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Such a weird title. I know. There is a reason. Of course.

Running Man in Melbourne

Source: @KimWooBinPH

This is what has happened this past week in the city where I live. The Running Man, a famous South Korean game show, has come to Melbourne this week. As I read through my Facebook account newsfeed, I see many people expressing their hysterical disbelief that they are only a few meters away from either Yoo Jae-suk, Gary, Haha, Kim Jong Gook, Song Ji-hyo, Ji Suk Jin, Lee Kwang Soo, or Kim Woo-bin. (No, I am not a fan. I copy the list of the names from SBS news.)

I am not going to criticize the reactions of anyone. It’s only natural to feel this way when you are only a few meters away from someone that you admire. I guess I will feel the same way when I am in the presence of my favourite author or preacher or my wife (I am collecting credit here…).

I hate to rain down on anyone’s parade, and I do hope that’s not what I am doing. However, reality check is in order. The crew of Running Man may well be gorgeous, tall, and slender. However, those qualities are, well, running out quite quickly as they age. (No, I am not writing this out of envy… seriously, I am not). They became famous when they launched the show back in 2010. When the trend in the culture shifts, they will have to fade out to give way to whatever is hotter soon enough. They were famous, yes, and looking at them make you happy. However, at best, what they do is to give a smile on your face for a while, and then you are back to the harsh reality of this world. And once everything is said and done, they are just human beings trying to find fulfilment in their lives, just like you and me. The Running Man is, well, going to run out pretty soon.

Jesus, however … well, you know how this piece will turn out, do you? Or maybe you don’t. Regardless… read on. Jesus, however, is much much better than the Running Man. He is in fact the Coming-Down God-Man. I know… lame… “You are forcing it, Sandy.” That’s fine by me. Hear me out first, ok? 🙂

In John chapter 1, apostle John began his book by saying,

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

This Jesus, the very Word of God, became personified and took flesh to become a human being like us. He was not just a man. He was God Himself. God the Son, who existed from eternity, who did not have the beginning, who was there from the beginning, has come down to become like us. He did not come to earth to merely enjoy this creation, take some photograph, do some footage, and leave. He came to accomplish a mission, a mission set by the Triune God before the foundation of the world to save mankind from the consequence of our sins.

As a man, Jesus went through birth, life, and even death on the cross. As God, however, He is eternal, all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-loving. He might not be as gorgeous as Yoo Jae-suk or Gary. However, He is full of glory, the glory as of the only Son from the Father. He might not be full of fun and entertainment (Although, I suspect he is more fun than we think He is). He is, however, full of grace and truth. The Running Man came down to Melbourne in style, all cost covered, and they did not lost out in anything. Jesus, on the other hand, came as a weak baby, was born in a manger, and had to endure everything that God, by right, should not endure. He left His glorious place in heaven to be on this earth to be close to us, to identify with us, and to die for us. You can find laughter, fun, and happiness when you encounter the Running Man. When you encounter the God-Man, however, you will find eternal life and peace with God. The Running Man puts a smile on your face albeit temporarily. The Coming-Down God-Man gives you joy eternally and gives you hope in this world.

He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.

My church, CrossCulture, is embarking on the series on the book of John. So, I encourage everyone to begin reading this amazing gospel for themselves. However, regardless of which church you go to, regardless of whether you go to church or not, maybe take time to get to know or to re-acquaint yourself with this Coming-Down God-Man. You might find yourself expressing hysterical disbelief (or belief) on what He has done for you, and you might find yourself raving about Him on your Facebook. He deserves much more raving than the Running Man, for sure.

We who live in the 21st Century might have missed it when He came down to earth in the first century AD. So, we might not have the chance to be only a few metres away physically from Him in flesh. He has ascended to heaven at the right hand of the Father interceding for us always. However, He is not running away from us. He is coming back. Jesus is returning to town. This time, it will be much more massive. You don’t know when He will come. But, are you ready?