First Base John 6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. (ESV)
Second Base This sermon on “the bread of life” is actually a dialogue between Christ and the people, especially the religious leaders (“the Jews”). We see four responses of the crowd to the Lord Jesus in John 6: seeking (vv. 22-40), murmuring (vv. 41-51), striving (vv. 52-59), and departing (vv. 60-71). (Source: Warren Wiersbe BE Bible Study Series)
Third Base David Roberts is a former outfielder who played for the Indians, Dodgers, Red Sox, Padres, and Giants over a 10 year career. From 2002 to 2006, Roberts had 195 steals, as well as an 81 percent success rate, both of which were the second-best in the majors among base stealers with 175 steals just behind stolen base king Rickey Henderson in the career stolen base rate rankings. He coached the Padres between 2011 and 2015 before being named the Dodgers manager for the 2016 season. (Source: Wikipedia)
Home Plate Someday all our worldly possessions will be gone. The only thing we can take with us is our relationship with Jesus. God offers us eternal life as a free gift that we must each individually accept by acknowledging that Jesus paid the price for our sins when He died on the cross and rose again. I stopped trying to be good enough and earn my way into heaven and accepted God’s gift of eternal life through His Son Jesus Christ in 1988. It wasn’t until just a few years ago, though, that I really understood how much God loved me in sending Jesus to die in my place and really started living for Him, putting Him first in my life, making Him Lord. My relationship with Christ is the most important thing in my life. Beyond the game of baseball, He gives me lasting joy, contentment and peace. That’s the great thing about allowing Jesus to become Lord–He really knows and wants what is best for my life. Not only did He come to provide a way for us to have eternal life, but He came to make our lives better while we are here on earth. Take a look at all the things you possess. Do you have the most important thing–a relationship with Jesus? My prayer is that you will invite Him into your heart as the Lord and Savior of your life, trusting only in His death as the payment for your sins.
The Final Out O God, when I have food, help me to remember the hungry; When I have work, help me to remember the jobless; When I have a home, help me to remember those who have no home at all; When I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer, Help me to destroy my complacency; Stir my compassion, and be concerned enough to help; by word and deed, those who cry out for what we take for granted. Amen.