If Madison Can Be the Name of a Pitcher, Why Can’t Jesus be the Name of the Messiah?

Madison Bumgarner won two complete games and saved another, with five innings of relief on two days’ rest, to win the World Series.

This makes the San Francisco Giants the first team since 1979 to win the seventh game on the other team’s turf!

All in all, an unusual World Series:

  • A Most Valuable Player with an unusual name, Madison
  • An unusual win of the seventh game

And all part of a lot of unusual things in baseball:*

  • In 1963, Jimmy Pearsall ran the bases facing backward when he hit his 100th home run.
  • A grenade designed for World War II was the same weight and size of a baseball, because “any young American man should be able to properly throw it.”
  • When his fans wanted to send him into retirement with a proper gift, “Sunny Jim” Bottomley is said to have asked for a cow. The cow was named Fielder’s Choice and Sunny Jim took it off to his farm.

Life is full of unusual happenings. Here’s another one for the books:

  • Jesus is the Jewish Messiah and the Savior of the entire world.

That’s unusual because many people think the Messiah hasn’t come and certainly isn’t Jesus.

It’s unusual, and that’s why some people in a crowd once asked Jesus’ followers, “You are pitching some strange ideas to us, and we want to know what they mean.”**

But hey — if a pitcher can be named Madison, if someone can run the bases facing the wrong way, if someone can retire from baseball with a cow — then maybe Jesus is the Messiah!

And after all, according to the Bible, he’s the goal of it all:

“I press on toward the goal to win the pennant for which God has called me heavenward in Messiah Jesus.”***

Sometimes it takes the unexpected to win! Tell us what you think in the comments box below.


* According to the web site buzzfeed.com
**Acts 17:20, in the New Testament
***Philippians 3:14 in the New Testament, paraphrased.

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Rich Robinson | San Francisco

Scholar in Residence, Missionary

Rich Robinson is a veteran missionary and senior researcher at the San Francisco headquarters of Jews for Jesus. Rich has written several books on Jewishness and Jesus, and he received his Ph.D. in biblical studies and hermeneutics from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1993.

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