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Christ's Star - Tim Conway

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    ...to Matthew chapter 2
    and Luke chapter 2.
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    And you can go to both those places.
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    You can stick your finger in Luke 2,
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    and open your Bibles to Matthew 2.
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    And we're going to go back and forth
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    between them.
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    Today, I do want to speak to you
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    about the birth of Christ
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    and the Magi
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    and the star that led the Magi
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    to Bethlehem.
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    So, this is our sixteenth Christmas
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    as a church
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    since our church was started.
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    I have never intentionally preached
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    a Christmas sermon.
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    If you're visiting our church today,
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    you may notice there's no lights.
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    There's no tree.
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    We don't even have a manger scene.
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    You probably noticed we didn't even
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    sing a Christmas song.
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    I purposely like to sing
    them in the summer.
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    I was half-minded to sing
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    "Hark the Herald Angels Sing"
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    just because the words in it,
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    I think are glorious,
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    and they do have to do
    with the message today.
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    I don't think it's necessarily wrong
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    for preachers that do preach
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    Christmas sermons.
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    I'm not knocking that.
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    I have just never personally
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    felt compelled to preach a sermon
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    based on a man-made holiday.
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    And I personally am not going to be
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    driven by those holidays,
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    whether they be Christmas,
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    Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day...
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    I smile because just thinking
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    about Mother's Day -
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    Mack Tomlinson - he told us
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    just a hilarious story
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    that when he was a young preacher,
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    he was preaching
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    and he was preaching on hell
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    and he was really giving it to the people.
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    And he said suddenly,
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    about five minutes left in his message,
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    he noticed that the women
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    were dressed really fancy.
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    And he said with five minutes left,
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    "Now, a word about mothers..."
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    Our smallest crowds are probably
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    at Christmas and especially Easter
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    because we do our Denton conference
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    at Easter.
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    The world's holidays haven't dictated
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    to me what I'm going to preach.
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    And brethren, we do have to be honest.
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    Christmas and Easter are
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    man-made holidays.
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    That doesn't mean that
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    biblical things might not be
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    spoken about.
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    But they're man-made.
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    God has never told us to observe these.
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    In fact, there's really
    only one celebration
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    in Scripture that God
    in an ongoing fashion
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    tells us to observe.
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    What might that be?
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    The Lord's Supper.
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    And not just once yearly.
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    As often as you do this,
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    do this in remembrance of Me.
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    So, that's what we're called to remember.
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    That's what we're called to celebrate.
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    Now look, I'm not here this morning
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    to bash Christmas.
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    From a pastoral perspective,
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    personally it's been a non-issue.
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    I think for our church largely
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    it's been a non-issue.
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    Some of you do things.
    Some of you don't do things.
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    Some of you do more.
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    Some of you do less.
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    It's just been a non-issue.
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    I think it's something
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    between you and the Lord.
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    If you're going to make any sort
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    of observation you want it
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    in line with Romans 14.
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    You want to do it unto the Lord.
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    And if you don't do it,
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    you don't do it unto the Lord.
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    I think it's the same way with preaching.
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    If a man wants to preach a message
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    around Christmastime on things
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    that have to do with the Incarnation,
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    well, if he can do it unto the Lord,
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    let him do it unto the Lord.
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    If he wants to preach about the cross
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    around Easter time,
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    let him do it unto the Lord.
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    But I say all that to say this,
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    this year, I do feel compelled to preach
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    on the birth of Christ at this season.
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    Just recently, here's what happened:
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    Just recently, you know
    that a group of us men
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    went to prison over in Huntsville.
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    We were in the chapel.
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    Let me describe the chapel to you.
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    It's probably somewhat
    the size of this room.
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    Maybe not as long.
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    But it's fairly big.
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    Much higher ceilings.
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    It's a chapel that
    sticks off of the prison.
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    It's like a church building.
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    Up front, they had a choir.
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    To the right, sitting in the seats
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    over here -
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    behind there was a choir,
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    over here there was a band.
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    We sat, all 8 of us that went,
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    we sat across the front row there.
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    And on either side,
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    they had t.v. monitors.
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    And I'm supposing those were wired
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    into a computer in the back.
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    And so what was happening is
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    not only do they have to count
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    the prisoners - this was
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    a maximum security prison;
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    and once in awhile cell block numbers
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    would come up on those screens,
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    and everybody would stand up
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    in that cell block and
    just immediately exit
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    when their cell block came up.
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    But, when you didn't
    have cell block numbers,
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    you actually had the words to the songs.
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    And because it was around Christmas time
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    and many of the songs they were singing
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    were Christmas-related,
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    they also, not only had words
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    to the songs,
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    they had pictures.
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    Christmas-esque pictures.
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    And one of them
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    was just a picture of the night sky
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    with a bright, shining star.
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    And you know how it
    is in the Christian life?
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    You can take certain things for granted.
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    You know they're there.
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    You come across them
    as you read Scripture.
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    You know it's truth.
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    You know it's fact.
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    But you know it is sometimes
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    when certain truths from the Bible,
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    they just lay hold on you?
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    They come to you with power.
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    I look at that star and I thought,
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    that's real.
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    Kevin Woodell was sitting next to me.
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    I said, "Kevin, there really was a star."
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    It's called "His star" in Scripture.
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    That's what the Magi called it:
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    His star.
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    "We have seen His star."
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    It's the Christ's star.
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    I was affected by that.
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    So, I decided maybe we'd look at that.
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    God put a star in the sky 2,000 years ago.
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    A star that had never been seen before.
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    And it wasn't seen after.
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    It was just there at that time
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    to guide certain men to Christ.
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    That's what I want to
    bring a sermon on today.
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    There really was a star.
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    Let's look at that.
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    Matthew 2.
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    Notice verses 1-2.
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    "Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem
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    of Judea in the days of Herod the King,
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    behold, wise men..."
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    The word is magoi: Magi.
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    "...from the East came to Jerusalem,
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    saying, 'where is He Who has been born
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    King of the Jews?
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    For we saw (here it is) His star."
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    The Messiah has His own star.
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    That doesn't mean that He doesn't
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    own all of them and uphold all of them.
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    Here's a star that's His star
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    and it's uniquely there
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    for His coming into this world.
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    "For we saw His star when it rose
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    and have come to worship Him."
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    Now jump down to v. 7.
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    I'm just going to give you the verses here
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    that speak specifically of this star.
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    "Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly
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    and ascertained from them
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    what time the star had appeared."
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    You see, there was a
    time that it appeared.
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    Before that, it hadn't appeared.
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    And you know, after these Magi
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    find the Christ,
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    there's no biblical evidence
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    that it ever appeared again.
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    V. 9, "After listening
    to the king (Herod,)
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    they went on their way,
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    and behold, the star that they had seen
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    when it rose..."
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    That's how they talked about it.
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    They said, "we saw His star when it rose."
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    It rose.
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    Like the sun rises, the moon rises.
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    The stars also rise,
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    because we're spinning.
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    It rose.
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    And they saw it rise.
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    "The star that they
    had seen when it rose..."
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    Now, here's the thing,
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    it rose like other stars
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    that come up over the horizon,
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    but now it went before them.
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    That's really an interesting statement.
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    "It went before them
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    until it came to rest."
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    Is that like the sun
    stopping in its orbit?
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    Is that a linear thing
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    where it basically tracks straight
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    and then it stopped?
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    Or is this thing moving,
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    like it goes that way
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    and it goes this way?
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    It came to rest.
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    There was motion in this star.
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    And then it came to rest.
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    "...over the place where the child was.
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    When they saw the star,
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    they rejoiced exceedingly
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    with great joy."
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    Now, here's the first thing.
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    The first thing I want to emphasize:
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    The historicity of this thing.
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    It's historical.
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    We're talking about actual events
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    that actually happened in the course
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    of human history.
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    There was a star.
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    It's real.
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    It's not fictitious.
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    There were Magi.
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    They're not imaginary - they're real.
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    There was the birth of the child King.
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    We are talking about reality here.
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    We are talking about fact.
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    We are talking about history.
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    I stress this.
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    Brethren, I stress this.
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    Because we are in the midst of a world
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    that is controlled by the evil one.
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    There is satanic deception on every side.
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    And what did Paul fear?
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    What did Paul fear for the Corinthians?
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    That Satan would do what to them?
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    That he would deceive them
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    and move them away from this
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    simple devotion to Christ.
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    There is so much falsehood.
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    You know what?
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    We might say,
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    well, we have to remember
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    the reason for the season.
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    Look, I don't know who the author
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    of this season is,
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    but oftentimes I suspect it's not God.
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    Brethren, let me tell you something.
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    Yeah, it's true that during this time
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    of the year,
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    the world will tolerate
    the mention of Jesus.
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    They will tolerate
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    "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing."
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    But you know as well as I do
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    that right next to the manger scene
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    is Santa Claus.
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    And right next to "Hark! The Herald..."
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    is "Santa Claus is Coming to Town,"
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    and "Rudolph," and "Frosty," and all that.
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    And you see, we say,
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    the world basically has this mindset.
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    We're going to deceive our children
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    with these things;
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    tell them that Santa's real,
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    but then at some point we know
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    that they're going to be undeceived.
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    We try to push the lie as far as possible.
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    But you see, all the lies get mixed in
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    with anything that's true.
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    And even what's true is stretched
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    to where it's not true.
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    Since when did the wise men
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    come to a stable?
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    They didn't.
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    Since when was the star over the stable?
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    It wasn't.
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    Since when did the wise men
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    ride camels?
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    It never says so.
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    Since when were there three of them?
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    There wasn't.
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    I mean, what we have is all manner
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    of fictitious stuff
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    all thrown together
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    with a bunch of lies.
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    Brethren, this season men talk about
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    good will, but it's a lie.
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    Men don't have good will
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    towards one another.
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    And then, this idea that what?
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    We're going to worship Christ
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    one time out of the year?
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    As we remember, the Lord's Supper
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    is as often as you do this.
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    It's an ongoing thing.
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    It isn't once a year at Christmas
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    or twice a year at Christmas and Easter.
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    It's a deception.
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    What it wants to do is say
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    you know it's ok to mix all this
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    error with some things that might be true.
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    And as though we're just going to
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    be able to discern what's true,
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    what's not true.
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    Well, we better be able to discern that.
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    And we better be able to look
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    at everything through the Word of God
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    and sort through it.
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    We need to be discerning people.
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    And so much of what happens
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    this time of the year
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    is a mirage.
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    It sets out a hope.
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    Oh, the Christmas spirit...
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    It gives people this hope.
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    There is a sense of anticipation
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    and expectation this time of year.
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    And what happens?
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    It leaves men hollow and empty.
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    And what happens afterwards?
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    People have to be confronted
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    by the reality of life.
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    But I'll tell you this,
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    if you're a genuine Christian,
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    after the Christmas season
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    and New Year's is over,
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    you're not left empty and hollow.
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    Why?
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    You've got the Christ!
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    You've got salvation!
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    You've got the real deal!
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    It wasn't all hinged on Santa and presents
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    and materialism and family coming together
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    and songs and football games
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    and all the things that the world
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    looks forward to at this time;
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    drink and song and festivity.
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    If you've got the Christ,
    you've got Him forever!
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    And look, I'm not knocking
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    if people get together as families.
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    There's certainly nothing wrong with that.
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    I'm not knocking
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    if people come together
    at this time of the year
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    and they want to actually open up Luke 2.
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    I'm not knocking that.
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    But brethren, there is deception.
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    And this whole season is
    just full of deception.
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    It's everywhere.
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    Everywhere.
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    We need to cut through the garbage.
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    We need to cut through all the lies.
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    I'll tell you this,
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    Scripture tells us,
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    there was a baby born 2,000 years ago.
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    This is history.
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    A workplace at the North Pole?
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    That's not history.
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    That's akin to Mormonism.
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    You want to make up fictitious lands,
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    fictitious places.
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    It's fiction.
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    But I'll tell you,
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    there really was a baby born
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    2,000 years ago.
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    And there really was a star
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    that wasn't there before.
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    And there really were Magi who came.
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    We're talking about a historical Christ.
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    We need to remember that.
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    This isn't myth.
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    This is history.
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    And if anybody was the historian,
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    it was Luke.
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    I mean Luke isn't messing around.
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    He doesn't just dream up something
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    about the North Pole.
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    He's talking about real people
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    in a real time in real places.
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    You notice how articulate he is?
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    I mean, he tells us,
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    in the days of Caesar Augustus.
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    In the days when Quirinius
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    was in a certain position of leadership.
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    In those days...
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    He's very exact.
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    Look.
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    Look there at chapter 2:1.
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    "He was born in Bethlehem."
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    It's a real place.
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    It's not like these places
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    that the Mormons dream up
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    that nobody can find.
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    These are real places.
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    Bethlehem of Judea.
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    And real days.
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    What days?
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    In the days of Herod the King,
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    behold, wise men from the East
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    came to Jerusalem.
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    Real days.
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    Real places.
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    I'm quoting Matthew here,
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    but we're going to look at Luke
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    in a second.
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    Anyway, he was the real historian.
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    He spells this out.
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    In fact, you've got
    your finger there still.
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    Look over at Luke.
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    Luke 2.
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    I mean, he's all the more historian
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    than Matthew was.
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    Like I said,
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    he's very articulate here.
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    "In those days..."
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    You see that?
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    Those days.
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    There were really days.
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    This is a historical account.
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    "A decree went out from Caesar Augustus
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    that all the world should be registered."
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    There was a registration.
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    There were really register books.
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    There were places you went to register.
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    It was a taxation.
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    The people registered that
    they might be taxed.
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    Let's keep going here.
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    "This was the first registration
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    when Quirinius was governer of Syria,
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    and all went to be registered,
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    each to his own town."
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    (Incomplete thought)
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    Look, this is the Word of God.
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    This is true no matter what
    the history books say.
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    In fact, you don't want to trust history.
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    There's always somebody with an agenda.
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    And it's always being rewritten.
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    And God has never promised to keep it
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    free of error.
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    But you can even look at secular history,
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    and you know,
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    Caesar Augustus was real.
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    Quirinius was real.
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    Look at your secular geography books.
  • 20:02 - 20:04
    You know Bethlehem is real.
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    Judah is real.
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    These are real places.
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    "In those days..."
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    What Scripture will never let us
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    get away from is
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    the fact that all of this is historical.
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    It's real.
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    It's there in Scripture.
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    And you know what it will never
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    let us get away from as well?
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    That the historical Christ
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    is the supernatural Christ.
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    You don't want to get away from that.
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    We've got a lot of people out here
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    in the world,
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    they're ready and willing to admit
  • 20:51 - 20:53
    that Jesus was historical,
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    but if there's anything supernatural
  • 20:55 - 20:56
    about Him, then they deny it.
  • 20:56 - 20:58
    They don't want to go there.
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    This is simply the pride
    and arrogance of man.
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    Man says I cannot understand
  • 21:02 - 21:04
    how a star can simply appear
  • 21:04 - 21:05
    where there wasn't one before.
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    I cannot understand it,
  • 21:06 - 21:11
    therefore it must not be real.
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    This is constantly what happens
  • 21:12 - 21:16
    when little men face
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    the incomprehensible and supernatural
  • 21:20 - 21:22
    divine being of the living God.
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    Well, we cannot understand it,
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    therefore we cannot believe it.
  • 21:26 - 21:30
    But the historical Christ
    is the supernatural Christ.
  • 21:30 - 21:31
    You look back then.
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    What did you see?
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    You see a virgin birth.
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    You see a star in the sky.
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    You see the supernatural.
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    You see angels appearing
  • 21:37 - 21:39
    and declaring to the shepherds
  • 21:39 - 21:41
    that the Christ has been born.
  • 21:41 - 21:43
    Christ - He is born.
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    And He lives His life
  • 21:45 - 21:47
    and it's full of the supernatural.
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    Water made into wine.
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    He walked on water.
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    Where He went,
  • 21:51 - 21:53
    the supernatural happened.
  • 21:53 - 21:55
    You see, God broke into history.
  • 21:55 - 21:58
    And what happens when God becomes man
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    is it just turns everything upside down.
  • 22:01 - 22:02
    You can say, "I don't understand it."
  • 22:02 - 22:05
    Well, there's a lot about it
    I don't understand either.
  • 22:05 - 22:08
    But Scripture tells us it's so.
  • 22:08 - 22:12
    The historical Christ is
    a supernatural Christ.
  • 22:12 - 22:14
    And I'll tell you what,
  • 22:14 - 22:15
    the Word tells us
  • 22:15 - 22:16
    there was a star -
  • 22:16 - 22:18
    a star created just for this occasion
  • 22:18 - 22:24
    to lead a group of (get this) Gentiles
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    from a far away place
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    to come and fall down and worship
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    before a baby.
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    And what a baby!
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    If you've got your
    finger still in Matthew 1,
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    you can keep your fingers there.
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    It says in Matthew 1:21,
  • 22:48 - 22:52
    "She will bear a Son,
  • 22:52 - 22:53
    and you shall call His name Jesus,
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    for He will save His people
  • 22:55 - 22:57
    from their sins.
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    All this took place to
    fulfill the prophet.
  • 23:01 - 23:03
    What the Lord had spoken by Isaiah,
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    'behold, the virgin shall conceive
  • 23:06 - 23:09
    and bear a Son,
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    and they shall call His name Immanuel.'"
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    We're not talking about the birth
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    of a great man.
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    God came among us.
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    Oh, He was a great man,
  • 23:25 - 23:27
    but more.
  • 23:27 - 23:30
    God came among us to be with us.
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    This is the Eternal One
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    coming into the world.
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    You know the verse.
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    "In the beginning was the Word."
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    In the beginning.
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    What beginning?
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    Go back to the beginning.
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    Well, wasn't there something
  • 23:50 - 23:51
    before that beginning?
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    Yeah, go back in the beginning
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    before that beginning.
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    Back, back, back, further back.
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    Before there was a beginning.
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    There's the Word.
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    And the Word was God.
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    And the Word was with God.
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    And the Word became flesh.
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    That's what we have going on here.
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    He didn't start to exist.
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    You have a star in the sky.
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    And it's a messenger.
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    It's a beacon
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    that God and humanity are coming together
  • 24:43 - 24:47
    in the womb of a virgin
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    to be born into the world.
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    That's what we have.
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    God coming into the world.
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    But you think about this,
  • 25:01 - 25:05
    God coming into the world -
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    think about what you have done.
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    You think about the things
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    you've done in your life.
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    God's coming into the world.
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    You hear that.
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    God's coming into the world.
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    You know what?
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    This is the God Who has a score to settle.
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    We've done things.
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    I mean just that by
    itself is not good news.
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    That might actually be
    reason for some alarm.
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    But think about those words.
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    I mean, those angels appeared out there
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    on those plains.
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    Quiet.
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    It's night.
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    It's peaceful.
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    The sheep.
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    The shepherds standing watch by night.
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    And I mean, what happened?
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    The sky split open.
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    They weren't expecting that.
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    You would be shocked,
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    as I'm sure they were.
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    But you've got to hear in those words,
  • 26:13 - 26:18
    those angels said that that very day
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    a Savior was born.
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    Just think about those words.
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    That baby that came forth
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    is a Savior.
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    Sometimes we have to stop.
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    It's kind of like the star hitting me
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    there in the prison.
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    Sometimes you just have to stop
  • 26:32 - 26:33
    and hear that word:
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    Savior.
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    Somebody came to save us.
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    Somebody came to free us.
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    Savior.
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    He came to save us.
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    He didn't come to destroy us.
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    He's come to take our sins upon Himself.
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    Not to deal with us according to our sins,
  • 26:52 - 26:55
    but that star that's shining
  • 26:55 - 26:58
    up there in the sky -
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    it's a beacon of hope,
  • 26:59 - 27:01
    not of destruction; not of doom.
  • 27:01 - 27:03
    That's the reality.
  • 27:03 - 27:04
    Listen to this.
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    Matthew 2.
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    Look at it there in v. 10.
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    "When they saw the star..."
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    Not the shepherds -
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    we're talking about the Magi here.
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    "When they saw the star,
  • 27:16 - 27:20
    they rejoiced exceedingly
  • 27:20 - 27:21
    with great joy."
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    This is a reflection of the
    shepherd's joy as well.
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    We could look over there at Luke 2.
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    There was joy.
  • 27:28 - 27:30
    This One Who came into the world
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    came to produce joy.
  • 27:33 - 27:34
    Listen!
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    That's not what this world experiences
  • 27:39 - 27:46
    in this season of Christmas.
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    There's a hope.
  • 27:47 - 27:49
    There's an anticipation.
  • 27:49 - 27:53
    There may be some kind of cheer
  • 27:53 - 27:57
    and happiness.
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    But not the abiding joy.
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    Rejoice in the Lord always,
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    and again I say, rejoice.
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    The world doesn't rejoice come January.
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    Something was happening here.
  • 28:20 - 28:22
    Here's the thing,
  • 28:22 - 28:25
    even though it's misplaced -
  • 28:25 - 28:29
    the star was not over the stable.
  • 28:29 - 28:31
    The star didn't lead the Magi
  • 28:31 - 28:32
    to the stable.
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    The star led the Magi to the house
  • 28:37 - 28:41
    where Joseph and Mary and the baby were
  • 28:41 - 28:47
    after the Christ was born.
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    So when you see the manger scene,
  • 28:48 - 28:49
    you see a star there,
  • 28:49 - 28:51
    it's misplaced.
  • 28:51 - 28:53
    How it ever got on top of a Christmas tree
  • 28:53 - 28:55
    I don't know.
  • 28:55 - 28:57
    But I can tell you this,
  • 28:57 - 29:00
    you see that star on
    top of a Christmas tree;
  • 29:00 - 29:03
    you see that star on the front of a stable
  • 29:03 - 29:07
    or the back wall of the stable,
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    you can think about what that means.
  • 29:10 - 29:14
    That thing shined in the sky
  • 29:14 - 29:18
    guiding men to a Savior.
  • 29:18 - 29:22
    A Savior has come.
  • 29:22 - 29:25
    Man need not be damned.
  • 29:25 - 29:27
    A Savior has come.
  • 29:27 - 29:29
    God has come!
  • 29:29 - 29:32
    Immanuel: God with us
  • 29:32 - 29:34
    to redeem us, to help us,
  • 29:34 - 29:36
    to save us, to take us to glory,
  • 29:36 - 29:38
    to give us life everlasting,
  • 29:38 - 29:40
    to give us pleasures forevermore
  • 29:40 - 29:41
    at His right hand,
  • 29:41 - 29:43
    to give us life,
  • 29:43 - 29:44
    life more abundantly,
  • 29:44 - 29:46
    to free us.
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    Brethren, to forgive us!
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    No lake of fire!
  • 29:50 - 29:51
    I deserve the lake of fire.
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    That's what that star says.
  • 29:53 - 29:57
    There's hope.
  • 29:57 - 29:59
    That's what it was saying.
  • 29:59 - 30:00
    Now listen,
  • 30:00 - 30:03
    I want you to think about this.
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    (Incomplete thought)
  • 30:07 - 30:12
    I cannot help but see election
  • 30:12 - 30:13
    in that star.
  • 30:13 - 30:14
    You say, election?
  • 30:14 - 30:15
    What do you mean?
  • 30:15 - 30:16
    I mean this.
  • 30:16 - 30:17
    I mean that God chooses some people
  • 30:17 - 30:19
    and not other people.
  • 30:19 - 30:20
    You say, really?
  • 30:20 - 30:23
    Well, look, if you haven't been here
    for our Ephesians series
  • 30:23 - 30:24
    and you're calling that into question,
  • 30:24 - 30:26
    I would encourage you to go study
  • 30:26 - 30:27
    the first 14 verses of Ephesians,
  • 30:27 - 30:30
    because you will not come away
  • 30:30 - 30:32
    convinced that election doesn't exist
  • 30:32 - 30:34
    if you have eyes to see
  • 30:34 - 30:36
    what those verses say.
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    But in that star,
  • 30:37 - 30:40
    I see election.
  • 30:40 - 30:41
    You say, what are you talking about?
  • 30:41 - 30:43
    What do you mean?
  • 30:43 - 30:46
    How do you see that?
  • 30:46 - 30:48
    Let me explain.
  • 30:48 - 30:50
    Just think with me.
  • 30:50 - 30:52
    David and I were talking about this
  • 30:52 - 30:55
    the other night.
  • 30:55 - 30:58
    A star appears.
  • 30:58 - 30:59
    A new star.
  • 30:59 - 31:00
    Something nobody's ever seen before.
  • 31:00 - 31:02
    A new star appears in the sky.
  • 31:02 - 31:05
    Here's the first question I would ask you.
  • 31:05 - 31:09
    Who would even notice?
  • 31:09 - 31:11
    I mean, the truth is,
  • 31:11 - 31:17
    if a new star appeared in the sky tonight,
  • 31:17 - 31:19
    would you notice?
  • 31:19 - 31:22
    I wouldn't.
  • 31:22 - 31:24
    I came to the prayer
    meeting the other night,
  • 31:24 - 31:27
    and these are the
    shortest days of the year,
  • 31:27 - 31:28
    and so it was already getting dark
  • 31:28 - 31:32
    when I showed up around 6:30.
  • 31:32 - 31:34
    The Montgomery's were out here.
  • 31:34 - 31:36
    And somebody made a comment
  • 31:36 - 31:39
    about a star in the sky.
  • 31:39 - 31:40
    We were surmising that it was
  • 31:40 - 31:43
    probably a planet.
  • 31:43 - 31:44
    It was bright.
  • 31:44 - 31:45
    But you know what,
  • 31:45 - 31:47
    if there had been two up there,
  • 31:47 - 31:48
    I'd have just said,
  • 31:48 - 31:51
    it's two planets.
  • 31:51 - 31:53
    I would not have gone home,
  • 31:53 - 31:54
    packed the car,
  • 31:54 - 31:56
    put the family in
  • 31:56 - 31:57
    and headed out in the direction
  • 31:57 - 31:59
    where the star was.
  • 31:59 - 32:01
    I would not have taken it as a sign
  • 32:01 - 32:04
    that I needed to go to Canada.
  • 32:04 - 32:05
    I wouldn't have even noticed
  • 32:05 - 32:10
    that it was even new.
  • 32:10 - 32:12
    A star appeared.
  • 32:12 - 32:14
    They said to Herod,
  • 32:14 - 32:19
    we saw it rise.
  • 32:19 - 32:22
    Huh. They saw it.
  • 32:22 - 32:28
    You know, who notices
    a new star in the sky?
  • 32:28 - 32:30
    I'll tell you who notices,
  • 32:30 - 32:32
    somebody who's looking at the sky.
  • 32:32 - 32:34
    Somebody who looks at those things.
  • 32:34 - 32:38
    Somebody who pays
    attention to those things.
  • 32:38 - 32:40
    These are people that paid attention.
  • 32:40 - 32:43
    And here's the thing
  • 32:43 - 32:47
    God put that star
  • 32:47 - 32:52
    where these people were looking.
  • 32:52 - 32:55
    You say, you see election in that?
  • 32:55 - 32:57
    Yeah, I do.
  • 32:57 - 32:59
    Because He put it where these folks
  • 32:59 - 33:03
    were looking.
  • 33:03 - 33:05
    Other people may be looking
  • 33:05 - 33:06
    in other places,
  • 33:06 - 33:09
    but He didn't put it in those places.
  • 33:09 - 33:10
    The sign.
  • 33:10 - 33:11
    He put it here.
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    Now there may be other signs.
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    But He put one right where these people
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    would look at it.
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    And like I say,
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    here's another thing.
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    Even if you discover a new star,
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    or even if you said, hey,
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    we watch the sky.
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    We're astronomers.
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    We track the stars.
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    There is a star that was
    not there last year.
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    Like I say,
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    who packs the camels?
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    Or the mules?
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    Or the horses and heads off to Jerusalem?
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    Why would you do that?
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    It's like seeing a tree
    you never saw before.
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    You don't just pack up and move
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    because something's
    new in your environment.
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    But that's what they did.
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    And there's more.
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    You know that when these Magi
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    got to where they were going -
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    in fact, if you look here
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    in Matthew 2, you will see that
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    in v. 11, "...going into the house,
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    they saw the child."
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    They actually went in the house.
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    They weren't standing
    out front of a stable.
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    They went in the house.
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    "They saw the child with Mary, His mother,
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    and they fell down and worshiped Him
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    then opening their treasures,
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    they offered Him gifts -
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    gold, frankincense, and myrrh."
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    You say, what about that?
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    Just this:
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    So God put a star where they could see it.
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    But when they saw it,
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    they packed up.
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    And as they're packing up,
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    they just didn't put food and water
  • 35:03 - 35:05
    in their bags,
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    they put treasures in their bags.
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    Why?
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    Because, listen, when
    they got to Jerusalem,
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    they specifically said to Herod;
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    they specifically said to the Jews,
  • 35:25 - 35:30
    "We have seen His star -
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    the King of Israel."
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    Ok, now here's this.
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    Not only who packs up the camels
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    or the horses when they see a star,
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    but who sees a star and says
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    we've got to go to Jerusalem
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    because this means that
    the King of the Jews
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    has been born?
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    I'll tell you this.
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    The Magi had revelation.
  • 35:52 - 35:54
    Something was going on with the Magi
  • 35:54 - 35:55
    that wasn't going on with other people.
  • 35:55 - 35:57
    God was dealing with these Magi
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    in a way that was very specific.
  • 35:59 - 36:01
    Do you see election here?
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    God deals with different people
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    in different ways.
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    These people had a blessing.
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    These people had their eyes opened
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    in a way that other people simply did not.
  • 36:11 - 36:14
    Here's another thing:
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    Even more telling is that
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    when they got to Jerusalem,
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    you notice there's no indication -
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    listen to this:
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    Here they come
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    to Jerusalem.
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    Matthew 2:1.
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    And what do they say?
  • 36:43 - 36:45
    "Where is He Who has been born
  • 36:45 - 36:47
    King of the Jews?"
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    Well, now, they would have known
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    those in Jerusalem
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    who he was speaking about.
  • 36:51 - 36:53
    He was speaking about the Messiah.
  • 36:53 - 36:54
    "For we saw His star when it rose
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    and have come forth to worship Him."
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    You see, they came with an agenda.
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    That star was all about
  • 37:00 - 37:04
    going to worship Jesus Christ.
  • 37:04 - 37:05
    "When Herod the king heard this,
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    he was troubled and all
    Jerusalem with him.
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    They assembled the chief priests
  • 37:09 - 37:11
    and scribes and he inquired of them
  • 37:11 - 37:12
    where the Christ was to be born."
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    They knew exactly Who this was.
  • 37:14 - 37:15
    It was the Christ.
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    "And he said, 'Bethlehem.'"
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    V. 7 "Herod summoned the wise men
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    and secretly ascertained from them
  • 37:23 - 37:24
    the time the star had appeared.
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    He sent them to Bethlehem saying,
  • 37:26 - 37:28
    'Go and search diligently for the child,
  • 37:28 - 37:30
    and when you have found Him,
    bring me word that I too may
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    come and worship Him.'
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    After listening to the king
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    they went on their way."
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    You know what I find extremely interesting
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    is this:
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    They not only knew
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    and recognized the
    significance of that star,
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    they were the only ones who did.
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    You say, what do you mean?
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    I mean this:
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    You notice they went on the Bethlehem.
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    All the Jews that were gathered together -
  • 38:09 - 38:12
    none of them went.
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    None of the Jewish leaders went.
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    None of the political leaders went.
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    Herod didn't pack his horses
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    and his gold and frankincense and myrrh.
  • 38:24 - 38:29
    They went on by themselves.
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    I mean, you have the Magi come
  • 38:32 - 38:35
    and explain the significance of the star.
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    They still didn't go.
  • 38:39 - 38:41
    The presence of the coming Christ
  • 38:41 - 38:43
    is proclaimed by this star.
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    Who are the Magi?
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    They're not Jews.
  • 38:49 - 38:53
    They're just foreigners.
  • 38:53 - 38:55
    A band of foreigners.
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    We don't know how many.
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    It doesn't say three.
  • 38:59 - 39:01
    It doesn't call them kings.
  • 39:01 - 39:04
    Not "We Three Kings..."
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    It's the Magi.
  • 39:06 - 39:07
    Foreigners.
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    Isn't it interesting?
  • 39:09 - 39:10
    I mean, think with me here.
  • 39:10 - 39:12
    God gives us this picture
  • 39:12 - 39:15
    about the coming of His
    Son into the world,
  • 39:15 - 39:19
    and who are the only people
  • 39:19 - 39:23
    who are on the same wavelength with God?
  • 39:23 - 39:28
    A band of foreigners.
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    God chooses people.
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    God puts His hand on people.
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    God opens certain people's eyes
  • 39:34 - 39:36
    and not others.
  • 39:36 - 39:39
    That's what you see going on here.
  • 39:39 - 39:41
    And then, I just draw your attention
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    back to v. 9-10 again.
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    "Listening to the king, they
    went on their way.
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    And behold the star,
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    that they had seen when it rose
  • 39:49 - 39:51
    went before them until it came to rest
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    over the place where the child was.
  • 39:53 - 39:54
    When they saw the star,
  • 39:54 - 39:57
    they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy."
  • 39:57 - 40:01
    Brethren, I do see election in this star.
  • 40:01 - 40:06
    Why? The star went before them.
  • 40:06 - 40:08
    It went before them.
  • 40:08 - 40:12
    Listen, this star is leading them.
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    It's like the thing is alive.
  • 40:15 - 40:20
    There is a living God behind it.
  • 40:20 - 40:24
    And it directs them: foreigners.
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    Not the Jews. Not the Pharisees.
  • 40:26 - 40:29
    Not the scribes. Not the priests.
  • 40:29 - 40:31
    Not Herod. Not his entourage.
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    Not the Romans.
  • 40:35 - 40:39
    Some Magi from the East.
  • 40:39 - 40:40
    Isn't that amazing?
  • 40:40 - 40:42
    It's kind of like Jesus saying,
  • 40:42 - 40:44
    you know there are many lepers;
  • 40:44 - 40:47
    there are many widows.
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    Doesn't God have a way of
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    just choosing the insignificant.
  • 40:54 - 40:58
    He chooses those we
    often would least expect.
  • 40:58 - 41:02
    Are you still floored by that?
  • 41:02 - 41:07
    God chose me.
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    There's election.
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    In the same way, brethren,
  • 41:14 - 41:18
    most are unaware.
  • 41:18 - 41:23
    Most are unaware of
    the significance of things.
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    Do you recognize that that is true
  • 41:25 - 41:28
    on this morning that the world labels
  • 41:28 - 41:33
    as Christmas Day?
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    Everybody thinks what's significant?
  • 41:36 - 41:37
    The presents.
  • 41:37 - 41:38
    The family.
  • 41:38 - 41:39
    The tree.
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    The lights.
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    How many people are truly connected
  • 41:47 - 41:53
    with what's really
    significant in this world?
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    Maybe a little band of foreigners
  • 41:57 - 42:00
    that meet in this place?
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    We're outsiders.
  • 42:03 - 42:07
    Gentiles.
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    Those who are far off.
  • 42:10 - 42:12
    Most are unaware.
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    Think about even the night
  • 42:14 - 42:16
    when Jesus was born.
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    By the way,
  • 42:17 - 42:20
    you recognize the time differential here.
  • 42:20 - 42:22
    Christ was born;
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    they laid Him in a manger.
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    It really doesn't even say
    that there was a stable.
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    The manger may have been under the stars.
  • 42:30 - 42:32
    The shepherds came.
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    It was sometime later that the Magi
  • 42:35 - 42:39
    arrived at the house
  • 42:39 - 42:43
    where Joseph had taken his family.
  • 42:43 - 42:45
    His family was from there.
  • 42:45 - 42:47
    It may have very well been family.
  • 42:47 - 42:50
    But that night when Jesus was born,
  • 42:50 - 42:54
    do you notice how unaware the world was?
  • 42:54 - 42:56
    You just think about it.
  • 42:56 - 43:00
    People just go on with their lives.
  • 43:00 - 43:02
    What was happening?
  • 43:02 - 43:04
    There was a registration.
  • 43:04 - 43:06
    Oh, you think that stirred people up?
  • 43:06 - 43:07
    You think that was something
  • 43:07 - 43:08
    they were talking about?
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    You think if we got conquered
  • 43:10 - 43:11
    by a foreign power,
  • 43:11 - 43:13
    the Romans - Caesar comes in
  • 43:13 - 43:15
    and he sets up a registration
  • 43:15 - 43:16
    where we have to all go register
  • 43:16 - 43:18
    and pay our taxes.
  • 43:18 - 43:20
    If you're somebody like Joseph
  • 43:20 - 43:22
    and you actually have to pack up
  • 43:22 - 43:24
    in Nazareth and travel to Bethlehem
  • 43:24 - 43:26
    because that's where your family is from.
  • 43:26 - 43:29
    That's what was required.
  • 43:29 - 43:31
    You can look at the secular history books.
  • 43:31 - 43:34
    They had various
    registrations in these days.
  • 43:34 - 43:36
    And they would make people go
  • 43:36 - 43:37
    to where their families were from.
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    And they would go there
  • 43:39 - 43:40
    and they would pay these taxes.
  • 43:40 - 43:44
    If an outsider like Caesar came in
  • 43:44 - 43:46
    and took over your country,
  • 43:46 - 43:47
    and then taxed you.
  • 43:47 - 43:48
    And now made you travel -
  • 43:48 - 43:50
    pack up your family and travel,
  • 43:50 - 43:52
    now it's affecting you monetarily,
  • 43:52 - 43:53
    not only in the tax you pay,
  • 43:53 - 43:55
    but in the fact you can't stay and work
  • 43:55 - 43:58
    the farm and work your home.
  • 43:58 - 44:00
    You've got to leave your business.
  • 44:00 - 44:01
    Joseph would leave
  • 44:01 - 44:04
    if he was a carpenter in those early days
  • 44:04 - 44:06
    he would have to leave that trade.
  • 44:06 - 44:07
    So now there's no income.
  • 44:07 - 44:08
    And he has to travel
  • 44:08 - 44:10
    and pay the traveling expenses.
  • 44:10 - 44:12
    You know what it was like in the inn?
  • 44:12 - 44:14
    Everybody was complaining.
  • 44:14 - 44:16
    Everybody was talking about
    what this was doing to them financially.
  • 44:16 - 44:18
    You know how it is in our world?
  • 44:18 - 44:20
    Everybody's talking about
    the new president.
  • 44:20 - 44:22
    They would have been talking
  • 44:22 - 44:28
    about Caesar, taxes, finances.
  • 44:28 - 44:30
    What it does to their whole
  • 44:30 - 44:31
    financial outlook.
  • 44:31 - 44:33
    That's what people talk about today.
  • 44:33 - 44:35
    That's what people are concerned about.
  • 44:35 - 44:37
    That's what they would have
    been concerned about back then.
  • 44:37 - 44:38
    The inn was full.
  • 44:38 - 44:39
    Why was the inn full?
  • 44:39 - 44:41
    Because everybody was
    traveling in those days.
  • 44:41 - 44:43
    They were trying to get home.
  • 44:43 - 44:46
    Trying to get home for the registration.
  • 44:46 - 44:48
    Caesar's taxing us.
  • 44:48 - 44:49
    It's all an inconvenience.
  • 44:49 - 44:51
    And yet, here's the thing.
  • 44:51 - 44:53
    You can imagine them packed in there -
  • 44:53 - 44:53
    tight quarters.
  • 44:53 - 44:55
    What are we going to do to eat?
  • 44:55 - 44:57
    Here we are. We're all packed in.
  • 44:57 - 44:58
    Everybody's traveling.
  • 44:58 - 45:00
    We've got to find food.
  • 45:00 - 45:01
    We've got to find our meals.
  • 45:01 - 45:03
    We've got to provide for the family.
  • 45:03 - 45:06
    Ah, this tax! How much is the tax?
  • 45:06 - 45:09
    It's too high! It's
    always too high, right?
  • 45:09 - 45:10
    Everybody complains about taxes
  • 45:10 - 45:11
    being too high.
  • 45:11 - 45:12
    They would have complained.
  • 45:12 - 45:14
    Do you think they were somehow sanctified
  • 45:14 - 45:15
    back in those days?
  • 45:15 - 45:17
    And they were entirely different?
  • 45:17 - 45:19
    And they all were back there
  • 45:19 - 45:22
    in this imaginary manger scene
  • 45:22 - 45:24
    with a placarded on star
  • 45:24 - 45:25
    on the front of it?
  • 45:25 - 45:27
    And all had halos over their heads?
  • 45:27 - 45:29
    And everybody was out there saying
  • 45:29 - 45:31
    oh, this is the greatest
    thing in the world?
  • 45:31 - 45:32
    No, that's not what happened.
  • 45:32 - 45:38
    What you had was some unobtrusive,
  • 45:38 - 45:48
    insignificant couple came in there.
  • 45:48 - 45:51
    This young girl's back there.
  • 45:51 - 45:52
    It doesn't even say in a stable.
  • 45:52 - 45:53
    Maybe she was.
  • 45:53 - 45:54
    I mean, if you're Joseph,
  • 45:54 - 45:57
    you would have tried
    to find a protected area
  • 45:57 - 45:58
    since there was no room.
  • 45:58 - 46:02
    She's giving birth.
  • 46:02 - 46:04
    Just insignificant.
  • 46:04 - 46:05
    The crowds are in the inn.
  • 46:05 - 46:07
    Nobody's out there.
  • 46:07 - 46:08
    Nobody cares.
  • 46:08 - 46:14
    In fact, until the shepherds got there,
  • 46:14 - 46:17
    it doesn't even say
    there were animals there.
  • 46:17 - 46:18
    A manger is what animals eat out of,
  • 46:18 - 46:20
    but we don't even know that.
  • 46:20 - 46:21
    But it's an inn,
  • 46:21 - 46:22
    people were traveling,
  • 46:22 - 46:23
    you can be sure there were...
  • 46:23 - 46:26
    The carts; it was probably relatively
  • 46:26 - 46:27
    packed back there.
  • 46:27 - 46:29
    And you may have had people back there.
  • 46:29 - 46:31
    If you're Joseph, you're going to try
  • 46:31 - 46:34
    to get her in as protected and quiet
  • 46:34 - 46:35
    a back corner.
  • 46:35 - 46:36
    Can you imagine, ladies?
  • 46:36 - 46:39
    You're required to travel
  • 46:39 - 46:41
    at nine months pregnancy?
  • 46:41 - 46:44
    And you're at an inn and there's no room?
  • 46:44 - 46:46
    Back on the straw with you,
  • 46:46 - 46:48
    one of the most amazing things
  • 46:48 - 46:53
    is happening in all of human history.
  • 46:53 - 46:56
    And the world is just disconnected.
  • 46:56 - 46:58
    The momentus thing imaginable
  • 46:58 - 47:00
    is happening back there.
  • 47:00 - 47:01
    Maybe it's a stable. Wherever.
  • 47:01 - 47:03
    So quiet.
  • 47:03 - 47:04
    So ordinary.
  • 47:04 - 47:06
    No fanfare.
  • 47:06 - 47:08
    Everyone caught up in
    the events of the day.
  • 47:08 - 47:10
    No one took notice.
  • 47:10 - 47:12
    Nobody's giving any concern to this.
  • 47:12 - 47:13
    No account.
  • 47:13 - 47:15
    Some girl back there on the straw -
  • 47:15 - 47:16
    she's having a baby.
  • 47:16 - 47:18
    They lay it in probably some rough,
  • 47:18 - 47:21
    wooden animal trough.
  • 47:21 - 47:23
    When the shepherds came to town,
  • 47:23 - 47:26
    that's what they were looking for.
  • 47:26 - 47:31
    Find a baby in the trough.
  • 47:31 - 47:33
    Salvation.
  • 47:33 - 47:34
    Do you recognize?
  • 47:34 - 47:37
    Salvation has come.
  • 47:37 - 47:39
    The One Who has been long awaited.
  • 47:39 - 47:42
    All human history is
    pointing to this child.
  • 47:42 - 47:44
    And He's come.
  • 47:44 - 47:47
    And nobody knows it!
  • 47:47 - 47:49
    The shepherds wouldn't have known it.
  • 47:49 - 47:51
    No fanfare.
  • 47:51 - 47:53
    Miracle of the greatest magnitude
  • 47:53 - 47:54
    is taking place.
  • 47:54 - 47:57
    God and man joined together in this child.
  • 47:57 - 47:59
    The most unique Person ever.
  • 47:59 - 48:00
    I wanted to sing that song:
  • 48:00 - 48:03
    "Hail! The Incarnate Deity!"
  • 48:03 - 48:06
    But who's there to hail Him?
  • 48:06 - 48:09
    It's just quiet.
  • 48:09 - 48:10
    Everybody in the inn -
  • 48:10 - 48:14
    taxes and everything filling their minds.
  • 48:14 - 48:16
    Who's there to hail Him?
  • 48:16 - 48:18
    I'll tell you who.
  • 48:18 - 48:24
    Some lowly shepherds.
  • 48:24 - 48:28
    And then days, may have even been weeks,
  • 48:28 - 48:31
    just some time before Joseph
  • 48:31 - 48:38
    fled to Egypt with his family;
  • 48:38 - 48:39
    it was before Herod sent
  • 48:39 - 48:41
    and had all those children killed
  • 48:41 - 48:45
    in Bethlehem.
  • 48:45 - 48:47
    Some foreigners.
  • 48:47 - 48:51
    You see how God works?
  • 48:51 - 48:54
    It wasn't the Jewish elite.
  • 48:54 - 48:56
    Brethren, think of all the people
  • 48:56 - 49:01
    of power and money
  • 49:01 - 49:04
    and high rank in this world
  • 49:04 - 49:08
    that God has passed over
  • 49:08 - 49:12
    that you might know
  • 49:12 - 49:16
    the significance of all these things.
  • 49:16 - 49:20
    He's given you eyes to see.
  • 49:20 - 49:22
    Why didn't everybody else follow the star?
  • 49:22 - 49:23
    Maybe they couldn't see it.
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    Maybe they did; they just didn't know
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    the significance of it.
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    But you know what?
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    That star guided the Magi.
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    It led them.
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    No indication it led anybody else.
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    God's electing love.
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    He just draws these people to His Son.
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    The world like some great, flowing river;
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    the course of this world.
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    That's what we were -
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    following the course of this world.
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    Following the prince of
    the power of the air.
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    By and large, that's what this season is.
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    It's just a mass of humanity
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    in this river;
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    it's just being swept along.
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    Everybody's just flowing with it.
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    Unaware of what really is significant.
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    Just like they were 2,000 years ago.
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    Football games and Christmas trees
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    and lights and all of it.
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    I'll tell you this:
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    There really was a star shining
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    back in the sky in that day.
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    It was a guide at that time to Christ.
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    Today, we have the star.
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    We have the light.
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    It's the Gospel light.
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    It beckons men.
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    But isn't it interesting,
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    it's so much like it was then.
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    You get these people far off.
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    That's how they're described in Ephesians.
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    Those who are far off.
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    We come near.
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    We draw near.
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    Those who are far off
    have been brought near
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    by the blood of Christ.
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    Same thing.
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    Isn't it amazing?
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    God gives some people eyes to see.
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    There's some in here.
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    You just go out the doors.
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    You'll just be swept away.
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    Just swept away with all of it.
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    You really don't have eyes to see.
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    But if you have eyes to see,
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    if you have ears to hear -
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    even if God is just
    giving them to you
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    right now,
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    you need to recognize this:
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    These are all facts.
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    This is history.
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    God the Son broke into time
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    2,000 years ago,
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    and what He did was He came
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    and He did not stay a baby.
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    He grew up.
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    And when He grew up,
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    there was a day the Spirit of God
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    descended on Him.
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    He was baptized in those waters of Jordan.
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    That Spirit came, filled Him.
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    There was a voice from Heaven,
  • 52:12 - 52:14
    from the Majesty on High:
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    "This is My beloved Son."
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    And He went forth, and He faced the devil.
  • 52:18 - 52:19
    And He conquered.
  • 52:19 - 52:21
    And He went forth.
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    And He did miracles.
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    And He showed the people
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    He could raise the dead.
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    He showed the people
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    He could heal our diseases.
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    And He showed people
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    He was minded to do it.
  • 52:31 - 52:34
    "If You will, You can make me clean."
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    And He said, "I will."
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    And if you have eyes to see
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    and ears to hear,
  • 52:39 - 52:40
    we've been given a Messiah
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    Who is willing that we should be saved.
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    And reaches out His hand
  • 52:45 - 52:46
    and beckons sinners,
  • 52:46 - 52:48
    "Come unto Me, all you that labor
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    and are heavy laden."
  • 52:49 - 52:51
    This is historical fact.
  • 52:51 - 52:52
    This is not fiction.
  • 52:52 - 52:54
    And I'll guarantee, it lines up perfectly
  • 52:54 - 52:57
    with the historical fact of your sin
  • 52:57 - 52:58
    and your guilt
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    and the reality that you and I know
  • 53:00 - 53:03
    you must die.
  • 53:03 - 53:05
    And He came to suffer in our place.
  • 53:05 - 53:06
    And He came to taste death
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    on behalf of all men.
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    That's what Scripture says.
  • 53:09 - 53:11
    This is real.
  • 53:11 - 53:12
    This is not like the Grinch.
  • 53:12 - 53:14
    This is not like Santa Claus.
  • 53:14 - 53:15
    This is not all this garbage.
  • 53:15 - 53:18
    This isn't some stable
  • 53:18 - 53:22
    with a placarded star on the front of it.
  • 53:22 - 53:23
    We're talking about reality.
  • 53:23 - 53:25
    We're talking about a star in the sky
  • 53:25 - 53:29
    that actually led men to the Christ.
  • 53:29 - 53:30
    And they fell down
  • 53:30 - 53:32
    and they worshiped Him.
  • 53:32 - 53:34
    And that's what He calls us to do.
  • 53:34 - 53:36
    Come unto Me.
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    And bow down to Him.
  • 53:39 - 53:40
    That's what they did.
  • 53:40 - 53:42
    Oh, those Magi, in glory
  • 53:42 - 53:43
    when so many of the Jews -
  • 53:43 - 53:44
    and Jesus said it -
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    so many are going to come
  • 53:46 - 53:47
    from East - they came from the East;
  • 53:47 - 53:48
    and from the West.
  • 53:48 - 53:50
    And they're going to sit down
  • 53:50 - 53:51
    with Abraham and with Isaac
  • 53:51 - 53:52
    and with Jacob
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    in the Kingdom.
  • 53:53 - 53:54
    But so many,
  • 53:54 - 53:56
    so many that were privileged,
  • 53:56 - 53:58
    and so many that had rank,
  • 53:58 - 54:00
    and so many that had light,
  • 54:00 - 54:05
    and so many are not going to be there.
  • 54:05 - 54:07
    And they just assume.
  • 54:07 - 54:09
    They just assume.
  • 54:09 - 54:11
    But in faith, if we go to Christ,
  • 54:11 - 54:13
    and we fall down before Him
  • 54:13 - 54:14
    and we worship -
  • 54:14 - 54:17
    oh, those Magi, there was great joy.
  • 54:17 - 54:19
    If you're a sinner
  • 54:19 - 54:21
    and you come to recognize that a Savior
  • 54:21 - 54:23
    has been sent Who became sin for us
  • 54:23 - 54:26
    that we might become the
    righteousness of God in Him;
  • 54:26 - 54:28
    He came and He conquered
  • 54:28 - 54:29
    and He faced death,
  • 54:29 - 54:33
    and He faced the consequences of sin
  • 54:33 - 54:34
    on that cross.
  • 54:34 - 54:36
    He faced the wrath of God.
  • 54:36 - 54:38
    He faced a broken law.
  • 54:38 - 54:41
    And He conquered that we might be set free
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    and that we might have life.
  • 54:43 - 54:45
    Oh, they jumped with exceeding joy.
  • 54:45 - 54:46
    I'll tell you this,
  • 54:46 - 54:49
    if you actually look at that star
  • 54:49 - 54:50
    on top of a Christmas tree,
  • 54:50 - 54:54
    or taped onto the manger scene,
  • 54:54 - 54:56
    and you really recognize
  • 54:56 - 54:59
    at least the significance of the reality
  • 54:59 - 55:00
    behind that,
  • 55:00 - 55:03
    you would jump out of your shoes.
  • 55:03 - 55:05
    When they saw that star
  • 55:05 - 55:07
    and it was leading them to Bethlehem -
  • 55:07 - 55:08
    see, they'd heard
  • 55:08 - 55:11
    the prophecies were being fulfilled.
  • 55:11 - 55:14
    A virgin (Isaiah 7) coming to pass.
  • 55:14 - 55:17
    Micah 5: One who is from old,
  • 55:17 - 55:18
    even from everlasting;
  • 55:18 - 55:20
    He is going to be born
  • 55:20 - 55:24
    in Bethlehem Ephrathah.
  • 55:24 - 55:25
    These things are coming to pass.
  • 55:25 - 55:28
    They're exceedingly joyful.
  • 55:28 - 55:31
    Can you imagine?
  • 55:31 - 55:33
    The Christ.
  • 55:33 - 55:36
    And though we cannot see Him
  • 55:36 - 55:38
    as they could see Him
    with the physical eye,
  • 55:38 - 55:40
    yet we can hear His words.
  • 55:40 - 55:42
    And they beckon to us.
  • 55:42 - 55:44
    They call us like the star of old
  • 55:44 - 55:45
    called those men.
  • 55:45 - 55:48
    Come. Come.
  • 55:48 - 55:50
    That star just guided -
  • 55:50 - 55:52
    come, come.
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    And who had eyes to see?
  • 55:54 - 55:57
    None but the Magi.
  • 55:57 - 55:58
    But they came.
  • 55:58 - 56:00
    It didn't matter that
    they were foreigners.
  • 56:00 - 56:01
    They came.
  • 56:01 - 56:03
    You say, weren't they magicians?
  • 56:03 - 56:04
    Isn't that a cult?
  • 56:04 - 56:06
    Whatever you want to make of it -
  • 56:06 - 56:08
    they came!
  • 56:08 - 56:09
    Come!
  • 56:09 - 56:12
    And you will find Him
  • 56:12 - 56:16
    the Savior to the uttermost.
  • 56:16 - 56:19
    A star.
  • 56:19 - 56:21
    If you really recognize,
  • 56:21 - 56:23
    it's just a star.
  • 56:23 - 56:28
    No, it's a star that just proclaims
  • 56:28 - 56:34
    thunderously: Man need not be damned
  • 56:34 - 56:39
    any longer for his sins.
  • 56:39 - 56:44
    That is good news.
  • 56:44 - 56:46
    You don't want to lose that truth
  • 56:46 - 56:49
    in this season or any other season.
  • 56:49 - 56:50
    So much deception,
  • 56:50 - 56:54
    but that is not deception.
  • 56:54 - 56:58
    That is the truth. That is the fact.
  • 56:58 - 57:01
    And it is a fact that this same baby,
  • 57:01 - 57:02
    when He grew up,
  • 57:02 - 57:05
    He went to the cross.
  • 57:05 - 57:07
    That's a fact.
  • 57:07 - 57:09
    He died on that cross.
  • 57:09 - 57:10
    It's a fact.
  • 57:10 - 57:12
    You may say it's incredible.
  • 57:12 - 57:14
    It's unbelievable.
  • 57:14 - 57:17
    How can it happen
  • 57:17 - 57:18
    that He'd die and three days later,
  • 57:18 - 57:21
    He'd raise from the dead?
  • 57:21 - 57:23
    I'll tell you this:
  • 57:23 - 57:24
    It is supernatural.
  • 57:24 - 57:26
    It is amazing.
  • 57:26 - 57:27
    It is miraculous.
  • 57:27 - 57:29
    If He didn't come out of that grave,
  • 57:29 - 57:31
    we are yet in our sins.
  • 57:31 - 57:32
    He did come out of the grave.
  • 57:32 - 57:35
    And you don't want to stick
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    as Christmas perpetually brings us back
  • 57:39 - 57:40
    to the manger;
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    brings us back to the Incarnation;
  • 57:42 - 57:44
    it brings us back to the baby.
  • 57:44 - 57:46
    I'll tell you this:
  • 57:46 - 57:48
    one of the deceptions in this world
  • 57:48 - 57:49
    is Christ as an infant,
  • 57:49 - 57:51
    and they love to perpetually keep Him
  • 57:51 - 57:54
    as a harmless, little infant.
  • 57:54 - 57:56
    But He is not that.
  • 57:56 - 57:58
    You need to see the rest of the story.
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    Because when He came out of that grave,
  • 58:00 - 58:02
    He didn't linger around
    here for too long.
  • 58:02 - 58:03
    Forty days.
  • 58:03 - 58:05
    Enough time to let it be known
  • 58:05 - 58:06
    to His followers that He actually
  • 58:06 - 58:07
    was risen from the dead.
  • 58:07 - 58:09
    And they needed to know that
  • 58:09 - 58:11
    because they were going
    to be His mouthpieces.
  • 58:11 - 58:12
    They were going to be His witnesses.
  • 58:12 - 58:14
    They were going to go forth
    and tell what happened.
  • 58:14 - 58:15
    And after forty days,
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    He went up and He sits crowned.
  • 58:18 - 58:19
    And He is King.
  • 58:19 - 58:23
    And He is going to judge all of mankind.
  • 58:23 - 58:25
    We must all stand before
  • 58:25 - 58:26
    the judgment seat of Christ.
  • 58:26 - 58:29
    The day is at hand.
  • 58:29 - 58:32
    Do not think of Him as
    a little baby anymore.
  • 58:32 - 58:33
    He is not.
  • 58:33 - 58:34
    Little babies are harmless.
  • 58:34 - 58:36
    This is not One Who is harmless.
  • 58:36 - 58:38
    This is the God-man.
  • 58:38 - 58:39
    He is crowned.
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    He is enthroned.
  • 58:41 - 58:42
    He is Lord of Lords.
  • 58:42 - 58:44
    And you must answer to Him.
  • 58:44 - 58:46
    Right now, He beckons you
  • 58:46 - 58:47
    to come to Him
  • 58:47 - 58:48
    and He'll save you if you do.
  • 58:48 - 58:50
    And He is no lightweight Savior.
  • 58:50 - 58:52
    He is powerful to the uttermost.
  • 58:52 - 58:55
    He is strong to save.
  • 58:55 - 58:56
    But I'll tell you this,
  • 58:56 - 58:57
    if you ignore Him and will not
  • 58:57 - 58:59
    fall down and worship Him like the Magi,
  • 58:59 - 59:01
    He is strong to condemn.
  • 59:01 - 59:02
    And He is strong to judge.
  • 59:02 - 59:05
    And He will.
  • 59:05 - 59:08
    He will.
  • 59:08 - 59:12
    He is coming.
  • 59:12 - 59:16
    He is coming.
  • 59:16 - 59:19
    Father,
  • 59:19 - 59:22
    even so,
  • 59:22 - 59:30
    Lord Jesus, come.
  • 59:30 - 59:32
    Amen.
Title:
Christ's Star - Tim Conway
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