God our Super-Hero?
Dear reader, most of us grew up and know all about the super hero characters e.g. the Hulk, Superman, Spider-man et alia. Each super hero reveals one or other unique feature which demands the respect of all comic readers alike. But did you know we serve a God through his Son Jesus Christ who earned his respect on the cross? Our God, King of kings and Super-Hero of super heroes:
Jesus our Hulk –
Unlike the Hulk our God becomes ‘green’ when it comes to other gods in our lives. Exodus 34:14 says: “…Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” Anything that supersedes Gods place and worship in your heart hence becomes idolatry.
1 Samuel 15:22 – 23 says: “…Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord?…To obey is better than sacrifice…23For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.” (NIV)
Beloved obeying the Lord is therefore the foundation of wise thinking, choices and behavioural forthcoming. (Prov. 1:7) Matthew 10:28 therefore says: “…Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (NIV)
Hulk on the other hand is rather feared for his physical strength and explosive temper. In the contrary, our God never loses his temper and he watches over us with eternal-control and longsuffering. (2 Pet. 3:9; Heb. 4:15)
Jesus our Superman–
Superman came from a distant planet ‘Krypton’ and became the first super-hero, or was he? Hence it is not only God’s omnipresence that secures him first place; moreover, Christ Jesus being simultaneously beginning and end. Revelations 22:12 says: “…Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” (NIV)
As first and last Super-Hero then Christ moreover came from heaven ever-afar. Being born in the likeness of men through the virgin Mary, he came to pay the penalty for all mankind’s sins. (John 3:16) By this act Jesus had paved the way for his followers to be shielded from God’s eternal wrath and punishment. (Rev. 22:6 – 16)
Dear reader Christ’s death by itself however cannot rid you from your sins and punishment; but only make such forgiveness possible. Whilst Christ from his side had done his part to pave the way for such forgiveness, you as a morally responsible being have the obligation to receive the gift and make it your own. How you may ask?
The answer beloved is that the gift of salvation is to be received through your personal choice and continued choosing of obedience to Christ; which therefore implies personal commitment and sustained holiness. Hence the sustained choice (of the heart) towards selfish intent and sinning in it-self, on the other hand, implies that you reject Christ as offer. (Rom. 6:7) But the good news is that salvation and what Christ has done still applies to all who lives. (Eccl. 9:4) Repentance is therefore the alternate and crucial choice towards accepting Christ’s atonement and being saved.
Jesus our Spider-man –
Spiderman’s powers gave him the prerogative to assist the public and police force in upholding social justice, and to fight for the good. Peter Parker realised that power means responsibility, and it came only natural to him to use such special powers to help and protect people against criminals and evil doers.
Dear reader I want to encourage you with the knowledge that Jesus having been born in human likeness has experience of all our hardships, and even more. He has empathy with us and knows all about our struggles and material needs. (Heb. 4:15) Matthew 5 verse 19 – 34 says:
“…25Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. 32Fot the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom, and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (NIV)
Jesus our Batman –
All comic readers alike know that Batman’s superior intelligence makes him a formidable foe and master strategist; and proved this by defeating Superman.
Beloved, God is our true master Strategist and Planner. Isaiah 40:13 says “…Who has understood the mind of the Lord, or instructed him as his counsellor?” Job 42 says: “…I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.” Job then trusted the Lord and remained patient and God ultimately doubled his earthly possessions. He eventually died having lived a fulfilled life. (James 5:7 – 12)