4th April 2017

Who Needs Superheroes? 

“Christ is the exact likeness of the unseen God. He existed before God made anything at all, and, in fact, Christ himself is the Creator who made everything in heaven and earth, the things we can see and the things we can’t;…He was before all else began and it is his power that holds everything together.”
Colossians 1:15-17 (Living Bible) 

It’s interesting that there is an industry built around fictional superheroes. Superman, Batman, Iron Man, Wonder Woman and many others have comics, magazines, books and films devoted to their exploits. Each of them has some superpower which makes them invincible and enables them to emerge victorious from various battles with their enemies.

Why is that? Isn’t it a reflection of humanity’s desire for good to triumph over evil? Most people would say it’s just harmless escapism and not really think too deeply about why they follow their superhero in various publications, watch them on TV or in films. Many people would also say that the companies who own the rights to each superhero are just interested in making money, and that is undoubtedly true. But underlying the success of these fictional superheroes is a yearning for a simpler world in which good and bad are clearly defined and good comes out on top.

Yet there is only one real superhero, who has already fought a titanic battle against evil and won decisively. This super hero is all powerful, absolutely invincible, the creator and sustainer of the entire universe who is determined to save humanity from their own stupidity. But, even more important, he is real and he exists today. Humanity’s superhero is Jesus Christ, both fully God and fully human. He is so powerful that he was able to become human, live on this earth and allow us, his creation to condemn him to a brutal and painful death on the cross. This roman method of execution was designed to be as painful and humiliating as possible, yet Jesus Christ, our only real superhero, willingly allowed himself to be crucified for us, and even overcame the last enemy, death, in the resurrection. 

No fictional superhero, whatever their imaginary super-power, can compare with this world’s real superhero, God in the flesh, Jesus Christ. His love for us is beyond price, his power is absolute as both creator and sustainer of this universe. Why waste time following fictional superheroes when there is a real superhero who wants to develop a relationship with you?

Prayer
Gracious, loving Father, help us to appreciate the price paid for us, the incredible love that underpins the sacrifice of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, the only real superhero in this world.
Amen
 

Study by Keith Hartrick

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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

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