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Going A Little Farther With Jesus (12 of 13)
Series: One Extraordinary Life
Dr. Brad Whitt
INTRO: I want you to take your Bibles now this morning and be finding your place at Matthew chapter 26. We are coming very quickly to the conclusion of our series of studies on the life and ministry of Jesus that we've entitled, "One Extraordinary Life."
I hope that you have been blessed and encouraged, like I have been, as we have looked at and learned from -
• What took place on that silent, starry night in Bethlehem when the infinite, eternal God was born as a little, bitty baby boy.
• How the God who created the universe - the sun, the moon and the stars; the hills and the valleys and the rivers; everything that is - was raised in a simple carpenter's home in a little wide spot in the road called Nazareth.
• How the God who is all truth, and gives all truth, amazed and astounded the teachers in the Temple - the educated elite of that day - when His parents left Him behind in Jerusalem.
• How the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world came to the Jordan River to be baptized by His camelhair-wearing cousin, John the Baptist.
ILLUS: I heard about a church that had installed a brand new baptistry in the auditorium as part of an extensive remodeling project. But when the county building inspector came out to inspect it, he wouldn't sign off on the installation. Some of the older men who were there that day asked him "why not?" He told them that he couldn't approve it because it had to have its own septic tank. Well, the trustees just couldn't understand why a baptistry had to have its own septic tank. The building inspector told them that it was to avoid any pollutants getting into the ground and into the water table. One of the men rubbed his head for a moment and then all of a sudden it hit him. "I guess it would pollute the ground with all of those sins that it washed away."
Well, it's not the water in the baptistry ...
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