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The Benefits of Serving Jesus

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May 19, 2019
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Intend with Pastor Allen Jackson

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The Benefits of Serving Jesus

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  • Allen Jackson: I'm gonna work hard today to repurpose a little
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  • bit your imagination of what it means to be a Christ-follower.
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  • I don't want you to think of your faith in terms of simply as
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  • a ticket into heaven or a ticket out of someplace else,
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  • but I want you to imagine your life as a Christ-follower in a
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  • broader perspective with greater opportunities than just an
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  • eternal destination, and we'll start in Mark chapter 1,
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  • with this idea that following Jesus is an investment.
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  • Following Jesus in your life is an investment.
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  • May I ask you a question?
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  • How many of you are aggravated that you save too much money?
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  • Does it just annoy you?
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  • "Aw, I shouldn't have done that.
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  • I should've spent more. I've saved too much."
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  • I've never had that feeling either, and I don't believe
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  • you'll ever be disappointment in an investment you make
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  • in the kingdom of God, and I don't mean primarily your
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  • money, but your life.
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  • Following Jesus is an investment of your life.
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  • Look in Mark's gospel, chapter 1, verse 17.
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  • Jesus is speaking.
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  • He's recruiting his first disciples.
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  • He said, "Come follow me, and I'll make you fishers of men."
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  • Now, I wanna ask you a question: what's the promise attached to
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  • the invitation to follow Jesus?
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  • "Come follow me," and what'll happen?
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  • It's not a trick question.
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  • He said, "I'll make you fishers of men."
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  • "Come follow me, and I'll make you fishers of men."
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  • Well, many of you, I suspect, have made a
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  • profession of faith in Jesus: you've said the sinner's prayer,
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  • You've acknowledged Jesus as Lord, whatever language
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  • you used to describe that point of the new birth, where
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  • you gained entry into the kingdom of God.
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  • Now, I wanna ask you one more question: when you were invited
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  • to make that prayer, to make that dedication of your life to
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  • serve Jesus as Lord, what was the promise
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  • attached to that prayer?
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  • What did they say the outcome would be?
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  • If you'd acknowledged Jesus as Lord, what would happen to you?
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  • What would be the benefit for your life?
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  • It's not a trick question.
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  • Go to heaven.
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  • Avoid hell.
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  • I bet it's something to do with that collection of things.
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  • How many of you have said the sinner's prayer because somebody
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  • said you could become fishers of men?
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  • I didn't think so.
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  • When Jesus invited the disciples to follow him,
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  • he didn't invite them to follow him with an explanation
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  • of the eternal benefit.
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  • He said, "I'm gonna reorient your life in time."
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  • They were already fishermen, not recreational fisherman.
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  • They fished for a living. They had businesses.
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  • It establishes that's how they care for their families.
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  • It establishes how they relate with the community.
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  • And Jesus is inviting them away from that and inviting them to a
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  • whole different imagination for their life.
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  • "Come follow me, and I'll make you fishers of men."
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  • I wanna suggest to you that when you make the decision to be
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  • Christ-follower and accept Jesus as Lord of your life, he's
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  • inviting you towards a whole new kind of a life, a whole new
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  • set of experiences, a whole new orientation in the world.
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  • It's not just about you've got a new eternal destiny locked down,
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  • but he's inviting you to see your life in
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  • an entirely new way.
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  • Following Jesus is an investment of your days in life.
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  • Mark chapter 10 gives us another recruitment story.
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  • Jesus is still looking for disciples.
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  • Says, "Jesus started on his way, and a man ran up to him and fell
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  • on his knees before him, and said, 'Good teacher,
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  • what must I do to inherit eternal life?'
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  • And Jesus answered him, 'Why do you call me "good"?
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  • No one is good except God alone.
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  • You know the commandments: you don't murder, don't
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  • commit adultery, don't steal, don't give false testimony,
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  • don't defraud, honor your father and mother.'
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  • 'Well, teacher, I've kept all of these since I was a boy.'"
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  • Jesus, in an expression of grace, didn't laugh at him.
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  • Many of you were here a couple weeks ago when
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  • Kirk Cameron was here, remember that?
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  • And he walked us through three of the commandments and reminded
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  • us of how sloppily we engage them.
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  • Did you feel as guilty as I did that day?
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  • I thought, "Lord, I hope he stops at three commandments.
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  • This is gonna get really awkward in a minute."
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  • Well, this young man is before Jesus,
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  • and Jesus said, "You know the commandments," and he said,
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  • "I've kept them all of my life."
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  • And Jesus doesn't laugh at him or point out the discrepancies,
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  • but he gives him an invitation.
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  • "He said, 'There's one thing you lack.
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  • Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor,
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  • and you'll have treasure in heaven.
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  • Then come, follow me.'"
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  • It's the same invitation he gave to Peter and James,
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  • and Andrew, "Come, follow me."
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  • "Then the man's face fell, and he went away sad,
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  • because he had great wealth."
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  • The Creator of all things just extended to this man an
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  • invitation to come follow him, and it says that,
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  • when he heard the invitation in the context in which it was
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  • delivered, he hung his head and said, "I don't think so."
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  • Now, we have the benefit of hindsight that we know,
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  • at that moment, he said, "No, I don't wanna sit in the boat and
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  • watch you walk on the lake.
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  • I don't wanna go to the cemetery and watch you
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  • call Lazarus out of the tomb.
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  • I don't wanna walk through the streets of Jerusalem and
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  • watch you open blind eyes.
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  • My investment portfolio's too strong.
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  • I can't afford to follow you."
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  • No, he took a pass.
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  • He took on a pass that would've changed his life.
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  • Forget for a moment in eternity.
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  • It would've changed his life in time completely.
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  • And what I wanna--I'm gonna repeatedly suggest to you is
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  • that following Jesus brings with it tremendous rewards in both
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  • time and eternity, and I think we have wrongfully imagined that
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  • being a Christ-follower only has a benefit when your clock on
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  • your days under the sun has finally run out.
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  • I think the days under the sun are intended to be an investment
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  • in all eternity, and you and I have that privilege.
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  • I don't think we've talked about it a great deal.
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  • In fact, I'm gonna suggest to you that,
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  • as a Christ-follower, you get a new life.
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  • To be a Christ-follower is an invitation
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  • to a whole new kind of life.
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  • You're gonna get new priorities, you're gonna
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  • get new objectives, you're gonna get new outcomes,
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  • You're gonna get new rewards, things that aren't available to
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  • you apart from your relationship with Jesus.
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  • In fact, I would ask you to begin to think of your life in
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  • terms of having more than one life.
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  • You have a life in time, but you also have a life in eternity.
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  • Now, they're not separate, but they are
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  • unique in their characteristics.
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  • The things that are limits to you in your life in time will
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  • not be limits to you in your life in eternity.
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  • Some of the things that provide boundaries for you in time will
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  • not be boundaries for you in eternity.
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  • So you have lives with two very different characteristics: a
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  • life in time and a life in eternity.
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  • I know there's a television show, soap opera, that says
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  • we've got "One Life to Live," and there is some truth
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  • to that statement, but the one life we have to live
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  • in time has a tremendous impact on the life that is ahead of us.
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  • In 1 Corinthians chapter 15, in verse 19,
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  • says, "If only for this life we have hope in Christ,
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  • we're to be pitied more than all men."
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  • If our faith only has impact for this life,
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  • it says we're in a pitiful place.
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  • There's a hope for our faith in time and for eternity.
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  • 1 Timothy chapter 4, "Physical training is of some value,
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  • but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for
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  • both the present life and the life to come."
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  • So I think way too much energy in our faith is invested trying
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  • to get God to do what we want him to do in this present life,
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  • and precious little thought and effort and attention
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  • is given to the life to come.
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  • Now, I'm not recruiting today for anything new.
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  • I'm not asking you to sign up for something else.
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  • There's no pledge cards taped underneath your chairs.
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  • We're not sending you somethin' in the mail.
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  • So this isn't connected to a project or an
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  • idea or a specific need.
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  • I just wanna suggest that how you spend your days can be
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  • attached to an incredible investment in heaven.
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  • Look in Hebrews chapter 5, in verse 7.
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  • It says, "During the days of Jesus's life on earth,
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  • he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and
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  • tears to the one who could save him from death,
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  • and he was heard because of his reverent submission."
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  • Now, before you turn the page, I want you to look at that phrase
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  • with me just a moment.
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  • It says, "During the days of Jesus's life on earth."
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  • It's very clear that the author of Hebrews imagined that Jesus
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  • had a life beyond his days on earth.
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  • Now, you know that to be true, those
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  • of you that are familiar with your Bible.
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  • Jesus was an active part of creation in the
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  • first chapters of Genesis.
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  • There are multiple places in the Old Testament,
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  • long before Jesus was born in Bethlehem,
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  • where he stepped into human history to make a difference,
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  • and we know that Jesus left the earth.
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  • In the book Acts, chapter 1, we know he ascended back to heaven,
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  • but he didn't cease to exist, but the author of Hebrews is
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  • calling our attention to a very unique portion of Jesus's life.
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  • It says, "During the days of Jesus's life on earth."
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  • And then he tells us something he did.
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  • It said, "He offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries
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  • and tears to the one who could save him from death,
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  • and he was heard."
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  • We're gonna look at two or three passages here that deal with
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  • Jesus, the days of Jesus's life on earth, because what I'm
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  • gonna suggest to you is that Jesus benefited for all
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  • eternity from what he did with his days on
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  • earth, and so can you.
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  • Look at Hebrews chapter 12.
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  • I'll wait. It's just one page.
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  • It says, "Let us fix our eyes--let's fix
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  • our attention on Jesus.
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  • He's the author and the perfecter of our faith,"
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  • that's speaking about his place in eternity.
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  • He's the one that initiated our faith,
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  • and he's the one that will complete it, "who for the joy
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  • set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and
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  • sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
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  • In this one verse, we get a perspective of Jesus's life,
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  • both in time and in eternity, and we tend to think of them as
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  • two separate things that are very loosely connected.
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  • In fact, they are, in reality, very much interrelated,
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  • and I'm asking you to think about your life in time and
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  • eternity as very much an integrated whole.
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  • Says, "Jesus is the author and the perfecter of our faith," we
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  • should consider him, "who for the joy set
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  • before him endured the cross."
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  • The cross took place in time on a hill just outside
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  • the city of Jerusalem.
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  • Jesus was crucified, nailed to a Roman cross, a Roman form
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  • of capital punishment, brutal way to die.
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  • He suffocated to death, hungry, thirsty,
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  • naked, in want of all things, publicly humiliated,
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  • the death of a criminal, and it says Jesus endured that because
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  • of the joy that was set before him.
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  • The joy wasn't in time because Jesus was never
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  • vindicated before his enemies.
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  • As far as Pilate's concerned, he was crucified.
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  • Caiaphas, the high priest, thinks he won a victory over
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  • Jesus, but Jesus endured.
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  • The reason this matters so much, if you believe that God will
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  • reward your yielding to him, your service to him,
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  • in time, in eternity, you'll be able to persevere
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  • when a difficult season comes.
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  • If you don't believe there's a reward, you'll fold like a
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  • cheap tent when persecution comes, and so will I.
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  • God will reward your service to him,
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  • in time, for you in eternity.
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  • That's a bargain. That's a bargain.
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  • Let's push on a little bit. Philippians chapter 2.
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  • It's speaking of Jesus.
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  • It says, "He made himself nothing."
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  • It's describing the incarnation when he came to earth,
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  • when he got an earth suit to become one of us,
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  • and the description here is that, "He made himself nothing."
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  • There's a little humility for you and me in that, isn't it?
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  • What was the heavenly perspective when
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  • Jesus came to be one of us?
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  • Well, he made himself nothing.
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  • He got a dust suit.
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  • We're made out of the dust of the ground.
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  • "He made himself nothing," being, "taking the very nature
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  • of a servant, being made in human likeness.
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  • And being found in appearance as a man,
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  • he humbled himself and became obedient to death,
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  • even death on a cross.
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  • Therefore," therefore is a summary word.
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  • It means because of everything that's
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  • said before, in summation.
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  • "Therefore, God exalted him."
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  • Why did God exalt him?
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  • Because "He made himself nothing, and he took the nature
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  • of a servant and became a human being, and he humbled
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  • himself and became obedient, even to death on a cross.
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  • Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the
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  • name that's above every name, that at the name of Jesus every
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  • knee should bow, in heaven, on earth,
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  • and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ
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  • is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
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  • Jesus's role in time defined his role for all eternity.
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  • He laid aside the glory and the power and the prestige of heaven
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  • to become one of us, to identify for all eternity with humanity.
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  • Seated at the right hand of God the Father today is the man,
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  • Jesus Christ, and in that expression of humility and
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  • obedience, enabled God to reward him for all eternity.
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  • There is a benefit to honoring the Lord with your life.
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  • Think of the difference of that young man we just read about.
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  • He came to Jesus. Jesus loved him.
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  • He invited him to be a part of the inner circle.
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  • "Come, follow me."
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  • And the young man said, "Ah, that's too
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  • disruptive of an invitation.
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  • There's too much involved. I can't do that."
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  • He went away sad.
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  • It caused the disciples--I didn't give you the expanded
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  • passage in the larger context.
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  • The disciples questioned the Lord,
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  • "Lord, who can be saved if that young man--we know him.
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  • He's the best of the best, the cream of the crop.
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  • If he's not going to join us, what are we gonna do?"
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  • You realize we can forfeit--you can take our days under the sun
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  • and use them selfishly.
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  • I can spend them on my own self-gratification.
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  • I could spend them on chasing down what I want and what I
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  • think and what I feel, or I can yield them to the Lord.
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  • I'm not inviting you towards full-time ministry,
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  • but in the context of wherever God has placed you and whatever
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  • circumstance he puts you, we serve the Lord,
  • 00:15:20.150 --> 00:15:23.100
  • or we can forfeit those opportunities.
  • 00:15:23.110 --> 00:15:27.280
  • See, I think we have wrongly cast our faith in terms of only
  • 00:15:27.290 --> 00:15:30.120
  • a ticket to get into heaven, and then the rest of our lives is
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  • really our business, and we'd just invite God to help us
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  • power through the problems.
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  • I believe God will help you through the challenges of life,
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  • but I believe the great joy of life is in yielding your life to
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  • the purposes of Almighty God.
  • 00:15:45.090 --> 00:15:50.190
  • I think we play pretty sloppily with the idea of repentance.
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  • I think we've kind of imagined that we can
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  • do whatever we wanna do, we can live any way we wanna live,
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  • we can make whatever choice we wanna make, and then we
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  • can come to God and rather glibly, say, "Oh, I'm sorry.
  • 00:16:02.280 --> 00:16:06.270
  • I believe repentance is a very powerful spiritual tool.
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  • But I'd also believe that God will not be mocked,
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  • but I don't wanna forfeit the God opportunities in my life.
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  • If God places before you an invitation,
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  • I would encourage you to treat it as something sacred.
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  • As something sacred.
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  • Suppose Moses had walked on past that bush that was burning,
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  • said, "It's not a good time for me."
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  • with anxiety every day.
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  • Allen: Look in 1 Peter chapter 1: "In his great mercy
  • 00:17:08.140 --> 00:17:11.100
  • he's given us new birth into a living hope through the
  • 00:17:11.110 --> 00:17:14.280
  • resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
  • 00:17:14.290 --> 00:17:17.200
  • and into an inheritance that can never perish,
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  • spoil or fade, kept in heaven for you."
  • 00:17:20.140 --> 00:17:24.120
  • What a remarkable verse.
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  • It says that the new birth, that profession of faith that we've
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  • made in Jesus, choosing him as Lord of our lives,
  • 00:17:29.180 --> 00:17:32.120
  • turning away from our own way and accepting God's way,
  • 00:17:32.130 --> 00:17:35.110
  • brings with it an inheritance, an inheritance in eternity that
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  • can never be diminished.
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  • Isn't that good news?
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  • You don't earn it. You don't join the right church.
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  • You don't read the right translation of the Bible.
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  • You can't keep enough rules.
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  • It's a gift, and it comes by faith in Jesus Christ.
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  • Isn't that wonderful, wonderful news?
  • 00:17:53.120 --> 00:17:56.010
  • Now, we've done a pretty good job, I think, in American
  • 00:17:56.020 --> 00:17:59.060
  • Evangelicalism, of pitching that idea; but unfortunately,
  • 00:17:59.070 --> 00:18:04.170
  • I think we tend to stop the narrative there or we stop
  • 00:18:04.180 --> 00:18:07.210
  • listening at that point, and that is
  • 00:18:07.220 --> 00:18:10.080
  • really just the beginning point.
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  • That inheritance qualifies you to lay up treasure in heaven,
  • 00:18:11.190 --> 00:18:17.200
  • and I think that's the point, perhaps,
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  • or we have been a bit distracted.
  • 00:18:19.040 --> 00:18:21.080
  • Look in Matthew 16: "The Son of Man is going to come in his
  • 00:18:21.090 --> 00:18:23.290
  • Father's glory with his angels, and he will reward each person
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  • according to what he has done."
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  • Again, if we put it in parallel with Jesus's first coming,
  • 00:18:31.250 --> 00:18:34.140
  • he came the first time to take away the sin of the world.
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  • He's coming back the second time with all of the angels,
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  • in all of his glory, to reward those who have served him.
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  • I want to be included in that crew, don't you?
  • 00:18:49.120 --> 00:18:56.210
  • Look at Hebrews 11.
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  • It says, "By faith Moses, when he had grown up,
  • 00:19:00.130 --> 00:19:03.070
  • refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter."
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  • Remember the story of Moses?
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  • His parents put him in a basket and released him in the Nike
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  • River, and the basket was found by Pharaoh's daughter,
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  • and the infant was reared in Pharaoh's palace as if he was
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  • the daughter--or the son of Pharaoh's daughter.
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  • And it says Moses refused, when he was an adult,
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  • to be known as Pharaoh's--the son of Pharaoh's daughter.
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  • He chose something, verse 25, "He chose to be mistreated
  • 00:19:28.070 --> 00:19:32.040
  • along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the
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  • pleasures of sin for a short time."
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  • There's an expression of opposites in that sentence.
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  • "Pleasure" is the word we use to describe the satisfaction
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  • of our physical self.
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  • Physical satisfaction is called "pleasure."
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  • The opposite of that would be to be
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  • mistreated, and it says that Moses chose
  • 00:19:55.220 --> 00:19:59.150
  • mistreatment instead of pleasure.
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  • Now, we read it, and it's in our Bible,
  • 00:20:04.180 --> 00:20:06.060
  • and we act like that's normal, but I'm gonna suggest to you,
  • 00:20:06.070 --> 00:20:08.270
  • that's a very unusual choice.
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  • Moses chose mistreatment instead of pleasure.
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  • The question that begs an answer is "Why?"
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  • Why would he do that?
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  • Well, it's in the very next verse.
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  • It says, "He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of
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  • greater value than the treasures of Egypt,
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  • because he was looking ahead to his reward."
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  • Now, look at that sentence with me: "He regarded disgrace
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  • for the sake of Christ."
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  • Christ is the Greek word--Christ is the English word.
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  • It's the equivalent of the Greek word "Christos," the equivalent
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  • of the Hebrew word, "Mashiach," Messiah.
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  • "He regarded disgrace for the sake of the Messiah as of
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  • greater value than the treasures of Egypt."
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  • He was looking for a reward.
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  • Now, remember with me when Moses lived.
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  • When do you meet Moses in your Bible?
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  • Do you remember which book in the Bible
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  • introduces you to Moses?
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  • You just read it if you're doing our Bible reading with us.
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  • It's Exodus.
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  • It's very early in the story.
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  • It's long before the Hebrew slaves have made it to the
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  • Promised Land, so there's never been a nation of Israel.
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  • Jerusalem isn't the capital.
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  • God gives to Moses a visit with the heavenly tabernacle so he
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  • could reproduce one in the desert.
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  • So the temple hasn't been built yet.
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  • There've been no kings in Israel yet.
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  • The prophets that you know from the books of your Bible haven't
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  • stepped onto the stage of human history yet.
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  • Moses precedes all of those things, and it says here, in
  • 00:21:35.060 --> 00:21:39.090
  • Hebrews, that Moses regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ.
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  • It's hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus.
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  • He saw something through time.
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  • He saw something that preceded him in human history that he
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  • thought was worth yielding to because he thought it had a
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  • benefit for him for all eternity.
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  • Now, I would say he calculated wisely, wouldn't you?
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  • 'Cause we get to the New Testament,
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  • and Moses shows back up.
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  • On the Mount of Transfiguration, he's havin' a visit with Jesus.
  • 00:22:12.030 --> 00:22:16.020
  • In the book of Hebrews, it says, "Moses was
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  • faithful in his house."
  • 00:22:17.260 --> 00:22:21.030
  • "He regarded the disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater
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  • value than the treasure of Egypt."
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  • There was something very real in front of him.
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  • Think of that young man that came to Jesus.
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  • He couldn't imagine that following Jesus was more
  • 00:22:32.120 --> 00:22:36.110
  • valuable than what he already had his arms around.
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  • I'm not pointing a critical finger at that young man.
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  • I think he sits in the same seat we do.
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  • I think we struggle week end and week out,
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  • "Is following the Lord really worth it?
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  • I mean, after all, I got my ticket punched.
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  • I got my fire insurance policy.
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  • I got a picture of me comin' out of the baptistry.
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  • Why should I go too far with this and serve the Lord?"
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  • Because there's a reward.
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  • There's a benefit.
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  • "Pastor, you mean you're telling me to serve the Lord
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  • because God'll do something for me?"
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  • Absolutely.
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  • Sometimes I think we out-righteous God.
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  • We read it together, it says Jesus endured the cross because
  • 00:23:23.070 --> 00:23:26.210
  • he was a good fellow, stiff upper lip.
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  • No, it says, "He endured the cross for the joy
  • 00:23:33.180 --> 00:23:35.180
  • that was set before him."
  • 00:23:35.190 --> 00:23:43.060
  • Now, I'll close with a verse you have there,
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  • Revelation 4, and this is what started this whole study for me.
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  • The book of Revelation is a series of scenes.
  • 00:23:48.230 --> 00:23:52.070
  • Some of the scenes are in heaven,
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  • and some of the scenes are on earth,
  • 00:23:53.180 --> 00:23:54.280
  • and you need to pay attention when you're reading Revelation
  • 00:23:54.290 --> 00:23:56.290
  • 'cause, if you don't, you'll get confused.
  • 00:23:57.000 --> 00:23:58.130
  • You don't know whether you're on heaven or on earth.
  • 00:23:58.140 --> 00:24:00.280
  • Well, in chapter 4, we're in heaven, and it says, "The 24
  • 00:24:00.290 --> 00:24:03.250
  • elders will fall down before him who sits on the throne,
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  • and will worship him who lives forever and ever,
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  • and will cast their crowns before the throne."
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  • It's a scene of eternity.
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  • It's the life to come.
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  • It's outside of time, and there are 24 people there who have
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  • lived life really, really well because they've been
  • 00:24:21.010 --> 00:24:24.080
  • rewarded with a throne in eternity.
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  • You with me so far?
  • 00:24:28.180 --> 00:24:30.190
  • And it says, when they're seated on their thrones,
  • 00:24:30.200 --> 00:24:32.280
  • an expression of a kingdom, an expression of power and
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  • authority, they see the one who is alive forever and ever.
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  • They see the Lord, and it says they get off of the throne,
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  • they get down on their faces before him, and they take
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  • their crown off and throw it on the floor before him.
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  • Everything in time that brought to them authority or power or
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  • wealth, they consider it nothing compared to the privilege of
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  • serving the one who lives forever and ever.
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  • Now, I would submit to you, that attitude resulted for them in a
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  • throne and a crown, and they hold it very loosely compared to
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  • the privilege of serving the Lord.
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  • "Follow me. I'll make you fishers of men."
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  • "You only lack one thing.
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  • Turn loose of your stuff and come, follow me."
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  • The invitation is still being extended, and if you understand
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  • your faith only in terms of a ticket to heaven,
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  • you are forfeiting so much of the privilege
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  • of serving the Lord.
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  • God will reward you for honoring him in time.
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  • Being a Christ-follower is not a diminishment of your life.
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  • It's not a diminishment of your opportunities.
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  • The greatest opportunities of being human
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  • don't come apart from God.
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  • They come in serving him, amen.
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