The kingdom of heaven is like a man, who trained for years to run the Olympic 400-meter race, and whose hamstring failed, making it impossible not only to win the race, but even to finish. For I tell you that when a runner is broken and fallen, the runner’s father will rescue him and carry him over the finish line — and the crowds will stand and cheer the heroism and devotion and love of both father and son.
And I tell you that there will be men who know the rules and who know that it’s against the rules for a father to carry his son over the finish line and who would keep the father from carrying his son — because it breaks the rules.
But it is far better to be broken, fallen, and lifted up than to be perfectly healthy and standing in the father’s way.
In the Olympics the rules matter. They aren’t the only things that matter. Sometimes those disqualified from the race receive even more cheers than those who can finish on their own.