PASTOR'S PEN: Is Jesus your superhero?

When I was a kid I remember having a yellow whiffle ball bat. It used to be longer, but by this time the handle end had been broken off, making it the perfect size to shove down the back of my shirt. I would run around with the bat in my shirt until the perfect moment when I would pull it out, hold it up high over my head and yell, “By the power of Grayskull! I have the power!” I had a lot of fun pretending to be He-man protecting the world from the evil Skeletor.

As children, just about all of us had “superheroes.” A few weeks ago in youth group we talked about superheroes asking the question, “Is Jesus my superhero?.” Superheroes and Jesus have much in common. Both have super strength with Jesus’ strength being all-powerful. Both have enemies. Both are intelligent. And both save the day. Jesus is very much like a superhero and that is how many of us view Jesus. “When I was dead in my sins…God made me alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins.” (Colossians 2:13). Jesus is the superhero that swoops in and saves the day! Go Jesus!

But too many of us only view Jesus that way. Despite being much like a superhero, Jesus is also very different. A superhero comes in, rescues us and flies off to rescue the next person. A superhero doesn’t ask you to follow him, worship him or give up yourself to serve him. Jesus, however, does. In Revelation 5:12, Jesus is worshiped with this statement, “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” Jesus is worthy of all the honor and glory and praise we can give Him.

But worship of God isn’t limited to heaven or church. It is about Him being our Lord, the one we obey at all times. Paul said it this way, “If we live, we live for the Lord; if we die, we die for the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that He might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.” (Romans 14:8-9) Christ is Lord of all. He deserves to be worshiped as Lord and served as Lord. We are His servants who are here to give Him all honor and live to please Him.

Yes, like a superhero, Christ brought salvation to all who would believe; but, unlike a superhero, He’s looking to be worshipped as God, because that’s who He is. So our youth group question now comes to you, “Is Jesus your superhero or is He your Lord?”