Almost all people love real life heroes. They’re given awards, are seen on TV, and people follow their every move. Videos of them go viral on social media sites. These are real people who have done amazing things. And, people are more enthralled with fictional super heroes even though they know these heroes aren’t real.
When I was knee-high to a grass hopper I watched Superman every week on black and white TV. It was a huge gadget in a oak case that sat on the floor. I also watched Robin Hood, The Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers and Sky King. Then came Bat Man. Now there’s The Flash, Spider Man, Wonder Woman and a dozen or more others. I wish I had all the comic books I bought about heroes and super heroes back then. They’d be worth a small fortune today.
Super heroes are popular because they do all the things we would like to do in real life. They save people from disasters, right wrongs and capture super crooks. They often destroy most of a city fighting the bad guys, but that seems to be OK with the viewers. People are tired of the crime rate in this country, and they are afraid of natural disasters and other phenomenon. They want these things corrected. I do too. But there are no real life super heroes from TV and the movies. There is no hero that will right wrongs while we cheer him or her on.
The Ultimate Super Hero does exist. He’s real and He’s much more powerful than any fictional hero. In fact, He created the universe, the world and everything that’s in it, and He maintains the world today About two thousand years ago a man named Paul wrote a book in which he began, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” ( John 1:1-3, 14). The Ultimate Super Hero is Christ Jesus.
The majority of people reject Jesus, though, because He is unlike the fictional heroes. He doesn’t just go fix injustices while we watch. The major difference between Christ and comic book heroes is that He hold us accountable for fixing things. He empowers us to do what others can’t do. Christians are His ambassadors in this world and we are charged with carrying on His work in the world, and as ambassadors, called Christians, we are accountable to Him for living, as much as possible, as He lived during His life on earth. His light that was the light of mankind now shines out from within Christians who continue His work on earth.
Christians don’t fly around smashing cities in order to save them. They don’t swing from building to building on spider webbing and no spot light shines a cross on the clouds when they’re needed somewhere ( I often wondered about how convenient it was for a cloud to be in just the right place at just the right time to catch the light. But that’s fiction). No signal light is needed because Christians are needed everywhere twenty-four hours a day 365 days a year. And, our work, though not spectacular, is far greater than any a fictional super hero has ever done. It’s done quietly and without fan fare. It is our working through Jesus that enables other people are able to get out of this world alive. Their is no greater power than that.
Our work is continuous. It is our lives. And that is what most people don’t like. They don’t want to give up their worldly pleasures and activities, although many of those activities are harmful to them and to others. They want Jesus to do everything this world needs done while they go on living as they have always lived, even though that lifestyle will cause them to die twice, once by their bodies dying and once by dying to God. They can’t understand how life in Christ is much more wonderful than any life they could live on their own. C. S. Lewis wrote that they are like children that continue to make mud pies because they can’t conceive of how wonderful a day at the ocean [or at Disneyland] could be. They can’t conceive of the One who created and maintains the universe living through them and they through Him.
I am convinced that Christians are protected in this life until whatever work God has for them to do is done. That doesn’t mean Christians are free from problems and strife. Jesus tells us, ” In this world you will have tribulations, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). He gives His followers peace in that we have the assurance that no matter what happens He will empower us to get through those problems. Christ tells us that by our doing the work God has planned for us since before the world began (Ephesians 2:10) , which is bringing others to Him, that God is glorified. It’s not our glory, but His, because without Him we could do nothing.
Jesus truly is the Ultimate Super Hero. True Christians know that, and true Christians can’t conceive of going back to a worldly life. By true Christians I mean the people who are 100 % committed to Christ and live for Him, not for themselves. Billy Graham said that living in a garage won’t turn you into an automobile, and just going to church doesn’t make one a Christian. Only total commitment to Christ does that. Jesus tells us “Not everyone that says to Me, ‘ Lord, Lord ‘ shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of My Father which is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘ Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name? And in Your name cast out devils? And in your name done many wonderful works? ‘ And then I will profess to them, ‘ I never knew you; depart form Me, you who work iniquity ‘ ” (Matthew 8: 21-23). Total commitment is the stumbling block that keeps most people from accepting Christ as their Savior.
Some people know who Jesus is, and they want to be born again, to have the assurance of Him in this life, and life with God in the next. They want salvation, but they’re not ready to give up their worldly life just yet. They’re like a person lounging on a railroad track. They know the train’s coming, but they don’t want to move just yet. There’s plenty of time. Maybe they’ll wait until–oops!
No one has a guarantee of the next second, much less tomorrow. The fact is that no one knows the train schedule except the Father, and He isn’t telling. No one, except prisoners on death and those who commit suicide, know when they’ll die. And, there is good reason for that. If God allowed us to know the time of our death many people would be deluded into thinking they could put off accepting Christ until the last second. But that isn’t true salvation and it would not get them into heaven. That would be just trying to escape from the consequences of their past actions. And Christ would tell them to go away to everlasting punishment, He doesn’t know them.
Now is the time of salvation. Now is the time to be born again and have the real, ultimate Super hero live through you and you through Him because you have no guarantee of a later time. Imagine having the One who created and maintains the universe living through you and you through Him. Nothing’s more powerful than that. The ultimate Super Hero is a part of all Christians and they are a part of Him. It takes total commitment on your part, then He’ll be totally committed to you. He’ll never leave nor forsake you. And the Holy Spirit will guide and empower you to do what God has planned for you to do while on earth. God knows the plans He has for everyone who totally commits themselves to Him. Today, right now, is the time for you to find out what plan He has for you. The plan isn’t given all at once, but little by little though your life. It’s the greatest expectation their is! What will god give you today! Tomorrow! Next week! You will never find out what you could have if you don’t make that commitment, so make that commitment now.