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  • Pastor Skip Heitzig: There'ssomething I want to tell you.
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  • Actually, something I want toshow you.
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  • Beyond the boundaries of thiscity, a place where the past is
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  • woven into the future.
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  • The path we're taking is athread that leads from Eden
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  • to eternity.
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  • It reveals the relentless loveof God for his crowning
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  • creation, me and to you.
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  • Along the way, we'll encountergood guys and bad guys,
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  • confounding miracles, and gravewickedness.
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  • There is bloodshed, and there isa Hero.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ I've heard the Father tellme, be still and know. ♪
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  • Pastor Skip Heitzig: It maysound like a fairytale, but
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  • these things that have happenedare not fiction.
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  • This journey will take us over amountain, through a desolate
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  • landscape, and beyond theshadows.
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  • I'm Skip Heitzig, and I inviteyou to follow me along
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  • the bloodline.
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  • ♪ He's strong enoughto make new, ♪
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  • ♪ and so I run, ♪
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  • ♪ I come running tothe breakthrough. ♪
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  • ♪ Where every fearis shattered ♪
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  • ♪ by the one true. ♪
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  • ♪ Cause you are here,I come running ♪
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  • ♪ to the breakthrough,breakthrough. ♪
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  • ♪ I'm running tothe breakthrough. ♪
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  • ♪ breakthrough. ♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Pastor Skip Heitzig: It probablywouldn't surprise you to know
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  • that the fear of hospitals is afairly common phobia.
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  • Nosocomephobia, it's called, andmany people suffer from it.
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  • Some to the extent that just thethought of having to go to a
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  • hospital triggers an elevatedheart rate, excessive sweating,
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  • and anxiety to the point of afull-blown panic attack.
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  • A hospital forces us to confrontpain, blood, and disease, ours
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  • or someone else's, and of coursedeath.
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  • This is, after all, a placeof suffering.
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  • Psalm 22 describes anunprecedented account
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  • of suffering.
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  • It's an anguished cry to Godfrom a man in the process of
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  • being executed, and it begins,My God, My God, why have you
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  • forsaken me?
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  • Why are you so far from helpingme and from the words of
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  • my groaning?
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  • These words were penned byIsrael's greatest king, David,
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  • but they were not the expressionof David's own suffering, though
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  • he suffered much both physicallyand emotionally.
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  • David's words depict thesuffering of Jesus Christ on
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  • the cross 1.000 years before hewas crucified.
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  • Jesus became a worm, thelowliest of all living things,
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  • despised and ridiculed by thepeople.
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  • His hands and his feet werepierced, he was poured out like
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  • water, all his bones were out ofjoint, his strength was dried up
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  • like sunbaked clay, his tonguestuck to the roof of his mouth,
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  • he was left for dead inthe dust.
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  • Those are just some of the wordsthat describe the torture of
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  • a righteous man, a man who cameto die.
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  • Jesus' crucifixion would makehim the final Passover lamb,
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  • the last sacrifice.
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  • A trial he embraced because hewanted the will of the Father
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  • to be done.
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  • We've all been throughsuffering, pain, and distress.
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  • Like Jesus, we have feltdeserted by God and despised
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  • by men.
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  • But later in this Psalm, Davidforetold of the hope that
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  • resulted from Jesus' suffering,salvation for mankind.
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  • The cost of salvation wasstaggering, and in the New
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  • Testament, Peter furtherexplained Christ also suffered
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  • once for sins, the just for theunjust, that he might bring us
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  • to God being put to death in theflesh, but made alive
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  • in the spirit.
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  • All that Jesus suffered wasfor you.
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  • Because of that, you canconfidently take your pain to
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  • him, knowing not only that heidentifies with you in it, but
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  • that he has redeemed it.
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  • Because of that, it's clear thatthe scarlet thread is more than
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  • a symbol.
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  • It's your lifeline.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Pastor Skip Heitzig: Look atsome of the details.
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  • We'll just notice a few.
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  • Verse 14, "I am poured out likewater."
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  • Those who study crucifixion saythat a victim of such a horrible
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  • death sweats profusely, there'sa profuse perspiration.
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  • And we know that this startednot only for Jesus on the cross,
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  • but way before when he was inthe garden of Gethsemane.
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  • Do you remember what the Biblesays?
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  • He sweat great drops of what?
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  • Blood.Blood.
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  • How do you sweat blood?
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  • Well, those who know the medicalfield say that you have little
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  • blood vessels, capillaries,around the sweat glands, and in
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  • an extreme case of anguishedemotion, it is possible for
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  • those blood vessels to constrictand then expand to the point of
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  • rupture, and thus thecapillaries release blood,
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  • effuse blood, into the sweatglands.
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  • So that the victim sweats greatdrops of blood.
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  • Sometimes soldiers before abattle have been known to have
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  • this condition.
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  • So, I am poured out like water.
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  • Says, "all my bones are outof joint."
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  • Anybody who has studiedcrucifixion knows this effect.
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  • The body is suspended by fourwounds, two in the hands, two in
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  • the feet, and the body slumpsitself out of joint.
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  • A victim of crucifixion uses hismuscles as long as he can to
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  • kind of hold himself up on thosespikes, until finally the
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  • muscles just completely give wayand the body goes out of joint.
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  • When it does, it causessuffocation of the internal
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  • organs, and that's how deathcomes.
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  • The Psalm also says, "my heartis like wax, it has melted
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  • within me."
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  • What language!
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  • I am poured out like water, myheart is like wax, it's melted
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  • within me.
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  • And he also says, "I can countall my bones."
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  • One of the factors ofcrucifixion by the Romans at the
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  • time of Jesus is crucifixionwould last for days.
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  • A victim would stay alive fortwo, sometimes three, days.
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  • Very slow method of execution.
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  • But because it was Passover, thesoldiers decided, let's break
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  • the bones of the victims so theycan die quick, and get
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  • it overwith.
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  • When they came to Jesus, theynoticed something.
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  • He was already dead.
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  • So one of the soldiers took aspear and lanced his side, and
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  • out came blood and water.
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  • Blood and water, doctors tellus, indicates that the
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  • pericardium, that sack thatholds the heart, was so filled
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  • with effused serum, so packedfull of water, for lack of a
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  • better term, that the heart wascrushed by that amount of fluid.
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  • And that's why some have saidwhat really killed Jesus was
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  • a crushed, or broken, heart.
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  • And it was proven by the lancegoing in and out came blood
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  • and water.
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  • Verse 15, "my strength is driedup like a potsherd, my tongue
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  • clings to my jaws, you havebrought me to the dust
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  • of death."
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  • What was the fifth statementJesus made on the cross?
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  • Two little words, I thirst.
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  • Intense dehydration.
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  • Loss of fluid in the bodytissues.
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  • Down to verse 16, "they piercedmy hands and my feet."
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  • Impressive number of detailsgiven in Psalm 22.
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  • Down to verse 18.
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  • "They divide my garments amongthem, and for my clothing they
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  • cast lots."
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  • Now typically in a Romancrucifixion, the soldiers had
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  • enough compassion, normally, togive the victim's clothing, and
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  • especially the outer cloak, tothe family.
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  • The mother, especially.
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  • Jesus' mother was right there.
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  • They didn't do that.
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  • They were so hardhearted, thesoldiers, the four soldiers who
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  • crucified Jesus, that theydecided to keep his clothing and
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  • cast lots, gamble, for who wouldget the cloak.
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  • Now why would they do that?
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  • 'Cause it was predicted theywould do that.
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  • They're following the script,and they don't even know it.
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  • Ralph Muncaster, who was anatheist, a former atheist,
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  • points out 23 prophetic detailsin Psalm 22 that correspond as
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  • being fulfilled in the NewTestament.
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  • Amazing detail.
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  • So that's the abandonment at thecross and the anguish on
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  • the cross.
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  • The best part is the last part.
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  • And that is the accomplishmentof the cross.
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  • Now there's a change.
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  • I didn't tell you this, butthere's a change from verse
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  • 22 onward.
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  • Psalm 22 can be easily dividedinto two separate,
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  • obvious sections.
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  • The first section is all aboutsuffering, the second section is
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  • all about praise.
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  • The first one is a prayer givenby one person, the second is
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  • salvation of many people.
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  • Very, very different tone in thewording.
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  • And so it would appear, afterverse 21, that there is a change
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  • that has happened.
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  • Like the crucifixion is over.
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  • So look at verse 19.
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  • "But you, O Lord, do not be farfrom me, O my strength, hasten
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  • to help me!
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  • Deliver me from the sword, myprecious life from the power of
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  • the dog.
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  • Save me from the lion's mouthand from the horns of the
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  • wild oxen!"
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  • Now look at this last littlesentence.
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  • "You have answered me."
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  • Really?
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  • He answered him?
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  • How?
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  • Well, notice verse 22.
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  • "I will declare your name to mybrethren."
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  • Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait.
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  • How are you gonna do that ifyou're dead?
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  • If you were just brought to thedust of death, and they pierced
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  • your hands and your feet, how'reyou now declaring the name of
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  • God to your brethren?
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  • Well, let's go on.
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  • "I will declare your name to mybrethren, in the midst of the
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  • assembly I will praise you.
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  • You who fear the Lord, praisehim!
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  • All you descendants of Jacob,glorify him, and fear him, all
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  • you offspring of Israel!
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  • For he has not despised norabhorred the affliction of the
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  • afflicted, nor has he hidden hisface from him, but when he cried
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  • to him, he heard."
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  • There's an obvious change,right?
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  • Death is over.
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  • Weakness is gone.
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  • Suffering has passed.
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  • Sorrow has vanished.
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  • Now there's life, now there'sstrength, now there's a
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  • declaration, now there is praisegoing up.
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  • Something, it seems, happenedbetween verse 21 and verse 22.
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  • Can you guess what that mightbe?
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  • How about a resurrection?
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  • It's not stated, but it iscertainly implied by the abrupt
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  • change of language.
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  • The first part of the Psalm isall about the suffering one, the
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  • second part of the Psalm is allabout the salvation of many.
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  • And the salvation of many isbecause of the suffering of one.
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  • So what does this all speak of?
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  • Well, it speaks of a few things.
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  • First of all, it speaks ofresurrection, and it speaks
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  • of expansion.
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  • Let me explain.
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  • In Hebrews chapter 2, verse 12,the writer of Hebrews quotes
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  • Psalm 22 verse 22, and hesays this.
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  • "Both the one who makes men holyand those who are made holy are
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  • of the same family.
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  • So Jesus is not ashamed to callthem brothers, for he says, 'I
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  • will declare your name to mybrethren.
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  • In the midst of the assembly Iwill sing praises to you.'"
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  • In that passage the author callsJesus the speaker.
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  • And his brethren are all thosefor whom Jesus died and
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  • rose again.
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  • This is what the crossaccomplished.
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  • A family.
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  • Making a family.
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  • Now watch this.
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  • This is the most exciting.
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  • Watch how this family, thisgroup, expands.
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  • So verse 22.
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  • "I will declare your name to mybrethren."
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  • Verse 23.
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  • "You who fear the Lord, praisehim.
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  • All you descendants of Jacob-"Who would that be?
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  • Israel.
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  • The nation of Israel.
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  • "Glorify him and fear him, allyou offspring of Israel."
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  • Verse 25.
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  • "My praise shall be of you inthe great assembly."
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  • Go down to verse 27, it'sgetting bigger.
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  • "All the ends of the world,"this family is growing, "shall
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  • remember and turn to the Lord.
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  • All the families of the nationsshall worship before you.
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  • For the kingdom is the Lord'sand he rules over the nations."
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  • Verse 38.
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  • "Posterity shall serve him.
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  • It will be recounted of the Lordto the next generation."
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  • Verse 31.
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  • "They will come and declare hisrighteousness, to a people who
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  • will be born, that he has donethis."
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  • Did you know that you're in thisPsalm?
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  • You're part of that last littlegroup, right?
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  • You weren't born when this Psalmwas written, neither was I. So,
  • 00:15:18.733 --> 00:15:23.738
  • it just kinda gets bigger andbigger.
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  • First of all his brethren.
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  • He went to his own disciples,his own apostles, 11 of them.
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  • Judas had flaked out, he was outof the picture.
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  • So Jesus appeared in the upperroom to his brethren, he
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  • called them.
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  • And then the great assembly.
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  • And then it gets bigger andbigger and bigger.
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  • I've always loved the storyabout the soldier in World
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  • War II.
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  • A group were fighting on thefront lines.
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  • One of them was killed, sadly.
  • 00:15:52.667 --> 00:15:55.870
  • Two of his buddies decided, wecan't leave him here, we have to
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  • give him a decent burial.
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  • So they found a church that hada churchyard, a cemetery
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  • attached to the church.
  • 00:16:05.179 --> 00:16:06.481
  • They went up to the clergymanand they said, can we bury our
  • 00:16:06.514 --> 00:16:11.085
  • dead friend in your churchyard?
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  • The clergyman said, I'm verysorry, I wish you could, but
  • 00:16:15.356 --> 00:16:18.459
  • because he's not of ourdenomination, we can't allow him
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  • to be buried here.
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  • He's not a member of thischurch, he's not part of our
  • 00:16:23.898 --> 00:16:27.835
  • denomination, he can't be buriedin one of our churchyards.
  • 00:16:27.869 --> 00:16:31.506
  • Well, the clergyman, the vicar,could sense the disappointment
  • 00:16:31.539 --> 00:16:34.976
  • in those two soldiers, so hesaid, tell you what.
  • 00:16:35.009 --> 00:16:38.679
  • Bury him just outside the fence.
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  • It's close enough, but notinside, just outside.
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  • So they did.
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  • They dug a hole, they buriedhim.
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  • Got up the next morning, weregoing to go back to the battle,
  • 00:16:47.688 --> 00:16:49.590
  • but they said, let's pay ourrespects one last time, visit
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  • the grave that we dug yesterday.
  • 00:16:52.360 --> 00:16:55.029
  • And so they went to the grave,but they couldn't find it.
  • 00:16:55.063 --> 00:16:58.099
  • He wasn't there.
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  • They searched around theperimeter, couldn't find it.
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  • It's like it vanished.
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  • So they went to the clergymansaid, look, we just wanna visit
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  • our buddy's grave one last time,but we can't find it.
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  • Where we buried him, it's notthere.
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  • And the clergyman said, well,you know, when I went to bed
  • 00:17:12.713 --> 00:17:18.086
  • last night, I couldn't sleepvery well.
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  • So I got up and I moved thefence to include the body of
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  • your friend within the cemetery.
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  • That is the heart of the Gospel.
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  • Jesus has been moving the fenceever since that day.
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  • [applause]
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  • He said to his disciples, beginat Jerusalem, with my brethren,
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  • the Jewish people.
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  • Then take it into Judea.
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  • Let's move the fence a littlefurther.
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  • Then, let's take it to Sumeria.
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  • Let's move the fence a littlefurther.
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  • Then take it to the ends of theearth.
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  • The uttermost parts of theearth.
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  • Let's make that fence honkingbig, so people yet born could be
  • 00:18:06.334 --> 00:18:13.407
  • a part of this great Gospel.
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  • What that should tell you isthat it was God's plan to save
  • 00:18:16.777 --> 00:18:19.547
  • you all along.
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  • He had you in mind when hewrites about a people not
  • 00:18:20.915 --> 00:18:23.951
  • yet born.
  • 00:18:23.985 --> 00:18:25.319
  • The Bible calls thatpredestination.
  • 00:18:25.353 --> 00:18:33.261
  • Have you ever read that verse inHebrews?
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  • It's sort of an odd verse, ifyou think about crucifixion.
  • 00:18:35.930 --> 00:18:39.400
  • It says this, and you'llknow it.
  • 00:18:39.433 --> 00:18:41.669
  • "Who," concerning Jesus, "whofor the joy that was set before
  • 00:18:41.702 --> 00:18:46.741
  • him endured the cross, despisingthe shame?"
  • 00:18:46.774 --> 00:18:50.178
  • Do you remember that verse?
  • 00:18:50.211 --> 00:18:51.512
  • And have you ever looked at thatand wondered, for the joy that
  • 00:18:51.546 --> 00:18:56.851
  • was set before him?
  • 00:18:56.884 --> 00:18:58.219
  • Who getting crucified has anyjoy?
  • 00:18:58.252 --> 00:19:04.659
  • Jesus had a certain joy thatmade him able to endure that
  • 00:19:04.692 --> 00:19:10.031
  • horrible, ignominious death.
  • 00:19:10.064 --> 00:19:13.167
  • You know what that joy was?
  • 00:19:13.201 --> 00:19:14.535
  • I'm looking at it.
  • 00:19:14.569 --> 00:19:17.071
  • You are his joy.
  • 00:19:17.104 --> 00:19:18.940
  • The joy that, one day, he wouldmove the fence all the way to
  • 00:19:18.973 --> 00:19:22.543
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico, and putyou in, and you in, and you in.
  • 00:19:22.577 --> 00:19:29.550
  • That's the joy that was setbefore him.
  • 00:19:29.584 --> 00:19:31.619
  • It was his joy to move the fenceand include you.
  • 00:19:31.652 --> 00:19:36.390
  • Go down to the last verse.
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  • Let's close where it closes.
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  • Last verse, verse 31.
  • 00:19:40.895 --> 00:19:43.064
  • "They will come and declare hisrighteousness to a people who
  • 00:19:43.097 --> 00:19:45.800
  • will be born," look at the lastphrase, "that he has done this."
  • 00:19:45.833 --> 00:19:51.839
  • See the word done?
  • 00:19:51.872 --> 00:19:53.174
  • It's the word asa in Hebrew.
  • 00:19:53.207 --> 00:19:56.711
  • A better translation, that hehas finished this, completed
  • 00:19:56.744 --> 00:20:01.882
  • this, ended the task, completedthe task, it's done.
  • 00:20:01.916 --> 00:20:08.489
  • What was the last thing Jesusuttered on the cross?
  • 00:20:08.522 --> 00:20:11.192
  • "It is finished."
  • 00:20:11.225 --> 00:20:14.128
  • And then, "Father, into yourhands I commit my spirit."
  • 00:20:14.161 --> 00:20:17.231
  • It is finished, it's done, it'scompleted, I've done it.
  • 00:20:17.265 --> 00:20:22.536
  • A finished task.
  • 00:20:22.570 --> 00:20:23.904
  • One word in Greek, tetelestai.
  • 00:20:23.938 --> 00:20:25.239
  • So the Psalm begins with, MyGod, my God, why have you
  • 00:20:25.273 --> 00:20:29.477
  • forsaken me?
  • 00:20:29.510 --> 00:20:30.845
  • And it ends with, it isfinished.
  • 00:20:30.878 --> 00:20:32.179
  • Done.
  • 00:20:32.213 --> 00:20:33.547
  • There was a man who went to anevangelist and said, what must I
  • 00:20:33.581 --> 00:20:40.221
  • do to be saved?
  • 00:20:40.254 --> 00:20:41.589
  • And the evangelist, to hissurprise, said, it's too late.
  • 00:20:41.622 --> 00:20:46.060
  • The man was shocked.
  • 00:20:46.093 --> 00:20:47.428
  • Too late?
  • 00:20:47.461 --> 00:20:48.763
  • Certainly there's something Ican do to be saved.
  • 00:20:48.796 --> 00:20:52.099
  • The evangelist said, it's toolate, it's already been done
  • 00:20:52.133 --> 00:20:55.703
  • for you.
  • 00:20:55.736 --> 00:20:57.071
  • You can't do anything.
  • 00:20:57.104 --> 00:20:59.840
  • The watchword of the Gospel isnot do this, do that, it's done.
  • 00:20:59.874 --> 00:21:05.279
  • Finished.
  • 00:21:05.313 --> 00:21:06.647
  • Completed.
  • 00:21:06.681 --> 00:21:07.982
  • Over.
  • 00:21:08.015 --> 00:21:09.350
  • You can't add to it.
  • 00:21:09.383 --> 00:21:10.685
  • So quit trying to convince Godthat you're good enough to
  • 00:21:10.718 --> 00:21:12.486
  • be saved.
  • 00:21:12.520 --> 00:21:13.821
  • He knows you're not.
  • 00:21:13.854 --> 00:21:15.189
  • Quit trying to add to what Goddid for you on the cross.
  • 00:21:15.222 --> 00:21:21.462
  • Now, I know that I'm speaking tosome who feel forsaken by God.
  • 00:21:21.495 --> 00:21:29.904
  • If you're goin' through someexperience, or a set of those
  • 00:21:29.937 --> 00:21:31.972
  • experiences, you feel like Godhas just sort of forgotten you,
  • 00:21:32.006 --> 00:21:38.512
  • I just want you to know it's atheological impossibility for
  • 00:21:38.546 --> 00:21:42.316
  • God to forsake you.
  • 00:21:42.350 --> 00:21:43.684
  • Cannot happen.
  • 00:21:43.718 --> 00:21:46.320
  • Cannot happen.
  • 00:21:46.354 --> 00:21:47.655
  • You might be experiencing thesilence of God.
  • 00:21:47.688 --> 00:21:51.192
  • David did.
  • 00:21:51.225 --> 00:21:52.560
  • Isaiah did.
  • 00:21:52.593 --> 00:21:53.894
  • You may be experiencing thediscipline of God, every
  • 00:21:53.928 --> 00:21:57.331
  • believer I've ever met does.
  • 00:21:57.365 --> 00:22:00.101
  • You may even be experiencing thedispleasure of God because of a
  • 00:22:00.134 --> 00:22:03.537
  • particular sinful pattern inyour life.
  • 00:22:03.571 --> 00:22:07.641
  • But that's different from Godforsaking you.
  • 00:22:07.675 --> 00:22:10.878
  • The truth of this section showsus Jesus was forsaken so that
  • 00:22:10.911 --> 00:22:16.817
  • you never have to be forsaken.
  • 00:22:16.851 --> 00:22:19.954
  • Jesus experienced that darknessso that you could have light.
  • 00:22:19.987 --> 00:22:25.359
  • Jesus experienced death, but inhis death, like that crimson
  • 00:22:25.393 --> 00:22:29.230
  • crocus, He gave life, gavebirth, new birth, new life.
  • 00:22:29.263 --> 00:22:36.237
  • There's a hymn I always love toquote this time of the year,
  • 00:22:36.270 --> 00:22:39.740
  • it's called, "How Firm aFoundation."
  • 00:22:39.774 --> 00:22:42.676
  • And one of the phrases says, thesoul that on Jesus hath leaned
  • 00:22:42.710 --> 00:22:50.151
  • for repose, I will not, I willnot, desert to his foes.
  • 00:22:50.184 --> 00:22:57.057
  • That soul, though all hellshould endeavor to shake,
  • 00:22:57.091 --> 00:23:01.028
  • I'll never, no never, no neverforsake.
  • 00:23:01.061 --> 00:23:07.034
  • The reason we can sing that.
  • 00:23:07.067 --> 00:23:09.970
  • If you do sing that hymn, andshould, is because he
  • 00:23:10.004 --> 00:23:15.075
  • was forsaken.
  • 00:23:15.109 --> 00:23:16.410
  • A final little FYI, I just gottathrow this in, no extra charge.
  • 00:23:16.444 --> 00:23:22.349
  • I got this from a listener toour radio program up in
  • 00:23:25.352 --> 00:23:27.888
  • Washington State.
  • 00:23:27.922 --> 00:23:29.223
  • I didn't know this 'til he sentthis.
  • 00:23:29.256 --> 00:23:32.560
  • It says, when a person dies,there's a medical condition
  • 00:23:32.593 --> 00:23:35.196
  • called lividity.
  • 00:23:35.229 --> 00:23:37.798
  • Lividity is the pooling ofblood, or what appears to look
  • 00:23:37.832 --> 00:23:42.203
  • like on the body bruising, inthe lowest part of the body at
  • 00:23:42.236 --> 00:23:46.106
  • the time of death.
  • 00:23:46.140 --> 00:23:47.441
  • So medical examiners candetermine when a person died by
  • 00:23:47.475 --> 00:23:53.647
  • the degree of lividity, and howa person died by the position of
  • 00:23:53.681 --> 00:23:58.719
  • where that lividity is.
  • 00:23:58.752 --> 00:24:00.054
  • Now what that means here is thatwhen Jesus died on a cross, by
  • 00:24:00.087 --> 00:24:05.159
  • reason of the position of hisbody, he would have displayed
  • 00:24:05.192 --> 00:24:10.130
  • lividity in the lowest portionof his body, which would be
  • 00:24:10.164 --> 00:24:14.969
  • his feet.
  • 00:24:15.002 --> 00:24:16.303
  • So if you were there after thecross, after Jesus died, if you
  • 00:24:16.337 --> 00:24:20.474
  • were to walk up to the cross,you would notice by looking at
  • 00:24:20.508 --> 00:24:24.044
  • Jesus' heel that it appeared tobe bruised.
  • 00:24:24.078 --> 00:24:30.084
  • Now tie that with the very firststudy we began Bloodline with,
  • 00:24:30.117 --> 00:24:33.821
  • Genesis 3:15, when God said toSatan, in effect, there's
  • 00:24:33.854 --> 00:24:38.893
  • somebody gonna be born one daywho is going to crush your head,
  • 00:24:38.926 --> 00:24:44.265
  • and all you'll be able to pulloff is you'll bruise his heel.
  • 00:24:44.298 --> 00:24:49.036
  • So when you look at that bruisedheel, you know there must be a
  • 00:24:49.069 --> 00:24:54.542
  • crushed head around heresomewhere.
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  • restored objects.
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  • People admire antique cars, andcollectors love to restore
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  • vintage vehicles, spending timeand talent on them to reveal
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  • their original artistry.
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  • In a similar way, God loves torestore people.
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  • Join us next time on Bloodline,when Pastor Skip Heitzig takes
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  • us to the book of Revelation.
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  • announcer: Connect with SkipHeitzig is a presentation of
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  • Connection Communications.
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  • Connecting you to God'snever-changing truth in
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  • ever-changing times.
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