Jesus : the Real Superhero
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Peter 1:3-5)
As a child, I had a very active imagination. I’d often run around the yard with a sword cut from my grandfather’s precious plywood sheets. I knew I’d get in trouble for ruining the entire sheet of wood, but the joy of an adventure was too promising to pass up. I’d swing the sword, rescue the damsel in distress, and journey back to my castle by the sea — all before supper time, of course.
My love for adventure was trumped only by my admiration for the ultimate superhero — Superman. He was everything I wanted to be: tall, strong, mysterious, powerful, invincible even! Nothing could stop Superman as he flew across the sky, strengthened by Earth’s red sun. I remember heated arguments with my friends about the unmistakable truth that Superman was the greatest superhero ever invented.
As an adult, I’ve often wondered why I was so drawn to heroes like Superman and the thrill of an adventure across open fields to rescue someone in need. While some of this can be attributed to a boy’s natural desire for epic odysseys, I think the overarching truth is that it is our desire as humans to see good triumph over evil. What draws us to pull for the good guy in every story?
The answer: hope.
Hope is the theme of every good story. It’s the conviction that no matter how impossible the odds, our hero will overcome and rescue the person in need.
It was in this revelation that I realized the greatest hero of all really isn’t Superman. It’s hard to admit, but it’s most definitely true. I’d like to confront my 8 year-old self and try to convince him that Clark Kent’s altar ego had met his match.
If hope is the central theme by which we decide who the greatest heroes are, there is most definitely a hero better than any other. The greatest hero will be proven by His ability to provide the greatest amount of hope.
No one has given us more hope than our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
He is crowned as the Champion of Heaven. His ability to rescue has never been matched. His willingness to save cannot be questioned. Just as it says in 1 Peter 1, Jesus has given us not only a hope in this life, or for this world, but that through Jesus we have a hope that is eternal.
It’s not the hope of riches and mansions, although that’s included. It’s not the hope of happiness and health, although He promises to fill you with joy that will be your strength in the hard times. You see, the greatest superhero of all is Jesus Christ, not only because he saves us every time we fall, but because He empowers us to live a life without falling. Instead of holding onto His power and lording it over us, He freely gives it away to whoever asks. He’s a Savior and a friend. He’s the promise and the fulfillment. He’s the hope of eternal life, and the victory over every issue we encounter.
And I can honestly say, he’s been better to me than Superman ever could’ve been.
Today, let’s think and meditate on our true source of hope, Jesus Christ, the Champion of Heaven.
1 Peter 1:13 || Romans 15:13 || Romans 5:2-5 || Psalm 39:7 || Jeremiah 17:7 || Psalm 71:14