When I was growing up, I was an avid collector of comic books. My favorite was Superman. There was something so compelling to read about a person who came from another world possessing nearly unlimited powers. The stories always exhibited some cool aspect of his superpowers.
As I grew older, I realized that it was not as interesting to be reading the adventures of a superhero who was essentially invulnerable and invincible. Apparently the editors and writers felt the same way and Superman began to be more vulnerable and the stories became more complex. It was not simply the good guy defeats the bad guy. Plots were dense and complicated and the lines between good and evil were blurred. Superman, with all his super powers, could not simply punch his way out of a problem. He had to think creatively and understand how to best use his powers, sometimes working through others. Superman became more realistic. He became more man than superman.
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…
Hebrews 1:3 (ESV)
When I reflect upon my love of Superman, it is easy to see why I love my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The writer of Hebrews reminds us that Jesus is omnipotent and holds the universe in the palm of His hand. And yet, in the singular pivotal moment in the history of this world, Jesus, the God of the universe, became a man to take the penalty of sins that separated man from God. Jesus was fully man and fully God. At any moment, He could have destroyed all evil in the world but He chose to lay aside His divine powers and live the life of a mortal man. He chose to follow His Father’s plan and become our sacrifice for our sins. The only way sin could be conquered was by His sacrificial action. There was no way to punch His way out of the problem. He had to lay down His life. It was not by super strength but by super love.
Jesus Christ is my superman. He can be yours as well if you confess your sins, repent, and accept Him as your Lord and Savior.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.