Hollywood has an answer when things get tough. Enter the Superhero. Thanks to movie makers, we have larger-than-life characters with super human abilities to rescue us when we’re in trouble. Whether it’s Superman, Spiderman, or Captain America, to name a few, there’s a fantasy superbeing who can FIX EVERYTHING. But the truth is, it’s just a fantasy. In order to “fix” things, whether in our lives, our communities or our world, we need more than the fantasy of a Superhero. We need the power of God.
The appeal of the superhero is in his/her ability. He is faster, stronger, and tougher than our enemies. He responds instantly to the cries of citizens in distress. Whether he swings from a web or flings a shield into a group of bad guys, there’s a superhero with the ability to address our every need. . . as long as the video is playing. But when the screen fades to black, and the popcorn is gone, you’re left with the fantasy… and your real problems. So where’s your answer? What’s your plan?
If you’re coming up empty, I’ve got news for you: There’s no need to fear. Super heroic power is here. You see, when Jesus walked the earth, He wasn’t a Superhero. He was a man. He was a man completely devoted to fulfilling the will of God. He didn’t wear a red cape or shoot webs from his wrists, but He knew how to handle a shield. What made Him extraordinary was this: with the Word of God in His mouth, He had the power to heal the sick (Woman, Thou art loosed); raise the dead (Lazarus, Come forth); cleanse lepers (Go, show yourselves to the priest); restore sight to the blind (What would you have me do) and walk on water (Peter, Come). But that’s not all. Remember that shield I mentioned? His shield of faith gave Him absolute victory over the enemy’s dastardly deeds. You see, Jesus’ power to do what He did came from the Faith He had in the words He spoke. He only said what the Father (God) told Him to say. That’s why His Words had Superpower.
To put this in “Hollywood” terms: God provided the script. Jesus spoke the words. In fact, because Jesus listened to His Father, He was always “on His mark”. His obedience to His Father’s direction landed Him in the right place at the right time…every time. So when Jesus spoke, things happened. But, it gets better.
Unlike Hollywood, where there are a limited number of roles, all of us have a part to play. The same Word Jesus spoke to Peter, is the same word He is speaking to you, to me and everyone else who will respond, “Come.” When there’s trouble, don’t look to Hollywood’s fantasy power.
If you want to have the same real, super heroic power Jesus had, just do the same thing Jesus did. Play the part the Father has given you. Read the script, learn the dialogue and enter every situation ready to speak your lines (God’s Word). Somewhere, someone is in a real crisis. They don’t need a fantasy. They need the real power of a loving God. So, grab your cape (or robe) of righteousness; get your shield of faith and find your mark. The super heroic power of the Word of God is IN YOU. There are citizens in distress and now, you’re playing the part of Jesus. It’s the role of a lifetime. Go! The fact is, you’re just the hero they need.
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