Jesus said to him, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father, but through Me.” John 14:6 (NASB)
Our church is having VBC this week, and the theme is super heroes. As kids, we all have heroes. Some may be a movie or rock star, but for many, especially as small children, it’s probably a “super” hero like Batman or Superman (or whoever the modern equivalent is). There is an innate sense in us that we need someone bigger than ourselves to save us from our foibles. Yet these “super heroes” have their own foibles. While Superman can do things we only dream about, kryptonite is deadly to him. He’s not immortal. He’s not a god. Even a “god” like Thor becomes weak when parted from his hammer (I think. Kind of reminds me of the story of Samson and his hair. Don’t you think?) These heroes face arch villains who possess the same kinds of super powers they have; only they use them for evil instead of good. It’s only when the heroes overcome their foibles that they become truly “super” and save the day. It’s their courage in facing their own weakness that strengthens them to do what’s necessary to be a hero.
Of course, as they say, “not all heroes wear capes.” Every day, especially in our chaotic world today, police kiss their spouses goodbye in the morning without any certainty they will come home that night. Firemen rush into burning buildings not knowing if what seems like a simple fire might in fact be a terrorist trap. Either way, their life could easily be forfeit. Doctors and nurses save countless lives with their specialized skills and quick wits. And millions of disciples make an eternal difference in people’s lives by leading them to life-changing faith in Christ. To do any of that, we have to put aside fear, weaknesses, and our own self-interest that would keep us from stepping outside ourselves and putting others first.
Hebrews 11 is often referred to as the “Hall of Fame” of the heroes of the faith. But it tells us there are too many to list. And the list goes on and on. We could add many “modern” names like Martin Luther, John Wesley, Lottie Moon, Annie Armstrong, Billy Sunday, Billy Graham, Mother Teresa, and on and on. These people have made an impact of millions of lives that will last forever.
That’s really no different from a super hero. The ultimate super hero is Jesus. Unlike the comic strip versions, He had no weaknesses or fatal flaw. He went all the way to the cross and beyond. The Resurrection is our proof He was God in the flesh. He defeated death itself. We are weak. We have an enemy. His name is Satan. To become strong enough to defeat this enemy, we must recognize our weakness, and turn our lives over to Christ, and then do what He tells us. Only He can give us the strength to get through our struggles without compromise. Only He can take us to heaven for eternity. But if we’re Christians, eternity starts now. It’s our job to lead others to Him. Be a super hero for someone you meet this week. Tell them about Christ!
Question of the Day: When you were small, who was your favorite super hero?