- Shin Kamoda
ONE FOR ALL, ALL FOR ONE
Players can give their best for the team.
“Each member of the team does their best for the other members on the team. They are all united in one purpose.”
I read an article written by a rugby player who writes, “A good thing about rugby is that players can give their best for the team. He says “Rugby is a sport where all players play their best to win the game, and each player must perform in his particular role”.
I am a Christian who studied similar words in the Bible at Christian Churches. “But now are they many members, yet but one body.” (1st Corinthians 12:20 in the KJV Bible states) “And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.” “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” (1st Corinthians 12:26-27 KJV) A body has many members, and each member has a different role. Likewise, many people who have different roles assemble together at church. We suffer together, and we rejoice together. There are wonderful relationships. So, we empathize with each other. On each rugby team, there are various types of players ‒ tall ones, short ones, thin ones, heavy ones. There are 15 players of various body types in a team. They co-exist on the same field. Depending on positions, players’ roles are different from each other. Without each person playing their position well, the team cannot win the game. When each player fulfills their role, the team may win. And at the end of a game, when the whistle blows, both teams can congratulate each other for their vigorous efforts. Rugby is such a wonderful sport. That one gives himself for all is comparable to what Jesus Christ has done. “Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.” (Romans 5:18 KJV) “The offence of one” speaks of the fact that the first human, Adam, broke God’s law and disobeyed God by eating a forbidden fruit. By this act, all of humanity has become guilty in the sight of a holy God. “The righteousness of one” speaks of the fact that the only Son of God, Jesus the Christ, has sacrificed Himself for all people, died on the cross, and was resurrected. All who believe in Jesus receive eternal life. Jesus sacrificed Himself for the team “Humanity.”
In 2019 World Cup Rugby 20 national teams have been playing. The audiences and supporters are all excited. These games spread beautiful sportsmanship throughout the world. Likewise, I would like to spread the Gospel in Christian spirit. And my prayer is, that all people of the world would come to respect and love each other.