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Spiritual Sunburst Part 2

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August 11, 2019
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Fresh Life with Levi Lusko

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  • And that's why Eleanor Roosevelt was so smart to say that we don't defeat darkness
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  • by yelling at it. We defeat darkness by turning on a candle. By lighting a candle.By
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  • lighting up a source of light. For where there is light. There cannot be any darkness.
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  • For darkness is simply the absence of light. Therefore, by definition, where light has
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  • been turned on. Darkness has been turned off.
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  • And so we don't need to turn off darkness in our heart. We just need to turn on light
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  • nd it will do the job for us.
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  • Hey this is Levi and I wanna thank you so much for watching Fresh Life TV.
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  • It is such an incredible privilege to get to bring God's word into your
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  • life. And that's exactly what we're about to do.
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  • We' re gonna have our attention turned to the Gospel of John. Where
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  • we're gonna be looking at the seven different times that Jesus disclosed
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  • His identity using the words I Am and then telling us who He is.
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  • We'll be going from the bread of life, to the true vine, to the door of the
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  • sheep and the good shepherd to the resurrection and the life.
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  • Come on, it's going to be an incredible ride.
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  • And I also love that He chose seven different times to tell us who He is.
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  • Cause if you know anything about Scripture you'll know that the number
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  • seven is kind of like God's favorite Easter eggs. He loves to hide in and pepper in
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  • not only in to the scripture but really into all of creation, this number seven.
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  • That really speaks of completion or fullness. It's in the calendar, seven
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  • days in the week. It's in the rainbow, seven colors. It's in the musical
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  • scale, it's even in the amount of Harry Potter books there are.
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  • Now I'm not sure if God had anything to do with that but it is an
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  • incredible thing because in the seven statements of Jesus this
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  • magnificent seven, we're gonna get a totality, a full picture of the
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  • rainbow, of who He is, and how He wanted to reveal Himself to us.
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  • And through that our lives can be changed in the process.
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  • If in anyway you re encouraged by this message or blessed we sure
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  • would love to hear about it.
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  • Shoot me an email at Levi@freshlife.church and I would love to hear
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  • what God is doing in your life.
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  • As well, if you want to support this ministry financially and help us to
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  • bring God's word to more people it would be a thrill to partner with you
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  • in that way.You can click the give button at Levilusko.com.
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  • Well let's jump in to today's message.
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  • They just have a pigment that causes the light that hits it to bounce off in the color that you see.
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  • So what we call red-- this block is absorbing all light except red. Red
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  • reflects off of it. That's why e see red. This block is actually every color
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  • but red if you think about it. Because there are seven colors in the
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  • rainbow-- so Isaac Newton said-- right. You could actually divide it to
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  • thousands. It's arbitrarily-- but Newton's Newton. So we'll just go with his
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  • rainbow, right? The light that bounces off is because this-- block reflects red.
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  • But it accepts all the other colors of the rainbow. It accepts all those
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  • colors, so it's actually those colors. It just rejects red, so kicking red off
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  • back to my eye and your eye from a surface to our eyes. And so that's
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  • what we're seeing here. Now here's the thing. It's crazy about this. If we
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  • turn all lights off. This block wouldn't be red anymore-- it would be black.
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  • For the only-- light only occurs in our mind. Color only occurs in our mind,
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  • rather. For the light that we see comes into our eyes. And we see the
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  • light coming off of that surface because of the pigments.
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  • So without--listen to me.Without light there can be no color. therefore,
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  • when you're in a black room, and orange is not orange in color anymore.
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  • It's just black. Everything that you think about-- the colors of the clothes
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  • in your wardrobe. They're not that color. They're just that color as light
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  • bounces off of them and reacts with the pigment that comes into your
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  • eyes. So you're seeing the color in your mind. I know-- I was like, whoa,
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  • whoa, whoa, whoa-- whoa. And I wasn't even high.
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  • I mean, it was just-- I was havg a totally high moment just thinking
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  • about there's no real color.It's just this light. We all been lied.There is no
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  • spoon.There's a third.The third we've gotten pretty deep here. We're in
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  • it now, aren't we? Without the light-- there is no life. Without light-- there
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  • is no vision.And without light there is no happiness or joy or sense of
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  • well-being. We know it's a fact that with people who live at the poles-- the
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  • North and the South Pole. There's higher levels of depression and
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  • despair that must be wrestled with because of lower levels of light.
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  • People who live in areas who get less light. They have a difficulty having
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  • a sense of happiness. For there is just happiness that comes from light.
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  • We know there's a Vitamin D deficiency that can happen if you don't get
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  • enough sunlight to your skin. So what Jesus is saying when he says, "I'm
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  • the light of the world.Is he saying,I'm like the sun. I'm like your
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  • dependence on the sun.You are so dependent on the sun for life and for
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  • sight and for a sense of well-being. And I'm like those things to you in
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  • how you actually need me.
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  • So that's the metaphor. And is that helpful? I think there's a second thing
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  • that even makes this more significant, not less. And it's understanding
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  • the magnitude of the moment. For Jesus was speaking into a situation
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  • that was ongoing. And if you had read John 7. And if you read the rest of
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  • John 8 into John Chapter 9. You're seeing Jesus in his 3 and 1/2 year
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  • ministry interacting with people at specific events.
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  • This specific event where he spoke these words, "I'm the light of the
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  • world" were during a feast called the Feast of Tabernacles. And the Jews
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  • had different feasts on their calendar-- different parties on their calendar.
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  • One of them was the Feast of Tabernacles which is when they looked
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  • back on the wilderness wanderings. And specifically they celebrated
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  • God's faithfulness to them during that period of time where for 40 years
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  • they lived in the desert.
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  • And when they got thirsty,God gave them water from a rock. And so they
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  • had a party at one point where they would pour water out. And prophesy,
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  • believing in faith that God was going to send now living water to them. It
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  • literally looked backwards.But it also looked forward. Then there was
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  • this awesome thing they did where they involved their kids. You always
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  • got to involve your kids in the spiritual discussion in life.
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  • And so what they would do is they would all move out of their homes.
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  • This is awesome. Some of them would move on to their roofs if they had
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  • a roof that allowed it. And others would move into their front lawn. There
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  • was also just like RV park areas where if you lived in an apartment
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  • complex, you could all get a little bit of land somewhere in open areas--
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  • awesome. And you would build these little booths or little huts.So one of
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  • the nicknames of the Feast of Tabernacles was the Feast of Booths.
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  • And they would build these little huts so these little thatched palm frond
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  • structures. And the whole family would camp out for this feast. And the
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  • kids are like, ah, my Xbox is in the house-- what gives? Mom and dad
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  • were like, hey, look. Our forefathers didn't have an Xbox. They don't have
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  • a house. They lived for 40 years in the wilderness. And it was kind of like
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  • we are living right now like this. And we want to look back to God's
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  • faithfulness and look forward to his provision. And we're going to look for
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  • believing. And, of course, all of these things look forward to Jesus as the Messiah.
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  • Now the most significant for our purposes and understanding is that
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  • there was also a huge involvement of light-- light. You see, there was
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  • these enormous candelabras-- gigantic candelabras that were set up in
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  • an area of the temple complex known as the Court of the Women. And,
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  • of course, back then there was the Court of the Gentiles. And Gentiles
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  • could only go so far. But then women who were Jews could go past the
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  • Court of the Gentiles and so could men, of course, into this area.
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  • But then only men could go past it to the next checkpoint. And the men
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  • could go past it to the next point.But then only the priest could go past
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  • that one. And then past the temple area, there was an even holier place
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  • for only the high priest could go. And he could only go in once a year.
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  • And he had to wear bells, because you're like, why would he have to
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  • wear bells? He also had a rope tied to his ankle. Because if he had any
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  • unconfessed sin in his life-- if he went into the Holy of Holies with an
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  • unconfessed sin. He would die on the spot. And they would stop hearing
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  • the bells jingling. And they would pull him out with a rope on his foot-- right.
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  • OSHA's not OSHA certified. This is dangerous taking this job, man, I
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  • mean, the peril. They say-- America, the most dangerous job is being a
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  • commercial fishermen or being a lumberjack. I'm going to put high priest
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  • above either of those things. You know what I'm saying? So anyhow, so
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  • there was all these different areas.Well, the court of the women-- every
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  • Jew could go into. So it was very much a common area. And that's where
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  • they had all the offering boxes. And they nicknamed it the treasury.
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  • OK, so in the treasury area was one of the biggest areas. They had
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  • these enormous golden candelabras with a ton of different torches that
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  • would be off of them. And at a certain point in the celebration they would
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  • light them all up. They would light up every single one of them. And it
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  • often happened in the most significant way on the final night of the feast--
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  • the final night of the Feast of Tabernacles. They had something called
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  • the illumination ceremony.
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  • And William Barclay describes it this way. He says, "They sent these
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  • candelabras-- sent such a blaze of light throughout Jerusalem that every
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  • courtyard was lit up with their brilliance." So they were massive. And, of
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  • course, they built with limestone. So you can just-- white limestone. You
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  • can just imagine the flickering of the light off of all these stones. And it
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  • just would have been beautiful because they didn't have a lot of
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  • competing light in that day.
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  • There wasn't electric light bulbs or LEDs anywhere. So they waited till
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  • night time. And then when they lit this thing up, it was like the pyrotechnic
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  • display of all displays and would have been magnificent. Now get this--
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  • everybody then once they were lit. On this night we'd get torches. And
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  • they would sing and dance and praise God till the rooster crowed. I
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  • mean, this is like a sanctified Burning Man Coachella for Jesus. I mean, it
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  • just seems awesome.
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  • Every description I read of him, like, can I go to that? That sounds lit--
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  • right? So it was just--it was going off. This thing was going, right?Now
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  • check this out-- now we're told Jesus said these words-- where? John
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  • Chapter 8, verse 20, tells us exactly where He was when He said them.
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  • These words he spoke in the treasury as he taught in the temple,
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  • meaning exactly in the vicinity of these giant candelabras. Only if you
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  • read John 7:53 and 8 verse 1, you will see that it was early in the
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  • morning on the day after the big party.
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  • The rooster had crowed. The torches were all extinguished. And the
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  • candelabras had burnt out. Now is there anything more depressing in the
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  • whole world as picking up the remnants of last night's firecrackers on the
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  • 5th of July? All your bad decisions. All your bad decisions and wasted
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  • money is just all-- that's juste least enjoyable job. Maybe second to it
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  • would be taking down the Christmas tree. Oh, how many times have you
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  • thrown it away with the lights on because you just couldn't stomach.
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  • Anybody with me? I know that's not good for the environment. But I've
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  • done it. I have done it. I have done it.I have done it, right. Because it's
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  • just-- the party's over.There's no fun when the party's over. And
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  • sometimes the sadness that we feel in those events, I think, it's because
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  • we, perhaps, were hoping that those holidays would give a little bit more
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  • magic than they were capable of giving. And we were hoping, perhaps,
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  • that they would be the bread that would satisfy us. And we were looking
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  • to them in that way.
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  • And I love that Jesus was so wise as they were pointing to the past
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  • faithfulness of God, which, of course, the candelabras, in case you didn't
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  • connect the two from the Book of Exodus which we've been talking
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  • about. It also looked back to a significant thing that Exodus tells us
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  • happened. In the wilderness wanderings the Lord went ahead of them,
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  • guiding them during the day with a pillar of cloud, providing light for them
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  • at night with the pillar of fire this allowed them to travel by day or by
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  • night. So that's awesome. God just lit up the sky with fire.
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  • And so they were looking back to how God provided light for them. But
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  • they were begging God in the coming days to provide fire for them. And
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  • when the fire went out, they were left there standing there realizing God
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  • hadn't answered our prayers yet in the sense of-- ah-- ah.
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  • And it was at that moment that Jesus stood next to the candelabra and
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  • said, "I am the light of the world." I am-- I am-- ego-- e me-- the light-- of-
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  • said, "I am the light of the world." I am-- I am-- ego-- e me-- the light-- of-
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  • the world. I am-- I am-- the light-- of the world.
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  • You don't have to walk in darkness. I have light. You don't have to be
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  • empty. I have life. You don't have to be sad and lonely. I have meaning.
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  • You don't have to be a person without a sense of mission. I have joy and
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  • joy I want to get you to overflowing. Enjoy life to the full. Not just
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  • biological life but eternal life I'm the light of life. Now woo-- does that not
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  • just come to life when you picture Jesus in the moment? Because it's not
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  • just the metaphor was rich. But the actual magnitude of the moment was
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  • literally perfect.
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  • And there is a third there I think that we need to pull away from this. And
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  • that is in the second half of the verse. So let's read it one more time-- the
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  • second half only. Jesus said, "I am the light of the world." We got that. But
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  • then he said, "He who follows me." He who follows me. He who follows
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  • me, meaning, I'm the light of the world. But the light coming to you is not
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  • automatic. You don't just get the light for breathing air.
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  • "I am the light of the world. But he who follows me shall not walk in
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  • darkness, but have the light of life." Now in the wilderness wanderings,
  • 00:15:33.190 --> 00:15:40.290
  • they had to follow the pillar of fire. When it moved, they were supposed to
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  • move. So that's the first way that we tap into our mission. Here's his epic
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  • metaphor. And it's even more rich because of the magnitude. But then in
  • 00:15:51.220 --> 00:15:56.150
  • it we find an assignment. Our mission if we choose to accept it is, a, to
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  • follow him. We have to follow the light.
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  • Jesus, again and again and again,equated being a believer to being a
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  • follower. He said to the fisherman-He said to the tax collector--He would
  • 00:16:08.230 --> 00:16:12.280
  • say to them-- follow me-- follow me. And to a great degree with a wide net
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  • to every Jesus follower who was not called to leave their day job--- who's
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  • not called to leave work. Who's called to be a teacher-- called to be a ski
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  • instructor-- called me a baker-- called to be a firefighter-- called to be a
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  • mayor-- called to be an actor.
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  • He said, take up your cross and follow me. You see we're to follow the
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  • light. We're to believe Jesus is who He said He is. And we're to follow after
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  • him-- to follow in his footstep- to do what he tells us to do, regardless of
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  • how we feel to follow the light. And if we follow the light, we will not walk
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  • in darkness. We will have the light of life. Why? Because if we are with
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  • Jesus, and he's the light, we'll always have light. If we are with Jesus and
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  • He has light. We don't have to go looking for light somewhere. We just got
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  • to follow Jesus.
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  • Psalm 36 puts it this way. With you is the fountain of life. And in your light
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  • we see light. So we're to follow Jesus-- to follow the light. That's our
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  • mission. As a second aspect to it we're to not trust our eyesight. Follow
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  • the light-- that's our mission and not trust our own eyesight. Now there
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  • are many interesting things to me about light. I've been studying about it.
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  • I'm fascinated about it. I found out that one third of the American
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  • population sneezes when they are exposed to the sun.
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  • If there's a sudden sunburst and the clouds come out. One third of the--
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  • anybody with me in church-- every location. OK, yeah-- just roughly about
  • 00:17:32.190 --> 00:17:35.210
  • a third of us-- that's incredible.And every location I'm assuming that's
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  • true. I'm assuming in Salt Lake City there are some sneezy, sneezy
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  • citizens there. When the sun comes-- it's just achoo, right? There's not a
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  • power of suggestion on sneezing, and that's good. Because you say the
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  • word, sneeze, no one sneezes. But if you say the word, yawn-- they say
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  • that a lot of people-- eh-- it's happening around you right now.
  • 00:17:52.290 --> 00:17:56.100
  • The power of suggestion of saying the word, yawn, is incredible. It's one
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  • of the most contagious things on planet Earth. So interestingly enough
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  • there's more. That has nothing do with my sermon. That's just
  • 00:18:03.170 --> 00:18:06.180
  • interesting to me. I also think it's interesting that you can see light from far
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  • away. So for example, if you were in a wilderness situation. But you
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  • brought a flint with you which you should. If you were to shoot the flint off
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  • at night just over and over again. That can be seen for three miles away.
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  • So they say in a situation where you have no ability to rescue yourself--
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  • even just the smallest flint can be seen for up to three miles. So that's interesting.
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  • It's also interesting to me that light is very, very fast. Yeah, of course, it is.
  • 00:18:30.070 --> 00:18:34.160
  • It's very, very fast. But fascinating how fast it is that it takes a long time to
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  • get to us. They say the light that we see now when you go outside and
  • 00:18:38.270 --> 00:18:42.080
  • look at the sun, it left the sun just over eight minutes ago. Eight minutes
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  • ago, which means if and when the sun burns up. We all know about it for
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  • 10 minutes. I mean, it's crazy to think about it, right.
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  • The world's over. But you don't even know. You're still making a
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  • cappuccino. Or you have no idea, right. You're just typing an email. You
  • 00:18:55.000 --> 00:18:58.160
  • have no idea that it's all over. And then that's, of course, because the sun
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  • is 93 million miles away. So even though light travels 186.000 miles per
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  • second. It's going to take a bit to get to you even when it's on it's final last
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  • race. With love, sun-- peace out suckers. I'm out of here. And you won't
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  • know till it's over. But out of all those things, my favorite thing about light
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  • is the fact that so much of light is invisible to our eyes.
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  • So much of light is actually invisible to our eyes. How much you say?
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  • They say visible light makes up only a tiny tenth of a billionth of the
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  • electromagnetic spectrum. And the electromagnetic spectrum is what light
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  • is a part of. And visible lights just a small portion of that. There's actually
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  • more light than what we know of as white light. Now white light, of course,
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  • if you take a prism.
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  • You figure out that out of the prism comes what we-- thank you Isaac
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  • Newton-- know of as the seven colors. They say-- I haven't written on the
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  • back here-- it's red-- it's orange.Like you need that for that? Yeah, well,
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  • pray for me. Red and orange and yellow and green and blue and indigo,
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  • and violet. And that all comes out of a prism when white light goes into it,
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  • the seven colors go out.
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  • But in 1880, a man named-- William Herschel-- he was projecting a
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  • prism-- so imagine this is the prism-- that shined out the rainbow. And he
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  • was investigating the prism. And he was taking a thermometer. And he
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  • was measuring the heat in the area on the right side of violet and on the
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  • left side of red. And he found out that even though there was nothing
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  • visible happening there that there was a temperature difference. So
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  • obviously, something was going on there.
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  • And so he chose to call beyond red,infrared. And he chose to call above
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  • violet, ultraviolet. Now some of you understand that there's a lot that
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  • happens out there, and we can't see it. But when the white light turns into
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  • the seven, there's actually a whole lot more than just that because of
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  • ultraviolet and infrared. By the way, it's creepy. Pit Vipers can see
  • 00:21:10.210 --> 00:21:13.200
  • infrared. And bees can see ultraviolet--that's interesting. This light here
  • 00:21:13.220 --> 00:21:18.070
  • can shine an ultraviolet light. We can't see ultraviolet.
  • 00:21:18.090 --> 00:21:22.100
  • But the way black lights work-- if you ever remember going roller skating
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  • as a kid, right. The way black light works is it contains ultraviolet light.
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  • And when it-- though, we can't see it comes in. Something visible goes
  • 00:21:30.150 --> 00:21:35.070
  • out. So if I were to take and write on here with a Sharpie. You can't see
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  • that very well. But if you look at it under ultraviolet light. Something
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  • invisible going in causes something highly visible to come out.
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  • And so what I love about light is that it's a perfect parallel for our journey
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  • of faith. For does not 2nd Corinthians tell us, We do not walk by sight. We
  • 00:21:55.110 --> 00:22:00.230
  • walk by faith, meaning all thats there isn't seen by our human eyes. So
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  • as we follow Jesus, He's going to tell us things and help us to see things
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  • that we can't see in the natural.We can't see in our normal everyday
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  • abilities that He's able to show to us. When His invisible power comes into
  • 00:22:16.140 --> 00:22:23.260
  • us, we will be able to, by faith, see invisible things that are unnaturally apparent to us.
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  • So I think it's just an amazing parallel to walk with Jesus to walk by faith--
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  • to not look at our job and just see our job. But to look at it through His
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  • eyes. And to trust that his invisible power going in will cause invisible
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  • things to become visible to us-- right. Ultra-- sight. That's always
  • 00:22:43.000 --> 00:22:48.280
  • happening. Oh, by the way, this is a change how you look at people.
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  • Because you won't just look at normal people. You look at people and
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  • see the glory of God inside of them.
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  • And here's the interesting thing.All of you if you look around at each
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  • other-- person sit next to you-- people sitting around you. Every single
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  • one of you is glowing. And I'm glowing. And we're all glowing. It has been
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  • scientifically proven that every single human body-- listen to me-- puts off
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  • a bioluminescent glow. But it's 1.000 times weaker than our eye's ability
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  • to see it. But if you look at people, and you could see all the light that's
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  • actually there being put off by our bodies where we're brightest at our
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  • heads, of course, where there's more blood.
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  • But if you were to look at people and see them how God sees them. You
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  • would see Christ in them the hope of glory. Even people who don't know
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  • Jesus. You would see what God intends them to be when they have the
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  • light of life inside of their eyes. Now-- as we wrap this all up, and we're
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  • getting real close. And I just want to say this. The problem with all of this
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  • is that there's a flip side to it.
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  • And the tension is light isn't just wonderful-- it's also dangerous. It's
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  • actually deadly.Light isn't just wonderful-- it's also very dangerous. These
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  • are the same light that leads to life. And light and happiness is the same
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  • light that can take it away. We need light to have life. But if you have
  • 00:24:10.260 --> 00:24:15.250
  • prolonged exposure to light, it leads to cancer. If you are able to go
  • 00:24:15.270 --> 00:24:20.270
  • beyond our atmosphere, it would be instantly deadly to you. In outer
  • 00:24:20.290 --> 00:24:25.120
  • space, you jump out of your space suit. Your tears and your sweat will
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  • boil. And you just think about what would happen with the sun coming to you.
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  • So which brings light can also take life. What brings life can take life.
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  • What brings sight? The sun You wouldn't see anything if it weren't for
  • 00:24:38.270 --> 00:24:43.270
  • light bouncing off of the source to the surface to us. Yet, if yu were to
  • 00:24:43.290 --> 00:24:48.080
  • stare at the sun, it would fry your optic nerve. In the same light that gives
  • 00:24:48.100 --> 00:24:53.110
  • sight would take sight. So it is with pleasure--it feels great to get some
  • 00:24:53.130 --> 00:24:59.110
  • sun just for a second--just give me a minute of sunshine, right. But that
  • 00:24:59.130 --> 00:25:04.090
  • sun can also burn your skin if you're not careful.
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  • And here's the thing. You can realize I need light because I can't see
  • 00:25:08.130 --> 00:25:12.090
  • what I look like. But if you get too much light in a dressing room. Give me
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  • a dimly-lit dressing room every day. I want to feel great just for a minute. I
  • 00:25:17.210 --> 00:25:23.290
  • look so good in low light-- you know what I'm saying? When the light
  • 00:25:24.010 --> 00:25:29.220
  • comes on, you're like, oh.The same light that made you feel good now
  • 00:25:29.240 --> 00:25:35.070
  • makes you feel bad if you see yourself really like, that's what I look like? That's discouraging.
  • 00:25:35.090 --> 00:25:40.230
  • What's the point? The point is the metaphor applies in this way to. That
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  • which we need the most is God. But if we were actually to stand before
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  • God. He dwells an unapproachable light.All of us as sinners-- we die on
  • 00:25:49.120 --> 00:25:54.260
  • the spot. That's why Moses who asked God, show me your glory was told
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  • this-- look what God told to Moses. He said, "You cannot see My face.
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  • For no man can see Me and live." It would fry you.
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  • That which you desperately need you are also incapable of receiving and
  • 00:26:07.000 --> 00:26:11.170
  • living. And so it is well.All of us are groaning for God. But that which we
  • 00:26:11.190 --> 00:26:16.060
  • need the most, we are also incapable of. We cannot live with God.
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  • There's a separation between us because of our sin. And we would not
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  • live-- we would not survive His glory and His power and His Holiness and
  • 00:26:22.270 --> 00:26:27.190
  • His wrath and His justice. But that's why in his mercy, He sent his son
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  • Jesus. And his son becoming veiled-- the pillar of fire becoming veiled by
  • 00:26:32.270 --> 00:26:37.290
  • human flesh because that's what happened.
  • 00:26:38.010 --> 00:26:40.120
  • Jesus Christ was God's glory-- God's light but veiled. And you got a
  • 00:26:40.140 --> 00:26:46.160
  • sneak peek of that when on the Mount of Transfiguration. You know the
  • 00:26:46.180 --> 00:26:50.240
  • story in the gospels. He took Peter, James, and John on the high
  • 00:26:50.260 --> 00:26:52.220
  • mountain. And what does the Bible say? "He was transfigured before
  • 00:26:52.240 --> 00:26:55.060
  • them. His face shone like the sun. His sun clothes became white as
  • 00:26:55.080 --> 00:26:58.060
  • light." You're like, what's the big deal? That happened to Moses-- no, no.
  • 00:26:58.080 --> 00:27:01.000
  • Moses was the moon.
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  • When Moses went up on the mountain with God, he got to see a glimpse
  • 00:27:03.150 --> 00:27:06.150
  • of God's glory. He shined because he was reflecting the light. Jesus was
  • 00:27:06.170 --> 00:27:10.190
  • the source of that light. The light was shining out of him. It was radiating
  • 00:27:10.210 --> 00:27:14.290
  • out of him when just for a moment, he showed us a glimpse of his true
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  • self. Now here's the beauty. The beauty is the way Moses got to even
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  • see what he did that day, though it was imperfect was God said, here's
  • 00:27:22.150 --> 00:27:25.000
  • what I'll do. I'll hide you behind a rock.
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  • And if you hide behind this rock, I will pass by. And my glory will hit the
  • 00:27:27.110 --> 00:27:32.290
  • rock and not kill you.But you'll just get to see a bit of it because you're
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  • there for the moment. And that s why Jesus came. We couldn't stand
  • 00:27:37.100 --> 00:27:42.040
  • before God on our own.We couldn't go to heaven on our own. But God
  • 00:27:42.060 --> 00:27:45.190
  • sent His son Jesus Christ. And if we hide behind the one who is, not only
  • 00:27:45.210 --> 00:27:51.030
  • the light of the world, but also is a rock. He'll tuck us safely in the cleft of
  • 00:27:51.050 --> 00:27:55.270
  • the rock. And God's glory can't hurt us because we are in Christ.
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  • And that's the power of the Gospel is that God sent his son Jesus to do
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  • for us what we can never do for ourselves to pay for our sins and to live
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  • to tell the story about it. And if we come to him, we don't have to walk in
  • 00:28:09.220 --> 00:28:14.170
  • darkness and shame and secrets and guilt and hidden things. We can
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  • live a life in the light.
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