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Episode: “Golgotha — Grace”
From the traditional site of Christ’s crucifixion, Zola explains how the Messiah’s death utterly satisfied the Law.
Series: “Tell It On The Mountains”
A biblical panorama as seen from strategic scriptural mountaintops. Featuring the teaching and music of Zola Levitt. Additional commentary by Jerusalem journalist David Dolan.

Caption transcript for Tell It On The Mountains: “Golgotha — Grace” (6/9)

  • 00:02    [ music playing ]
  • 00:23   ♪ TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAINS ♪
  • 00:25 ♪ TELL THE STORY OF THE LORD. ♪
  • 00:28   ♪ STANDING FOR THE ♪
  • 00:30     ♪ PEOPLE AND EXALTED. ♪
  • 00:33    ♪ AND PRAISE HIM ♪
  • 00:34    ♪ IN THE VALLEYS ♪
  • 00:35   ♪ SING HIS PRAISES ♪
  • 00:36     ♪ BY THE SEA. ♪
  • 00:38   ♪ TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN ♪
  • 00:40   ♪ SO THAT ALL MIGHT KNOW. ♪♪
  • 00:57  SHALOM, HELLO AGAIN.
  • 00:59  AND WELCOME BACK TO OUR TELL  IT ON THE MOUNTAIN'S SERIES.
  • 01:02   THE MOUNTAIN WE'RE COVERING TONIGHT IS NOT LARGE,
  • 01:04    BUT IT'S VERY IMPORTANT.
  • 01:06    WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT   GRACE AND WHERE WE GOT IT,
  • 01:09  GOLGOTHA, CALVARY AND THE PLACE OF THE SKULL,
  • 01:12 THE REAL PLACE   OF OUR LORD'S CRUCIFIXION.
  • 01:16  ACTUALLY, THERE'S CONTROVERSY OF JUST WHICH LITTLE HILL NORTH
  • 01:18    OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT NORTH   OF WHICH HE WAS CRUCIFIED.
  • 01:21 BUT THAT'S NOT  THE IMPORTANT POINT,
  • 01:24   BUT THE FACT THAT HE REALLY  DID PAY FOR OUR SINS IN FULL.
  • 01:28  AND WE GO TO THE GARDEN TOMB THERE IN JERUSALEM WHICH LOOKS
  • 01:32   VERY LIKE WHAT IS DESCRIBED  IN SCRIPTURE AND THE CALVARY
  • 01:35 WE LOOK AT IS A  BURIAL GROUND
  • 01:37 AND IS BY A PUBLIC ROAD  AND JUST ADJACENT TO
  • 01:41   THE CITY WALL AND SO FORTH.
  • 01:43 THE SIGNIFICANCE IS OVERWHELMING AND WE'RE GOING TO DISCUSS THAT.
  • 01:48   DAVID DOLAN WILL BE WITH US  AGAIN, OUR JOURNALIST FRIEND,
  • 01:50  WHO WILL GIVE    AN INTERESTING COMMENTARY
  • 01:52  ON THE KORAN    AND AN ISLAM VIEW
  • 01:57    OF GRACE    AND WORKS FOR SALVATION.
  • 02:00 AND NOW, TO JERUSALEM.
  • 02:03    [ music playing ]
  • 02:13  WELL, AS PART OF OUR MOUNTAIN SERIES,
  • 02:15   WE HAVE COME TO THAT RATHER   UGLY ROCK CALLED GOLGOTHA,
  • 02:20 THE PLACE OF THE SKULL.
  • 02:22  ON TOP OF IT, NOW, IS A MUSLIM BURIAL GROUND.
  • 02:25    IT SEEMS TO HAVE  ALWAYS BEEN A BURIAL GROUND.
  • 02:29 PEOPLE SUPPOSE THEY SEE  A SKULL IN THE CONFIGURATIONS
  • 02:33 OF THE GROUND AND MAYBE YOU DO.
  • 02:36 BUT THERE'S NO QUESTION  THAT THIS IS A VERY GOOD SITE
  • 02:40    FOR THE ORIGINAL CALVARY.
  • 02:42    IT IS VERY CLOSE    TO THE CITY WALL.
  • 02:44  THERE'S ANOTHER SITE VERY NEARBY THAT'S ALSO
  • 02:48    A HILLY AND ROCKY PLACE.
  • 02:50   BUT THIS ONE IS ONE   THAT MANY PILGRIMS COME TO,
  • 02:55 TO REMEMBER THE  CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 03:00   AND WITH THAT CAME A NEW PHENOMENA
  • 03:03   IN WORLD SPIRITUAL  AFFAIRS CALLED GRACE
  • 03:06  AND THAT IS OUR SUBJECT NOW.
  • 03:08   GRACE IS SOMETHING GOD DOES  TO FORGIVE EVERY SINGLE SIN.
  • 03:15 IT NEVER FAILS.
  • 03:17  AND IT IS WITH THE BELIEVER, HIS ENTIRE LIFE AND HE DOES NOT
  • 03:22  HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT HIS SINS.
  • 03:25 I SAY ALL OF THAT AS THOUGH --
  • 03:27 I MEAN, I KNOW IT'S NOT SOMETHING NEW.
  • 03:29   BUT YET ALTHOUGH WE'VE READ  IT AND ALTHOUGH WE STUDY IT,
  • 03:32 WE SOMETIMES DON'T ACT LIKE IT.
  • 03:35    THAT IS, THERE ARE A LOT   OF DENOMINATIONS, CHURCHES,
  • 03:40  GROUPS OF CHRISTIANS  WHO DEPEND ON SIMPLY
  • 03:43 NOT SINNING TO   PLEASE GOD
  • 03:45 AND WHO PREACH THAT PERFECTION OF THE SAINTS.
  • 03:50    THAT IF WE COMMIT   A SINGLE SINS AS CULTISTS,
  • 03:54  "IT WOULD BE BETTER TO DIE."
  • 03:56 I QUOTE REVEREND MOON ON THAT.
  • 03:58 YOU ARE HEARING BUSES BEHIND ME  AND CROWDS AND WELL AND GOOD.
  • 04:02   THAT WAS THE IDEA.
  • 04:03  WHEN THE LORD   WAS CRUCIFIED HERE,
  • 04:04    IT WAS TO BE SEEN BY ALL.
  • 04:06    THE ROMANS DIDN'T   DO THIS IN SECRET.
  • 04:08   IT WAS TO TERRORIZE AN OCCUPIED POPULATION
  • 04:12   THAT PEOPLE WERE CRUCIFIED  AND WE SHOULDN'T FORGET THAT
  • 04:16  CRUCIFIXION NORMALLY    TOOK THREE DAYS.
  • 04:18 AND SOMEONE ON    PUBLIC DISPLAY LIKE THIS,
  • 04:22  A PUBLIC ROAD   RUNNING BY THE TEMPLE WALL,
  • 04:25  WOULD BE SEEN    DYING BY INCHES,
  • 04:27 BY HIS FRIENDS    AND FAMILY AND NEIGHBORS
  • 04:29  AND SO ON FOR ALL THAT TIME.
  • 04:32 JESUS WAS ONLY   ON THE CROSS FOR SIX HOURS
  • 04:34   BUT HE HAD A FEAST TO KEEP.
  • 04:36   THAT NIGHT WAS THE  FESTIVAL OF UNLEAVENED BREAD.
  • 04:38   AND THIS BREAD IS MY BODY.
  • 04:40 THAT'S ANOTHER LESSON.
  • 04:41  I WANT TO TALK ABOUT    HOW GOD ESTABLISHED GRACE
  • 04:45 AND THE IDEA OF    TOTAL FORGIVENESS OF SIN.
  • 04:48   IN JEREMIAH 31:34,  HE MAKES A PROMISE CONNECTED
  • 04:54 WITH THE NEW COVENANT.
  • 05:13 EXACTLY THE SAME VERSES ARE REPEATED IN HEBREWS 8:8-12
  • 05:17  AS IF TO SAY WHATEVER    TESTAMENT YOU'RE READING,
  • 05:19   REMEMBER, GOD HAS PROMISED  TO FORGIVE EVERY SINGLE SIN.
  • 05:23  I TALKED TO A CHRISTIAN TEACHER ONCE WHO SAID,
  • 05:25 "I'LL NEVER SAY TO GOD, I'LL NEVER DO THAT AGAIN, LORD,"
  • 05:30   BECAUSE HE WILL SAY  ACCORDING TO HIS WORD AGAIN,
  • 05:33 "DO WHAT AGAIN?
  • 05:34   "I DON'T REMEMBER."
  • 05:36    WHAT AM I STRESSING HERE,    THAT WE SHOULD SIN MORE,
  • 05:38    THAT GRACE MIGHT ABOUND?
  • 05:40   NO.
  • 05:41  PAUL ASKED THAT QUESTION AND ANSWERED IT.
  • 05:42 HE SAID,   "GOD FORBID."
  • 05:43    IT'S NOT A LICENSE.
  • 05:44 BUT THE FACT IS,    THE CROSS PAID OFF
  • 05:48 EVERY SINGLE SIN AND THAT'S ALL THERE IS TO THAT.
  • 05:50 THERE AREN'T ANY    SINS IT DIDN'T PAY.
  • 05:52   THERE AREN'T   ANY DELIBERATE SINS,
  • 05:54  OR WILLFUL SINS    OR ACCIDENTAL SINS
  • 05:57 OR THIS KIND OR THAT KIND AS MEN   IN CHURCHES HAVE ALWAYS HELD.
  • 06:03    THE BIBLE CONTAINS   NO HIERARCHY OF SINS,
  • 06:05 NO HIERARCHY OF MOTIVES.
  • 06:08   WHEN WE SIN, WE ARE FORGIVEN.
  • 06:11    THAT'S ALL.
  • 06:13  AND WHEN WE SIN, WE ARE ABLE TO  COME TO THE LORD IN CONFESSION.
  • 06:17  IT TROUBLES US.
  • 06:18   OUR SIN TROUBLES US.
  • 06:19   OBVIOUSLY IF WE READ THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST
  • 06:21 AND SEE HOW FAR SHORT WE FALL OF  THE WAY HE LIVED IN THIS FLESH,
  • 06:28  WE -- WE ARE CONVICTED.
  • 06:29   AND WE COME BEFORE THE LORD.
  • 06:35  IT DOESN'T SAY IF WE CONFESS ENOUGH HE'LL FORGIVE US.
  • 06:37    OR IF WE HAVE NOT   FORGOTTEN ANY SIN.
  • 06:40    AS THE OLD TESTAMENT SAYS    ON THE DAY OF ATONEMENT,
  • 06:43 WE'RE EXPECTED TO HAVE 24 HOURS OF AFFLICTING THE SOUL.
  • 06:46 AND TO FAIL TO AFFLICT THE SOUL IS TO COURT THE DEATH PENALTY.
  • 06:51 THAT IS, TO BE CUT OFF  FROM AMONG THE CHOSEN PEOPLE
  • 06:53 AND I REFER TO THE SECOND DEATH.
  • 06:56   A PERSON VIOLATING  THE LAW OF CONFESSION
  • 06:58 ON THE DAY OF ATONEMENT    TECHNICALLY DID NOT HAVE
  • 07:00    TO RETURN TO THE TEMPLE.
  • 07:01    HE WASN'T JEWISH ANYMORE.
  • 07:03    HE WASN'T CHOSEN ANYMORE.
  • 07:06 IT'S A FREE GIFT, TOO.
  • 07:08   AND LEST ANY SHOULD BOAST, EPHESIANS 2:8,
  • 07:09   THE HEART OF THAT DOCTRINE,   IT'S THE FREE GIFT OF GOD.
  • 07:14    I DIDN'T EARN IT.
  • 07:16    A SPOTLESS MAN WALKED UP  THIS HILL CARRYING THE CROSS
  • 07:19   AND LEFT AN ACCOUNT OF FORGIVENESS
  • 07:22  COMPLETELY UNTOUCHED   SO THAT I COULD DRAW ON IT
  • 07:24    AND YOU COULD DRAW ON IT AND THE WHOLE WORLD OF SINNERS
  • 07:25  COULD DRAW ON IT TO SATISFY A JUST GOD WHO IS ALSO MERCIFUL.
  • 07:32   TO CONTRAST LAW AND GRACE,
  • 07:33   SOMETIMES WE DON'T  REALIZE THE CONTRAST.
  • 07:36    GRACE IS NOT APPRECIATED   BECAUSE THE CHURCH DOESN'T
  • 07:39  TEND TO STUDY    THE OLD TESTAMENT
  • 07:41   AND DOESN'T REALIZE    HOW THE LAW WENT,
  • 07:43    HOW THINGS WERE.
  • 07:44 BUT MILLIONS OF PEOPLE FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS
  • 07:47 LIVED UNDER DIFFICULT LAWS LIKE THE LAW OF THE DAY OF ATONEMENT,
  • 07:50  LIKE BLOOD SACRIFICE, LIKE FASTING AND CEREMONIAL DAYS
  • 07:56  THAT REQUIRED  LONG JOURNEYS
  • 07:58  IF YOU LIVED OUTSIDE OF JERUSALEM AND SO ON.
  • 08:00    AND THEY DID THIS   TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR FAITH
  • 08:03   AND INDEED, THEY WERE SAVED
  • 08:04   WHEN MESSIAH CAME AND COULD  SEE THOSE FULFILLED ACCOUNTS.
  • 08:08  BUT THERE ARE  DIFFERENCES OF LAW AND GRACE.
  • 08:11  FOR ONE THING   UNDER THE LAW, GOD DEMANDS.
  • 08:13    IT WAS VERY CLEAR    DISCIPLINARY KIND OF LAW.
  • 08:18    AND UNDER GRACE,   GOD GIVES.
  • 08:21   HE GIVES IT FREELY.
  • 08:23  WE ACQUIRE IT WITH SALVATION.
  • 08:25    UNDER THE LAW WHICH CAME  FROM MOSES WERE THERE WORKS.
  • 08:28 THERE WERE THINGS YOU HAD TO DO, EXTERNAL PERFORMANCES.
  • 08:32  UNDER GRACE, THERE'S FAITH AND LOVE
  • 08:34    AND THERE REALLY    AREN'T ANY PERFORMANCES.
  • 08:36 WE ARE GIVEN GIFTS WITH WHICH TO ACCOMPLISH OUR WORKS,
  • 08:39    OUR SERVICE FOR THE LORD.
  • 08:41    BUT OUR SALVATION  DOESN'T HANG IN THE BALANCE.
  • 08:44    WE WILL SEE THAT IN THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST,
  • 08:46   ONLY OUR WORKS ARE JUDGED.
  • 08:47 OUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN.
  • 08:48   WE ARE STILL SAVED.
  • 08:50  TECHNICALLY, ONE COULD GO TO HEAVEN
  • 08:51 WITHOUT A SINGLE GOOD WORK, HE WOULD CERTAINLY STILL BE SAVED.
  • 08:55 ONE COULD GO TO HEAVEN WITH AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT
  • 08:57 OF GOOD WORKS -- WELL, HE WOULDN'T EVEN GO TO HEAVEN.
  • 09:00  BUT IN THE CASE OF AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF GOOD WORKS,
  • 09:02    BUT NO SALVATION,   THE SCRIPTURE DOESN'T ALLOW
  • 09:05 THAT THAT PERSON GOES TO HEAVEN.
  • 09:10 THE LAW WAS FOR THE RIGHTEOUS.
  • 09:12   IT REALLY STRESSED PERSONAL RIGHTEOUSNESS,
  • 09:16 SELF-MADE MORAL LIVING.
  • 09:21 GRACE SEEMS TO   BE FOR THE SINFUL.
  • 09:23   IT DOES NOT    VALUE PERSONAL DISCIPLINE
  • 09:27   IN THE SENSE OF MY PUTTING FORTH OF SOME PRETENSE
  • 09:31    OF BEING A BETTER    CHRISTIAN OF THIS PERSON,
  • 09:34    A MORE MORAL MAN    THAN THAT PERSON.
  • 09:36 IN FACT, THAT'S  JUST INCORRECT CHRISTIANITY.
  • 09:40 IT'S INTERESTING TO SEE WHILE THE OLD TESTAMENT
  • 09:43    IS ALMOST IN ITS  ENTIRETY A LAW BOOK,
  • 09:46  THERE'S NOT A SINGLE LAW IN THE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 09:49    [ music playing ]
  • 10:06    [ music playing ]
  • 10:16 COME WITH ZOLA   AND SEE THE LAND OF ABRAHAM,
  • 10:19     ISAAC AND JACOB.
  • 10:20    EXPERIENCE THE HOLY LAND.
  • 10:23   FOR TOUR INFORMATION WRITE:
  • 10:37 AND WE NOW LIVE   IN AN AGE OF GRACE.
  • 10:40    THE AGE OF GRACE,  NOT JUST THE CHURCH,
  • 10:42 EVERYBODY LIVES   IN THE AGE OF GRACE
  • 10:43   BUT YOU HAVE TO ASK  FOR GRACE TO USE IT.
  • 10:46 AND GOSH, THAT'S EASY.
  • 10:49   GOD DIDN'T MAKE IT    HARD TO BE SAVED.
  • 10:52 IN A MOMENT, ANY ONE OF US KNOWS  HOW TO BOW HIS HEAD AND SAY,
  • 10:55   "I BELIEVE IN YOU.
  • 10:57    "FORGIVE MY SINS.
  • 10:58    "LIVE THROUGH ME.
  • 11:00    "REMAKE MY LIFE."
  • 11:01  HOWEVER YOU WANT TO PUT THAT.
  • 11:02  GOD KNOWS YOUR HEART.
  • 11:03 YOU DON'T HAVE    TO SAY A FORMULA PRAYER.
  • 11:05    BUT COME TO BELIEF IN HIM AND TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS GRACE
  • 11:09 IN THIS AGE IS JUST EVERYTHING.
  • 11:13 IT'S THE WAY WE GO ON FROM HERE.
  • 11:15 IT'S THE WAY WE    GO TO THE KINGDOM
  • 11:16  AND ON TO ETERNITY WITH GOD.
  • 11:19    AND IN THE KINGDOM, THERE WILL BE A PERIOD OF LAW AGAIN.
  • 11:21  AND WE STRESSED THAT IN OUR OTHER PROGRAMS,
  • 11:24 THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT CONTAINS    THE LAW FOR THE KINGDOM.
  • 11:26  AND IT'S A TOUGH LAW.
  • 11:28    BUT FOR THIS MOMENT WHAT IS SO SIMPLE TO COME TO FAITH,
  • 11:33    TO COME TO SALVATION AND THE LIFE GIVEN IS SO WONDERFUL.
  • 11:40   EXCUSE ME.
  • 11:41 I HAVE WRITTEN    MY TESTIMONY MANY TIMES.
  • 11:43   AND IT'S AVAILABLE  THROUGH OUR MINISTRY.
  • 11:46    IN A SIMPLE WORD I EXPERIENCED IT MYSELF
  • 11:50  AND UNTIL IT HAPPENS TO YOU,  YOU JUST CAN'T DEVALUATE IT.
  • 11:53    IT IS WONDERFUL.
  • 11:55    GRACE WILL LAST UNTIL THE  JUDGMENT SEAT FOR THE CHURCH.
  • 11:59   THOSE IN THE CHURCH   GO TO HEAVEN IN THE RAPTURE
  • 12:02   AND IN THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST, THEIR WORKS ARE STUDIED.
  • 12:06   GRACE STILL OBTAINS BECAUSE THEIR SINS ARE FORGIVEN,
  • 12:09   OF COURSE.
  • 12:10  AND IT DOESN'T EVEN COME UP.
  • 12:12  WE TALKED ABOUT IT IN ANOTHER   CONTEXT OF ANOTHER PROGRAM.
  • 12:14  OUR WORKS ARE  DIVIDED INTO TWO CATEGORIES,
  • 12:18 WHETHER THEY BE OF GOLD, SILVER  AND PRECIOUS STONES OR WOOD,
  • 12:22    HAY AND STUBBLE.
  • 12:23   AND SO WE ARE TRIED AS IF BY FIRE IT SAYS.
  • 12:27  A TORCH IS PUT TO THESE WORKS   AND SYMBOLICALLY THE WOOD,
  • 12:31   HAY AND STUBBLE BURNS AWAY AND THE PRECIOUS JEWELS
  • 12:34 ARE NOT HARMED.
  • 12:35  AND WE ARE LEFT WITH REWARDS.
  • 12:37 AND THAT IS THE  CHRISTIAN WALK IN A NUTSHELL.
  • 12:40 OUR SINS DON'T   BOTHER US ANYMORE.
  • 12:41   THEY HAVE FORGIVEN  AND FORGOTTEN AND WE
  • 12:43  GET ON WITH OUR WORKS ACCORDING TO OUR GIFTS.
  • 12:45  ONE PERSON WHO HAS A  BEAUTIFUL VOICE IS A SINGER.
  • 12:48 ONE WHO TEACHES   WELL IS A TEACHER.
  • 12:51  ONE WHO PRAYS WELL IS    AN INTERCESSOR AND SO ON.
  • 12:54  AND THE NEW TESTAMENT  LISTS OUT A NUMBER OF GIFTS.
  • 12:58    SOMEONE ONCE CALLED INTO   MY RADIO PROGRAM AND SAID,
  • 13:01 "A SPIRITUAL GIFT IS SOMETHING  YOU DO SUPER NATURALLY WELL."
  • 13:05    I THOUGHT I WOULD PASS IT  ON BECAUSE THAT'S VERY TRUE.
  • 13:09    THE MOST ORDINARY PEOPLE,   LIKE THE GALILEAN TRADESMEN
  • 13:14   AND FISHERMEN THAT THE LORD   CHOSE TO BE HIS DISCIPLES.
  • 13:17    SOMEHOW BECOME GIANTS IN   SOME CERTAIN AREA IMPORTANT
  • 13:20 TO GOD IN THIS BATTLE.
  • 13:22   EVERY ARMY HAS SPECIALISTS
  • 13:24    AND THE CHRISTIAN  ARMY IS NO DIFFERENT.
  • 13:27  IT'S MADE UP   OF PEOPLE OF VARIOUS GIFTS
  • 13:29  AND VARIOUS TALENTS, EACH IN HIS OWN NICHE.
  • 13:32   WELL, WE GO TO THE   JUDGMENT SEAT WITH A RECORD
  • 13:35    OF WORKS WHETHER  THEY ARE GOOD OR BAD
  • 13:37  AND THEY ARE  TAKEN CARE OF THERE.
  • 13:38 AND THEN WE REALLY ARE PERFECT.
  • 13:41 OUR SINS FORGIVEN AT THE CROSS; THE BAD WORKS JUST BURNED AWAY,
  • 13:45    STERILIZED AWAY,  TEMPERED AWAY
  • 13:47 IN THAT JUDGMENT SEAT.
  • 13:49   AND WE ARE THEN THAT VIRGIN  BRIDE ESPOUSED TO CHRIST THAT
  • 13:52 PAUL PROMISED IN II CORINTHIANS.
  • 13:56    THE IDEA IS THAT   WE ARE ALWAYS BEING
  • 13:59  PERFECTED DAY BY DAY IN HIS LIKENESS; UNTIL HE COMES.
  • 14:04 BUT THAT IS THAT GREAT   PERFECTING MOMENT,
  • 14:08  THAT JUDGMENT SEAT IN HEAVEN.
  • 14:10    WE THEN GO ON TO  MARRY THE LORD IN OUR WEDDING
  • 14:13   AND COME BACK HERE TO OCCUPY OUR KINGDOM.
  • 14:17  IT SHOULD BE STRESSED THAT WORKS ARE ONLY CONSIDERED
  • 14:20  IN THE JUDGMENT SEAT WHEREAS ON EARTH WE ARE SOMETIMES DOING
  • 14:26    SO MUCH TO AVOID SINNING   THAT WE'RE NOT DOING WORKS.
  • 14:31   THAT IS, THE KIND OF PERSON   HOW DOES THE EXPRESSION GO
  • 14:34 OF SUCH HEAVEN BEARING  AS OF NO EARTHLY USE.
  • 14:38   PEOPLE THAT RETIRE    AWAY FROM LIFE ON EARTH.
  • 14:42 ARE THERE REALLY GOOD SOLDIERS  WHO STAY AWAY FROM THE BATTLE
  • 14:46 IN ORDER TO NOT   SOIL THEIR UNIFORM?
  • 14:49   THAT'S A QUESTION.
  • 14:51 I DON'T MEAN TO PREACH,    JUST TO TEACH IT.
  • 14:53 BUT GRACE IS AN   UNDER-APPRECIATED PHENOMENA
  • 14:55 IN THE CHURCH,   BECAUSE IT CAN ONLY
  • 14:56  BE UNDERSTOOD  IF CONTRASTED TO LAW.
  • 14:59 AND THE CHURCH  HAS NOT BEEN READING ITS LAW,
  • 15:01   ITS OLD TESTAMENT.
  • 15:02   SO AS THE PHILOSOPHER SAID,
  • 15:05   "ANYTIME THOSE WHO  HAVE NOT READ HISTORY
  • 15:08  "ARE CONDEMNED TO REPEAT IT."
  • 15:10  IT'S APPARENT THAT THOSE WHO HAVEN'T READ THE OLD TESTAMENT
  • 15:12 ALSO ARE CONDEMNED TO REPEAT IT.
  • 15:14    THEY SIMPLY MAKE A NEW RELIGION OF LAWS.
  • 15:16    NEW LAWS.
  • 15:17   NEW LAWS ABOUT DRESS CODES.
  • 15:20   LAWS ABOUT SPEAKING OUT IN CHURCH.
  • 15:23 LAWS ABOUT HOW TO PRAY.
  • 15:25   ABOUT ODDS AND ENDS  OF THINGS THAT ARE NOT REALLY
  • 15:30  GIVEN AS LAWS ANYWHERE TO THE CHURCH.
  • 15:32    THERE ARE NO LAWS  TO THE CHURCH AS WE STRESSED.
  • 15:35    I WROTE THAT SENTENCE -- I DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS
  • 15:37   15 OR 20 YEARS AGO   IN ONE OF MY BOOKS,
  • 15:40  "THERE ARE NO   LAWS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT."
  • 15:41  AND I WAITED  FOR PEOPLE TO OBJECT
  • 15:43   OR GIVE ME TECHNICALITIES OR ADMONISHMENTS
  • 15:47   OR COMMANDMENTS ET CETERA.
  • 15:49   NOTHING EVER CAME.
  • 15:51 IT'S VERY TRUE.
  • 15:52    IT'S NOT A LEGAL SYSTEM.
  • 15:53 IT'S A GRACIOUS SYSTEM AND THE CHRISTIAN WALK,
  • 15:56 DONE PROPERLY,    IS MOST GRACEFUL.
  • 16:01   HOW COULD WE GET ALL THIS?
  • 16:04   LIKE THIS.
  • 16:07   AT CALVARY.
  • 16:08    IT WAS PURCHASED.
  • 16:10    IT WAS A BRIDAL CONTRACT  WITH A VERY HIGH BRIDE PRICE.
  • 16:14   IT TOOK THE BLOOD, THE BODY AND SUFFERING
  • 16:17  OF A PERFECTLY INNOCENT MAN.
  • 16:19    IT TOOK HIS LIFE.
  • 16:21  HE EVEN SAID,  "LET THIS CUP PASS FROM ME."
  • 16:24 HE DID NOT WANT    TO DRINK THIS WEDDING CUP
  • 16:25    BECAUSE IT WAS AGONIZING.
  • 16:30    BUT, DRINKING IT  AND PAYING THE PRICE
  • 16:33   HE PROVIDED FOR US   THIS AMAZING GRACE,
  • 16:38   THIS STUFF WE WALK THROUGH   IN THIS LIFE THAT GIVES US
  • 16:41   PERFECT FORGIVENESS AS WE UTILIZE OUR WORK
  • 16:44  TO ACCOMPLISH OUR MINISTRIES  FOR THE ONE WHO DIED FOR US.
  • 16:52 AS WE'VE SAID,  THE SITE OF OUR LORD'S DEATH
  • 16:54   HERE AT CALVARY HAS CHANGED  CONSIDERABLY OVER THE YEARS.
  • 16:59    DAVID DOLAN JOINS US NOW JUST ACROSS THE STREET
  • 17:02  FROM CALVARY WITH HIS   PERSPECTIVE ON THE SUBJECT
  • 17:05  OF GRACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST.
  • 17:08 I'M STANDING AT  THE BASE OF CALVARY,
  • 17:10 RIGHT NEXT TO THE GARDEN TOMB.
  • 17:12 ZOLA SPOKE ABOUT GRACE FROM THERE AND HE ALSO MENTIONED
  • 17:15  THE ARAB BUS    STATION RIGHT BEHIND ME.
  • 17:17    MOST OF THE ARABS    ARE MUSLIMS THEY BELIEVE
  • 17:20 IN ALLAH AND THE KORAN;    THEIR HOLY BOOK.
  • 17:24 IN THE KORAN, ALLAH IS PICTURED AS COMPASSIONATE AND MERCIFUL.
  • 17:27   BUT HE'S ALSO VERY,   VERY STERN.
  • 17:30   HE SEEMS TO PERFECT  JUDGMENT OVER MERCY.
  • 17:33    THEY'RE ARE MANY,    MANY WARNINGS ABOUT HELL
  • 17:35  IN THE KORAN    AND IN FACT MANY
  • 17:36 MORE THAN PASSAGES ABOUT HEAVEN.
  • 17:39    ALLAH SEEMS TO BE   ANGRY AND ALMOST VENGEFUL.
  • 17:42  HE COMMANDS THAT WAR BE USED  TO SPREAD THE ISLAMIC FAITH.
  • 17:46 HIS POWER AND HIS WRATH    ARE EMPHASIZED MUCH MORE
  • 17:49    THAN HIS    COMPASSION AND HIS MERCY.
  • 17:51  SALVATION IN THE KORAN SEEMS TO BE BY WORKS AND NOT BY GRACE.
  • 17:56    THERE IS NO  ASSURANCE OF SALVATION.
  • 17:59   GRACE IS MENTIONED DEFINITELY    AND ALLAH IS COMPASSIONATE.
  • 18:02   HE DOES FORGIVE SIN.
  • 18:04   BUT WORKS ARE MENTIONED FAR MORE OFTEN.
  • 18:06   A MUSLIM MUST    EARN HIS SALVATION.
  • 18:09  COMPASSION IS TAUGHT.
  • 18:10 BUT SINCE POWER    AND WORKS ARE EMPHASIZED
  • 18:13  FORGIVENESS IS NOT NEARLY SO CENTRAL AS IT IS IN THE BIBLE.
  • 18:17    ETERNITY CONSISTS    OF A VERY SENSUAL HeAVEN
  • 18:20 WITH LITERAL MANSIONS.
  • 18:22  WOMAN ARE THE SERVANTS OF MEN
  • 18:24  GIVING THEM PLEASURE  AND EARTHLY DELIGHTS.
  • 18:26  IN FACT, HEAVEN IN THE KORAN  SEEMS TO BE VERY MUCH CLOSER
  • 18:29    TO THE EARTH THAN THE TRANSCENDENT HEAVEN
  • 18:33    AS PICTURED IN THE BIBLE.
  • 18:35  THE HEAVEN WHERE JOY AT BEING IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD
  • 18:38 IS EMPHASIZED.
  • 18:40   THE KORAN'S HEAVEN  AND CENTERED ON MAN.
  • 18:42   THE BIBLE'S ON GOD  AND ON THE SON OF GOD
  • 18:45    WHO OVERCAME SIN  AND DEATH ON CALVARY.
  • 18:49    [ music playing ]
  • 18:50 ♪ "WHY HAS GOD FORSAKEN ME," ♪
  • 18:54   ♪ CRIED OUT ALONE ♪
  • 19:00 ♪ THEN WITH HIS LAST BREATH, ♪
  • 19:04   ♪ HE WEPT, ♪
  • 19:06    ♪ "IT IS DONE." ♪
  • 19:11    [ music playing ]
  • 19:41   [ orchestra music playing ]
  • 20:12    ♪ JESUS, ♪
  • 20:14     ♪ REMEMBER ME, ♪
  • 20:17 ♪ WHEN YOU GO HOME. ♪
  • 20:22   ♪ FOR MY SALVATION ♪
  • 20:27 ♪ MUST COME FROM YOU ALONE. ♪
  • 20:32    ♪ I SEE IT IN HIS TEARS, ♪
  • 20:37   ♪ IN HIS ANGUISH AND PAIN. ♪
  • 20:42   ♪ WHAT GREAT LOVE ♪
  • 20:45    ♪ IT CAUSED MY SALVATION ♪
  • 20:52   ♪ TO GAIN. ♪
  • 20:54    ♪ JESUS, ♪
  • 20:55     ♪ REMEMBER ME, ♪
  • 20:58 ♪ WHEN YOU GO HOME. ♪
  • 21:04   ♪ FOR MY SALVATION ♪
  • 21:08 ♪ MUST COME FROM YOU ALONE. ♪♪
  • 21:24    DAVID'S DISCUSSION OF THE   MUSLIM CONCEPTION OF WORKS
  • 21:28 FOR SALVATION IS VERY FAMILIAR.
  • 21:31    THERE ARE PEOPLE   WORKING ON THEIR SALVATION
  • 21:33 IN A HUNDRED WORLDLY RELIGIONS.
  • 21:36  THE PROBLEM IS PEOPLE  DOING WORKS TO PLEASE
  • 21:39  THEIR CONCEPTION OF GOD BEGIN  TO BEHAVE IN REMARKABLE WAYS.
  • 21:44 AND I GUESS THE MOST REMARKABLE  IS THE IDEA OF SOME MUSLIMS,
  • 21:51   INCLUDING TERRORISM   AS A RELIGIOUS WORK
  • 21:55   AND THEY REALLY DO AND IT'S PERHAPS TAUGHT
  • 21:57   BY A SHEIK WHO PREACHES KILL THE INFIDEL.
  • 22:03  AND THESE BECOME HOLY WORKS.
  • 22:05 A GOOD EXAMPLE  IS AGAIN THE CONTRACT
  • 22:08 ON THE AUTHOR, SALMAN RUSHDIE.
  • 22:10 THERE IS A VAST REWARD; MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND SO FORTH
  • 22:14 TO ASSASSINATE    A VIRTUALLY INNOCENT MAN
  • 22:17 WHO WOULD NOT SET OUT TO INSULT   ANYBODY'S GOD AND SO FORTH.
  • 22:22    AND IT BECOMES AN   ACT OF GOD TO KILL PEOPLE.
  • 22:27  SOLDIERS IN THE WARS   AGAINST ISRAEL WERE CAUGHT
  • 22:31   WITH SHIRT POCKET BOOKLETS,   PARTICULARLY THE EGYPTIANS.
  • 22:34  IN ONE OF MY EARLIER BOOKS I PUBLISHED A WORK BY AN EGYPTIAN
  • 22:37 OFFICER WHO WAS    TELLING THE ENLISTED MEN,
  • 22:39  MEN WHO COULD BARELY    READ OR WRITE, YOU KNOW,
  • 22:43  "KILL THE JEW WHEREVER YOU FIND HIM.
  • 22:44 "IT'S A PLEASING WORK TO GOD,"  AND SO FORTH.
  • 22:49    WORKING -- ANYONE  WORKING ON SALVATION
  • 22:51 DEVELOP CERTAIN CHARACTERISTICS THAT ARE COMMON
  • 22:54    NO MATTER WHETHER  HE'S IN SOME ODD DENOMINATION
  • 22:57    OF CHRISTIANITY OR MUSLIM OR ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD,
  • 23:01    THEY BECOME VERY WORLDLY,
  • 23:04   THIS WORLD ORIENTED  DOING WORLDLY WORKS.
  • 23:06   THEY BECOME VERY RELIGIOUS   IN THE SENSE OF SPIRITISTIC
  • 23:10 THINGS ARE ALWAYS IN THEIR MIND.
  • 23:12   THEY TALK THAT WAY,  ACT THAT WAY,
  • 23:13    PERHAPS THEY ESCHEW SIN.
  • 23:15   THEY HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLY LIFE --
  • 23:18  LOOKING, HOLY-LOOKING    LIFE IS WHAT I'M SAYING,
  • 23:20   SELF-MADE MORALIST.
  • 23:22  THE GOSPEL WAS FULL OF THEM.
  • 23:24 AND THEY BECOME    QUITE UNBIBLICAL.
  • 23:25 THEY CAN NEVER  QUOTE THE SCRIPTURE.
  • 23:27    IN FACT, THEY DEFAME THE   SCRIPTURE ALL OF THE TIME.
  • 23:29    PROTESTANT DENOMINATIONS    THAT DON'T USE THE BIBLE
  • 23:33 IN THE CHURCH TEND TO BECOME NOT UNBIBLICAL, BUT ANTI-BIBLICAL.
  • 23:37    THEY SAY THINGS THAT ARE OBNOXIOUS OF THE BIBLE.
  • 23:42    THE FIRST OF WHICH ISRAEL   IS REPLACED BY THE CHURCH.
  • 23:47   WE DON'T HAVE THIS    ORIGINAL PEOPLE ANYMORE.
  • 23:49  WE'RE THE NEW CHOSEN PEOPLE.
  • 23:50   GOSH, I COULD LIST OUT THROUGHOUT THE REST
  • 23:52  OF THE PROGRAM DENOMINATIONS  THAT HAVE SAID THAT.
  • 23:55    I DON'T MEAN JUST    PROTESTANTS OR CHRISTIAN
  • 23:58  OR ANYTHING,  CHOSEN PEOPLE COME FROM UTAH,
  • 24:00 THEY COME FROM   JAPAN AND SO FORTH.
  • 24:05    ALL OF THIS IS --   IS COUNTERED TO THE
  • 24:08 SIMPLE BIBLICAL MESSAGE   OF FREE SALVATION,
  • 24:10   THE GIFT OF THE GOD    WHICH YOU SIMPLY ASK FOR.
  • 24:15    THEY USED TO SAY WHEN I WAS WITH CAMPUS CRUSADE,
  • 24:17  OUR PROBLEM IS TO GET THE SIMPLICITY ACROSS.
  • 24:20    THE COMPLEXITIES    TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES.
  • 24:22  WE ONLY HAVE FOUR SPIRITUAL LAWS TO EXPLAIN.
  • 24:25   AND IT WAS TOUGH TO GET PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THEM,
  • 24:27  SIMPLE AS THEY WERE.
  • 24:28   WELL, WE HAVE GONE  MOUNTAIN TOP TO MOUNTAIN TOP
  • 24:30    TRYING TO EXPLAIN A FEW BIBLE PRINCIPLES.
  • 24:32  WE HAVE BEEN TO MOUNT MORIAH
  • 24:34   WHERE WE DISCUSSED   THE COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM,
  • 24:36 THE BEGINNING OF ALL REDEMPTION.
  • 24:39 WE WENT TO MOUNT SINAI,   WHERE WE DISCUSSED THE LAW
  • 24:41  AND CONTRASTED IT WITH GRACE.
  • 24:44   WE WENT TO GAMALIA   AT GALILEE WHERE WE
  • 24:46   DISCUSSED THE ROMAN   ASSAULT THERE AND AT MASADA
  • 24:50  IN CONNECTION    EVEN WITH THE HOLOCAUST,
  • 24:52 ANOTHER ASSAULT  ON THE CHOSEN PEOPLE,
  • 24:54   MUCH MORE RECENT BY WAY OF   TALKING HISTORY AND WISDOM.
  • 24:59  MOUNT TABOR,    WE TALKED ABOUT PROPHECY.
  • 25:02    SO MUCH WAS GIVEN THERE, SO MUCH FULFILLED THERE
  • 25:04 AND IT'S STILL SITTING, THE MOUNTAIN IS IN THE
  • 25:07  MIDDLE OF THE  VALLEY OF ARMAGEDDON,
  • 25:08  GOING TO BE THE SITE OF OUTWORKING END-TIME
  • 25:10 PROPHECIES IN OUR OWN FUTURES.
  • 25:13 WE WENT TO THE   MOUNT OF BEATITUDES
  • 25:15 WHERE WE DISCUSSED THE MESSIAH.
  • 25:18   HE IS OUTSTANDINGLY    PRESENTED THERE OF COURSE
  • 25:21  THERE ON THE  SERMON ON THE MOUNT.
  • 25:23 AND WE WENT TO GOLGOTHA  ON TONIGHT'S PROGRAM.
  • 25:26  THERE WE TALKED ABOUT GRACE BECAUSE THERE IS
  • 25:29  WHERE IT WAS OBTAINED  AND PAID FOR AND FROM THERE,
  • 25:33 GIVEN FREELY TO ANYONE WHO ASK.
  • 25:35  NOT TO THOSE WHO WORK ON IT.
  • 25:37    BUT TO THOSE WHO    ASK FOR IT, FOR NOTHING.
  • 25:40    GOSH, I TOLD THIS STORY.
  • 25:41 I WROTE A BOOK WITH THE   BRILLIANT BIBLE EXPOSITOR.
  • 25:46  PROFESSOR BAYER LUNGAR, MANY YEARS AGO FROM DALLAS SEMINARY.
  • 25:50  AND HE STRESSED TO ME, FAITH PLUS NOTHING EQUALS SALVATION.
  • 25:56  THAT WAS AN EQUATION   WE PUT IN THE BOOK.
  • 25:58    NOTHING ADDED TO   FAITH HELPS GET SALVATION.
  • 26:03   SO IT WASN'T FAITH    PLUS WORKS AND IT WASN'T
  • 26:05    FAITH PLUS PUBLIC   REPENTANCE OR HOLY BAPTISM
  • 26:08 OR THIS FORMULA OR THAT FORMULA.
  • 26:11  WHATEVER, FAITH PLUS    NOTHING EQUALS SALVATION.
  • 26:14 IF YOU BELIEVE, SAY TO  GOD SAVE ME AND YOU'RE SAVED.
  • 26:19   I KNOW IT.
  • 26:19    I DID IT.
  • 26:22   UPCOMING PROGRAMS,   WE ARE GOING TO MOUNT ZION.
  • 26:24  AND THERE WE    WILL DISCUSS THE CHURCH,
  • 26:25   THERE WE BELIEVE IT   WAS FOUNDED AND THE
  • 26:27  MOUNT OF OLIVES WHERE  WE WILL DISCUSS THE KINGDOM,
  • 26:30  LOOKING THERE AT THE   EASTERN GATE WHERE
  • 26:32 WE'RE ALL GOING TO MEET
  • 26:33  AND COME THROUGH WITH
  • 26:34 THE LORD IN HIS RETURN.
  • 26:35  ON THIS PROGRAM I'LL
  • 26:36   OFFER YOU THE VIDEO SERIES,
  • 26:38 THE WHOLE NINE PROGRAMS
  • 26:39   INCLUDING THE MUSIC PROGRAM
  • 26:42  AT THE END AND ALL OF
  • 26:44   THESE MOUNTAIN TOP LESSONS,
  • 26:45  WILL BE $89.
  • 26:47    NOW, WE'VE GOTTEN
  • 26:48   ALL OF THESE PROGRAMS DOWN
  • 26:49   PRETTY REASONABLE, I THINK.
  • 26:50 NINE PROGRAMS ON VIDEO FOR $89.
  • 26:53   YOU CAN ORDER THAT
  • 26:54 AT THE POST OFFICE BOX
  • 26:55  OR BY CALLING THE 800 NUMBER.
  • 26:58 YOU'D NEED YOUR  CREDIT CARD FOR THAT.
  • 27:00 PLEASE, JUST ASK FOR THE VIDEO SERIES OR THE MOUNTAIN SERIES.
  • 27:05 YOU CAN GET THE LEVITT   LETTER AT OUR POST OFFICE,
  • 27:07   OR THE 800 NUMBER.
  • 27:09    THE 800 NUMBER REALLY IS FOR CREDIT CARD ORDERS
  • 27:11   SUCH AS THE VIDEOS.
  • 27:12 BUT ASK FOR THE LEVITT   LETTER WHILE YOU'RE AT IT,
  • 27:14  IT'S FREE OF CHARGE.
  • 27:15   AND IF YOU CAN SEND US SOME GIFTS SO WE CAN KEEP DOING THIS,
  • 27:18   PLEASE DO.
  • 27:19  WE'RE IN POST PRODUCTION NOW.
  • 27:21 IT'S EXPENSIVE.
  • 27:22 AND SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM.
  • 27:24 PRAY FOR THE PIECE OF JERUSALEM.
  • 27:27    [ music playing ]
  • 27:32   ♪ TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN, ♪
  • 27:35 ♪ TELL THE STORY OF THE LORD. ♪
  • 27:41    ♪ HE CAME TO YOU ♪
  • 27:43     ♪ AND SUPPED WITH YOU ♪
  • 27:46 ♪ AND WHISPERED TO YOUR SOUL. ♪
  • 27:50    ♪ HE LOVED AND SAVED YOU ♪
  • 27:54     ♪ AND HE CAME ♪
  • 27:56   ♪ INTO YOUR HEART. ♪
  • 28:00     ♪ NOW, TELL IT ♪
  • 28:02   ♪ ON THE MOUNTAINS ♪
  • 28:03   ♪ IN THE CITY OF OUR GOD. ♪
  • 28:08 ♪ TELL THE STORY OF THE LORD. ♪
  • 28:12   ♪ IN THE CITY OF OUR GOD. ♪♪
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Episodes in this series

  1. Mount Moriah — The Promise
  2. Mount Sinai — The Law
  3. Gamla/Masada — History and Wisdom
  4. Mount Tabor — Prophecy
  5. Mount of Beatitudes — The Messiah
  6. Golgotha — Grace
  7. Mount Zion — The Church
  8. Mount of Olives — The Kingdom
  9. Music Video

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