Rio 2016 and ‘the Gigantic Figure of One Person’

Rio 2016 and ‘the Gigantic Figure of One Person’

I love watching the summer Olympics. The winter Olympics are fun to watch too but I much prefer the summer games over the winter games (perhaps a bit ironic since I live in Minnesota). I get caught up in the wonderful drama that plays out in this competitive theater. The fight and the determination of the athletes is inspiring to watch. Some magical moments are immortalized, like this one and this one. 10,500 athletes from 206 countries will participate in the Games of the XXXI Olympiad at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this August.

I came across a quote from Ravi Zacharias in my recent studies,

Behind the debris of these self-styled, sullen supermen and imperial diplomatists, there stands the gigantic figure of one person, because of whom, by whom, in whom, and through whom alone mankind might still have hope. The person of Jesus Christ (HT: Justin Taylor).

Zacharias’ insight follows a quote from Malcom Muggeridge who observed that nations and rulers are fleeting, and with them any promises of hope they offered. You may wonder what the connection is between Rio 2016 and this citation. Rio de Janeiro is the location of Christ the Redeemer statue. It was completed in 1931. It is an immense statue: 98 feet tall and the arms span 92 feet. It overlooks the city of Rio from a height of 2,300 feet. Its magnitude has led to its inclusion as one of the new seven wonders of the world. It is an imposing image when seen from below. It depicts Christ with open arms who is at one and the same time both sovereign Lord and inviting Savior. It is a reminder of what Zacharias observed. The world will see during the Rio 2016 Olympic games that indeed, “there stands the gigantic figure of one person in whom alone mankind might still have hope.”

Christ_on_Corcovado_mountain(Image source)