Since Genesis 3 where man sinned in the Garden of Eden committing cosmic treason against our creator, our father, and our friend. We have been looking for a way out, a hero, a savior someone who will lay it all on the line to bring all of us to a place of joy, and lead us in to Utopia like peace that allow unicorns and gumdrop rain to shower upon the prosperity that we feel we deserve. There is a part of you right now that knows that the state of this world, the death, the disease, famine, the unbalanced socio-economic state of wealth distribution. That it is all not right and not natural this isn’t how it ought to be we will seek things like yoga, positivity seminars you may subscribe to motivational instagram accounts. You crave that way out you want that hero to right the wrongs that we ourselves cannot and or will not fix.
So we dream of these people that can do wonderous things, Superman is the secular god, Batman a vigilante billionaire, the X-men mutated humans with powers who strive for social justice. This list goes on and there is a hero for every cause and there is an endless story arc spanning 80 years of americana publication. It doesn’t stop with comics there are endless movies about superheroes, war heroes, video games that make you the hero all aimed at empowering you giving you the experience to be a warrior without sacrificing for it. So much so that most don’t know what the real thing looks like does this sound familiar?
Ecclesiastes 1:9 shares, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”
The ancient world is filled with stories, myths, religions, cults, and other groups all looking for the same thing. They are looking for a savior in the same ways that we do today the idea of these larger than life personification of humanity. The people of ancient times also missed the fact like most do today that Jesus entered into human space denying his position as God to come on this rescue mission. Philippians 2:8-11 is a perfect example of the servant leader and the servant hero Christ is to humanity. We often get caught up in the fringe details of what Jesus ought to look like, or what you expected him to look like you can ultimately miss what scripture says what he truly is like. The Pharisee of his time struggled fiercely with the same notions, as they had become comfortable with their positions, and lifestyle just as many of us both Christians and Non-Christians. It’s easy for us to read the gospels and say, ‘alright Jesus get’um!’ just as we would read a Batman or maybe a Spider-Man book and say the same thing as they confront a villian. If we examine the gospels and we examine ourselves it won’t be long before we sober up and realize that this is us he is talking about perhaps I am that white washed tomb Christ is calling out? Maybe I’m the inwardly filthy cup, or a brood of Vipers? It is scary to think about but he will say to some of us to depart from him as he never knew us!
John Piper said, ‘All superheroes all mere shadows compared to Jesus. ”
Every anointed leader in God’s metanarrative are all pre-figured versions of our Jesus to come. Jesus says in John 5:39, ” You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness of me. ” Superheroes are fun, entertaining, and for some a creative outlet to express deeper artistic pursuits. But if you are hungry, on fire, and seeking for that very personal, and real thing that will quench your soul then look no further than Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
Batman, Superman, The Avengers, PlayStation, Xbox, Image, Etc. All of these stories, these personalities, and artwork distract you from godly pursuits. They are designed to leave you thirsty Jesus offers you living water and real resurrection, and an eternal victory that no villian, or space monster can undermine.
Who avenges you? Is it a mute cast of characters that you casually give your dollars to for yourself or your children? Or is it The Lord who fights for you because he has paid for your sins by nailing himself to a cross so that you may be apart of a royal priesthood, a member of his holy nation?