The most famous fictional superhero of all time is Superman. Originating from another planet, he possesses superhuman strength and abilities. Superman uses his powers to fight evil, uphold good and protect the innocent. In his secret identity as Superman, the shy Clark Kent rises up with steely resolve to face injustice. His civilian character is transformed to match the boldness of his superhero costume.
Why is Superman so revered in our culture? Deep within us is the recognition that we need a savior from the besetting evils that confront us as individuals and a society. We esteem the character of a superhero and long to emulate his goodness.
The greatest living superhero of all time came down from heaven, born supernaturally from Mary’s womb. Mary wondered how this could be.
“And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy offspring shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35).
The eternal superhero was named Jesus, meaning “savior.” He was God incarnate, stepping out of the glory of heaven, veiled in human flesh, to save His people from their sins.
Captive to the dominion of Satan’s lies and selfish desires, we were prisoners needing to be set free. Clothed in love, humility, righteousness and justice, Jesus came to earth as our superhero to undo and destroy the works of the devil who ruled over us. He accomplished our salvation through His death and resurrection upon the cross. He has made you His child, an heir of His holiness and supernatural strength through faith in His name.
Are you keeping your Superhero’s glorious identity hidden by relying on your own strength in difficult circumstances? Let Him burst forth and reveal Himself to you in His true glory and power. Receive and believe His words. Exchange your old wretched garments of unbelief, pride and self-sufficiency for His distinctive garb of humility and love. Surrender to the authority of His wonder-working Spirit. The ultimate Superman will deliver you safely through every circumstance, revealing the power of His name.
“Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit.”