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My Favorite Super Hero

John 1:14a

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.

RevRaysupermanI grew up watching Superman.  I even pretended being Superman by placing a towel around my neck and jumping off my bunk bed and flying (till I hit the floor with a thud).  The thing that made Superman so special to me was that he wasn’t from this planet.  He was from another planet.  He was different – not the same old same old!

Superman had exceptional powers.  His powers came from our yellow sun (there wasn’t a yellow sun where he lived).  He could fly (see the aforementioned leap from the bunk bed) – he was faster than a speeding bullet – he could leap tall buildings with a single bound – he was more powerful than a locomotive – he had x-ray vision – he was bullet proof.  All things that endeared him to a young and impressionable child.  Whenever my friends played pretend – I would always be Superman because nothing could harm him (except kryptonite – which none of my friends had).  Whenever we had pretend battles between super heroes or super villains – Superman always won.  My brother liked Batman by the way.

JesusSavedtheWorldJohn’s gospel story about Jesus begins with these words – The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  When I read them again last night I thought of my childhood fascination with Superman – who also wasn’t from this planet but came to be among us.  Let’s read today’s passage in partial context.  John 1:1-5 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. John 1:10-14 – 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Now please don’t get me wrong – Superman doesn’t remind me of Jesus or the other way around either.  Just the idea that Jesus wasn’t from this planet and neither was Superman.  But if Jesus and Superman had a battle – Jesus would win!  If for no other reason than this – if Jesus could turn water into wine or turn a rock into bread – He would certainly turn any object into kryptonite and defeat Superman – but I digress.

Jesus-on-Cross-t-1Jesus left heaven to come to earth – of His own free will.  The Father, Son and Holy Spirit had a plan for the redemption of people and it included Jesus coming to earth.  The Word – Jesus Christ – the Logos – became flesh and made His dwelling among us.  Instead of leaving a dying planet and coming to earth and gaining super powers like Superman – Jesus left heaven and gave up His powers to become human.  That was always powerful to me.  Here is how Paul wrote about it – Philippians 2:5-8 – 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross!

Jesus was super because He emptied Himself and came to save us.  He didn’t gain super powers coming here but rather gave them up to be one of us – the lamb of God.  Superman was super because he gained super powers by coming to earth.  Jesus died on the cross – humbling giving His life for us.  The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.  I think when I realized that Jesus was real and Superman wasn’t – I became a fan of Jesus (at a tender age)!  He became the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world for me!  He became my favorite Super Hero!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

March 21, 2013 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Lenten Thought, Theology | , , , , ,

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