May 31-The Only Pinch Hitter

May 31-The Only Pinch Hitter

May 31: The Only Pinch Hitter


Scripture Lesson: Romans 14:8-9


On this date in 1961, while batting for Carl Yastremski, Red Sox pinch hitter Carroll Hardy bunted for a base hit in the eighth inning of a 7-6 loss to the Yankees. Hardy would be the only person to pinch-hit for both Carl Yastremski and Ted Williams, two Hall of Famers.


The only pinch hitter who could take our place in paying for our sins is the subject of our Scripture lesson today. Jesus died for our sins and mistakes. I love verse 8, which says that if we live, we live to the Lord. Everything we do in life should be for the one who pinch-hit for us on the cross. Jesus, with His death and resurrection, was the only one who could pay the price for our sins. He went freely to the cross to die for us. Since he died for us, we ought to live for Him.

  1. How do you think Hardy must have felt later in life when he realized he pinch-hit for two Hall of Famers?

  2. How does it make you feel that Jesus pinch-hit for you?

  3. How should we repay Jesus for His pinch hit for us?

Isn’t it great to know that Jesus loved us enough to die for us? The question is, do we love Jesus enough to live for Him?

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