I still love my Superheroes; Superman is at the top of the list, but they are all there, even the Hulk, green as he is. Watching the superhero movies was something I shared with my son, but as he got older and developed different interest my grandson was growing into an age where he loved that I would take him to the Avenger movies or watch them on TV, along with the old Superman shows. My favorite thing about those movies is that the superhero always wins, and the good wins the fight over evil, (unless it is the first movie in a trilogy and we have to wait until the next or last movie in it to see the ultimate victory).
So many times, in our everyday lives it seems that evil still prevails and our own devices of temptation, deceit and discouragement trap us, and it is hard to prevail against it. There is a scene in one of the Superman movies, and yes, I own them all, where a form of Kryptonite has affected Superman that instead of killing him just made him very evil! All the people who looked up to him as a “savior” of sorts were very disappointed as they saw their hero drunk and disorderly and generally creating mayhem all over the world! He comes to a place where the good side, represented by Clark Kent, and the evil Superman come face to face in, very appropriately, a garbage dump! They fight hard and for a while it seems as if our hero is forever lost to us, but suddenly Clark rises from the ashes and wins the battle of good vs. evil and rights all the wrongs he did when he was his own evil counterpart, a triumph for our hero!
I remember seeing that long ago, when I was still watching it with my son and that scene struck a chord in me that made me want to cry out loud.
I have faced many trials and a lot of them have come at me at the same time and from all different directions. There are times when the person you trust most in the world will turn against you and there you are on the floor kicked in the gut and like Superman dying from the effects of the green kryptonite you are waiting and hoping someone will come along to lift the load from your shoulders so that you can rise again to your former happier self.
Jeremiah 17:5 “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the LORD.” I heard my dad quote that scripture many times through the years so I already knew that the only help for me would be God, there was no one to help but Him.
Then I know that Jesus said, Matthew 11:29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Ahh the comfort of knowing that, so how do you get out of all your messes?
1Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
Also 1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your cares on Him for He cares for you.”
How can you lose when you have all that Word to back you up? And it is a Living Word that actually works for you in your own life! So, while lying there waiting for help, in comes Jesus, the real Savior, He picks us up, dusts us off, sets us on our feet and puts us on the right path to travel! He raised the dead, healed the crippled, the blind, lepers, fed five thousand at one time and four thousand at another, and then He died and rose again so that He could claim me as His own, lift the kryptonite of sin from my chest and save my immortal soul! There isn’t one Superhero or Avenger that has any of those things on their résumé! He can handle all the problems in your life, you just have to put your trust in Him. So now you know the answer, Jesus Lord over all really is,
“Jesus Christ, Superhero” the greatest One of all!