Our Giants have had more than their share of injuries this season.
But we were lucky to have a bunch of capable subs to take their place. And we wouldn’t be here in the playoffs without them!
|When Marco Scutaro could not return from his back injury, Joe Panik stepped in to save the day at second base.||
|Then we lost both Angel Pagan and Michael Morse. But Gregor Blanco and Juan Perez came in to bolster our outfield defense.||
|When Brandon Belt went down with a concussion, Travis Ishikawa and Joaquin Arias capably filled in at first base.||
|Hector Sanchez also suffered a concussion, so our backup catcher needed a backup! And Andrew Susac has done a bang-up job!|
|When Tim Lincecum faltered, Yusmeiro Petit came on with some stellar starts!||
In life, as in baseball, all of us falter at times. It could be through injury or sickness. Or bad decisions. Or what the Bible calls sin, when we fall short of God’s standards.
And who among us doesn’t fall short? As the Hebrew Scriptures say,
Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins” (Ecclesiastes 7:20).
Unfortunately, there is a heavy consequence for sin—death, and eternal separation from God:
The soul who sins shall die” (Ezekiel 18:20).
That’s the bad news. Now here’s the good news: someone stepped up to the plate to take the penalty for our sins. 700 years before this pinch hitter was born, the prophet Isaiah spoke about him:
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6)
That super sub, Yeshua (Jesus), is the ultimate team player. He did it all:
He took our errors (sin) on Himself.*
He laid down the perfect sacrifice (His own life) for the rest of the team and rose from the dead, so that we can be champions in the playoffs of this life—and the next.**
Want to know more about being on Yeshua’s team?
* Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. (Isaiah 53:4)
** Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (Romans 10:13)