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By Lois Parker Edstrom
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It is baseball season––yeah! Perhaps you like to play baseball or go to baseball games with your parents. As you may know, the idea is to hit the ball and be able to run around the bases – first, second, and third base until you are at home plate again and can score a point for your team.
In baseball there is a play called a sacrifice hit. The batter hits the ball in a way that allows the runner, who is already on one of the bases, to get to home plate while the batter is put out––unable to score. The batter gives up his chance to score to allow another player to make the point.
Sacrifice is a word that means you give up something, that is important to you, for the good of another person. In other sports such as basketball or soccer we see players passing the ball to another teammate rather than trying to score themselves because it helps the team. Or, we may see children who give up their toys and offer the toys to children who don’t have any. Some families send money to help other families that need assistance. Often these unselfish families do without things they could use to be able to help others with greater needs.
Jesus made the greatest sacrifice when he was obedient to God the Father and gave up his life so that each one of us can be forgiven of our sins. As we worship during this Easter season we give thanks to Jesus Christ who died for us.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2007, Richard Niell Donovan