by Jeff Strite

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Rocky II - The Real McCoy (2 of 4)
Series: Rocky
Jeff Strite
Matthew 17:1-9

OPEN: The real McCoy really wasn't...

That is, the real McCoy wasn't really a McCoy. His real name was Norman Selby. Raised on a farm in Indiana he left home around 1890, and after year in training, emerged as a boxer with the name ''Kid McCoy.''

In a day of bare fisted boxing, the Kid was something. He said he'd fight anyone, anywhere, and he did. For years he averaged a fight a month, and won most by knockouts. But the popularity of his reputation created an atmosphere where a host of imitation Kid McCoys soon cropped up - perhaps hoping to cash in on his reputation and the potential purses he would be offered.
That created a certain amount of confusion until ''The Kid'' agreed to a title fight with the legendary Joe Choynski on March 24, 1899. With that fight, ''The Kid ended the confusion of his identity for all time. In a titanic slug-fest that cost him three broken ribs, Kid McCoy finished off the legendary Joe in the 20th round. After the fight, the San Francisco Examiner's boxing writer declared, ''Now You've SEEN The Real McCoy!''

APPLY: In our text today, we read about Jesus taking three of disciples on a special road trip.
Jesus had just begun a new phase in the preparation of His disciples. His time was short. In just a few days Jesus would be betrayed, and suffer and die on the cross. And because of the shortness of his remaining time, Jesus had begun the training of his disciples in earnest, preparing them for the fight that lay before them. A fight in which they would ultimately be asked to give their lives - for every disciple (except John) died a martyr's death.

This trip up the mountain was a SPECIAL trip for Jesus… and it had a SPECIAL purpose. There was something that Jesus wanted to teach Peter, James and John on this mountain that He could teach them in no other place and in no other way.

And you can tell HOW important this teaching was to be, ...

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