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I HAVE SOMETHING THAT BELONGS TO YOU!!

Tuesday night, as I watched that historic baseball game between the Cardinals and the Cubs, I was amazed at all of the excitement leading up to Mark McGwire hitting his 62nd home run. A feat that had never been accomplished in Major League Baseball before. There were many moments to remember from McGwire almost missing first base, his hugging his son, the respect he showed to the Maris family, Sammy Sosa coming in from right field to congratulate him, The fans, his family and teammates. But the thing that will probably stand out in my mind is what Tim Forneris did. He was the young man, a member of the Cardinal ground crew, who was fortunate enough to retrieve the historic home run ball. During the celebration a young man ran up to McGwire with a ball and then suddenly disappeared. After the game, as the ceremony honoring McGwire was coming to a close, young Tim Forneris came to the microphone and said, "Mr. McGwire, I believe I have something that belongs to you." With that statement, he presented Big Mac with the ball.

What's so remarkable about all this? Before the game started there was a standing offer of 1 million dollars for the ball! This young man no doubt knew about the offer. He had "THE" ball in his hands! What a decision!! He gave the ball back!

2000 years ago, Jesus hung on a cross. He could have called ten thousand angels to set Him free as we sometimes sing. What a decision Jesus must have made! Not a choice between 1 million dollars or giving a baseball back but between life and death! Look back and see Jesus hanging on the cross. Listen close andhear Him say to each one of us as He carries our sins with Him, "I HAVE SOMETHING THAT BELONGS TO YOU!"

For His cause,
Tim Woodward