The Gospel

We don’t need another hero

[eltdf_dropcaps type=”normal” color=”” background_color=””]W[/eltdf_dropcaps]e live in the day and age of the superhero franchise. Marvel and DC comics have successfully made movies based on superhero stories a must watch. Each one of the heroes has an origin story, a tale that outlines the hero’s fate as decided on by factors beyond their control. Although none of them set out to be heroes, they find themselves compelled to take a stand against crime. Tragedy usually strikes, propelling the yet to be discovered hero into his destiny, forcing him to emerge.

These stories often portray the heroes as individuals with needs, weaknesses, and even passions, like our own, who choose to set them aside, accepting the life of loneliness and secrecy to protect those they love and a city in need. In their fight for justice, these brave heroes turn into cape & spandex wearing vigilantes, answering the cries of those victimized by crime and the ill will of others. These heroes always have a rival – an enemy usually written in to create tension- a formidable nemesis set on finding and exploiting their every weakness and seeing to their doom. While some rivals succeed in wounding the heroes and sometimes even defeating them, the heroes never let up, coming back again and again. We know these type of stories well.

[eltdf_blockquote text=”There is yet another story about a hero; this hero won the victory 2000+ years ago. He was ready to execute a plan put in place before the very foundation of the earth was laid and it was in His hands that His Father’s will prospered. Unlike the fictional heroes who save men from the ramifications of crime, He was concerned with giving men life and saving them from the ramifications of sin.” title_tag=”h2″ width=””]

While He wouldn’t be known for catch phrases like “cowabunga”, tit bits like “with great power comes great responsibility” or the succinct “Hulk, smash”, He is known for disarming our enemy, in one instance, by quoting verses from the Bible. His bankable deliveries include the true-to-the-core “it is written that man shall not live on bread alone” statement, the comforting “come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”, the cautionary “repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand” and the straightforward “I am the way, the truth, and the life…”. These words were not the ravings of a mad man but of a man who was and is God. His story stands out because it is true. His story points us to our very deliverance. You can literally hang all your hope on His words because when the comic books are closed and the cameras have stopped rolling, sin will still be raging, killing you and everyone around you. If you desire to survive this war, take heed, repent and place all your faith in the Son of man, Christ the Savior. He is the complete hero before whom sin, death and the devil didn’t stand a chance. How much more crime? Or injustice? Or pain?

So the next time you think of the “fastest man alive”, the “dark knight” or the alien from Krypton, think also of the New Adam, the Ancient of Days. Beloveds, we don’t need another hero for in Jesus the Christ, we have all we need.