The Real Super Hero

Posted: April 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

As I write this, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has made over $95 million dollars on it’s opening weekend. This weekend, it is safe to assume it will make multiplied millions more. Over the years, Hollywood has made billions of dollars at the box office on super hero movies. There is something about a character that possesses powers we do not have, and the ability to defeat evil every time that draws excitement and intrigue from people young and old. The fascination and spending at the box office will continue next month with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on May 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on May 16, X-Men: Days of Future Past on May 23, and Transformers: Age of Extinction on June 27. As the world marvels and revels in these and other super heroes such as Batman, Superman, The Hulk, etc there is only one true super hero…..and His name is Jesus. In His short time on this earth, Jesus accomplished things and possessed certain things that the Marvel and DC Comic super heroes can only dream about. Here they are:

1) In John 15:15-16 Jesus made it clear that we are His friends. How many of the super heroes struggled with relational issues and secrecy? Not only does He call us His friends, He also equips us to do the same things He has done by giving us The Holy Spirit. I do not know of one super hero who would do that.

2) Jesus had one thing the other super heroes did not: ultimate authority. While the others had authority to fight evil and bring criminals to justice, they had to scheme, plan, and battle to make it happen. Many of the heroes depend on equipment to aid them such as The Green Lantern’s ring, Captain America’s shield, Thor’s hammer, and Batman’s utility belt. Not Jesus! All He had to do was speak the word. In Matthew 8 Jesus performed three miracles. When a leper came to him in verse 2 asking if Jesus was willing to make him clean, Jesus said in verse 3 “Be Clean” and instantly the leper was cleansed. In verse 13 He declared to the centurion that his servant would be healed because of his great faith. In verse 15, He simply touched Peter’s mother and her fever left her. In verse 26 He rebuked the storm and it became calm. And finally in verse 32 Jesus cast out a multitude of demons from 2 men by simply saying “Go” and they went into a heard of pigs instead. Sure Superman could put out fires with his icy breath, but that pales in comparison to Jesus.

3) Spider-Man can brag about his spider sense and how it tingles when he senses danger, but even he could not read people’s minds and know their thoughts the way Jesus did. A perfect illustration of this is in Luke 5 when the Pharisees thought in their minds that Jesus was speaking blasphemy when he told one man his sins were forgiven. In verses 22-23 Jesus asked them why they were entertaining such thoughts and asked if it would be easier if He told the man to pick up his bed and walk instead. In Mark 12:15 Jesus asked the Pharisees again why they were tempting him with the question about being lawful to pay taxes or not. Jesus knew what they were thinking and answered the question by telling everyone to pay to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s. Can the super heroes do that? I do not think so. 

4) Jesus always has been, and always will be the same. Over time, super heroes change. They get older, they get bitter, they develop relational issues. Not Jesus! In Hebrews 13:8 it says Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hallelujah!! Jesus is also our advocate where He will defend us against the accuser of the brethren, Satan. In John 10:10 it is clear that Satan comes to only kill, steal, and destroy. But Jesus came that we may have life and abundant life. No super hero can guarantee and provide that. Proof that Jesus is our advocate is in 1 John 2:1-2 where The Word clearly states Jesus is our advocate for our sins, and for the sins of the whole world. No super hero could even think of taking on a task like that because they could not do it.

5) As I write this, it is Palm Sunday and my mind immediately remembered how The Word said He rode triumphantly into Jerusalem on a donkey. As we enter the Easter season, let us remember not just then, but daily the ultimate sacrifice Jesus did for us. 2 Corinthians 5:21 said that while Jesus knew no sin, He became sin for us so we can be righteous before God. No super hero could pull off this. Isaiah 53:4-5 states he bore our griefs, carried our sorrows, bruised for our iniquities, but by his stripes we are healed!! I encourage everyone, including myself to frequently read Ephesians chapter 1. It explains our right standing with God through Jesus in great detail and what benefits we have since Jesus took our place on the cross. Not only did He take our place on the cross, He rose from the dead and defeated death and Hell once and for all. Show me a super hero that can do that.

Now am I saying that we should despise super heroes? Absolutely not. What I am saying we all must do (myself included) is in Hebrews 12:2 where it says to keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. He endured the cross, conquered death, and is now sitting at God’s right hand. And thanks to Him, all who receive God’s free gift of salvation can do the same thing. Peter found how imperative it is to keep our eyes on Jesus in Matthew 14:29 when he climbed out of the boat and began to walk on the water to Jesus. He instantly began to sink when he looked at the wind and became afraid. As we enter this Easter season, and in the months and years ahead, let us always remember that Jesus is the real super hero.

God bless you all and Happy Easter!! 

HE HAS RISEN!!!

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Comments
  1. Wifey says:

    Absolutely beautiful……thank you my love for sharing Gods heart with us. Thank you for having ears tuned to heaven.

  2. Stephen says:

    Hey Brettmeister, It was encouraging to read about the true hero that we have in Jesus. It was also nice to see you follow Gods leading and write a blog. Many Blessings

  3. Donna says:

    Great insight Brett, and beautifully written. Thank you for sharing about the “Real Super Hero” JESUS.
    Enjoying your blogs and the wisdom they bring.

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