Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Who Needs a Hero?

Why are we so transfixed by heroes and the desire to save or be saved? What is our fascination with someone who swoops in at a moment’s notice to rescue us from certain death, serious injury, or peril?

I just recently watched a new super hero movie and found myself desiring to be the maiden in distress and lusting over the handsome conqueror in his skin tight, revealing outfit. My heart leapt as he made his entrance onto the screen to save the day or when he locked eyes with the beautiful woman of his affection. But what was I learning from this bout with idolatry? Aside from sinning by lusting over a man other than my husband and worshiping an idol, another thought entered my mind. Why am I coveting this man; this creation of the human imagination? Why is my heart being tugged by this rescuer instead of by the real Savior? Have I forgotten about Christ the true savior of the world? I could not help but wonder why we desire super heroes yet we shy away from our real life Savior?

But, who needs a hero anyway?

“In the past you were spiritually dead because of your disobedience and sins. At that time you followed the world’s evil way; you obeyed the ruler of the spiritual powers in space, the spirit who now controls the people who disobey God. Actually all of us were like them and lived according to our natural desires, doing whatever suited the wishes of our own bodies and minds. In our natural condition we, like everyone else, were destined to suffer God’s anger.” (Ephesians 2: 1-3.)

We do, and His name is Christ Jesus.

“But God’s mercy is so abundant, and his love for us is so great, that while we were spiritually dead in our disobedience he brought us to life with Christ. It is by God’s grace that you have been saved. In our union with Christ Jesus he raised us up with him to rule with him in the heavenly world. He did this to demonstrate for all time to come the extraordinary greatness of His grace in the love He showed us in Christ Jesus. For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s gift, so that no one can boast about it. God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus He has created us for a life of good deeds, which He has already prepared for us to do.” (Ephesians 2: 4-10.)

So, we were in a dangerous situation because of our behavior, destined for certain death, and in desperate need of a hero. But then, out of nowhere, a super hero arrives, swoops in, and saves our life! We have been raised up and snatched from the very depths of demise. Truly we are in the hands of a superman.

“…remember what you were in the past. At that time you were apart from Christ. You were foreigners and did not belong to God’s chosen people. You had no part in the covenants, which were based on God’s promises to his people, and you lived in this world without hope and without God.” (Ephesians 2:11 & 12.)


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