“I think that we all do heroic things, but hero is not a noun is a verb.” – Robert Downey, Jr.
Who is your favorite superhero? Is your favorite Aquaman? if so, then know that most people might find this surprising since, let’s face it; he has never been that popular of a superhero. He doesn’t strike fear into the heart of evil, like Batman, or block bullets like Wonder Woman. Heck, even most sidekicks can fly, but Aquaman needs to hail a seahorse to get anywhere.
Thinking about it further, whenever Aquaman fights, he’s always at a disadvantage. His ocean powers never help him on the land; but despite that he still tackled the bad guys and won. It’s easy to be brave or strong when you have the home field advantage, but what happens when the tables are turned, and you find yourself in enemy territory?
By now perhaps you guys are saying – this all sounds “pretty corny”…I know; but things like this remind me of what Jesus faced when he became a man. We Christians are quick to quote Jesus’ death on the cross, the sacrifice he made so that we could be forgiven, but sometimes I think we forget about his life. We forget the miracle that occurred when a Holy God chose to step into a world overrun by sin.
Can we even begin to imagine what it must have been like for the all-knowing, all-powerful God of the universe to become a human? To understand the indignity of stubbing a toe or skinning a knee, the frustration of being confined to a small desert when the whole universe could not contain him, or the humility required to endure hunger and thirst? Meanwhile, the devil stood in the background promising release, offering to make everything the way it was if Jesus would only pay a small, insignificant price.
Thankfully the Son of man chose to tackle the bad guy and won…that’s what make Him my Superhero!
“The Lord will march out like a champion, like a warrior He will stir up His zeal; with a shout He will raise the battle cry and will triumph over His enemies.” – Isaiah 42:13
…just something to think about!