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John 20:1-9 (AS BUILT; Amite, 4-1-2018, #299)

  1. Extra Mile…Extra Mile…to go…the Extra Mile…
  2. My brothers and sisters in Christ…it’s about the late 60’s…early 70’s…His name is William…William lives in Goose Creek, Texas…And he’ll tell you that his mom and dad were great parents…His mom…the quintessential mom…do it all…does it all…twice on Sundays…Matter of fact…his dad is a project manager…loves what he does…he’s a hands on guy…Man the great couple…But he’ll tell you…man he struggled…In grammar school…well it was uneventful…But in high school William finds out he does two things well… he plays football…and gets in trouble…he does them equally well…He’s so good at football that he gets a scholarship at Pittsburgh State…When he gets to college they find out he’s good at football…but he’s really good at getting in trouble…So much so they ask him to leave…He leaves and then decides to go to Oklahoma State…For some reason out of the blue…William thinks he’s got a thing for acting…He goes to school…and William will tell you to this day…his biggest fault…is he can’t go the extra mile…You know he is one class short to this day …not a semester…a class…short…of graduating…refuses to go back…Man…brothers and sisters in Christ…he gets out and starts his own band…it’s called the Rubber Band…and when you figure out who he is your gonna say …that fits…And as a result of such …man you know how long that lasted…there’s no money…he starts doing odds and ends jobs…goes to California…works on the stage…does a little props...does a little camera work…Finally someone offers him a job…Would you be willing to do a standin…or maybe die in a scene…His greatest claim to fame…William…at that time…is he’s the last guy to die in Gunsmoke…Yes brothers and sisters in Christ and he’ll be the first one the tell you…Then all of a sudden Bonzana picks him up…Then all of a sudden my brothers and sisters in Christ he gets on another one called Thunder and Lightning…It kinda gets his break in the action…but what’s amazing about him is…he’ll tell you…He is so good at being in trouble…they always make him the bad guy…And when they ask him about it he says…well look I don’t have to act I just gotta be myself…He says man I’m great at being a bad guy…He’s got blond hair…blue eyes…plenty of teeth…brothers and sisters in Christ…I don’t know how else to explain it…So man brothers and sisters in Christ all of a sudden the door opens up…he’s in the movie such as…Point Break…but he plays a good guy…in this one about there’s an issue of a beach and people robbing the bank who are surfers…But then all of sudden the bad guy pops up again…He’s in Under Siege…he’s in Lethal Weapon…Predator 2…He’s also in another one called Fallen Angels…He’s also in The Long Road…He gets in another show called The Firm…The Ginger Bread Man…Man my brothers and sisters in Christ…he’s always got it down to a science…But you know the part everybody recognizes him…which is obviously very few here today…is he’s in the movie and he plays Buddy Holly…And he says the only reason he gets the movie is he has as many teeth as Buddy Holly does…You know what’s amazing brothers and sisters in Christ…You know William …you know him as Gary Busey…Ok for the eight people who know who he is…God Bless You for this my brothers and sisters in Christ…But you know what’s amazing…if you talk to him today…and you ask him did you ever make the long mile…did you ever go that extra mile…HE’LL SAY I’VE ONLY DONE IT ONCE IN MY LIFE…HE SAID WHEN I WENT TO REHAB…HE SAID IT’S BEEN THE BEST BLESSING I’VE EVER COULD HAVE IMAGINED…TO THIS DAY HE’S ALMOST BEEN TWO YEARS CLEAN…HE SAID MAN IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR EVERYTHING FOR ME… HE SAID I GOT TO START ANEW…ALL BECAUSE…GARY GOES FOR THE EXTRA MILE…THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THAT GOSPEL IS ALL ABOUT…
  3. My brothers and sisters in Christ…I want you to think for a second… Mary Magdalene gets up in the morning…and she runs to a tomb…she’d rather be by a dead Savior then a live person…She has got the resolve that you can only imagine…that extra mile …Think about what she’s done…She’s got to go through a set of guards…that know her all too well…She’s got to move a boulder that’s gonna be totally impossible for one person to move…not to mention it’s been sealed by Pilate…Which means she will break the law…she’ll be subject to forty lashes…Brothers and sisters in Christ…she has no care…And because of the measure of her resolve…she makes sure she gets to the tomb…And because she does…she’s the first to see the Risen Christ…Brothers and sisters in Christ…that’s what it means to go the EXTRA MILE…
  4. Remember…if you are a 1st Century Jew…and your living in these days…you need to make sure you understand something…Whenever a Jew hears the term…or the verbage…THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK…As a Jew you immediately go all the way back to Genesis…Genesis started on the first day of the week…Sunday…He resurrects on Sunday…My brothers and sisters in Christ…the Wedding of Cana…on Sunday…the miracle at the well…on Sunday…This is why you and I celebrate on Sunday…Creation began on Sunday…and then it resurrected and yet began again…My brothers and sisters in Christ…it’s about going the EXTRA MILE…
  5. Now look…go back through Scripture…all the great players…just take the people tied to the Crucifixion…nobody else… just take the people tied to the Crucifixion…Mary Magdalene, Longinus, Peter, Simon of Cyrene, Arimathea, Joseph of Arimathea…Everyone of those…we would not know their names in this book if they don’t go the EXTRA MILE…Mary Magdalene…she has all seven demons…PRIDE, ANGER, GLUTTONY, LUST, AVARICE, SLOTH, AND ENVY…she’s telling you and I 2,000 years later…you go the EXTRA MILE…and no matter how many demons plague you that someday you’ll finish this race if you turn towards him and go the extra mile…His face will shine upon you…no matter how grave your sin may be…My brothers and sisters in Christ…man, your Simon of Cyrene…you know what’s amazing about this guy…and I don’t think people understand…Here’s a guy that’s working…he’s got two sons…Alexander and Rufus…those are both Scriptural…He comes in from the field…Remember now…back in the day as a 1st Century Jew… the army could conscript you…another words they could make you part of the army…and you were there for thirty days…Walking down the street…they could pull you out and you were done…there’s nothing you could do about it…He’s a guy that was coming into the city to worship the Passover Meal…Remember…if you have blood on you …for 7 days your quarantine…you missed the whole festival…Now all of a sudden he’s carrying someone else’s cross…your done for about thirty days…and oh by the way…He’s full of blood…And you know what Simon of Cyrene taught both you and I…that great act of kindness…not only does he get the blood on him…he gets the Blood of the Lamb on him…He truly was at the Passover Meal…all because he gave up his time and went that EXTRA MILE…Literally carrying the cross one mile…Say what you want about Longinus…that’s the gentlemen that allegedly speared our Savior…Here’s a guy that dominated the Centurion…the soliders…If Pilate doesn’t have this guy he’s got no control of the armpit of the world…So Pilate will see it…man having Longinus their…man his world was measurable easier…For Longinus for after He has been stabbed to turn and say truly this man was the Son of God…Do you know what he’s done…he’s actually proclaimed to the same people that crucified Him we made a huge mistake…Not only did we make it…but I’m leaving…more over Pilate I don’t care what you think I’m outta here…You know eventually…eventually he will be beheaded…by the same group of people he helped defend…And you know what’s amazing my brothers and sisters in Christ…Longinus taught you and I 2000 years later…that it’s never too late to make your proclaimation…It’s never too late to say I’m sorry…Judas is two words away from being St. Judas…I’m sorry…Think about Arimathea…here’s a guy that gives up his tomb…Brothers and sisters in Christ…you don’t have extra tombs…only the rich have them…and the fact is if you have one and you gave it up…your probably gonna be buried in some basin, some riverbed, some pasture, or some parch of land…But because you do…today some 2000 years later …there are Churches that are building tombs called Arimathea…just like you and I did…And man, say what you want about Peter…you want to talk about the man that went the extra mile…Thirty-three years, man your preaching that Jesus Christ is the Messiah…You don’t think somewhere in the next thirty-three years after the Good Lord ascended …not one person in the peanut gallery …when he comes to speak about Christ ...doesn’t yell out…well man Peter aren’t you a piece of work…here you are telling me how live…Your suppose to be the man…the rock…had your name changed…been given the keys…YOUR PROTOS…but yet you denied him three times…Man did Peter tell you what it means to be resilent…that all sins can be forgiven…Were you willing to turn back and say I’m sorry…to go the EXTRA MILE…Man the reward is greater than you and I can know…
  6. WELL NOW HERE YOU AND I SIT 2000 YEARS LATER…BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST…WILL YOU GO THE EXTRA MILE…MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST THINK FOR A SECOND…WHEN ITS TIME AND THAT PHONE RINGS…AND YOUR SITTING DOWN COMFORTABLY… AND MAN LIFE IS GOOD, THE SHOW IS ON…THE BALLGAME WHATEVER IT MAY BE…COULD BE DANCING WITH STARS…I SAY THAT BECAUSE MY MOTHER IS NOT HERE THIS MORNING…MAN MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS THAT PHONE RINGS AND YOU KNOW WHO IT IS…YOUR GONNA BE ON THAT PHONE…I DON’T CARE HOW YOU COUNT THIS PIE YOU AIN’T GETTING OFF…YOUR ON IT!!...YOU ALSO KNOW WHAT THE CONVERSATION IS GONNA BE… YOU KNOW YOUR GONNA END UP IN THE EXACT SAME SPOT YOU STARTED AFTER THE HOUR…YOU’VE MADE THE COMPLETE CIRCLE…WILL YOU OR WILL YOU NOT GET ON THE PHONE…SIMON…SO THAT THEY HAVE SOME CONSULATION…SOME ABILITY TO VENT AND TO SPEAK AND TO CLEAR THEIR THOUGHTS…MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST…WILL YOU GO BY AND SEE THAT FAMILY MEMBER YOU REFUSE TO TALK TO…OR PUT A NOTE IN THE MAIL…JUST WISHING THEM A HAPPY EASTER…LOOK THERE’S NO STRINGS ATTACHED…WILL YOU ATLEAST SAY HAPPY EASTER…I MEAN HE HAS RISEN…HAS HE NOT…MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST…WILL YOU GO BY THE NURSING HOME…WHERE THEY HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO ONE GOING TO VISIT THEM…CAUSE FAMILY HAS COME AND GONE…WILL YOU BRING A GIFT AND DROP IT OFF TO SOMEONE THAT MAYBE IS JUST A GOOD FRIEND…WILL YOU GO THE EXRA MILE…MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST…THINK FOR A SECOND…WHEN SOMEONE ASK YOU TO PRAY…WILL YOU STAND UP AND MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS AND OFFER A PRAYER ALBEIT THE BLESSED MOTHER…THE HAIL MARY…AND THEN CLOSE WITH THE SIGN OF THE CROSS…WILL YOU GO THE EXTRA MILE…TO MAKE SURE YOU DON’T OFFEND THEM…MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST…DO YOU UNDERSTAND THERE IS NOTHING NEUTRAL IN THE WORLD…EVERY SECOND OF EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY HOUR OF EVERY DAY HAS TO BE FOUGHT OVER…EVERY INCH OF EVERY FOOT…EVERY FOOT OF EVERY YARD AND EVERY YARD OF EVERY MILE MUST BE FOUGHT OVER…C.S. LEWIS IS RIGHT…THERE ARE NO NEUTRAL POSITIONS…LUCIFER IS IN THE HUNT…HE WANTS YOUR SOUL…MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST…WHAT PART DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND…HE HATES YOU…YOU’VE BEEN MADE IN THE IMAGE OF OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST…AND YOUR NAME CAUSES HIM TO SPIT…HE WANTS YOU IN HELL…AND HE WILL GO AFTER YOUR SOUL…TO THE EXTEND THAT IS NECESSARY TO BRING YOU DOWN…YOU AND I HAVE ONE JOB…AND ONE JOB ONLY…WE DO NOT HAVE A PROFESSION…A PROFESSION IS FROM THE DAY WE COME INTO THE WORLD TO THE DAY WE COME HOME…THAT’S WHEN YOUR DEGREES MEAN ABSOLUTELY NOTHING…FROM THIS DAY FORWARD …THIS DAY FORWARD…THE JUDGEMENT WILL BE IMMEDIATE…AND HE WILL BE THEIR…THEY’LL BE NO NEGOTIATIONS OR ARBITRATION…THEY’LL BE NO NOTHING…THE JUDGEMENT WILL BE FINAL…SO MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST…WE HAVE ONE JOB TO GET TO HEAVEN…WHICH MEANS YOU AND I CAN’T STAY NEUTRAL…YOUR EITHER WALKING TOWARDS HIM OR YOUR WALKING AWAY FROM HIM…
  7. IF YOU GO TO THE SAME NUMBER OF MASSES AS LAST YEAR AS YOU WENT THIS YEAR …YOUR NEUTRAL…ITS JUST A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE INERTIA TAKES OVER…YOU GO TO THE SAME AMOUNT OF SACRAMENTS LAST YEAR AS YOU DO THIS YEAR…BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST…YOU GO BY THE CHURCH AS MANY TIMES LAST YEAR AS THIS YEAR…YOUR BACKING UP…YOU HAVE TO GO TO THAT ONE MORE MASS…MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST…IF YOU GOT UP IN THE MORNING AND JUST SAID A PRAYER…ONE MORNING THANKING GOD FOR LETTING YOU WAKE UP WITH A ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD…CLOTHES ON YOUR BACK…A FAMILY THAT LOVES YOU…YOU GOT A CHANCE TO GO TO WORK…WHETHER OR NOT YOU LIKE IT OR NOT…IT’S A CHANCE TO MAKE ENDS MEET…WILL YOU MAKE A PRAYER BEFORE AND AFTER EACH MEAL…JUST BEFORE…EVEN IF YOU FORGET THE SECOND ONE THAT’S THREE …BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST…IF YOU SAY ONE PRAYER…SAYING THANK YOU LORD…JUST THANK YOU FOR ONE MORE DAY…THAT’S FIVE PRAYERS A DAY…IMAGINE THAT TIMES 365!!...MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST…YOU CAN’T BE NEUTRAL…YOU MUST BE MOVING FORWARD
  8. AND I’M GONNA ASK YOU THIS…AND LEAVE IT WITH YOU…THERE ARE TWO THINGS I WANT YOU TO REMEMBER…MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST…THE POINT OF THIS…IS THAT YOU CONSTANTLY NEED TO BE MOVING FORWARD…YOU GOTTA GO THAT EXTRA MILE…THAT IS WHAT GETS YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK OF LIFE…YOU AND I HAVE BEEN GIVEN GIFTS…YOU CAN EITHER BURY THE GIFT IN WHICH IT WILL CAUSE REPREHENSION UPON HIM…OR YOU CAN DOUBLE IT UP AND RECEIVE MORE GIFTS…WHICH MEANS YOU CAN NO LONGER STAY NEUTRAL…AND THEN I LEAVE YOU WITH THIS…
  9. MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST…THERE IS VERY LITTLE TRAFFIC…THERE ARE NO CROWDS ON THE EXTRA MILE…BUT THE ABILITY TO TRAVEL THE EXTRA MILE BEGINS AND ENDS RIGHT HERE BETWEEN YOUR EARS…GO THE EXTRA MILE
  10. AMEN…IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT

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