Running on Empty (3 of 4) by James Merritt

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Running on Empty (3 of 4)
Series: Supernatural
James Merritt
John 2:1-12

Introduction

1. Most of you know I am a huge sports fan and one of my favorite sports is Major League Baseball. There are so many fascinating stories that come out of baseball and I just came across one that I thought was particularly interesting.

2. Probably the greatest knuckle-ball pitcher who ever played the game was Hoyt Wilhelm. He was the first knuckleball pitcher ever elected to the Hall of Fame. What fascinates me about him is how he made his Major League debut as a hitter.

3. On April 23, 1952 in his second game with the New York Giants, he came to the plate for the first time in his Major League career as a hitter. On the very first pitch he ever saw from a Major League pitcher, he swung and hit a homerun over the right field fence. Why was that so unusual? Although he played 21 seasons and went to bat a total of 432 times, he never hit another homerun.

4. You have to admit there is no greater way to make a debut as a hitter in Major League Baseball than to hit a homerun in your first at bat. You could not script that kind of debut any better.

5. To me, the most interesting and puzzling debut I've ever known about was how Jesus first comes on to the scene as He begins His ministry. I want you to imagine that you have been appointed by God as the PR agent of Jesus. Your Public Relations firm has been given the job of planning how Jesus is going to enter into His earthly ministry. You decide the best way to do it is for Jesus to perform a miracle, because nothing is going to get the attention of anybody like a miracle.

6. Naturally, you would begin to think about the most extravagant, in your face, front-page headline miracle that Jesus could perform. Ideas start flying like crazy. Someone says, ''Let's have Him raise someone from the dead.'' Somebody else says, ''Let's have Him feed thousands of people with a Happy Meal.'' Somebody else says, ''Let's have Him ...


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