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Is There Only One Way to God?

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September 9, 2020
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In this message; Dr. Jeremiah shares what Jesus says about the way to God in John 14:6.

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Is There Only One Way to God?

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Is thereonly one way to God?
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  • That isa controversial question.
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  • Hello, I'm David Jeremiah,and welcome to "Turning Point."
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  • as the highest value in society.
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  • So, when Christians say thatJesus Christ is the only way
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  • to God, we are quickly labeledintolerant and narrow minded.
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  • But what if it's the truth?
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  • Is there only one way to God?
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: In our ageof pluralism and tolerance,
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  • the question, "Is there onlyone way to God?"
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  • is the most toxic and volatilequestion you could ever ask.
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  • On the night of his arrest,Jesus addressed
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  • this very question.
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  • He was gathered together in theupper room eating and drinking
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  • with his chosen disciplesand he spoke to them about
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  • a number of troubling thingsthat would soon take place.
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  • And then he comforted themwith these words
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  • which are known to us.
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  • He said to them, "Let notyour heart be troubled.
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  • You believe in God,believe also in me.
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  • In my Father's houseare many mansions
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  • and if it were not so,I would have told you.
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  • I go to prepare a place for youand if I go and prepare a place
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  • for you, I will come againand receive you to myself
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  • that where I am, there youmay be also and where I go,
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  • you know, and the way you know."
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  • Well, when Jesus saidthat to his disciples,
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  • that the way to God was certainand knowable,
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  • Doubting Thomas,one of his disciples,
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  • spoke up and he saidto Jesus in verse 5, he said,
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  • "Lord, we don't knowwhere you're going,
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  • and how can we know the way?"
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  • Obviously, Thomas hadn't beenlistening to what Jesus said.
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  • He got it all wrong.
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  • He didn't understand that Jesushad just got done telling him
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  • that he was gonna go to heaven,he was gonna prepare a place,
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  • and he was gonna come backand get them and take them
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  • to the place where he was.
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  • Thomas obviously thoughtJesus was talking
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  • about going someplacein Israel and hiding out,
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  • and he wanted to know howwould he be able to find Jesus,
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  • and how would he get thereif he didn't even know
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  • where he was going?
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  • How would he ever know the way?
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  • He was looking for some sortof earthly map
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  • to where Jesus was going.
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  • You see, Thomas's problem washis mind was on earthly things.
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  • Jesus was trying to communicatesomething spiritual,
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  • and the answer that Jesus gaveis the question
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  • that we're talking about today.
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  • The answer that he gave isjohn 14:6 listen,
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  • these are the words of Jesus.
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  • "And Jesus said to Thomas,
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  • "Thomas, I am the way,the truth, and the life,
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  • and no one comes to the Fatherexcept through me."
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  • In that powerful statement,Jesus declared himself to be
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  • the answer to the three greatestquestions of the human heart.
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  • To the first question,"How can I be saved?"
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  • He said, "I am the way."
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  • The second one,"How can I be sure?"
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  • He said, "I'm the truth."
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  • And the third,"How can I be satisfied?"
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  • He said, "I am the life.
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  • I'm the way, the truth,and the life."
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  • And Jesus claims thathe is the answer
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  • to life's greatest question bypointing to himself and saying,
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  • "I, I only, am the way to God."
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  • We are like Adam and Eveafter they were thrown out
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  • of the garden.
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  • We keep looking and lookingfor something to satisfy us,
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  • and we can't find it.
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  • There's this emptinessin our lives.
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  • But here is the good news,when Jesus Christ came,
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  • he came specifically to fixall of the things
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  • that were brokenbecause of the fall.
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  • He came to be the one who wouldrestore our fellowship with God.
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  • He came to be the truthabout God in his very being,
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  • and he came to give us life,not just in heaven someday
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  • by and by, but life in the hereand now that's better
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  • than anything you will ever findit anywhere.
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  • In reality, Jesus iscommunion restored,
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  • he is truth recovered,and he is life regained.
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  • Notice, first of all,he is communion restored.
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  • He said, "I am the way."
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  • Apart from Christ,you are barred from communion
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  • with God because of sin,but Jesus says that he came
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  • to remove that barrier.
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  • The Apostle Paul saidit this way,
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  • "There is one God and onemediator between God and man,
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  • and it's the man Christ Jesus."
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  • He came to be the bridgeto open up the way again
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  • so that we could have fellowshipwith God.
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  • He has come to be the way.
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  • Now, we believe, all of us,that Jesus is the teacher
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  • of the way.
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  • We accept the fact that he isthe guide along the way,
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  • but that's not whathe is saying here.
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  • He is saying herethat he is the way.
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  • He saying, "I am the way torestore communion with God."
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  • Now, if you've come tothis church for very long,
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  • you have probably heardthe rumor that your pastor is
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  • directionally challenged,that I spend at least
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  • a few moments every weektotally lost.
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  • I have so many storiesI could tell you
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  • of how I have lost my way.
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  • One of the most profound onesthat I thought
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  • of this week was when I wasa pastor in Fort Wayne.
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  • On one occasion,I was conducting a funeral,
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  • and I was in my car followingthe hearse to the graveyard.
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  • And I was talking to a friend ofmine about a church that we were
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  • trying to help over here andinstead of following the hearse,
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  • I took the right turn,and went to the church.
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  • The hearse went to the funeral,and I didn't know
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  • where the cemetery was.
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  • It took me a while to get thereand when I got there,
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  • they were waiting for me.
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  • And I'm telling you the truth,from that moment on,
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  • that funeral director wouldnever let me conduct a funeral
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  • unless I promisedto ride with him.
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  • That's how bad it is.
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  • And, of course, now we haveall of these wonderful devices
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  • that are supposed to help usfind our way.
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  • I have two, I have onein my car,
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  • and one in my phone.
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  • But what I've discovered isthat they don't always agree.
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  • So, here I've got the voicesof two women I've never met
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  • telling me where to go,and half the time
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  • they get me more lost thanif I would just try my best.
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  • It's so bad for me, friends,that oftentimes when I get
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  • to a place where I haveto make a decision,
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  • if it seems right to go right,I go left.
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  • Suppose I were to go to anothercity and I was visiting there,
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  • and I needed to find a place.
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  • And I would go up to a manand say to him,
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  • "I need some directionsto this location."
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  • And he were to say to me,"Here's what you need to do,
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  • Pastor Jeremiah, take the firstright and then the second left.
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  • Cross the shopping mall bridge,go to past the church
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  • and take the third right."
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  • I'm in trouble right there.
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  • I can't listen fast enough oreven write fast enough to hear
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  • what this man is saying,and I will probably too proud
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  • to ask him for any questionsto be answered.
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  • It's happened to me so often.
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  • It's like a recurring dream.
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  • On the other hand, supposethat men were to say to me,
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  • "Look, I have a little timeon my hands today,
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  • and I know exactlywhere you want to go.
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  • Let me help you.Let me be your way.
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  • I'll take you there."
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  • And suppose he were to getin my car and ride with me,
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  • or maybe he would ask meto scoot over
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  • and he would drive in the car.
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  • Or perhaps, he would lead mein his car so that
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  • I could follow him.
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  • That would be a dream come true.
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  • It's never happened to me.
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  • I doubt if it ever will happento me.
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  • Even though I might pray for it,it's never been a prayer
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  • that's been answered.
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  • But that is what Jesusis talking about here.
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  • Jesus is saying, "I want to beyour way.
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  • I don't want to give youdirections to the way.
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  • I don't want you to followthose directions.
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  • I am the way, I will take youto God and restore communication
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  • with him."
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  • Jesus Christ is the way.
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  • Do you know thatin the early church,
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  • they didn't callthe early Christians,
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  • Christians or disciples?
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  • They called them peopleof the way.
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  • They called the church the waybecause that was the unique
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  • message that they had a wayto God through their Savior.
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  • So, Jesus is communicationrestored.
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  • "I am the way."
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  • He is also truth recovered.
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  • He said, "I am the truth."
  • 00:10:51.233 --> 00:10:54.870
  • In John 1:14 we read,"And the Word,"
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  • which is the word for Christ,"And the Word became flesh
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  • and dwelt among us,and we beheld His glory,
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  • the glory asof the only begotten
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  • of the Father, full of graceand truth."
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  • The Bible says thatJesus Christ is the Word.
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  • He is God's message to us.
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  • He is who God is livingin a human body,
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  • perfected in his holiness,walking on this earth,
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  • showing us what we can knowabout God.
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  • We can never know everythingabout the Father
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  • because he's a Spirit,but in his condescension to us,
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  • Almighty God poured himselfinto a human body and allowed
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  • that body to walk on this earthfor 33 years and his life
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  • to be wonderfully recordedby the gospel narrative.
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  • And in that body, he livedas if God were in that body
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  • because God was in that body.
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  • He was God walkingaround in a body.
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  • He was the truthabout God in a body.
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  • He was the Word.
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  • On one occasion, someonecame to Jesus and said,
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  • "Show us the Father."
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  • And you know what he said?
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  • He said, "If you have seen me,you have seen the Father."
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  • So, Jesus Christ is not onlythe way to God,
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  • Jesus Christ is the truthabout God.
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  • And thirdly,he has life regained.
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  • Jesus is the absolute oppositeof death.
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  • Jesus is life, he is the life.And Jesus said, "I am the life."
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  • John 1:4 says, "In him was life,and the life
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  • was the light of men."
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  • Jesus said to her, "I amthe resurrection and the life.
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  • Who believes in me,though he may die,
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  • he shall live."
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  • Jesus Christ is the one whocame to free us from death,
  • 00:12:50.786 --> 00:12:54.924
  • and I'm not talking here aboutphysical death because we all
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  • know that if the Lord doesn'tcome during our normal lifespan,
  • 00:12:57.259 --> 00:13:01.063
  • we will die, all of us.
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  • I mean, the statistics on deathare 100% last I knew.
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  • So, death is a reality for us,physical death.
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  • He's not talking here aboutthe separation of the soul
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  • from the body.
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  • He's talking about the death,which is the separation
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  • of the soul from God.
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  • And he says that if you cometo Christ,
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  • you will never experiencethat death.
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  • You will come alive, you will berestored in your relationship
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  • to God throughhis life-giving death.
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  • You will come alive.
  • 00:13:29.859 --> 00:13:31.627
  • In the story of the prodigal sonwhen he came back
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  • from the far country, the Biblesays that his father said,
  • 00:13:34.663 --> 00:13:37.766
  • "This my son was dead,and he is alive.'
  • 00:13:37.800 --> 00:13:40.769
  • Well, his son wasn't deadand he had no reason
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  • to believe that he was.
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  • He might have been, but hehad not heard that he was dead.
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  • He wasn't talkingabout his physical life.
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  • He was talking about the factthat while his son was
  • 00:13:49.311 --> 00:13:51.847
  • in the far country,he was dead to his family.
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  • His family didn't know he wasdead to what was going on around
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  • his family, dead to whathis older brother was doing,
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  • dead to his fatherwatching for him,
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  • dead to all of the joysthat were a part of his--
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  • he was dead to it all.
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  • But when he came back,he became alive to it all.
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  • That's what Jesus Christ istelling us that if we come
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  • to him, we will come aliveto God in the places
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  • where we were dead toward him.
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  • The Bible teaches us that thepart of us that is dead toward
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  • God, which is true of everyonebefore they meet Christ,
  • 00:14:27.316 --> 00:14:31.287
  • that deadness becomes alive.
  • 00:14:31.320 --> 00:14:36.292
  • And the Bible says it's notjust life, it's abundant life.
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  • "I have come that they mighthave life and that
  • 00:14:39.528 --> 00:14:41.764
  • they might have it moreabundantly," John 10:10.
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  • Jesus Christ did not come intothis world simply to invigorate
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  • our old sin nature.
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  • He did not come to just refinethe ugliness in our life.
  • 00:14:51.240 --> 00:14:54.376
  • Jesus came into this worldto give us a whole new life
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  • where there was deadnessthat we might know God
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  • and come alive spiritually.
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  • I don't know any better wayto describe what happens
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  • to a person who accepts Christ,
  • 00:15:07.122 --> 00:15:09.091
  • they just come alivespiritually.
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  • We see it in the testimoniesin our baptistry.
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  • We read it in the emailsand the letters that come
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  • and tell us what happens.
  • 00:15:16.799 --> 00:15:18.834
  • They were dead toward God,and then something happens
  • 00:15:18.867 --> 00:15:21.270
  • and they receive Jesus Christand all of a sudden,
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  • the way toward God is opened.
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  • Listen to these wordsfrom the other portions
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  • of the gospel.
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  • John 17:3 says,"This is eternal life,
  • 00:15:33.549 --> 00:15:37.987
  • that they may know You,the only true God,
  • 00:15:38.020 --> 00:15:41.757
  • and Jesus Christwhom You have sent."
  • 00:15:41.790 --> 00:15:45.327
  • Here's the best onebeside John chapter 14,
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  • Acts 4, verse 12, "Nor isthere salvation in any other,
  • 00:15:48.831 --> 00:15:55.371
  • for there is no other nameunder heaven given among men
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  • by which we must be saved."
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  • Did you hear that?How exclusive can you get?
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  • And 1 Timothy 2:5,I've referenced earlier,
  • 00:16:07.983 --> 00:16:10.986
  • there's one God and onemediator between God and man,
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  • the man Christ Jesus.
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  • And when we talkabout these things,
  • 00:16:17.259 --> 00:16:19.728
  • and I'm not trying to dodge thisat all but to hit it straight
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  • on the best I know how.
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  • Whenever we talkabout these things,
  • 00:16:24.500 --> 00:16:25.934
  • people are prone to respondin different ways.
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  • And I've had them say somethinglike this to me, they'll say,
  • 00:16:28.203 --> 00:16:31.807
  • "Well, Pastor Jeremiah,that's fine for you.
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  • I'm sure that really helpsyou where you are in your life,
  • 00:16:34.943 --> 00:16:39.748
  • but I don't believe that."
  • 00:16:39.782 --> 00:16:42.217
  • And then they smile with a kindof accommodating smile
  • 00:16:42.251 --> 00:16:46.355
  • that says, "I don't believe it,so it can't be true."
  • 00:16:46.388 --> 00:16:52.127
  • But I'd like you to try thatapproach on the law of gravity.
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  • "I don't believe the law ofgravity, so it can't be true."
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  • If I jump out of aten-story building,
  • 00:17:01.437 --> 00:17:04.106
  • the same thing will happen tome whether I believe it or not
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  • because it's a law of God.
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  • And the principle of comingto God through Christ is
  • 00:17:11.580 --> 00:17:14.583
  • one of God's spiritual laws.
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  • How many of you know Godgets to make the rules?
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  • We don't.
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  • I didn't make this up.
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  • I'm not saying this, I'm justtelling you what the Bible says.
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  • One of my dear friendswent to be with the Lord.
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  • His name is Kenny Poore, andKenny Poore is in heaven now.
  • 00:17:30.365 --> 00:17:34.403
  • I always loved Kenny because healways had a way of saying stuff
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  • that nobody else would say.
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  • And I remember one timehe told me, he says,
  • 00:17:39.508 --> 00:17:41.610
  • "You know, people are alwaysfreaking out because
  • 00:17:41.643 --> 00:17:43.378
  • we say there's only one wayto heaven."
  • 00:17:43.412 --> 00:17:46.748
  • And then he said somethinglike this,
  • 00:17:46.782 --> 00:17:48.283
  • "you know," he said,"becoming a Christian is called
  • 00:17:48.317 --> 00:17:52.621
  • the second birth, the new birth.
  • 00:17:52.654 --> 00:17:55.357
  • Let's use the first birthas an illustration."
  • 00:17:55.390 --> 00:17:58.127
  • He said, "As far as I know,there's only one way to get born
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  • physically, only one, you haveto have a sperm and an egg,
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  • and they have to uniteand they bring forth birth.
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  • And it doesn't matter whetherit's in test tube or in a womb.
  • 00:18:07.469 --> 00:18:10.038
  • It's just there's only one wayto be born physically,
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  • how narrow minded of God."
  • 00:18:13.008 --> 00:18:16.678
  • How very exclusive of God tomake physical birth so one way.
  • 00:18:16.712 --> 00:18:23.318
  • Why then would we be surprisedthat if the law of God
  • 00:18:23.352 --> 00:18:26.421
  • concerning physical birth isvery similar to the law of God
  • 00:18:26.455 --> 00:18:29.758
  • concerning spiritual birth?
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  • There's just one way.
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  • The principle of coming to Godthrough Christ is one
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  • of God's spiritual laws,and it cannot be violated.
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  • You can't change it.
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  • You might saywith all your heart,
  • 00:18:43.605 --> 00:18:45.040
  • "I don't believe it," but youwon't change the truth of it
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  • one bit, and it won't makeany difference
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  • when you stand before God.
  • 00:18:50.078 --> 00:18:51.613
  • If you have not believed thisyou can say,
  • 00:18:51.647 --> 00:18:54.850
  • "Well, I didn't believe itat the time I heard it."
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  • Well, that doesn't makeany difference.
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  • It's true, and it's witnessedto you from the Word of God
  • 00:18:59.321 --> 00:19:02.057
  • and Jesus Christ himselfmade that claim.
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  • So, let me stop here for justa moment for those of you
  • 00:19:05.060 --> 00:19:07.029
  • who want to be more inclusivethan exclusive.
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  • Don't come to me with anymitigating nonsense about,
  • 00:19:10.365 --> 00:19:13.101
  • "No, I believe thatthe Christian faith is like
  • 00:19:13.135 --> 00:19:16.972
  • other faiths, and I acceptall of them."
  • 00:19:17.005 --> 00:19:19.508
  • No, if you don't accept theexclusivity of Jesus Christ,
  • 00:19:19.541 --> 00:19:22.411
  • you cannot accept Christianityat all because Jesus Christ said
  • 00:19:22.444 --> 00:19:27.149
  • he was the only way andif he isn't the only way,
  • 00:19:27.182 --> 00:19:30.852
  • he's a liar and you do not havethe opportunity to follow him.
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  • If he is not the one way,he has disqualified himself.
  • 00:19:34.856 --> 00:19:39.027
  • So, we have this very tolerant,"Can't we all just get along"
  • 00:19:42.030 --> 00:19:44.533
  • kind of thingin the spiritual realm.
  • 00:19:44.566 --> 00:19:47.002
  • You can't say, "I believeChristianity is true,
  • 00:19:47.035 --> 00:19:49.671
  • and I believe these otherthings are true as well."
  • 00:19:49.705 --> 00:19:51.707
  • Because the headof Christianity said,
  • 00:19:51.740 --> 00:19:54.042
  • the Son of God said,"I am the only way,"
  • 00:19:54.076 --> 00:19:58.347
  • that's either true or it's not.
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  • So really, in the two ways thatpeople try to deal with God,
  • 00:20:00.382 --> 00:20:04.453
  • one of which is to try to doenough to please him
  • 00:20:04.486 --> 00:20:06.755
  • so that you can get his favorand go to heaven,
  • 00:20:06.788 --> 00:20:09.558
  • which is what allthe religions do,
  • 00:20:09.591 --> 00:20:11.393
  • and the other which is that Godalready has done everything
  • 00:20:11.426 --> 00:20:13.996
  • we need for us and we just needto accept it.
  • 00:20:14.029 --> 00:20:16.632
  • Both of these ways arevery exclusive
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  • in how they are presented.
  • 00:20:19.401 --> 00:20:21.203
  • And if you want to acceptit this way,
  • 00:20:21.236 --> 00:20:23.138
  • let me tell you, Christianity isthe most inclusive exclusivity
  • 00:20:23.171 --> 00:20:28.143
  • there is becauseChristianity says,
  • 00:20:28.176 --> 00:20:31.480
  • Jesus says, "I am the way,the truth, and the life,
  • 00:20:31.513 --> 00:20:34.082
  • and anyone who wants to comemay come."
  • 00:20:34.116 --> 00:20:37.719
  • It doesn't matter whatreligion you came from.
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  • It doesn't matterwhat you've done.
  • 00:20:39.888 --> 00:20:41.823
  • It doesn't matter if you havelived at the gates of hell.
  • 00:20:41.857 --> 00:20:44.259
  • It simply says, "I am the way,the truth, and the life,
  • 00:20:44.293 --> 00:20:47.462
  • but I'm not just a wayfor good people.
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  • I'm away for all peoplewho will come."
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  • And that's how I got in,how about the rest of you, amen?
  • 00:20:52.934 --> 00:20:56.438
  • Well, I know that this isthe message to those
  • 00:20:59.041 --> 00:21:01.443
  • who haven't accepted the way,what is the message
  • 00:21:01.476 --> 00:21:05.314
  • to those of us who have?
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  • Ladies and gentlemen,if we truly believe
  • 00:21:07.883 --> 00:21:09.618
  • that Jesus Christ is the wayand that no one comes
  • 00:21:09.651 --> 00:21:14.156
  • to the Father exceptthrough him, what does that say
  • 00:21:14.189 --> 00:21:18.527
  • about our complacencyconcerning the gospel?
  • 00:21:18.560 --> 00:21:22.297
  • What does that say about thoseof us who live and work around
  • 00:21:22.331 --> 00:21:26.101
  • people who do not know him andsay nothing about it whatsoever?
  • 00:21:26.134 --> 00:21:32.040
  • You know, men and women, we havebecome such nice Christians.
  • 00:21:32.074 --> 00:21:36.545
  • We don't ever want anybodyto disagree with us
  • 00:21:36.578 --> 00:21:39.281
  • and even though we might holdour own convictions about this,
  • 00:21:39.314 --> 00:21:42.217
  • we don't ever want to tellanybody about them for fear
  • 00:21:42.250 --> 00:21:44.753
  • that we will offend them.
  • 00:21:44.786 --> 00:21:48.423
  • And I think maybe it's time forus to stop and ask ourselves,
  • 00:21:48.457 --> 00:21:51.560
  • "Do I really believe thatJesus Christ is the way,
  • 00:21:51.593 --> 00:21:55.530
  • the truth, and the life,and that no one comes
  • 00:21:55.564 --> 00:21:57.799
  • to the Father exceptthrough him?"
  • 00:21:57.833 --> 00:21:59.468
  • And if we believe that,we ought to start acting
  • 00:21:59.501 --> 00:22:01.670
  • like we believe it.
  • 00:22:01.703 --> 00:22:03.004
  • The idea that Jesus is the way,the truth, and the life,
  • 00:22:03.038 --> 00:22:05.707
  • is not a negative message.
  • 00:22:05.741 --> 00:22:07.442
  • It's the most positive messagethere ever was because
  • 00:22:07.476 --> 00:22:10.479
  • without him, there is no way.
  • 00:22:10.512 --> 00:22:13.148
  • He is the way.
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  • Without Jesus, we have no hope.
  • 00:22:14.783 --> 00:22:17.018
  • Without him, we are lost.
  • 00:22:17.052 --> 00:22:19.087
  • We will never know God,but he came,
  • 00:22:19.121 --> 00:22:22.090
  • he condescended to put himselfwithin the limitations
  • 00:22:22.124 --> 00:22:26.228
  • of a human body, livedfor 30 years in a little place
  • 00:22:26.261 --> 00:22:30.265
  • no bigger than a postage stampon the universal map.
  • 00:22:30.298 --> 00:22:33.935
  • And ultimately, one day wentto the cross and hung there
  • 00:22:33.969 --> 00:22:36.972
  • while they nailed him to thatpiece of wood and because
  • 00:22:37.005 --> 00:22:42.110
  • he was God in a body, he borethe penalty for all of us,
  • 00:22:42.144 --> 00:22:47.549
  • and he's got the scars to provethat he alone is the way.
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  • I'm here to tell you,if you want to go to heaven,
  • 00:22:54.923 --> 00:22:58.059
  • if you want to haveyour sins forgiven,
  • 00:22:58.093 --> 00:23:01.196
  • if you want to know the truth,if you want to have life,
  • 00:23:01.229 --> 00:23:04.433
  • there's only one personwho can do that for you
  • 00:23:04.466 --> 00:23:07.135
  • and that is Jesus Christ.
  • 00:23:07.169 --> 00:23:08.804
  • That is not the wordof David Jeremiah,
  • 00:23:08.837 --> 00:23:11.039
  • that is the Word of the Bible.
  • 00:23:11.072 --> 00:23:12.974
  • That is the Word of Jesushimself the Son of God,
  • 00:23:13.008 --> 00:23:16.445
  • and I want you to know that anyof us in this room who end up
  • 00:23:16.478 --> 00:23:22.684
  • in heaven will be therefor one reason,
  • 00:23:22.717 --> 00:23:25.487
  • and that's becausewe have accepted Christ.
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  • In case any of you don't know,I'm going to heaven,
  • 00:23:28.123 --> 00:23:31.526
  • not because David Jeremiah.
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  • I have nothing to offer.
  • 00:23:34.329 --> 00:23:36.231
  • I have a Savior who blazedthe trail so that my sin
  • 00:23:36.264 --> 00:23:40.669
  • could be forgiven andbecause of what he did,
  • 00:23:40.702 --> 00:23:44.206
  • he's taking me to heaven.
  • 00:23:44.239 --> 00:23:47.075
  • He's my way.
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  • I want you to make himyour way today.
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  • I may never, ever have a chanceto preach on this passage again.
  • 00:23:52.747 --> 00:23:55.851
  • I think of all the placesI haven't preached
  • 00:23:55.884 --> 00:23:58.153
  • that I want to preach.
  • 00:23:58.186 --> 00:24:00.555
  • This, one ofthe central passages,
  • 00:24:00.589 --> 00:24:02.257
  • in the Word of God, it isthe answer to the question,
  • 00:24:02.290 --> 00:24:04.493
  • "Is there one way to God?"
  • 00:24:04.526 --> 00:24:05.961
  • Yes, and his name is Jesus,and I recommend him to you.
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  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:24:11.266 --> 00:24:21.243
  • Dr. Jeremiah: It is notunreasonable
  • 00:24:21.276 --> 00:24:23.378
  • for the God of the universeto establish a way for man
  • 00:24:23.411 --> 00:24:26.414
  • to be reconciled to him.
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  • I mean after all, if he's Godand we are his creation,
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