Romans 3:22-24

22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

The verse above is such a powerful verse, it tells us that no matter how hard we try, not matter how good we can be, it never compares to the righteousness of Jesus Christ. We all fall short of this. It’s hard to find an accurate measure of this in the world of sports because records are all meant to be broken. Eventually someone better will come along, but the closest thing I can compare this to is Babe Ruth. For almost a century, baseball players have tried to surpass the dominance of Babe Ruth. Even before advanced metrics arrived Babe Ruth was the hands down best player of all-time and to this day very few question this and if they do they are almost instantly banished from the conversation. Not only did Ruth hit the ball like no one else could, he was a dominant pitcher. It seems not matter what Ruth did he could do no wrong on the baseball field. While Ruth was far from the model citizen people looked past it because of phenomenal, play on the field. Babe Ruth’s 168.4 offensive Wins Above Replacement (WAR) has been unmatched since he left the game. The only player to come close to his numbers was Barry Bonds 164.4, the next closest was Willie Mays with 149.9. Bonds were notoriously involved during the steroid era. Even on steroids, some of the games best could not touch his numbers. However, as mentioned before Ruth was not only a hitter, but he was also a pitcher. He accumulated a 12.4 WAR as a pitcher before shifting to full time hitting duties. Ruth’s number now is at 180.8 and so as the numbers go Babe Ruth was worth nearly 40 more wins than his next closest clean competition. While others have passed some of his records, none has matched his overall value. While some of can show Christ like behavior the key word there is like. We can never be God, but we can always ask forgiveness. We can cleanse ourselves before God. Jesus died for our sins he justified the forgiveness of our sins. While one day there could be a baseball player who can achieve Babe Ruth’s greatness, none of use will ever be as great as God.


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