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May 12, 2018
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  • Pastor Skip Heitzig: When you study this,
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  • there's no way to explain the Bible's ability to predict
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  • the future, unless we see God as the author,
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  • or the one who superintended the writing.
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  • Because, the prediction is so precise it's undeniable.
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  • Bible prophecy isn't a good guess,
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  • it always has multiple contingencies and multiple
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  • features that cannot be known and cannot be controlled,
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  • and it's simply a proof of divine authorship.
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  • Skip: Would you please turn in your Bibles
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  • to the Gospel of Luke this morning, chapter 24?
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  • The Gospel of Luke in the New Testament,
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  • chapter 24, I am so excited about marching into
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  • the future with great confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • I have no qualms or worries about it, come what may,
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  • God has always been faithful and he's gonna be faithful.
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  • God is good all the time, right?
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  • Well, we want to welcome you to our series,
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  • "Against All Odds."
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  • Let me take you back to a classic moment
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  • in America's cinematography.
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  • The movie is "Dumb and Dumber," and Lloyd, played by Jim Carey,
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  • finds that he is in love with this beautiful girl,
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  • her character is Mary in the film.
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  • And she is part of this scheme he's trying to rescue her from,
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  • and in one moment they're alone together, and he says,
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  • "So, what do you think the chances are of a guy like me
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  • and a girl like you ending up together?"
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  • And she says, "Not good," and he persists,
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  • "Not good like one out of a hundred?"
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  • She says, "No, I'd say more like one out of a million."
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  • Then there's that classic line, a long pause, and he goes,
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  • "So, you're telling me there's a chance, yeah!"
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  • It's a great moment.
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  • What she's trying to say is ain't no chance,
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  • but he sees a glimmer of hope.
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  • Whenever we talk about chance or odds,
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  • we are describing the possible unfolding of a event,
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  • a future event, the likeliness that an event will occur.
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  • There are just some things that are less likely
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  • to happen than others.
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  • For example, the odds that you would die in a plane crash
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  • are one in 12 million.
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  • The odds that you would be attacked and killed by
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  • a shark are one in 11.500.000, that's five per year.
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  • There are other creatures that the odds would be much greater.
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  • You know how many people are killed ever year
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  • by a hippopotamus?
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  • Two-thousand nine-hundred, so, that's a lot higher
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  • on the list than a shark.
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  • But then there are events that you are more likely than
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  • other events to have happen.
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  • As an example, the odds of being a victim of a serious crime,
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  • one in 20.
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  • The odds of dying in a car accident one in 100,
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  • and the odds of being audited by the IRS,
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  • one in 175, so that's pretty high.
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  • Yet, as believers, there's something we always
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  • have to consider when we talk about odds or chance,
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  • the big caveat for us is the God factor,
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  • that changes everything.
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  • Because when you bring God into the situation,
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  • there's no chance, even though we kind of look
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  • at events that way.
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  • You remember when the angel announced to Mary,
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  • a virgin living in Nazareth, that she was pregnant
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  • by the Holy Spirit, that's against all odds.
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  • And she said, "How can this be?"
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  • And one of the things the angel said is,
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  • "For with God, nothing will be impossible."
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  • And the Bible is filled with events.
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  • The historical record of the Scripture speaks about events
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  • that have occurred that were against all odds,
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  • including lightning falling from heaven at a precise moment,
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  • including hailstones coming out of the sky and targeting
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  • just the right people at the right time,
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  • including darkness that covered the land for three hours
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  • at the crucifixion.
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  • All of these events were against the odds,
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  • they defied the odds.
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  • But, did you know that God actually predicts,
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  • over and over again, that he will defy the odds?
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  • You see, God is so sure about what he does
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  • that he will announce what he's going to do in advance,
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  • and then layer it with detail, upon detail, upon detail,
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  • so that the odds of that ever happening
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  • have been exponentially decreased.
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  • In fact, God says that's one of his calling cards.
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  • He announces that you could compare him to any other belief
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  • system, any other god, but they can't do what he can do.
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  • Listen to this, this is Isaiah chapter 41.
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  • God says, "Present your case, set forth your arguments,
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  • bring in your idols to tell what is going to happen.
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  • Tell us what the former things were,
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  • so that we may consider them and know their final outcome.
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  • Or, declare to us the things to come and tell us what
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  • the future holds, so that we may know that you are gods."
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  • Now God's showing off.
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  • He's saying, "I can do what no one else can do.
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  • I can tell the future with incredible detail and accuracy,
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  • can anyone else, or any other deity do that?"
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  • Then, Jesus said that fulfilled prophecy
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  • will actually bolster your faith.
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  • In the upper room, he was with his disciples,
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  • they were having the Passover together,
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  • and he made some predictions.
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  • He said, "I'm gonna die, someone among you is going to betray me,
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  • and Peter, you're gonna deny me."
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  • And then, Jesus said this, "Now, I have told you before
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  • it comes so that when it does come to pass, you may believe."
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  • I am telling you this in advance,
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  • so when it happens you go, "Oh yeah,
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  • he said that was gonna happen.
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  • Man, I believe now."
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  • There are three basic credentials of Jesus Christ.
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  • Number one, his impact on history.
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  • No one, no person, ever, has impacted human history
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  • to the extent that that one solitary individual,
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  • Jesus Christ, has.
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  • Second credential, his physical bodily resurrection
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  • from the dead.
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  • He announced it before it happened, it happened.
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  • Third credential, fulfilled prophecy,
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  • fulfilled prophecy.
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  • Most religions are based on the teachings of their founder,
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  • the philosophies, the philosophical postulates
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  • of the one who began the movement.
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  • There are about 25 or 26 books out in the world out there
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  • that claim to be Scripture, but there's something
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  • absent from all of them except one, detailed prophecy.
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  • Now, some of them will make vague, general,
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  • mystical predictions that you look at and go,
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  • "Oh, yeah," but when it comes to detailed prophecy,
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  • they're absent.
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  • Whether it's the Quran, the writings of Buddha,
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  • Lao Tzu, Confucius, the Hindu Vedas,
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  • all of them lack what we're talking about
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  • in terms of detailed prophecy.
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  • Now, I've asked you to turn to Luke chapter 24,
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  • and what I want to do is take you through a familiar passage
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  • of Scripture, one of my favorite narratives in the New Testament,
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  • post-resurrection narratives, and it's a couple of disciples
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  • who are at the low point of their lives,
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  • they're taking a walk, Jesus shows up,
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  • they don't recognize him, he's incognito.
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  • He has a conversation with them, and we follow their journey.
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  • It begins with a sorrowful walk, it moves to a Scriptural talk,
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  • and we're left with a satisfied flock,
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  • so I've even made it rhyme this week to make it more memorable.
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  • So, let's just begin at the beginning,
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  • Luke 24, verse 13.
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  • "Now, behold, two of them were traveling that same day
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  • to a village called Emmaus which was seven miles from Jerusalem,
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  • and they talked together of all the things which had happened.
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  • And so it was when they conversed and reasoned,
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  • that Jesus drew near and when with them,
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  • but their eyes were restrained so they did not know him.
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  • And he said to them, 'What kind of conversation is this
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  • that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?'
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  • Then one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to him,
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  • 'Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem and have you not known
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  • the things which happened there in these days?'
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  • And he said to them, 'What things?'
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  • So, they said to him,
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  • 'The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth who was a prophet,
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  • mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,
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  • and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him
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  • to be condemned to death and crucified him.
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  • But we were hoping that it was he
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  • who was going to redeem Israel.
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  • Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day
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  • since these things happened.
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  • Yes, and certain woman of our company who arrived at the tomb
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  • early astonished us.
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  • When they did not find his body, they came saying that they had
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  • also seen a vision of angels who said he was alive,
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  • and certain of those who were with us went to the tomb
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  • and found it just as the women had said,
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  • but him they did not see.'"
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  • These two guys are pretty bummed out.
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  • It's after the death of Jesus, they are unaware that there is
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  • a resurrection, and they're at a low point.
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  • This is very typical after any funeral.
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  • People get together and they vent,
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  • they talk out the situation, they talk out the loss.
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  • They share with one another very freely,
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  • but they are at the low point.
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  • Jesus notices they are sad, and he asks them about it.
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  • Why are they at the low point?
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  • Because all of their expectations are over.
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  • They expected a conquering Messiah,
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  • what they got was a crucified man,
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  • from their perspective.
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  • They expected a politician, they got a prophet,
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  • from their perspective.
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  • What they really wanted was the glorious,
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  • mighty lion of Judah, what they got was the meek,
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  • humble, gentle Lamb of God, who was slain.
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  • That is not what they expected, that is not what they wanted.
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  • female announcer: Now, here's Skip Heitzig giving the author's
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  • perspective on his book, "The Bible from 30.000 Feet."
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  • Skip: Well, I found that people really want to know
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  • the Bible.
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  • They want to know what the Bible says,
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  • but they just don't know how to approach the Bible.
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  • They don't know how to navigate through it.
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  • I remember as a young Christian, one of the first pieces
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  • of advice I got is read the Gospel of John,
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  • start with the Gospel of John.
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  • But, I've discovered that a lot of people start at the beginning
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  • of the Bible, the Book of Genesis,
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  • and that's fine, but then, you go from Genesis,
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  • to Exodus, to Leviticus, to Numbers,
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  • and you just get bogged down in all of the law,
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  • and all of these principles that were so long ago,
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  • and you wonder, "What does that have to do with my life?"
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  • So, this book is a flyover approach.
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  • You will understand what God wanted you to know from
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  • every single book of the Bible, and you'll know how to apply
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  • those principles to your daily life.
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  • announcer: For this, and other resources by Skip Heitzig,
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  • visit connectwithskip.com.
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  • Skip: So, Jesus comes up, they don't recognize him,
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  • and you go, "Well, why didn't they recognize him?"
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  • Well, first of all, they're not expecting him, right?
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  • They're not thinking, "Oh, hi, Jesus,
  • 00:13:20.270 --> 00:13:22.290
  • we kind of were waiting for you to show up."
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  • They just didn't-- the whole resurrection thing
  • 00:13:25.230 --> 00:13:27.170
  • was beyond them.
  • 00:13:27.180 --> 00:13:29.150
  • So, they didn't expect him, but we also find that
  • 00:13:29.160 --> 00:13:31.220
  • when Jesus appeared to people after his resurrection,
  • 00:13:31.230 --> 00:13:34.160
  • a lot of them didn't recognize him.
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  • When Mary Magdalene was at the tomb,
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  • she thought he was a gardener.
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  • When our Lord shows up in Galilee from the shore
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  • and calls out to the disciples in the boat,
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  • they hear his voice and they can see his figure,
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  • but they don't recognize him.
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  • But, here in our text, very specifically we are told,
  • 00:13:52.210 --> 00:13:56.090
  • notice, "Their eyes were restrained."
  • 00:13:56.100 --> 00:14:00.260
  • That means their eyes were blocked,
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  • they were unable, they couldn't, they were kept
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  • from recognizing that this was Jesus.
  • 00:14:06.190 --> 00:14:10.220
  • Now, why is that?
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  • We're not told why, but perhaps one of the reasons is
  • 00:14:12.030 --> 00:14:15.140
  • because they could now express, honestly,
  • 00:14:15.150 --> 00:14:20.180
  • their thoughts and feelings about Jesus and his claims.
  • 00:14:20.190 --> 00:14:24.060
  • See, if Jesus showed up and went, "Ta-da,"
  • 00:14:24.070 --> 00:14:27.040
  • they'd have been so freaked out,
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  • they would have said all the right things,
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  • but they're really raw.
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  • And I heard a story once about one of the czars of Russia who
  • 00:14:34.150 --> 00:14:37.230
  • wanted to find out what people really thought about his reign,
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  • so he would dress up like a peasant and move around
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  • the people and just talk politics.
  • 00:14:42.270 --> 00:14:45.090
  • He said, "I could always get honest answers because
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  • they didn't know that I was who I was."
  • 00:14:47.180 --> 00:14:52.000
  • So, verse 19 is a little humorous.
  • 00:14:52.010 --> 00:14:55.140
  • He said to them, "What things?"
  • 00:14:55.150 --> 00:14:59.230
  • See, they just said, "Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem,
  • 00:14:59.240 --> 00:15:02.240
  • you don't know the things that have happened?"
  • 00:15:02.250 --> 00:15:04.100
  • And Jesus goes, "Like what?" I mean, you gotta laugh at that.
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  • He has been at the heart of everything that has happened
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  • in Jerusalem the last few days, but he wants them to tell him,
  • 00:15:15.060 --> 00:15:20.270
  • and boy do they tell him.
  • 00:15:20.280 --> 00:15:23.010
  • They start talking about Jesus but not in hopeful terms
  • 00:15:23.020 --> 00:15:25.270
  • but in past-tense terms.
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  • He was a prophet.
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  • We were hoping he was the one.
  • 00:15:29.200 --> 00:15:33.170
  • And you know why they said that?
  • 00:15:33.180 --> 00:15:34.290
  • Because when Jesus died on that cross,
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  • their hopes died with him.
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  • When that tomb was sealed with that stone,
  • 00:15:39.200 --> 00:15:42.060
  • they thought this is the end.
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  • They didn't know it was just the beginning.
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  • We were hoping in him.
  • 00:15:48.290 --> 00:15:52.290
  • Now, watch how Jesus reveals himself in the next few verses,
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  • and here's what you're gonna notice.
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  • He doesn't reveal himself by sight,
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  • he doesn't pull off the eye restraints just yet.
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  • He will, but he doesn't reveal himself visually to them,
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  • he reveals himself aurally to them,
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  • not through their eye gate but thorough their ear gate.
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  • Not through their seeing but through their hearing,
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  • and that's a very important principle in Roman chapter 10.
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  • "Now faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God,"
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  • not by seeing.
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  • He's gonna reveal himself to them through the Scripture.
  • 00:16:29.220 --> 00:16:34.070
  • So, we go from a sorrowful walk now to this little conversation,
  • 00:16:34.080 --> 00:16:38.110
  • a Scriptural talk, verse 25.
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  • "Then he said to them, 'Oh, foolish ones and slow of heart
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  • to believe in all that the prophets have spoken.
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  • Ought not the Christ who have suffered these things
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  • and to enter into his glory?'"
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  • And here's the verse,
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  • "Beginning at Moses and all the prophets he expounded to them
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  • in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself."
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  • Notice, Jesus begins with an admonition followed
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  • by an exposition.
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  • First, he rebukes them, then he informs them.
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  • First, he says you're slow of heart,
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  • and then he fills their hearts with hope.
  • 00:17:27.110 --> 00:17:31.260
  • Now, it's an interesting phrase, do you notice it?
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  • "Foolish ones and slow of heart to believe in all that
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  • the prophets have spoken."
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  • I meet Christians all the time that are slow of heart
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  • to believe what the prophets have spoken.
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  • They're slow of heart to believe what the Bible says.
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  • It's not that the ditch the Bible,
  • 00:17:53.030 --> 00:17:54.200
  • it's just certain parts of the Bible.
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  • They're slow of heart to believe that Jesus is actually
  • 00:17:58.210 --> 00:18:01.200
  • going to come back again.
  • 00:18:01.210 --> 00:18:03.170
  • They're slow of heart to believe the Bible's description
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  • of what heaven is like.
  • 00:18:06.150 --> 00:18:07.290
  • They're slow of heart to believe what the Bible says
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  • about marriage, or divorce, or purity.
  • 00:18:10.030 --> 00:18:13.150
  • They like the Bible, but they like, you know,
  • 00:18:13.160 --> 00:18:15.080
  • "I like Psalm 23 and that little red-letter thing
  • 00:18:15.090 --> 00:18:17.080
  • right there, I like that little verse."
  • 00:18:17.090 --> 00:18:20.000
  • I call this dalmatian theology.
  • 00:18:20.010 --> 00:18:24.000
  • They believe the Bible's inspired in spots,
  • 00:18:24.010 --> 00:18:26.270
  • "I like that spot, and that spot,
  • 00:18:26.280 --> 00:18:28.070
  • and that spot, but not those spots."
  • 00:18:28.080 --> 00:18:33.070
  • But, if you are slow to believe God's promises,
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  • you'll be slow to receive God's benefits.
  • 00:18:35.170 --> 00:18:40.140
  • Now, Jesus, in verse 27, gives them a Bible study.
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  • Now, think about this.
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  • The first Bible study Jesus ever gave after the resurrection
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  • was an exposition of Biblical prophecy.
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  • I just gotta tell you, honestly, I'm always disappointed
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  • when I read this verse, because it's not included in the Bible.
  • 00:19:01.130 --> 00:19:04.080
  • If there's one discourse that I wish was included,
  • 00:19:04.090 --> 00:19:07.180
  • it's that one.
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  • It must have been a lengthy one, because by the time he's done,
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  • the sun is setting, and the evening comes.
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  • I mean, just imagine the greatest teacher explaining
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  • the greatest themes from the greatest book that bring
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  • the greatest blessings to us all.
  • 00:19:21.210 --> 00:19:25.090
  • But, it says, "Beginning at Moses,"
  • 00:19:25.100 --> 00:19:28.200
  • that's the first five books of Moses, Genesis, Exodus,
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  • Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, that's where he began,
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  • Moses then all the prophets.
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  • So, I imagine that he began probably around Genesis
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  • chapter 3, and he said, "Hey, guys, remember that prediction
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  • that I seed is gonna be born, a child is gonna be born
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  • who's gonna crush the head of the serpent, that's me."
  • 00:19:46.110 --> 00:19:50.280
  • He probably went over to Genesis 22.
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  • "Remember when Abraham sacrificed,
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  • almost, his son, Isaac, on Mount Moriah?
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  • Well, the mountain he was almost sacrificed on,
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  • the very mountain I was sacrificed on."
  • 00:20:03.170 --> 00:20:08.120
  • And he may have even pointed out what we've pointed out to you.
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  • In Genesis 22, God says to Abraham,
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  • "Take now your son, your only son, Isaac."
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  • He had two sons by that time, not one,
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  • but he refers to him as his only son whom he loves.
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  • The very first time love is ever used in the Bible,
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  • it is used of a father sacrificing his only son
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  • on the same mountain Jesus would be sacrificed in.
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  • Imagine being a disciple and having that be unfolded to you.
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  • He would have stopped at Exodus chapter 12,
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  • the story of the Passover lamb, the blood covering the lintels
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  • and doorposts, all figurative of him.
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  • He would have mentioned the Levitical sacrifices
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  • of the Old Testament, the tabernacle layout,
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  • the day of atonement, Yom Kippur,
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  • all being fulfilled in him.
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  • Unquestionably, he would have mentioned Numbers 21,
  • 00:20:59.220 --> 00:21:03.010
  • because he does, in John chapter 3,
  • 00:21:03.020 --> 00:21:05.040
  • as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness,
  • 00:21:05.050 --> 00:21:08.020
  • the Son of Man must be lifted up.
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  • He would have mentioned, no doubt, Psalm 2,
  • 00:21:12.000 --> 00:21:14.090
  • and Psalm 16, and Psalm 22,
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  • which gives a detailed description of death
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  • by crucifixion hundreds of years before crucifixion
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  • was even invented.
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  • Certainly, he would have mentioned Isaiah chapter 7.
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  • "A virgin will conceive and bear a son,
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  • and you will call his name Emmanuel,
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  • which is God with us."
  • 00:21:39.030 --> 00:21:41.220
  • And, two chapters later, he would have made mention
  • 00:21:41.230 --> 00:21:44.030
  • of Isaiah chapter 9, "For unto us a child is born,"
  • 00:21:44.040 --> 00:21:47.220
  • right, you know that one?
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  • "Unto us a Son is given, and the government will be
  • 00:21:49.030 --> 00:21:51.080
  • on his shoulders, and his name will be Wonderful,
  • 00:21:51.090 --> 00:21:53.200
  • Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,
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  • Prince of peace."
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  • He would have unfolded that to all of them,
  • 00:21:58.030 --> 00:22:01.060
  • "Beginning at Moses and all the prophets,
  • 00:22:01.070 --> 00:22:04.130
  • he expounded all the things concerning himself."
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  • Let me ask you a question.
  • 00:22:08.060 --> 00:22:09.210
  • How impressive is prophecy?
  • 00:22:09.220 --> 00:22:12.170
  • You see, that was a question that changed my life.
  • 00:22:12.180 --> 00:22:16.000
  • When I was a young believer and I was attacked by agnostic
  • 00:22:16.010 --> 00:22:19.080
  • and atheistic professors where I was going to school,
  • 00:22:19.090 --> 00:22:22.240
  • and I was surrounded in the medical profession
  • 00:22:22.250 --> 00:22:25.270
  • by all sorts of cynics and critics,
  • 00:22:25.280 --> 00:22:29.180
  • it was this study that made my faith ironclad.
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  • First of all, do you know how much of your Bible is prophetic,
  • 00:22:35.290 --> 00:22:38.120
  • is prophetic literature?
  • 00:22:38.130 --> 00:22:39.220
  • Do you know how much is prophecy?
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  • One-fourth, one-fourth of that Bible you have is about things
  • 00:22:41.150 --> 00:22:46.010
  • in the future that have been fulfilled our we're still
  • 00:22:46.020 --> 00:22:48.280
  • waiting for their fulfillment, one-fourth.
  • 00:22:48.290 --> 00:22:50.260
  • To be exact, 26.8%, if you were to tally up
  • 00:22:50.270 --> 00:22:54.110
  • all the verses is prophetic.
  • 00:22:54.120 --> 00:22:56.290
  • Now, anybody can make predictions.
  • 00:22:57.000 --> 00:22:59.200
  • Getting them fulfilled is quite another category,
  • 00:22:59.210 --> 00:23:04.070
  • especially as you add detail.
  • 00:23:04.080 --> 00:23:06.160
  • See, if you predict something and then you add a detail,
  • 00:23:06.170 --> 00:23:09.110
  • and another detail, and another detail,
  • 00:23:09.120 --> 00:23:10.260
  • now you are entering the realm of compound probability
  • 00:23:10.270 --> 00:23:15.000
  • that that thing could ever come to pass.
  • 00:23:15.010 --> 00:23:19.170
  • I'm gonna mention a name, and some of you are familiar,
  • 00:23:19.180 --> 00:23:21.220
  • some of you probably are not familiar unless you've only
  • 00:23:21.230 --> 00:23:24.210
  • read about her, but in the 1950s and 60s,
  • 00:23:24.220 --> 00:23:27.260
  • there was a pretty famous psychic in America named
  • 00:23:27.270 --> 00:23:30.100
  • Jeane Dixon, and Jeane Dixon made several predictions,
  • 00:23:30.110 --> 00:23:34.070
  • and she was catapulted into international status and fame
  • 00:23:34.080 --> 00:23:38.030
  • because, supposedly, she made the prediction
  • 00:23:38.040 --> 00:23:41.190
  • of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
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  • I say supposedly, it really wasn't that.
  • 00:23:46.090 --> 00:23:48.290
  • What she actually said in 1956 to "Parade Magazine"
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  • in an interview is that the next president will be democratic
  • 00:23:54.030 --> 00:23:57.270
  • and will die in office, that's what she said.
  • 00:23:57.280 --> 00:24:01.030
  • Now, what are the chances, three-and-a-half years
  • 00:24:01.040 --> 00:24:04.090
  • before an election cycle, that a democrat will win?
  • 00:24:04.100 --> 00:24:07.290
  • Fifty percent, there's only two parties back then
  • 00:24:08.000 --> 00:24:10.270
  • that had any merit.
  • 00:24:10.280 --> 00:24:14.270
  • What are the odds, in that time era,
  • 00:24:14.280 --> 00:24:18.020
  • that any president would die in office?
  • 00:24:18.030 --> 00:24:21.020
  • In the 50s and 60s, it's estimated it was 40% are
  • 00:24:21.030 --> 00:24:24.210
  • the odds, because the president was largely unprotected
  • 00:24:24.220 --> 00:24:27.220
  • like he is today, and number two,
  • 00:24:27.230 --> 00:24:29.100
  • in that century, three presidents had died in office.
  • 00:24:29.110 --> 00:24:33.120
  • So, together, it was 20% chance that it could happen.
  • 00:24:33.130 --> 00:24:39.210
  • It was one in five, those were the odds,
  • 00:24:39.220 --> 00:24:41.270
  • one in five, that that could happen.
  • 00:24:41.280 --> 00:24:44.190
  • So, just making that statement, everybody ooh'd and aah'd
  • 00:24:44.200 --> 00:24:48.050
  • at Jeane Dixon.
  • 00:24:48.060 --> 00:24:49.280
  • What they failed to recognize are all of the false prophecies
  • 00:24:49.290 --> 00:24:54.070
  • she made, that is the things she predicted that she got wrong.
  • 00:24:54.080 --> 00:24:58.080
  • For example, she predicted World War III would start in 1954,
  • 00:24:58.090 --> 00:25:03.050
  • we're still waiting for that to happen.
  • 00:25:03.060 --> 00:25:05.210
  • She predicted that Jacqueline Kennedy,
  • 00:25:05.220 --> 00:25:07.200
  • the wife of JFK, would never remarry, and she did.
  • 00:25:07.210 --> 00:25:13.170
  • She predicted the Panama Canal Treaties would not be approved,
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  • they were.
  • 00:25:16.150 --> 00:25:18.070
  • She predicted the Russians would be the first to the moon,
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  • they weren't.
  • 00:25:20.180 --> 00:25:23.020
  • She made a number of predictions that fell flat
  • 00:25:23.030 --> 00:25:25.260
  • and were simply not true.
  • 00:25:25.270 --> 00:25:28.130
  • So, when you compare that to the kind of prophecy
  • 00:25:28.140 --> 00:25:32.050
  • we're talking about in the Bible, and the odds,
  • 00:25:32.060 --> 00:25:35.290
  • there's no comparison.
  • 00:25:36.000 --> 00:25:38.060
  • Let's just say, for example, I had in my pocket ten pennies,
  • 00:25:38.070 --> 00:25:42.020
  • ten coins.
  • 00:25:42.030 --> 00:25:43.120
  • I don't, I have mints, but let's say I had ten coins,
  • 00:25:43.130 --> 00:25:48.070
  • ten pennies, and they were marked,
  • 00:25:48.080 --> 00:25:49.260
  • all of them, consecutively, one through ten.
  • 00:25:49.270 --> 00:25:53.140
  • So, they're laying in my pocket, and I make a prediction that
  • 00:25:53.150 --> 00:25:55.290
  • I'm going to reach in my pocket, randomly pick out a coin,
  • 00:25:56.000 --> 00:25:58.140
  • and it's going to be the coin marked number one,
  • 00:25:58.150 --> 00:26:01.020
  • my odds are one in--
  • 00:26:01.030 --> 00:26:02.180
  • 00:26:02.230 --> 00:26:11.080
  • announcer: From an earthly perspective,
  • 00:26:11.130 --> 00:26:12.220
  • it can feel like this world continues to sink deeper
  • 00:26:12.230 --> 00:26:15.260
  • into darkness and despair.
  • 00:26:15.270 --> 00:26:18.110
  • You may feel like you don't see any light in humanity.
  • 00:26:18.120 --> 00:26:21.200
  • True love seems like a thing of the past,
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