Jesus Wins! (11 of 16) by Jerry Vines

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Jesus Wins! (11 of 16)
Series: There's Hope
Jerry Vines
I Peter 3:18-22
11/28/04

I want to speak to you on the subject "Jesus Wins!" Do you believe that?

Tim LaHaye is a friend of mine. I'm sure you recognize that he is the author of the award-winning and best-selling series of religious fiction books entitled "Left Behind." There are about 12 volumes in the "Left Behind" series, and Dr. LaHaye told me sometime ago, before the final volume was completed, that the working title of that volume was "Jesus Wins." As it turns out, they eventually titled the volume "The Glorious Appearing."

The truth of the matter is, whether you call the last volume "The Glorious Appearing" or whatever, that when it is all said and done and when it all shuffles out, Jesus wins. That's the good news. and that's what I want you to get in what I'm going to say today and take away from the message this morning. I want you to get the truth that Jesus wins.

I'm going to be dealing with one of the most difficult passages in all the Bible. It is one of the most difficult passages to interpret in all the Bible. You say, "Thanks, Preacher. Here it is the Sunday after Thanksgiving and I'm having a hard time staying awake anyhow with all that sugar I've hard in my system, and you have just announced to me that you are going to deal with one of the most difficult passages in all of the Bible. Here I am trying to deal with my overload of turkey and dressing."

I'm going to try to make it as understandable as I possibly can. Keep in mind, as we move through, that the bottom line of it all is Jesus wins. What these verses of scriptures are basically saying to us is that what our Lord Jesus Christ did when He came into this world is so far reaching in nature that every corner of the universe is affected by the work of the Lord Jesus Christ and that Jesus absolutely conquered and that Jesus wins.

As we move through these verses if you will be looking for the crucifixion ...


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