Jesus and the Olympic Games
This year the World Winter Olympics opened at PyeongChang, South Korea. It was about four hours’ driving from where I was born, a beautiful mountain area.
I was enjoying watching the Olympic games, each players competing on the snow or ice for medals, playing their best to see the reward for the effort they gave for four years. One night the news was reported that an American player got a gold medal in the halfpipe snowboard game; the night time sport channel showed a splendid scene, the world champion, breaking the world record, and her profile and family.
Next day I saw a newspaper reporting a contrasting scene from that of the gold medalist. The picture showed a player kneeling by the safety fence and crying. She had failed her game by sliding down during her performance, and had lost the chance to win a medal. On her crying a man held out his hand upon her shoulder to comfort her. This picture touched my heart. Among the crowd hooraying and cheering for the medalists, a man’s hand comforted the crying player who didn’t win the game after working hard for four years.
In my imagination I saw Jesus walking around the Olympic site. Where would Jesus be? Who would he be looking for most? I think that Jesus would be with this player who failed the game, and he would embrace her with compassion and love. And she would be comforted and strengthened.
Jesus read the Isaiah passage for his calling, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19). And he said, “for the Son of man came to seek and to save what was lost.” (Luke 19:10)
Jesus is looking for the lost, the least, and the last to comfort and save their life. So is the church to follow him as his disciples.
Moonsup “Paul” Song Pastor