When I was a kid, most of us young boys wanted to be Superman. Besides all the super power stuff, he stood for something good. Many of us remember that he stood for “Truth, Justice, and The American Way.”
We see in the media that the hearts and imaginations of our youngsters have been drawn to these glamorous super heroes. Looking back we can see the rise of Batman, Spiderman, The Lone Ranger, The Avengers, Nacho Libre and if we continue on our present course, we will be looking for Zorro.
Why do we need super heroes? I think it’s because we are always getting ourselves in trouble.
Teaching weekly through the book of Judges we see a pattern repeated time after time by the children of Israel. God has delivered them from captivity into the promised land but forbade them from associating with those who had been living there. He knew they would began to worship other gods and be led astray.
Exactly that happened and when they gave in to their desires for pleasure, they ended up being taken back into slavery again. When they became oppressed they then cried out to God to deliver them again from the people who had become their masters. They needed a super hero. We see this scene repeated over and over. We ask, “why don’t they get the message?”
We see the same thing in the New Testament. The Jews are now under Roman rule and are crying out to God again for someone to deliver them. They want a super hero, a strong military leader who will help them overthrow the Roman government and set them free again.
God had a different plan. He knew that it was sin that was their master. His plan was to send His Son to deliver them from their sin and their sinful ways. It would be the only way to keep them out of trouble. Not only would Jesus pay the price for their sin but would offer them a new life led by the Spirit of God. A personal relationship if you will.
The Bible says the “wages of sin is death.” Even today with our rising rate of inflation, the price for sin is still death. God’s people rejected the super hero He sent but God made that man, Jesus, available to all mankind, then and now.
Is He the kind of super hero you are looking for? Or, like God’s people, are you hoping for a strong political leader who “promises” to make life better for everyone?
Do you get in one financial jam after another? Do you keep picking the wrong boyfriend, girlfriend, wife, husband, job, car, or meal in a restaurant? Maybe your problem is sin. Did you know bad decisions destroy options? Make a right decision today. Choose your super hero.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Jesus is here to save you. He says in Revelation 3:20, ” Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
The super hero is here today; open the door of your heart to Him!
Noel Reese is the pastor at Calvary Chapel Rio Vista. He can be reached at www.calvarychapelriovista.com.