11th July 2013

Empowered by the Son 

“I have strength for all things in Christ, Who empowers me.”
Philippians 4:13 (Amp) 

I had to purchase a new watch recently when my old one “bit the dust”.  It was “Kinetic”, which means it was charged by the movement of my arm. But I chose a solar-powered model as a replacement, which is great.  Again – there are no batteries – it is powered by the sun, or any light source. 

Sitting here, I just thought about the DC comic hero called Superman who came to earth from a planet called Krypton. A remake of the Superman film, called ‘Man of Steel’ has recently been breaking box office records. As you know, he has special powers and great strength and speed, all because his life is empowered by our yellow sun. By using these special powers he can fly around fighting crime, helping people, and doing whatever good he can for mankind. This transfer of power from our sun needs to take place every day for him; it is his life and of course, if he is cut off from this source of his special strength, he could do nothing at all! Hang on to that thought! 

“Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.” (John 15:5). The daily power available to Christians comes by having a living, loving relationship with Jesus; in other words, an ongoing daily exposure to the Son! He is the source of our life; the very essence of our existence. “When Christ who is your life, comes again for all the world to see, then all the world will see that you too share his glory.” (Colossians 3: 4 CEV). Also, just as Superman is not of this world but an alien from Krypton, we too are not of this world; so said Jesus.  Notice here, praying to his Father in the upper room prior to his crucifixion, he says, “I brought them your message, and the world hated them, because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world.” (John 17:14 CEV). 

Being an alien, Superman’s citizenship is not on earth, and Christians also have a citizenship that is not of this world. Paul writes, “But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Saviour.” (Philippians 3:20 NLT). 

Strange parallels between us and the Man of Steel don’t you think? Is it possible that the creator of Superman had all this in mind when he first got the idea of a super hero? Who knows; but I’m sure you’ll agree that it is quite a coincidence. As an afterthought, are you familiar with Malachi 4:2? This prophet calls Jesus the “Sun of righteousness.” 

Check it out! 

Father, as you well know, we are not super people at all, but yielded to your Son we are indeed transformed as he empowers us.  Thank you, Jesus.

Study by Cliff Neill


cliffneillAbout the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local  Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill

Meeting time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone:  01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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