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Death: The Fear of Dying

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September 12, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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Death: The Fear of Dying

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  • Fear: Justin, I'm ready to take you to the next world.
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  • Justin: Excuse me.
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  • Fear: If we leave now, we'll miss rush hour.
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  • You see, as the day grows longer,
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  • the passenger list grows higher.
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  • Justin: What are you doing?
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  • Fear: I have your bucket here, all you have to do is kick it.
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  • Justin: What?
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  • Fear: Nice daisies. Justin: Thanks.
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  • Fear: You'll be pushing up a lot of daisies
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  • when you buy the farm.
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  • Justin: What farm?
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  • Fear: You know what they say, location is everything.
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  • Six feet under so not a great view,
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  • but we'll make you comfortable.
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  • Justin: That does it. You stay right there.
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  • May I see your driver's license?
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  • Fear: My what? Justin: You heard me.
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  • Fear: I don't have a driver's license.
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  • I'm your fear.
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  • Justin: Operator's license?
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  • Fear: Nope.
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  • Justin: That's what I suspected.
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  • No license plate I see.
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  • Fear: You seem upset, want to step inside and talk about it?
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  • Justin: No, but I want to give you this.
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  • Fear: What's this, your obituary?
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  • Justin: No, it's your final notice.
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  • Fear: I think you're confusing this with your final notice.
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  • Justin: Fear, I want you out of my life.
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  • You're in violation of my trust in God.
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  • You have no right following me around and scaring
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  • me about death.
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  • Fear: But Justin, death is inevitable.
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  • Justin: That's right, but God decides my appointed
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  • time to leave, not you.
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  • Fear: But aren't you the least bit anxious about the
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  • when, the where, and the how?
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  • Justin: I leave that up to God and because of that,
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  • I have nothing to be afraid of.
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  • Look, when I do leave this world.
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  • I'm gonna be with my Lord and it doesn't
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  • get much better than that.
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  • Now you, in.
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  • Fear: Me in? Justin: Off you go.
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  • Fear: I don't like it in here.
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  • It smells.
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  • Justin: Your time is up.
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  • Fear: Wait, wait, wait, where am I?
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  • Where am I gonna go?
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  • Justin: I don't know, wherever fear goes when
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  • he gets his final notice.
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  • Fear: No, no, no, no.
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  • Justin: Now, I got some livin' to do.
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Someone once observed that life is
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  • pleasant, death is peaceful,
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  • it's the transition that's troublesome.
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  • Well, dying is certainly no laughing matter.
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  • I mean, we fear what we don't know and the biggest unknown
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  • in this life is death.
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  • Even we Christians who know that death is just the door
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  • to eternity are often uneasy about dying.
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  • Does the fear of dying keep you from truly living?
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  • I think you'll find comfort in today's message as we open
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  • God's Word and see death from our creator's point of view.
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  • I mean, you might just find that a new understanding of death
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  • can give you a new lease on life.
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  • So, join me for a look at Death: The Fear of Dying as we continue
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  • our series, "What Are You Afraid Of?
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  • Facing Down Your Fears With Faith"
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  • coming up right here on "Turning Point."
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  • male announcer: Living in today's world can be perilous.
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  • Worry, anxiety, and fear seem to be a part of daily life.
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  • From who or what are we really safe?
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  • Ever feel that way?
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  • Satan wants to hold you captive to your fears.
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  • However, God has not given us the spirit of fear,
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  • but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
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  • That's why "New York Times"
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  • bestselling-author, David Jeremiah
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  • is challenging you to face down your fears with faith.
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  • Available now, order, "What Are You Afraid Of?
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  • Facing Down Your Fears With Faith" from Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Also available, Dr. Jeremiah's ultimate study collection,
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  • the "Overcoming Fear" set based on his teaching series.
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  • To find out more information or to order, contact
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  • "Turning Point" today.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: What if I promised you that we could
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  • change forever the way that you look at death,
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  • perhaps move it out of the fear category all together?
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  • What if we would take on this subject for a few moments from
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  • the Bible and pull death out
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  • of the terrifying darkness once and for all?
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  • If you'll stay focused, I think I can do that
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  • because the Bible does that.
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  • Before we go any further, we need to discuss what we mean
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  • when we talk about death, the faces of death.
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  • In the Bible there are three different descriptions of death.
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  • Let me give you the key word for all three of them.
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  • It's the word separation.
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  • Say that with me, "separation."
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  • In every three instances where death is mentioned in the Bible,
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  • it always involves separation.
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  • Let's begin, first of all, with physical death.
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  • What is physical death?
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  • Physical death is the separation of the soul
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  • and the spirit from the body.
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  • And let me tell you something, friends,
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  • I've been studying this very carefully.
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  • There are no exceptions.
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  • The statistics regarding physical death are 100% except
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  • perhaps for Christians who will be alive at the Rapture.
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  • But that hasn't happened yet, so I can say with authority
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  • that death is 100%.
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  • Someone has rightly made this observation that death is the
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  • number one killer in America.
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  • [laughing]
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  • Physical death.
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  • So, I know this is kind of a serious subject,
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  • but we don't have to be so serious about it.
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  • Let's just kind of--I'll tell you this little story that'll
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  • lighten it up a little bit.
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  • I heard about a doctor who went to see young man and he says,
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  • "I've just examined your reports,
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  • and I have bad news and worse news."
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  • He says, "Well, what do you mean?"
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  • He says, "Well, I have bad news, and they have worse news.
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  • What news would you like to have first?"
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  • And he said, "Give me the bad news."
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  • He said, "Well," he said, "we've looked at your tests and you
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  • have you have 48 hours to live."
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  • He says, "Well, what could be worse than that?
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  • What's the worse news?"
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  • He said, "We've been looking for you since yesterday."
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  • So, all right, I'm glad to hear you laugh.
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  • So, physical death is the separation of the soul
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  • and spirit from the body.
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  • Now, the other kind of death the Bible speaks
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  • about is spiritual death.
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  • This may surprise you because it almost sounds like a disconnect.
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  • but look up here for a moment.
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  • Let me tell you something that's true of every one of us,
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  • we were all born dead.
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  • Did you know that?
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  • We were all born spiritually dead because spiritual death
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  • is the separation of the soul from God,
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  • and when you are born, you do not have a relationship with
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  • God, except for the protective custody of those who are under
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  • the age of accountability.
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  • We know about that, but spiritual death is simply
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  • your soul being separated from God.
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  • You don't have any relationship with him.
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  • You don't have fellowship with him.
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  • We are separated from him because of sin and the Bible
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  • says, "The wages of sin are death."
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  • When sin entered the world through Adam,
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  • it spread to everyone so that every unregenerate man
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  • and woman is dead spiritually, separated from God.
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  • So, physical death is the separation of your soul
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  • from your body.
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  • Spiritual death is the separation of your soul
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  • from God.
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  • And then there's a third kind of death that's mentioned in
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  • the Bible and let me tell you something,
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  • this is the one you don't want to mess with.
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  • You don't want to experience this.
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  • Of all the other things I've said so far,
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  • please make sure you don't get on this list.
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  • This is called the second death.
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  • Even though it's the third on our list,
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  • it's called the second death and we read about it in
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  • the book of Revelation.
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  • So, follow on the screen as I read from my from my copy
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  • of the Scripture.
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  • "And the sea gave up the dead who were in it,
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  • and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them.
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  • And they were judged, each according to his works.
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  • Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire.
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  • This is the second death.
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  • And anyone not found written in the book of Life was cast
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  • into the lake of fire."
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  • The last form of death, second death,
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  • is the final banishment from God, and the final
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  • misery of the wicked in hell,
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  • following the Great White Throne Judgment.
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  • In other words, physical death is the separation of your soul
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  • from your body.
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  • Spiritual death is the separation
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  • of your soul from God.
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  • The second death is the separation of your soul from
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  • God forever and ever, and ever, with no hope
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  • of it ever being changed.
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  • If you are born-again, you will never die spiritually.
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  • You will never, ever be separated from God.
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  • John 11:25 puts it this way,
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  • "I am the resurrection and the life.
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  • He who believes in Me, though he may die,
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  • physically, he shall live.
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  • And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never, never die."
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  • So, if you want to live forever in the presence of God,
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  • you have to have two birthdays.
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  • You have to have your physical birthday,
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  • and you have to have a spiritual birthday.
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  • If you are only born once, you will have to die twice.
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  • But if you are born twice, you will only ever have to think
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  • about dying once.
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  • That's the fact of death and the faces of death.
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  • Let me talk, most of all today, about the fear of death.
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  • I want to share with you some reasons this morning why,
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  • if you're a Christian, you should never really have to be
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  • tormented by the fear of death.
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  • There are only two ways you can ever face the
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  • future no matter what it is.
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  • You can face the future by faith,
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  • or you can face the future in fear.
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  • And if you know the Word of God, you will not have to be afraid.
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  • And there are several reasons why you won't have to be afraid
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  • of death that are presented clearly in the Word of God.
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  • And let me give them to you kind of one at a time and let's
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  • unpack them together.
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  • Number one, you don't have to be afraid of death
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  • because the prince of death has been defeated,
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  • the prince of death has been defeated.
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  • Listen to the words of Hebrews chapter 2, verses 14 and 15.
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  • Listen carefully to every word.
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  • "Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh
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  • and blood," that is us,
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  • "Jesus Himself likewise shared in the same--"
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  • In other words, he became flesh and blood.
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  • "That through death He might destroy him who had the power
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  • of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through
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  • fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage."
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  • The author of the book of Hebrews declares that Jesus
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  • has conquered death by death, and has freed us
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  • from the fear of death.
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  • When Christ, by his own death, paid the penalty for our sin,
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  • he took the sting out of the devil's condemnation.
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  • And when Jesus stepped out from the open tomb on Resurrection
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  • Sunday, Satan's defeat was absolutely certain.
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  • His weapon of death had been destroyed.
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  • He is still alive and active, but his failure
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  • is a foregone conclusion.
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  • He has to settle for winning the little battles because the war
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  • he started has already been lost to him forever.
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  • When Jesus came out of the grave victorious over death,
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  • he took death out of Satan's weaponry,
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  • and he can't hurt us with it anymore.
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  • Number two, the power of death has been destroyed.
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  • 1 Corinthians 15 says it this way,
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  • "'O Death, where is your sting?
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  • O Hades, where is your victory?'
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  • The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.
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  • But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our
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  • Lord Jesus Christ."
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  • In the book of Revelation, we are told that death has no part
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  • of any future that belongs to any believer.
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  • In fact, the Bible says, when we get to heaven,
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  • God will wipe away every tear from their eyes and there shall
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  • be no more death, not even physical death.
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  • The prince of death has been defeated,
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  • the power of death has been destroyed.
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  • Here's the third one, the process of death
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  • has been described.
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  • Everywhere you go today, people want
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  • to know what's gonna happen after person dies.
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  • And all these wonderful books have been written by people
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  • who've come back from the grave.
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  • I don't know what to think about most of those.
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  • I'm sure you don't either.
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  • Some of them, I believe some of them,
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  • I think, have been for good book sales.
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  • But I don't have to read some modern book to know what happens
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  • when you die because the Bible tells me.
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  • And I want to tell you a little story here that will help you
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  • understand what I mean.
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  • Jesus told this story in the 16th chapter of the book of Luke
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  • and it offers a penetrating view of what happens after death.
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  • In fact, it may tell us more about life after death than
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  • any passage in the Scripture.
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  • Here's the story, it's a parable Jesus told concerning two men,
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  • one rich and one poor.
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  • Now, the poor man's name we know, it was Lazarus.
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  • And we don't know the rich man's name,
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  • but we do know something about his lifestyle because Jesus
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  • tells us that this rich man wears the finest clothing,
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  • he eats the finest food, he has had the best,
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  • and he has let everyone know about it,
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  • even the beggars who lie at his gates trying to get some
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  • of the crumbs that he might drop to them.
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  • The poor man, Lazarus, who hopes to be thrown a few crumbs from
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  • the bountiful table is not only hungry,
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  • but the Scripture tells us, and this is pretty gross,
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  • that he's very ill, covered with sores,
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  • and the town dogs lick the sores on his body.
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  • He is one miserable creature, living a miserable existence.
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  • Now watch, Lazarus does possess one thing that no one can take
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  • away from him and that is his love for God.
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  • The rich man possesses one thing, he can't keep, his life.
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  • Now, in the story Jesus tells, both men die,
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  • and on the other side of the gate that separates this life
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  • from eternity, the beggar, Lazarus,
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  • is carried by heavenly angels to the bosom of Abraham.
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  • Now he is kissed by the angels instead of licked by the dogs.
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  • The Bible just says that the rich man died.
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  • Did you know that when a believer dies,
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  • the angels come and carry that believer to God?
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  • When any of us who are believers pass from this life to the next,
  • 00:18:05.120 --> 00:18:09.110
  • Almighty God dispatches angels to convey us into his presence.
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  • We won't simply be beamed up to heaven,
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  • we will be carried there by the angels.
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  • And this passage provides one of the euphemisms
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  • we employ for death.
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  • We say, "The angels took him."
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  • It may sound like a cliche from some Victorian greeting card,
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  • but it's the biblical truth that's applied
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  • to believers in Christ.
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  • On the day when you wait for the curtains to be drawn on
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  • this life, God's messengers stand ready to bear you away
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  • on life's ultimate journey.
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  • On that journey, Christians will experience none of the travel
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  • worries we face.
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  • You won't get lost, I'm very thankful for that one.
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  • You won't miss the bus.
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  • There's no waiting for the next plane.
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  • God has a special angel assigned to bring you home and in the
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  • face of such assurance, why should you be afraid?
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  • The prince of death has been defeated,
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  • the power of death has been destroyed,
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  • the process of death has been described.
  • 00:19:17.200 --> 00:19:22.020
  • And finally, the picture of death has been developed.
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  • And there's no verse of Scripture that gives us more
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  • comforting information about it than Psalm 23:4 and that's why
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  • we love this whole psalm.
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  • The sheer beauty of this passage never fails to move us.
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  • I am certain that this verse has been read at more funerals than
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  • any other verse in the Bible.
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  • Its poetic phrases teach us several things.
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  • Here's what the verse teaches us,
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  • three things, number one, that death is a journey,
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  • not a destination.
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  • The Bible says, "Yea, though I walk through the valley."
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  • Death isn't a place that you go to,
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  • it's a place you go through to the other side.
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  • That's why Paul said, "Absent from the body,
  • 00:20:15.220 --> 00:20:18.130
  • and present with the Lord," indicating
  • 00:20:18.140 --> 00:20:22.050
  • that the two conditions are one in the same.
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  • Most of the time if we were accurate,
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  • we would say we're not afraid of death,
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  • we're just afraid of dying because we're afraid of what
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  • it's like, what the process is.
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  • But dying for a believer is not anything for us to fear.
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  • First of all, the angels come and get us and it's only
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  • a temporary moment that we walk through to the other side.
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  • Number two, here's my favorite thing in this whole message,
  • 00:20:48.010 --> 00:20:50.170
  • death is a shadow, not a reality.
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  • The Bible says it this way:
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  • "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death."
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  • Listen to this, Donald Grey Barnhouse,
  • 00:21:01.210 --> 00:21:04.070
  • one of the great teachers of another generation,
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  • was driving home from the funeral of his first wife,
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  • and he had his children with them,
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  • and they were overwhelmed with grief.
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  • As he sought some way to comfort his children as they were
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  • standing at the corner, a huge moving van past them and its
  • 00:21:19.170 --> 00:21:23.240
  • shadow swept over where they were standing.
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  • Dr. Barnhouse said, "Children, would you rather be run over by
  • 00:21:26.140 --> 00:21:31.130
  • a truck or by its shadow?"
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  • And, of course, they said, "The shadow, it's harmless."
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  • He said, "Let me tell you something, kids.
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  • Two thousand years ago, the truck ran over Jesus Christ
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  • in order that only the shadow would have to run over us."
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  • Isn't that a great thought?
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  • The truck ran over Jesus Christ, he suffered the death
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  • so that only the shadow has to run over us.
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  • The Bible says death is a shadow, not a reality.
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  • No longer is it true that we have to be afraid.
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  • For Jesus said, and I quote it again,
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  • "I am the resurrection and the life.
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  • He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
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  • And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die."
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  • Third, from Psalm 23:4, death is this lonely,
  • 00:22:28.250 --> 00:22:32.120
  • but you are never, never alone.
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  • And let me tell you something that's real--can I say this is
  • 00:22:36.140 --> 00:22:39.050
  • really cool in this in this psalm?
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  • This is the little grammatical thing I want to share with you.
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  • Listen to me, this is how this psalm is laid out.
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  • In the first part of the psalm, the shepherd's psalmist
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  • is talking about the shepherd.
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  • He's describing it.
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  • Here's how he talks he says, "He leads me,
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  • he restores me, he makes me to lie down in green pastures."
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  • And then all of a sudden, you get to the fourth verse and very
  • 00:23:05.210 --> 00:23:09.130
  • abruptly, the third person becomes the second person.
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  • And David says, "You are with me."
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  • He moves from he to you.
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  • He quits talking about the shepherd and begins
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  • talking to him.
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  • "You are with me."
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  • We never walk that road alone.
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  • The provision that God has made for death is only applicable to
  • 00:23:36.040 --> 00:23:42.170
  • those who put their trust in Christ.
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  • If you want to go to heaven when you die,
  • 00:23:46.010 --> 00:23:48.220
  • you have to do something about it in the here and now.
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  • You don't get to heaven and make a choice.
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  • Your choice has to be made here and now.
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  • The Bible says that you must place your trust
  • 00:23:57.250 --> 00:23:59.280
  • in Jesus Christ.
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  • If you will believe in him, he will give you
  • 00:24:01.130 --> 00:24:04.000
  • eternal life as your gift.
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  • The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life
  • 00:24:05.250 --> 00:24:10.020
  • through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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  • I want to urge you today, don't play chicken with death.
  • 00:24:13.080 --> 00:24:17.280
  • Don't sit back there and say,
  • 00:24:17.290 --> 00:24:20.010
  • "Well, I don't need to do this now.
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  • There's some other time I can do it."
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  • Listen, you're not--you're not gonna ever hear another sermon
  • 00:24:22.240 --> 00:24:25.250
  • like this the rest of your life 'cause the next time a sermon
  • 00:24:25.260 --> 00:24:28.100
  • like this is gonna be preached, you won't hear it.
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  • What God has in store for those who put their trust in him is
  • 00:24:33.170 --> 00:24:36.070
  • far beyond anything I have said to you today,
  • 00:24:36.080 --> 00:24:39.270
  • but it's only for those who trust him.
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  • You say, "Well, that's pretty narrow."
  • 00:24:44.000 --> 00:24:45.250
  • It's just as narrow as the Word of God makes it.
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  • I didn't make up the script, God did.
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  • He's offering us today this wonderful opportunity to put
  • 00:24:51.130 --> 00:24:56.000
  • our trust in him, will you do it?
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  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiah will return to close today's
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  • program right after this.
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  • announcer: Living in today's world can be perilous.
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  • From who or what are we really safe?
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  • Ever feel that way?
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  • Satan wants to hold you captive to your fears.
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  • However, God has not given us the spirit of fear,
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  • but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
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  • announcer: And now, with one last Word for today's program,
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  • here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Knowing that God awaits us at the end of our
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  • earthly lives can give us incredible peace and comfort,
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  • not only at the time of death, but throughout our lifetime.
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  • You've heard the expression, "A fate worse than death,"
  • 00:26:07.210 --> 00:26:11.110
  • that's not just a figure of speech, there
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  • really is a fate worse than death and that's dying without
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  • knowing the Savior Jesus Christ.
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  • That relationship makes all the difference in this life and in
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  • the next, and it's my deepest hope that you've
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  • entered into that relationship.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: It is the terror of God
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  • and our protection in the midst of it that brings such
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  • joy and wonder to our hearts.
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  • We have a fearful God, but he's the same God who was wrapped
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  • his arms around us in the middle of life and loved us to himself.
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  • announcer: Thank you for being with us today.
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