Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Who does the Bible say a Hero is?

When I was little I would pretend to be Wonder Woman. I had a Wonder Woman underoos outfit (remember those!:) ) and I would dress up in it with white knee socks (for her knee high boots), my mother's braclets shoved up on my arms (for my magic wrist bands) and a gold chain from my mother's evening purse as my golden lasso.

I am pretty sure pretending to be a super hero is a common childhood experience. It is a way for kids to feel powerful and big like the grown-ups around them. My son went through the "super hero" phase but tended to make up his own character and powers. It was really cute the way he would say he was going to be a Super Hero when he grew up. The only problem was that his belief in this tended to make him think he could handle situations that were beyond his age.

Whenever we discussed 'stranger danger' he would always say that he could "handle it himself because he was a super hero". I finally had to resort to telling him that he was a "super hero in training" and until he actually grew up and turned into one, there were certain situations he needed to get a grown up's help to handle.

As adults, we all want to be super heroes, too. We want to be able to handle anything that comes our way. Life however, isn't always manageable on our own. We need others to help us. Most important of all, we need Jesus to help us.

Jesus is the one, true superhero. Jesus used his Godly super powers to perform miracles and heal people. He used his power to transform peoples lives. Most important of all, Jesus used his power to take away all of our sin and shame by dying on a cross for each of us.

Just like my son, who believed himself to be a super hero, really needed my help, we need Jesus' help.

So talk to Jesus. Read about him in your Bible. Get to know this real super hero the way that he already knows you. He is just waiting for you to acknowledge that he is right beside you.


"Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:7-8