Baseball season is just around the corner. From T-ball to the majors, the great American pastime will soon be in full swing (no pun intended). In my short baseball career, I perfected the art of an essential talent for the game – the sacrifice bunt.
According to the Glossary of MLB.com, “A sacrifice bunt occurs when a player is successful in his attempt to advance a runner (or multiple runners) at least one base with a bunt.” The glossary continues, “A sacrifice bunt does not count against a player’s batting average or on-base percentage, as the decision to sacrifice often isn’t made by the player.” This was always the case with me. I was never intentionally trying to sacrifice my turn at bat to advance a base runner. I wasn’t even intentionally trying to bunt. It just worked out that way because I could seldom hit the ball farther than the pitcher’s mound.
Leviticus 1:3-5 describes an intentional sacrifice, designed to show the nation of Israel’s dependence upon a merciful God. This Old Testament sacrifice was a foreshadowing of an event we celebrate this Palm Sunday, Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross. Join us this week as we recount the meaning and significance of our Savior’s sacrifice in both morning services, and in a special observance of the Lord’s Supper at 6:00 PM Sunday evening.