Who is your favorite superhero? There are many to choose from. Is it the “man of steel”: Superman? The “dark knight” or “caped crusader”: Batman? How about Wolverine, the Incredible Hulk, the amazing Spiderman, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, or any of a whole host of larger-than-life characters?
These comic book wonders strangely beckon to something in the heart of multitudes. Their ongoing popularity far exceeds their literary beginnings due to the silver screen of Hollywood bringing them to the forefront of the pop-culture.
The frenzied excitement surrounding these fictitious beings is testimony to the inner longing of our hearts for legacy, purpose, meaning, and relationship. To have someone that we can trust to come through in our darkest hour and be there in the time of our deepest need. To have something bigger than ourselves that is worthy of our complete devotion. To have a legacy beyond our dreams that we may pass on to future generations. To have a transcendent cause that will challenge those who come behind us to live in similar fashion. To live for something that matters long after we are gone and which will ultimately echo in eternity.
It is for this reason that my favorite “superhero” is One who does far more than leap tall buildings in a single bound, see through walls, and run faster than a speeding bullet. My favorite “superhero” is not a figment of someone’s imagination, the product of a midnight hallucination, or the creation of a writer’s pen. My favorite “superhero” is the Author of history, the Governor of nations, and the Creator of the cosmos who spoke stars into existence from nothing with the breath of His mouth. He is the one true and living God who broke into the realm of mankind to demonstrate the reality of Divine love and grace upon hell-deserving sinners at the cross of Calvary. It is there that He poured out His blood as the ultimate sacrifice and ransom price for the sins of the world.
My favorite “superhero” has power over violent storms, dreadful disease, the torment of demons, and the death-knell of sin itself. He is able to command the weather, heal the sick, cleanse the leper, cast out demons, give the deaf hearing, make the lame walk, cause the blind to see, raise the dead to life, rescue the depraved heart from the fires of hell, and resurrect the spiritually dead to walk in newness of life for the glory of Almighty God.
My favorite “superhero” does not wear blue tights, a red cape, or have a great big “S” on His chest but no other than the initials “LJC.” The Lord Jesus Christ Himself is the world’s greatest “superhero” because He possesses supernatural powers as the living Savior and supernatural Sovereign Potentate of the universe. Who is your favorite superhero?
“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”
I Timothy 1:17