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Topic: Bold (emotionally) (08/30/07)
TITLE: ONE MORE STEP
By Paul Potenza
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Sometimes it just takes one more step.
I think that Mary understood that.
She loved Jesus.
I'm not talking about the love of a woman for her man.
That can be very strong but there is a certain kind of love that goes beyond blood or family relationships.
It's agape love.
It's the kind of love that makes you take one more step and it'll make you do some seemingly crazy things.
That step is taken with the full knowledge that you personally, will suffer.
You know what kind of love I'm talking about.
It is entering into the agony of your intended.
It's wishing that you could bear his pain.
It's the knowledge that you can't...that your friend must bear the onslaught alone.
Taking that step means that you seperate yourself from the crowd.
From then on and forever more it will be you and him against the world.
People thought that Mary was crazy when she came back from the tomb on that Easter morning and exclaimed "I have seen the Lord." Even the apostles figuered that she had lost it but she didn't defend herself.
She had taken bold steps.
It was three days after the crucifixion.
She took her first step.
She decided to go to the tomb to annoint the body of her beloved.
She found the tomb empty and took a second step to tell the apostles. The apostles checked it out and found it to be true. They left...but she didn't. She stayed behind, crying.
She must have loved him very much.
She took a third step and looked back into the tomb.
How's that for boldness? Do you love anybody so much that you would voluntarily look into his tomb? Three days after his death???
For her courageous move she is rewarded. She is spoken to by angels.
It is not enough.
She ignores the angels and takes yet another step to find her lost heart. This is a woman who will not be deterred.
She talks to the gardener and says "Sir, if you've taken him away, tell me where you put Him and I'll take Him away."
From across eternity His voice says ...
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