Friday, March 23, 2012


The other day I was on the computer and was looking up records for baseball players. I read about a base ball player named Herman Long. He played in the National League for 17 years as shortstop – mostly for Boston in the 1890s. He was an aggressive player. He was the National League homerun leader in 1900. He batted over 300 four of the years he played. He also scored over a 100 runs in seven of the years he played. What’s really amazing is that he still holds the record for scoring 9 times in times in a single game.
Herman Long is most noted, however, for also scoring the most errors of any other player in the Major League – 1,096. He messed up a lot. He would throw the ball over the first baseman’s head. He would throw it into the ground. He dropped lots of balls he should have caught.
What is just as amazing is that there was someone watching every time he played who kept track of all the errors or mistakes he made. Every time he dropped the ball or threw the ball into the stands by mistake, someone kept track and wrote it down.
Can you imagine what it would be like if God did that with us? How would you feel if someone was watching every move you made and wrote down every sin you committed? What if that included every sinful thought and desire you had in your heart?  It is a frightening thought, isn’t it?
And yet God knows all these things. He knows or sees every sin we commit. He knows every sinful desire of our heart and sinful thought that enters our head. He knows the sins we commit that we aren’t even aware of; the sins we might want to justify. He knows them all!
When just one sin condemns us, we are in a heap of trouble. While Herman Long made over a thousand errors over his seventeen year career, our sins must number in the millions.
Yet, let us not despair. During the Lenten season we are reminded that Jesus took our sins to the cross. At Calvary Jesus paid for those sins when he, the Son of God, holy and righteous, laid down his life for all sinners. Jesus faced the wrath of his Father, endured the pain and torment of hell, to pay for our sins. Isaiah says it well, “He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Is 53:5).
When we stand before God on Judgment Day, washed clean by the blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ, all our errors, all our sins, will no longer be there to condemn us. We will be righteous in God’s sight through Jesus Christ.