pain keeps youfrom hurting yourself more.
  • 00:11:58.343 --> 00:12:00.044
  • Let me tell youwho really did
  • 00:12:00.145 --> 00:12:01.546
  • the breakthroughdiscovery on this.
  • 00:12:01.646 --> 00:12:02.847
  • Dr. Paul Brand, he's from India,
  • 00:12:02.947 --> 00:12:06.384
  • and he worked for 20 yearsin a leprosarium.
  • 00:12:06.484 --> 00:12:09.621
  • A hospital that treats lepers,
  • 00:12:09.721 --> 00:12:11.990
  • or people who haveHansen's Disease.
  • 00:12:12.090 --> 00:12:13.858
  • For thousands of years,they believed that the bacteria
  • 00:12:13.958 --> 00:12:17.996
  • that causes leprosywould eat away at the flesh.
  • 00:12:18.096 --> 00:12:20.665
  • Thousands of years.
  • 00:12:20.765 --> 00:12:22.066
  • They had lepers in Jesus's day,and they found skeletal remains
  • 00:12:22.167 --> 00:12:25.203
  • from 2.000 years BC of peoplethey say had leprosy,
  • 00:12:25.303 --> 00:12:30.341
  • and died from leprosy.
  • 00:12:30.441 --> 00:12:31.509
  • And so, it would --they believe that the bacteria
  • 00:12:31.609 --> 00:12:33.812
  • would eat away at the flesh,but that's not what happens.
  • 00:12:33.912 --> 00:12:35.547
  • What happens is the bacteriaeats away the nerves,
  • 00:12:35.647 --> 00:12:38.416
  • so that you can't feel pain.
  • 00:12:38.516 --> 00:12:40.351
  • And then, these people, becausethey couldn't feel pain,
  • 00:12:40.451 --> 00:12:43.121
  • were doing thingsand injuring themselves,
  • 00:12:43.221 --> 00:12:45.657
  • because they couldn't feel pain.
  • 00:12:45.757 --> 00:12:46.758
  • There was a manthat was working with a hoe,
  • 00:12:46.858 --> 00:12:50.228
  • and his flesh was just beingtorn completely up,
  • 00:12:50.328 --> 00:12:53.531
  • and they realizedthat there was a nail
  • 00:12:53.631 --> 00:12:56.167
  • sticking outof the handle of the hoe,
  • 00:12:56.267 --> 00:12:58.102
  • and every time he would do it,it was just cutting his hand,
  • 00:12:58.203 --> 00:13:00.438
  • but he couldn't feel the pain.
  • 00:13:00.538 --> 00:13:01.806
  • So Dr. Brand's the onethat discovered
  • 00:13:01.906 --> 00:13:03.341
  • it's not bacteriaeating away the flesh,
  • 00:13:03.441 --> 00:13:06.845
  • it's them injuring themselves
  • 00:13:06.945 --> 00:13:09.781
  • and the fleshthen getting infected,
  • 00:13:09.881 --> 00:13:12.150
  • and the infectioneating away the flesh.
  • 00:13:12.250 --> 00:13:14.352
  • But there'sanother part to this.
  • 00:13:14.452 --> 00:13:17.422
  • And this is kinda tough to tellyou, but let me tell you.
  • 00:13:17.522 --> 00:13:20.758
  • Sometimes, they would go --for years,
  • 00:13:20.859 --> 00:13:23.194
  • lepers would lose theirappendages, fingers and toes.
  • 00:13:23.294 --> 00:13:26.097
  • And they thought it wasthe bacteria doing it,
  • 00:13:26.197 --> 00:13:27.432
  • but it wasn't.
  • 00:13:27.532 --> 00:13:29.000
  • It was the infection from themhurting themselves because
  • 00:13:29.100 --> 00:13:31.636
  • they couldn't feel pain,but then, there were times
  • 00:13:31.736 --> 00:13:34.639
  • when they'd go to bed,and they'd have that much
  • 00:13:34.739 --> 00:13:36.241
  • of their finger missing,but they'd wake up,
  • 00:13:36.341 --> 00:13:37.842
  • and they'd have that muchof their finger missing,
  • 00:13:37.942 --> 00:13:39.477
  • more of their finger.
  • 00:13:39.577 --> 00:13:40.778
  • And so, this was in the 1970's,
  • 00:13:40.879 --> 00:13:43.648
  • and they put camerasin the rooms,
  • 00:13:43.748 --> 00:13:46.017
  • and I know thisis gonna be tough to hear,
  • 00:13:46.117 --> 00:13:48.286
  • but they discovered that ratswere coming into the rooms,
  • 00:13:48.386 --> 00:13:52.490
  • and eatingthe appendages at night,
  • 00:13:52.590 --> 00:13:55.126
  • as the lepers slept.
  • 00:13:55.226 --> 00:13:56.661
  • And the lepers, though,couldn't feel it.
  • 00:13:56.761 --> 00:14:00.098
  • So, they would go to bed with aquarter of their finger missing,
  • 00:14:00.198 --> 00:14:03.902
  • and wake up with halftheir finger missing,
  • 00:14:04.002 --> 00:14:05.737
  • and Dr. Brand's the onethat discovered that.
  • 00:14:05.837 --> 00:14:07.839
  • By the way, he was a Christian,and so, he prayed and said,
  • 00:14:07.939 --> 00:14:11.542
  • "God, what do we do?""...what do we do?"
  • 00:14:11.643 --> 00:14:13.344
  • And God gave him the answer,and so, every leper got a cat.
  • 00:14:13.444 --> 00:14:18.883
  • God provided for ratswith cats, rats, cats.
  • 00:14:18.983 --> 00:14:24.589
  • That's what cats are good --okay, nevermind.
  • 00:14:24.689 --> 00:14:27.058
  • But, every leper got a cat.
  • 00:14:27.158 --> 00:14:29.260
  • That took care of the ratscoming in the rooms at night.
  • 00:14:29.360 --> 00:14:31.162
  • So, let me give you some moreexamples, all right?
  • 00:14:31.262 --> 00:14:34.499
  • One of an NBA player,that he hurt his ankle
  • 00:14:34.599 --> 00:14:39.671
  • before the championship game,this was several years ago.
  • 00:14:39.771 --> 00:14:42.206
  • And he wanted to play,so he had the doctors
  • 00:14:42.307 --> 00:14:44.409
  • put painkillers in his ankle,and he went out to play
  • 00:14:44.509 --> 00:14:47.946
  • the championship game.
  • 00:14:48.046 --> 00:14:49.047
  • He came downon his ankle the wrong way,
  • 00:14:49.147 --> 00:14:51.349
  • it broke a bone in it,
  • 00:14:51.449 --> 00:14:52.583
  • but because he couldn't feelthe pain, he kept playing.
  • 00:14:52.684 --> 00:14:55.687
  • He ran up and downthe court two more times,
  • 00:14:55.787 --> 00:14:57.956
  • and then brokehis ankle so bad
  • 00:14:58.056 --> 00:14:59.891
  • that the injury was permanent,
  • 00:14:59.991 --> 00:15:01.793
  • and he could never walkstraight again,
  • 00:15:01.893 --> 00:15:03.795
  • and he couldn't playfor the rest of his life,
  • 00:15:03.895 --> 00:15:05.396
  • basketball, becausehe couldn't feel the pain.
  • 00:15:05.496 --> 00:15:07.765
  • See, the pain was telling himsomething's wrong.
  • 00:15:07.865 --> 00:15:10.168
  • By the way, Dr. Brand inventedgloves for the lepers
  • 00:15:10.268 --> 00:15:14.205
  • to try to give them feeling,or somehow let 'em know
  • 00:15:14.305 --> 00:15:17.742
  • when they werehurting themselves,
  • 00:15:17.842 --> 00:15:19.344
  • holding something too tightlyor cutting themselves,
  • 00:15:19.444 --> 00:15:21.512
  • and at first,it would make a noise,
  • 00:15:21.612 --> 00:15:23.948
  • but they would just keepworking through the noise.
  • 00:15:24.048 --> 00:15:26.584
  • So then, he had it hooked upwhere it would shock
  • 00:15:26.684 --> 00:15:28.553
  • the back of their neck,that's the last place
  • 00:15:28.653 --> 00:15:30.154
  • they would lose feeling,so it would send
  • 00:15:30.254 --> 00:15:32.690
  • an electrical shockto the back of their neck,
  • 00:15:32.790 --> 00:15:34.659
  • and then the leperswould just turn it off.
  • 00:15:34.759 --> 00:15:36.861
  • So he fixed it wherethey couldn't turn it off,
  • 00:15:36.961 --> 00:15:38.763
  • and then they wouldjust unplug it.
  • 00:15:38.863 --> 00:15:40.865
  • And this was whatDr. Brand's conclusion was.
  • 00:15:40.965 --> 00:15:43.768
  • He said, "I fear that oursociety does the same thing."
  • 00:15:43.868 --> 00:15:48.206
  • That something happens,and we use medicine
  • 00:15:48.306 --> 00:15:50.942
  • to turn the pain off,instead of asking our bodies,
  • 00:15:51.042 --> 00:15:54.946
  • why do I have this pain?
  • 00:15:55.046 --> 00:15:56.347
  • I remember afterreading this book,
  • 00:15:56.447 --> 00:15:58.649
  • and learning about this,I remember a few weeks later,
  • 00:15:58.750 --> 00:16:02.253
  • I got a headache, and I wentto get some Tylenol,
  • 00:16:02.353 --> 00:16:05.056
  • and I thought, wait, wait, wait.
  • 00:16:05.156 --> 00:16:06.257
  • What's my bodytrying to tell me?
  • 00:16:06.357 --> 00:16:08.126
  • And I thought, you know,I didn't sleep
  • 00:16:08.226 --> 00:16:09.260
  • very well last night.
  • 00:16:09.360 --> 00:16:10.495
  • So, instead of taking Tylenol,I went and took a nap,
  • 00:16:10.595 --> 00:16:13.464
  • middle of the day.Woke up, no headache.
  • 00:16:13.564 --> 00:16:16.534
  • It's just amazing when we startlistening to our bodies.
  • 00:16:16.634 --> 00:16:21.105
  • I just wanna say one morething about the lepers,
  • 00:16:21.205 --> 00:16:25.443
  • because we're talking aboutwhy did God create pain?
  • 00:16:25.543 --> 00:16:28.646
  • Dr. Brand also discoveredthat the suicide rate
  • 00:16:28.746 --> 00:16:33.384
  • was astronomicallyhigh among lepers,
  • 00:16:33.484 --> 00:16:36.120
  • compared to the rest of society.
  • 00:16:36.220 --> 00:16:37.588
  • And here's the reason why,as he began to interview 'em
  • 00:16:37.688 --> 00:16:40.458
  • psychologically to find out.
  • 00:16:40.558 --> 00:16:42.760
  • Because they couldn't feel pain,they couldn't feel pleasure.
  • 00:16:42.860 --> 00:16:47.899
  • And they couldn't feelif someone hugged 'em,
  • 00:16:50.902 --> 00:16:53.337
  • and they couldn't feelif someone gave 'em
  • 00:16:53.438 --> 00:16:55.373
  • a pat on the back.
  • 00:16:55.473 --> 00:16:57.608
  • The same nerves that allowedthem to feel pain
  • 00:16:57.708 --> 00:17:00.311
  • allowed them to feel pleasure.
  • 00:17:00.411 --> 00:17:02.346
  • See, God designed our body,and He knew what He was doing.
  • 00:17:02.447 --> 00:17:05.516
  • So, my first question is,why did You create pain?
  • 00:17:05.616 --> 00:17:08.553
  • God's answer would be,"Because I love you.
  • 00:17:08.653 --> 00:17:10.021
  • I don't want youto hurt yourself more."
  • 00:17:10.121 --> 00:17:11.789
  • So my second questionfor God is this.
  • 00:17:11.889 --> 00:17:14.192
  • Why did You create suffering?Why did You create suffering?
  • 00:17:14.292 --> 00:17:19.730
  • Okay. Here's God's answer.I didn't.
  • 00:17:19.831 --> 00:17:22.633
  • I didn't create suffering.
  • 00:17:22.733 --> 00:17:24.635
  • Suffering entered the worldwhen sin entered the world.
  • 00:17:24.735 --> 00:17:28.172
  • When sin entered the world,sickness, disease, poverty,
  • 00:17:28.272 --> 00:17:33.711
  • war, injustice, COVID-19,everything came in the world
  • 00:17:33.811 --> 00:17:41.285
  • that's evil when sincame into the world.
  • 00:17:41.385 --> 00:17:43.588
  • God did not create COVID-19.
  • 00:17:43.688 --> 00:17:47.792
  • God's not sendingthat on us as judgment.
  • 00:17:47.892 --> 00:17:50.628
  • God did not cometo condemn the world,
  • 00:17:50.728 --> 00:17:52.797
  • and it's so clear,John 3, read it.
  • 00:17:52.897 --> 00:17:55.466
  • He sent His Sonnot to condemn the world
  • 00:17:55.566 --> 00:17:57.068
  • but to forgive the world,that the world
  • 00:17:57.168 --> 00:17:58.836
  • through Him might be saved.
  • 00:17:58.936 --> 00:18:00.037
  • God is not tryingto condemn you.
  • 00:18:00.138 --> 00:18:01.839
  • He loves us,He wants to save us.
  • 00:18:01.939 --> 00:18:03.474
  • He loves us.
  • 00:18:03.574 --> 00:18:05.109
  • So God did not createsuffering, here's what --
  • 00:18:05.209 --> 00:18:07.211
  • I talked about atheismand agnosticism last week.
  • 00:18:07.311 --> 00:18:08.946
  • Here's what some people saywho don't believe in God.
  • 00:18:09.046 --> 00:18:11.315
  • They look aroundat the injustices,
  • 00:18:11.415 --> 00:18:12.717
  • and all that's going onin the world,
  • 00:18:12.817 --> 00:18:14.118
  • and here's what they'll say.Is this the best God can do?
  • 00:18:14.218 --> 00:18:17.054
  • 'Cause if it'sthe best God can do,
  • 00:18:17.155 --> 00:18:18.756
  • then I don't wanna know Him.
  • 00:18:18.856 --> 00:18:21.092
  • Well, I'll answerthat question for you.
  • 00:18:21.192 --> 00:18:22.660
  • You would say to me,is this the best He can do? No.
  • 00:18:22.760 --> 00:18:25.997
  • This is the best we can do.
  • 00:18:26.097 --> 00:18:28.032
  • If God made a mistakewhen He created us,
  • 00:18:28.132 --> 00:18:33.137
  • and He didn't, but if He did,
  • 00:18:33.237 --> 00:18:36.607
  • it would've beengiving us a free will.
  • 00:18:36.707 --> 00:18:39.610
  • That's what's causedthe problems of this world.
  • 00:18:39.710 --> 00:18:42.180
  • And I'm gonna just --I'm gonna say straight out,
  • 00:18:42.280 --> 00:18:45.783
  • if your business partnerdid you wrong,
  • 00:18:45.883 --> 00:18:47.552
  • it's because he has a free will.
  • 00:18:47.652 --> 00:18:49.554
  • Not because God did it.
  • 00:18:49.654 --> 00:18:51.622
  • Your ex-spouse has a free will.
  • 00:18:51.722 --> 00:18:57.361
  • Your children have free wills,your parents have free wills,
  • 00:18:57.461 --> 00:19:00.264
  • your friends have free wills.
  • 00:19:00.364 --> 00:19:02.400
  • Suffering comes becausemankind has free will,
  • 00:19:02.500 --> 00:19:06.137
  • and choosesnot to do it God's way.
  • 00:19:06.237 --> 00:19:09.240
  • So all of these things,I'm just telling you,
  • 00:19:09.340 --> 00:19:14.011
  • if you ask God,why did You do this to me?
  • 00:19:14.111 --> 00:19:19.217
  • Sometimes, the answer is,"Because I love you,"
  • 00:19:19.317 --> 00:19:21.352
  • but sometimes, the answer is,"I didn't do that."
  • 00:19:21.452 --> 00:19:23.854
  • Some of you know, in March,I had a fever for 23 days.
  • 00:19:23.955 --> 00:19:29.060
  • It wasn't COVID-19,it was just another virus
  • 00:19:29.160 --> 00:19:31.195
  • that was going around.
  • 00:19:31.295 --> 00:19:32.330
  • Twenty-three days,I had a fever, and sometimes,
  • 00:19:32.430 --> 00:19:34.498
  • I'd wake up in justa pool of sweat.
  • 00:19:34.599 --> 00:19:36.968
  • And I'd nearlyalways wake up with a song
  • 00:19:37.068 --> 00:19:40.238
  • going through my mind.
  • 00:19:40.338 --> 00:19:41.405
  • Nearly everydayI'd wake up with a song
  • 00:19:41.505 --> 00:19:42.940
  • going through my mind.
  • 00:19:43.040 --> 00:19:44.108
  • So one day,when I had this fever,
  • 00:19:44.208 --> 00:19:45.276
  • I woke up with this songgoing through my mind.
  • 00:19:45.376 --> 00:19:47.278
  • Now, I'm gonna shock youa little bit.
  • 00:19:47.378 --> 00:19:50.748
  • It was an old song.
  • 00:19:50.848 --> 00:19:52.984
  • But, it was from "Hee Haw".
  • 00:19:53.084 --> 00:20:02.026
  • I don't know how many of youremember the television
  • 00:20:02.126 --> 00:20:03.628
  • show "Hee Haw",Pickin' and Grinnin',
  • 00:20:03.728 --> 00:20:06.631
  • Thomas, you remember that?
  • 00:20:06.731 --> 00:20:08.165
  • With Buck Owensand Roy Clark. Okay.
  • 00:20:08.266 --> 00:20:11.736
  • And this is a songthat was going through my mind
  • 00:20:11.836 --> 00:20:14.038
  • when I woke up with fever.
  • 00:20:14.138 --> 00:20:16.107
  • "Gloom, despair,and agony on me.
  • 00:20:16.207 --> 00:20:20.211
  • If it weren't for bad luck," --great grammar, by the way.
  • 00:20:20.311 --> 00:20:23.281
  • "If it weren't for bad luck,I'd have no luck at all.
  • 00:20:23.381 --> 00:20:26.684
  • Gloom, despair,and agony on me."
  • 00:20:26.784 --> 00:20:29.553
  • And I said to the Lord, Lord,I'm gonna need a different song
  • 00:20:29.654 --> 00:20:31.756
  • for today, please.
  • 00:20:31.856 --> 00:20:33.791
  • And just like that, here'sthe song that came to my mind.
  • 00:20:33.891 --> 00:20:37.628
  • "Jesus loves me, this I know.For the Bible tells me so."
  • 00:20:37.728 --> 00:20:45.102
  • See, Jesus wasn'tgiving me that fever.
  • 00:20:45.202 --> 00:20:49.040
  • But He loved me anyway, and Hehelped me get through that time.
  • 00:20:49.140 --> 00:20:53.644
  • So, why did Youcreate suffering?
  • 00:20:53.744 --> 00:20:55.212
  • He didn't, and here'smy third point.
  • 00:20:55.313 --> 00:20:57.548
  • Why did You suffer?
  • 00:20:57.648 --> 00:21:01.352
  • This is one of the greatesttruths in the Bible.
  • 00:21:01.452 --> 00:21:04.155
  • The creator became the creation,
  • 00:21:04.255 --> 00:21:07.892
  • and He didn't exemptHimself from suffering.
  • 00:21:07.992 --> 00:21:09.860
  • So here's His answer.God, why did You suffer?
  • 00:21:09.960 --> 00:21:13.698
  • Here's the answer.Because I love you.
  • 00:21:13.798 --> 00:21:16.267
  • Now, I want you to hear me.
  • 00:21:16.367 --> 00:21:17.768
  • I've given you two answerstoday to three questions,
  • 00:21:17.868 --> 00:21:21.205
  • but two answers, becauseI love you, and I didn't.
  • 00:21:21.305 --> 00:21:24.942
  • I want you to think about this,those two answers will answer
  • 00:21:25.042 --> 00:21:28.612
  • almost every whyquestion that you have.
  • 00:21:28.713 --> 00:21:35.486
  • Why did You do this, God?
  • 00:21:35.586 --> 00:21:37.488
  • Here's His answer sometimes,I didn't do that.
  • 00:21:37.588 --> 00:21:40.825
  • I did not do that.
  • 00:21:40.925 --> 00:21:42.560
  • And here's another one.
  • 00:21:42.660 --> 00:21:44.295
  • God, why are You allowingthis to happen?
  • 00:21:44.395 --> 00:21:48.032
  • Because I love you.
  • 00:21:48.132 --> 00:21:50.000
  • I'm telling you, I knowsome of you are out of work.
  • 00:21:50.101 --> 00:21:54.705
  • I know your businesseshave closed.
  • 00:21:54.805 --> 00:21:56.974
  • I know you're goingthrough a tough time.
  • 00:21:57.074 --> 00:21:59.310
  • I'm so sorry, I promise you,we're praying for you.
  • 00:21:59.410 --> 00:22:02.980
  • Every day,we're praying for you.
  • 00:22:03.080 --> 00:22:04.949
  • But I wanna remind you,God loves you.
  • 00:22:05.049 --> 00:22:09.387
  • God loves you.
  • 00:22:09.487 --> 00:22:11.589
  • I had a pastor friendof mine call me, years ago,
  • 00:22:11.689 --> 00:22:14.992
  • I was going througha tough time.
  • 00:22:15.092 --> 00:22:16.761
  • Really tough.
  • 00:22:16.861 --> 00:22:17.862
  • I mean, just hardto describe how tough it was.
  • 00:22:17.962 --> 00:22:21.632
  • And I had a pastor friendof mine call me and said,
  • 00:22:21.732 --> 00:22:23.634
  • "Robert, I just felt likeI was supposed to call you
  • 00:22:23.734 --> 00:22:25.336
  • and tell you this story,"that he'd said,
  • 00:22:25.436 --> 00:22:27.671
  • "God just put on my heart."
  • 00:22:27.772 --> 00:22:29.473
  • He said, "Years ago,I had a faction in the church
  • 00:22:29.573 --> 00:22:32.743
  • coming against me."
  • 00:22:32.843 --> 00:22:34.378
  • Now, that wasn't whatwas going on at Gateway,
  • 00:22:34.478 --> 00:22:36.480
  • but I just had some troublegoing on in my life,
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  • and some hurt,and all sorts of things,
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  • and I had the attackof the enemy coming against me.
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  • But he said, "I had about200 people in the church
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  • that were mad at meand coming against me."
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  • And he said, "And at the sametime that that was happening,
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  • my mother triedto commit suicide,"
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  • and she wasn't saved,and then he said,
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  • "My wife got hitby an 18-wheeler."
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  • And he said, "I'm in thehospital, I go to the hospital,
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  • and they won't even let me stayin the room with my wife.
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  • She's bloody, bruised.
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  • I got in for about one minute.And they told me to leave."
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  • And he said, "I walked out,I went to the waiting room,
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  • and I was all by myselfat that point,
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  • and I just walkedover to the corner,
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  • and I said, God, are You tryingto tell me something?"
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  • And the Lord said, "I am."
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  • He said, "What are Youtrying to tell me?"
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  • He said, "I'm tryingto tell you I love you."
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  • He said, "Is this howYou're trying to tell me?"
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  • He said, "No, no, son.
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  • I didn't do any of theseproblems in your life.
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  • I didn't do any of this.
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  • This all comes from livingin a fallen world.
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  • But I am trying to tell you,even in the midst of all this,
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  • I'm trying to tell youI love you."
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  • Well, his wife was okay,only one broken toe
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  • through the whole thing.
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  • She got out, recovered.
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  • He led bothof his parents to Christ.
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  • They would sitin the parking lot
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  • an hour-and-a-halfbefore church,
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  • so excited about church.
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  • These 200 people thatwere mad at him left,
  • 00:24:03.133 --> 00:24:06.437
  • went somewhere else,and he said,
  • 00:24:06.537 --> 00:24:08.072
  • "And I look back on that timeand that's the time
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  • when pastoring changedfor me from being a burden
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  • to being a blessing."
  • 00:24:15.613 --> 00:24:17.882
  • I'm wondering if right now,something in your life
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  • could change from beinga burden to being a blessing.
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  • And it might dependon how you look at it.
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  • God didn't do it,but He does love you.
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  • ROBERT: God loves you.He really does.
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  • I know sometimes,that's hard for us to believe,
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  • but I just wanna tell you whywe know for sure God loves us.
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  • Because God is loving.
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  • I struggled for yearswith how could God love me?
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  • And a friend of mine told me,"Robert, it's not because
  • 00:24:55.286 --> 00:24:58.188
  • you're lovable,it's because He is loving."
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  • I want you to know,God is loving.
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  • God loves you.
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  • And He is going to see usthrough this time right now.
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  • Hey, I love you, too.
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  • And thank you so muchfor watching.
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  • I'll see you next time.
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  • Perhaps you or someoneyou know has recently
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  • In this recently updatedseries, Pastor Robert unpacks
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  • ANNOUNCER: Recently it wasestimated that there are
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