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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional: Monday, June 17, 2019

“…so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.” — Hebrews 9:28


During my junior year of high school, I was a bench player on the baseball team.

Once, when we played the team from a neighboring town, we were up about 11-4 in the last inning with the bases loaded. Their fourth pitcher came in and our coach called me to pinch-hit.

This pitcher didn’t throw hard, so I swung at the first pitch and hit a grounder toward left field. Had the shortstop charged the ball, he would’ve thrown me out by five steps, but he instead cut it off (after about 17 bounces) and I beat the throw. An infield hit and an RBI — cool!

I didn’t play again that year but constantly reminded my teammates that I was batting 1.000. Near the season’s end, a rumor spread that I had bribed the coach not to play me so I’d keep my average! I had the perfect season, going 1 for 1.

Wouldn’t it be great to lead the perfect life, never a sinful act, word or thought? Obviously, it’s humanly impossible.

Jesus, however, “knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21), was “without sin” (Hebrews 4:15), “committed no sin” (1 Peter 2:22), and “in Him there is no sin” (1 John 3:5). Also, Pilate and Herod found “no fault in Him” (Luke 23:14-15).

Thank you, Jesus, for being the perfect sacrifice for my sin, my perfect Savior.

— Stanley Tucker

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