by Jeff Strite

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The Fool That Jesus Loved (1 of 5)
Series: Touching Jesus
Jeff Strite
Mark 10:17-31

OPEN: On April 1st 1976 British astronomer Patrick Moore made an announcement on BBC Radio 2: "At 9:47 a.m. today there will be a 'once-in-a-lifetime' astronomical event occurring."
The planet Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, he said, temporarily causing a gravitational alignment that would counteract and lessen the Earth's own gravity. Astronomer Patrick Moore explained that if people were to jump in the air at the exact moment that this planetary alignment occurred, they would experience a strange floating sensation.
When 9:47 AM arrived, BBC Radio 2 began to receive 100s of phone calls from listeners claiming to have felt the sensation. One woman even reported that she and her 11 friends had risen from their chairs and floated around the room.
It was an April Fool's joke.

Then about 7 yrs ago (2005) April 1st the media reported that NASA had discovered water on Mars and that they had actual pictures on the official NASA website. Those who went to the website to check it out, saw this picture: (picture of a glass of water balanced on a chocolate Mars bar)
April Fools!

APPLY: Now, what is it that makes an April Fool joke funny?
(Someone shouted out "fools", which is technically correct, I guess)
It's when someone can be fooled into believing something that's not true.

In the incidences I just cited (about Jupiter/Pluto and about Mars) people were made to believe something about the HEAVENS that wasn't true.

And in our story today, we encounter a young man who believed something about HEAVEN that wasn't true.
And what he believed made him worse than an April fool.
What he believed might very well have made him an Eternal Fool.

Now, before we get to what he believed that was NOT true, let's first understand what he believed that WAS true.

Notice what this man does
"As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him" (vs ...

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