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April 21, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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  • What would that mean for us today?
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  • Join Dr. David Jeremiah as he answers those questions
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  • today on "Turning Point."
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  • David Jeremiah: A tomb, a stone, a military guard.
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  • If you were looking for Jesus in the 2 days
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  • following his crucifixion, that's all you would have seen,
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  • a tomb, a stone, a military guard.
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  • But oh, that third day,
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  • how the picture changed.
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  • Hello, I'm David Jeremiah, and welcome to "Turning Point"
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  • on this marvelous resurrection day.
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  • But suppose for just a moment that on the third day,
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  • nothing had changed, that Jesus' lifeless body was
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  • still in the tomb, and the entry was still sealed
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  • by a heavy stone and guarded
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  • by armed soldiers.
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  • What would that mean for mankind?
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  • It's a mental exercise the Apostle Paul felt
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  • was worth exploring, and I think you will too
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  • as we ponder what life would be like
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  • if the resurrection had never happened.
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  • So join me for today's special Easter message,
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  • David: Some of you may know that one of the great
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  • Reformation leaders of the past, a guy by the name
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  • of Martin Luther, suffered from huge bouts of depression.
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  • For days, he would have a hard time just functioning.
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  • And he tried a lot of things, and he had a wonderful wife.
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  • And the story is that one day, he was at breakfast,
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  • and she came down, and she was dressed
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  • in black.
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  • And he asked her why she was dressed like that, and she said,
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  • "Well, I'm in mourning."
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  • He then says, "What do you mean, 'I'm in mourning'"?
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  • She said, "Well, I'm in mourning."
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  • He says, "Well, who died?" She said, "God died."
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  • And he said, "Well, you know better than that.
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  • You know that God did not die, so why are you dressed
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  • in black?"
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  • And she said, "Well Martin,
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  • you're living as if God had died, and I thought I could get
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  • your attention by maybe showing you that he isn't dead, that he
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  • has risen from the dead, and he is alive, and you needed
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  • to start living like he was alive."
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  • So even preachers get in your face messages
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  • once in a while, and that was one for Martin Luther.
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  • What she was doing that day was not trying to prove
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  • She was trying to pretend that it hadn't happened.
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  • She was trying to get him to look at his life, and realize
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  • that sometimes you forget things that are important,
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  • and it affects the way you live every day.
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  • And that's what Paul was trying to do, I believe,
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  • in the 15th chapter of the book of 1 Corinthians.
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  • In a span of nine verses, he uses the word
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  • "if" six times.
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  • What if Christ had not been resurrected from the grave?
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  • Just suppose for a moment, he wants us to think, that the
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  • resurrection of Jesus Christ is untrue.
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  • What if the women who went to the tomb
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  • on that first Easter Sunday found that the stone was
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  • still in place, and the soldiers
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  • were still marching up and down in front of the tomb?
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  • What if nothing had changed at all when they arrived?
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  • What if these women had to live by the memory of those cold,
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  • dead eyes, and the body of Jesus as it was taken
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  • down from the cross?
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  • What if Jesus Christ had not come back from the grave?
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  • First of all, in the 14th verse of the 15th chapter, he says
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  • to us that if there is no resurrection from the dead,
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  • if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is
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  • foolishness.
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  • And since I am a preacher, that gets my attention.
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  • When Paul says that our preaching is empty,
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  • what he is saying, that if there is no resurrection, there's no
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  • foundation for any preaching.
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  • When Christ came out of the grave, he proved
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  • that what he had said he would do, he did.
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  • He proved that he had the power over death and life.
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  • He proved that what he did on the cross to take
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  • away our sin was sufficient, and Almighty God answered
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  • from heaven by allowing him to come back to life from death.
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  • For over 45 years, I have been preaching the gospel.
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  • It is what God had called me to do.
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  • And I have to tell you, I love preaching more
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  • than anything else that I do.
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  • But if Jesus Christ did not come out of the grave, there's
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  • no reason for me to preach.
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  • If I did not believe in the resurrection
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  • of Jesus Christ, I would resign from my job, and I would never
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  • preach again, for the only thing I have to offer anybody
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  • from this pulpit from the Word of God is
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  • the message of hope in the risen Christ.
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  • Paul is teaching us the absolute priority
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  • of the resurrection.
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  • If Christ is not risen from the dead, he says,
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  • the gospel message is without any meaning at all.
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  • There is no reason for anyone to preach, and we have no hope
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  • to offer the world.
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  • But it's not just about preachers.
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  • He has something to say about you and to all of us
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  • in that respect.
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  • In verses 14 and 17 of the 15th chapter, he tells us
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  • that if there is no resurrection,
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  • there is no such thing as personal faith in God.
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  • He says in verse 14, "And if Christ is not risen,
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  • then your faith is empty."
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  • And in verse 17, "And if Christ is not risen, your faith is
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  • futile, and you are still in your sins."
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  • If we put our trust in him, he promises that he will take
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  • all of our sin away from us, and place it on himself,
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  • and pay for it by what he did on the cross.
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  • However, if we choose not to do that, all of the weight
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  • of our sin rests on us.
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  • But if Jesus didn't come out of the grave
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  • on that particular Easter Sunday 2.000 years ago,
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  • we're still in our sins.
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  • Our sins aren't forgiven.
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  • We still have to deal with them ourselves.
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  • And one of these days, we're going to stand before a holy,
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  • righteous God to have to give an account of all the things
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  • that we have done that have violated
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  • his holy standard, whether in word or deed,
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  • whether by omission or commission.
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  • We will stand with our sins before a holy God if there is
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  • no resurrection from the dead.
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  • I still remember the day as a teenager when I asked
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  • Christ to come into my life and forgive me.
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  • Some of you may know that I grew up
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  • in a pastor's home, so what chance did I have?
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  • I used to tell people that when I was little,
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  • I had a drug problem, I was drug to church every week.
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  • I mean, that's the way it was.
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  • But you know, I had a lot of preliminary experiences
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  • with the Lord, as most children do,
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  • in vacation Bible school, in Sunday school.
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  • But when I was a teenager, I really, really
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  • for the first time myself understood
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  • the implications of the gospel, and made what I believe to be
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  • a meaningful decision to trust Christ, knowing what I needed
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  • to know to make that decision.
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  • And I have to tell you that when I did that, I didn't
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  • have any emotional response to it, I didn't cry.
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  • I'm not much of a crier.
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  • I didn't run around the house with my hands up high, singing,
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  • or anything like that.
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  • But what I do remember, and it's interesting
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  • that after all these years I still remember this,
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  • I remember that I felt like something was lifted
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  • off of me, that I didn't have the weight of sin that I didn't
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  • know how to deal with.
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  • It's a strange thing because I don't--I don't get
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  • into all of the emotional things that many people do.
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  • I just kind of felt lighter.
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  • I was free of the burden
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  • of my sin.
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  • It was no longer on me.
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  • For the first time, I realized that God loved me,
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  • and that Christ had died for me, and that he had taken
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  • all of my sin off of me, and now it was on him.
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  • That is why Christ came into the world, and that is why
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  • he died on the cross.
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  • But 3 days later, he came out of the grave, proving
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  • beyond any doubt that he
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  • who claimed to be the Son of God and able
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  • to forgive sin would and could do it, and did do it.
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  • If Jesus Christ is not risen from the dead, our faith is
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  • futile, and we still carry all of our own sins
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  • on ourselves.
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  • Third, if there is no resurrection, our profession
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  • is false.
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  • It says in verse 15, "Yes, and we are found false
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  • witnesses of God, because we have testified of God
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  • that he raised up Christ, whom he did not raise up,
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  • if in fact the dead do not rise."
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  • Now, watch this.
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  • The book of Acts is the story of the birth
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  • of the early church.
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  • It begins primarily with the ascension of Christ,
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  • and then the day of Pentecost, and how the church in Jerusalem
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  • began to grow.
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  • And the Bible says that one of the first services
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  • they ever had, Peter was the preacher, and when he
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  • got done preaching, 3.000 people got saved.
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  • And if you study the historic documents that go
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  • with that period of time, what you learn is
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  • that in the early church in Jerusalem,
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  • there probably were about 100.000 members
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  • of the church in just a few weeks.
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  • The church just exploded.
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  • And it exploded for two reasons.
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  • First of all, because of the day of Pentecost,
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  • when the Holy Spirit came down and filled everybody
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  • with himself.
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  • But it exploded also because of the preaching
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  • that happened.
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  • The apostles were preachers, and they went everywhere
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  • preaching the gospel.
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  • But if you study what they preached,
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  • you'll be amazed.
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  • There are 19 sermons or addresses
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  • in the book of Acts, and every one of them are
  • 00:11:27.280 --> 00:11:31.120
  • about the same thing.
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  • They are about the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
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  • You say, "Well, why would that be true?"
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  • Well, I'm going to show you just a couple of places,
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  • and you see if you don't understand
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  • why this was such a dynamic thing
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  • in their lives.
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  • We begin to read this when you see Peter preaching
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  • on the day of Pentecost.
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  • And when he got done preaching and 3.000 people got saved,
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  • this is what it says.
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  • He preached this, "This Jesus God has raised up,
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  • of whom we are all witnesses."
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  • Over and over again, you see that phrase.
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  • When Peter healed the lame man at the gate of the temple,
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  • and a whole crowd of people showed up
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  • because of the miracle.
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  • He spoke these words, listen again, "But you denied
  • 00:12:12.290 --> 00:12:16.180
  • the holy one and the just, and you asked for a murderer
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  • to be granted to you, and you killed the prince
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  • of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are
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  • all witnesses."
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  • After the supernatural escape from prison, the apostles
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  • again spoke of the resurrection.
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  • And they said, "The God of our fathers raised
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  • up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree,
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  • and we are his witnesses."
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  • The apostles knew who Jesus was.
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  • They had seen him in his resurrection body.
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  • These are the apostles who had seen him hanging on a tree,
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  • so dead that the soldiers didn't even break his legs.
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  • They had seen his limp, dead body taken down
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  • off the cross, and hundreds of pounds of spices
  • 00:12:59.290 --> 00:13:02.280
  • rolled into the fabric with which he was entombed.
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  • They saw him placed in the grave, and the stone put
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  • across the mouth of the tomb.
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  • And then on Easter, they saw this same person, undeniably
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  • identified by the prints in his hands and in his feet,
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  • and they saw him walking around in a resurrected body.
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  • And they couldn't help but tell everybody what they had seen.
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  • Put yourself in their shoes.
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  • They had known Jesus before his death.
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  • They had seen the brutality that had been wreaked
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  • on his body.
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  • And then they saw him after death, walking around,
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  • the resurrected Son of God.
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  • And everywhere they went, they said, "He is risen,
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  • he is risen indeed."
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  • You see, it's not like you can just set the resurrection
  • 00:13:47.250 --> 00:13:50.030
  • over here and say this is optional belief for a believer.
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  • You don't get to do that.
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  • If you don't believe in the resurrection,
  • 00:13:54.130 --> 00:13:55.230
  • everything falls apart.
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  • Because everybody who is a part of that story witnessed
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  • that it was true.
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  • And these are the people who have written to us
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  • the instructions as how to live as Christians.
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  • These are the apostles, the witnesses
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  • of the resurrection.
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  • And Paul says if Christ is not risen,
  • 00:14:12.150 --> 00:14:16.170
  • they're all false witnesses, they're deceitful people.
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  • Here's the fourth thing he wants us to know, that if there is no
  • 00:14:20.060 --> 00:14:21.270
  • resurrection, our promise for the future is fraudulent.
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  • I love verse 18, he says, "Then also," if he is not risen,
  • 00:14:26.070 --> 00:14:29.240
  • "those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished."
  • 00:14:29.250 --> 00:14:33.200
  • If Jesus didn't come out of the grave,
  • 00:14:33.210 --> 00:14:35.220
  • nobody else is going to come out of the grave either.
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  • If the resurrection didn't happen, if he did not
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  • conquer death by his resurrection
  • 00:14:40.270 --> 00:14:43.050
  • from the grave, there is no hope that anyone will ever live again
  • 00:14:43.060 --> 00:14:47.070
  • after they die.
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  • I know that, one day, I'm going to see my mother and my father
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  • in heaven because they trusted in Christ, and I'm going to see
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  • my sister and others that I have known and been close to
  • 00:14:57.110 --> 00:14:59.290
  • over the years who have gone on to be with the Lord.
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  • They're in heaven.
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  • My hope for heaven is based upon what Jesus did when he came
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  • out of the grave.
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  • When he came out of the grave, he put his foot on the neck
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  • of death and he broke it.
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  • And death is broken because he broke through death so that we
  • 00:15:14.230 --> 00:15:18.140
  • would have hope that, after his resurrection,
  • 00:15:18.150 --> 00:15:21.240
  • one day we are going to be raised again to life.
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  • So, let's review.
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  • If there's no resurrection, preaching is foolishness.
  • 00:15:27.290 --> 00:15:31.050
  • If there's no resurrection, personal faith is futile.
  • 00:15:31.060 --> 00:15:34.130
  • If there's no resurrection, our professions are false.
  • 00:15:34.140 --> 00:15:37.240
  • And if there's no resurrection, our promise for the future is
  • 00:15:37.250 --> 00:15:40.290
  • fraudulent.
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  • But here's the last one.
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  • If there's no resurrection, our prospect for life
  • 00:15:43.070 --> 00:15:45.240
  • is fantasy.
  • 00:15:45.250 --> 00:15:47.070
  • You see, the resurrection not only is about the past
  • 00:15:47.080 --> 00:15:50.170
  • and about the future, but it's also about the here
  • 00:15:50.180 --> 00:15:53.070
  • and now.
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  • Listen to what Paul says in verse 19.
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  • He says, "If in this life," in this life in which we live
  • 00:15:56.130 --> 00:15:59.180
  • right now, only in this life, "we have hope in Christ,
  • 00:15:59.190 --> 00:16:03.240
  • we are of all men most pitiable."
  • 00:16:03.250 --> 00:16:06.070
  • In other words, if we don't have Christ, our resurrected Lord
  • 00:16:06.080 --> 00:16:10.030
  • as our hope, even what we do in the current life begins
  • 00:16:10.040 --> 00:16:14.200
  • to come unraveled.
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  • If all I am living for in the here and now is the here
  • 00:16:16.110 --> 00:16:19.170
  • and now, that's not enough.
  • 00:16:19.180 --> 00:16:22.130
  • I need something much more powerful to hinge
  • 00:16:22.140 --> 00:16:24.250
  • my life on than just what's going to happen tomorrow.
  • 00:16:24.260 --> 00:16:28.010
  • I need to know that my life is meaningful, and that it has
  • 00:16:28.020 --> 00:16:31.100
  • a purpose beyond this life.
  • 00:16:31.110 --> 00:16:34.130
  • Someone has said that when you become a Christian, you cast
  • 00:16:34.140 --> 00:16:36.250
  • an anchor into heaven, and it's twirled around the throne
  • 00:16:36.260 --> 00:16:39.210
  • of God, and that anchor continues to pull you
  • 00:16:39.220 --> 00:16:42.150
  • toward the Father.
  • 00:16:42.160 --> 00:16:44.110
  • And every day, you realize you're connected to eternity.
  • 00:16:44.120 --> 00:16:48.020
  • But if you don't have a connection
  • 00:16:48.030 --> 00:16:49.240
  • to what comes after this life, then the life you live now
  • 00:16:49.250 --> 00:16:52.260
  • will have its good moments and its bad moments,
  • 00:16:52.270 --> 00:16:55.040
  • but it won't have any meaningful moments
  • 00:16:55.050 --> 00:16:59.020
  • that will keep you going and give you hope.
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  • If we don't know that there is a future with God,
  • 00:17:02.020 --> 00:17:07.100
  • it affects our future with God, but it also affects the here
  • 00:17:07.110 --> 00:17:11.220
  • and now.
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  • Here's the way I like to say it.
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  • If you get heaven, you get heaven and now as well.
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  • But if you don't get heaven, you don't get either one.
  • 00:17:17.140 --> 00:17:19.230
  • If you don't get heaven, you don't get the future and you
  • 00:17:19.240 --> 00:17:21.210
  • don't get meaningful life.
  • 00:17:21.220 --> 00:17:23.170
  • The reason my life is meaningful is because, even though I know
  • 00:17:23.180 --> 00:17:26.150
  • there are issues and troubles and difficulties here,
  • 00:17:26.160 --> 00:17:29.110
  • I'm living my life for something beyond my death.
  • 00:17:29.120 --> 00:17:34.280
  • My life has a meaning because of eternity,
  • 00:17:34.290 --> 00:17:37.020
  • and because that Christ is there.
  • 00:17:37.030 --> 00:17:38.180
  • And one day, I'm going to be with him.
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  • And one day, I'm going to spend eternity with him.
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  • And everything I do on this earth is connected
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  • to that in some way.
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  • And I'm still learning as I grow in Christ how that all works,
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  • but what I know is that heaven and the future and life
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  • after death, and understanding how that works in my life,
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  • brings meaning and hope to every day.
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  • If we only have this life, if all we have is living
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  • for now, Paul says that's
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  • not enough.
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  • And many of you have told me over the years you've discovered
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  • that as well.
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  • When you find Christ, you find the center of meaning.
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  • Often, we have said it this way.
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  • When God created you, he built you with a God-shaped vacuum
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  • in your heart.
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  • And until God is in that place, you feel incomplete
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  • and something of an emptiness.
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  • The purpose of Paul's argument here is this.
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  • If Christ is not risen, everything we hold dear
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  • as followers of him falls apart.
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  • But I'm glad he didn't end his little message
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  • on kind of a negative list of tragedies.
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  • He gets through with all of these what-ifs.
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  • And when he gets through with all of the what-ifs,
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  • he comes to the 20th verse of this 15th chapter.
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  • And in this verse, he puts it all into perspective.
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  • It's no longer what if, what if, what if, but it is,
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  • "But now Christ is risen from the dead, and he has
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  • become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep."
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  • The Scripture says that Jesus Christ is not
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  • in a tomb somewhere in Palestine.
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  • He is risen from the dead.
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  • He is alive forevermore.
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  • And because he lives, we too shall live.
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  • And that is the hope of Easter, and that is the hope
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  • of the gospel.
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  • And without the resurrection, there is no gospel, there is
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  • nothing really to believe in except a fantasy story
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  • about a good man who walked on this earth many years ago.
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  • But if he really did what the Scripture says he did,
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  • and what historians have adequately proven he did,
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  • if by his own power on the third day
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  • after his death, he walked out of that tomb victorious
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  • over death, and says to us, "Because I live, you too
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  • shall live," it is worthy of us to put our trust
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  • in him both for now and forever.
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  • Don't miss this point.
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  • He is risen, he is living.
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  • He is the one who said to the sister of Lazarus,
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  • "I am the resurrection and the life.
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  • He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live.
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  • And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.
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  • Do you believe this?"
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  • What did he mean?
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  • Was he saying that if you believed in him, you would never
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  • physically die?
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  • Of course not.
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  • He had just presided over the resurrection
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  • of Lazarus.
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  • What Jesus was saying is what we need to understand
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  • as we bring this all together into our hearts today,
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  • that there is life and there is death in two areas of existence.
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  • Just as we are born physically and one day will die physically,
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  • so we have the opportunity to be born spiritually so that we
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  • never die spiritually.
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  • Here's how it works.
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  • Death is simply a word that means separation.
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  • When we say somebody has died physically, that means
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  • their soul and spirit has departed from their body.
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  • Their soul and spirit has separated from their body.
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  • In the New Testament, one of the writers said,
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  • "Absent from the body, present with the Lord."
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  • But spiritual death is also separation,
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  • much more seriously so.
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  • Spiritual death is the separation of your soul
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  • from God.
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  • You can overcome physical death, but you cannot overcome
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  • spiritual death.
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  • Just as we are born physically, we need to be born spiritually.
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  • Jesus Christ went to the cross and was resurrected
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  • from the tomb so that we could have new life in him.
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  • That new life begins when we put our trust in him
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  • and what he has done.
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  • And the Scripture says when we do that, we are born again.
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  • That's what Jesus said to Nicodemus, "Except a man be
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  • born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
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  • Now, listen to these words again, "Jesus said to her,
  • 00:22:01.160 --> 00:22:04.110
  • 'I am the resurrection and the life.
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  • He who believes in me, though he may die,'" physically,
  • 00:22:06.250 --> 00:22:12.100
  • "he will live.
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  • And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die."
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  • That is the message of the gospel, and you can see
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  • how it is so entwined with the resurrection of Christ.
  • 00:22:24.020 --> 00:22:28.090
  • Because he came out of the grave victorious over death,
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  • he canceled death's power over us so that one day,
  • 00:22:31.240 --> 00:22:35.180
  • we too shall live because of what he did.
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  • And it behooves us to make sure of our birthdays, that we've had
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  • two of them.
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  • Because if you've only been born once, you will have
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  • to die twice.
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  • But if you've been born twice, you will only have to die once.
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  • And if Jesus comes back, you might miss that one too.
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  • That's kind of what I'm hoping for.
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  • I want to be alive when he comes back, and then I'll miss
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  • both of those.
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  • You see, when you believe in the resurrection and you know
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  • that you have a living Savior, everything changes.
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  • He has overcome it all.
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  • And there is nothing too hard for him.
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  • And he stands in the wrecks of time with his hands lifted
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  • up as the risen Savior.
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  • Jesus Christ is the champion over everything for one reason:
  • 00:23:23.080 --> 00:23:29.070
  • he is the only one who ever faced death
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  • square in the face, and overcame it by his own power.
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  • And he says to you and to me, "If you'll put your trust in me,
  • 00:23:36.290 --> 00:23:41.130
  • you can be victorious over death yourself."
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  • That's the message of Easter.
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  • That's why I love to preach it because it is
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  • the most liberating truth you will ever hear.
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  • David: If you're a Christian, no doubt you're as glad as I am
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  • that today's what-if question is just hypothetical.
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  • But if you haven't yet trusted Christ as your Savior, I hope
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  • today's message makes the right choice crystal clear.
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  • The only way to a life of joy and peace and fulfillment,
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  • now and for eternity, is through a personal relationship
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