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How's that for a brief history lesson?
1) God had people speaking the Gospel message for years.
2) When they didn't listen, God sent his own Son, the heir of the universe, to share the Gospel message.
3) God holds the entire universe together.
4) God's own Son washed away your sins just before sitting down at the right hand of God.
This is who died for you -- God's own Son. Let us worship him with thanks and praise!!!