The other day I had a surprisingly lengthy conversation with my four year-old son about superheroes and their different powers and abilities. In his little mind, he had a dilemma he had to get to the bottom of…. if Superman and Batman ever had to fight against each other, who would win? Of course, you and I know that Batman is just a rich guy with lots of cool toys and Superman can do just about anything (even turn back time, really?!), so there’s really no contest. But Superman does have one weakness, so I explained to my son that the only way Batman would win is if he had some Kryptonite handy in his utility belt (hold on, I’m going somewhere with this). As the conversation went a little further, I thought about how Superman, having only one weakness, could potentially seem god-like to a four year-old. While superheroes are noble and self-sacrificing, I do not want my child to become so enamored with them that Jesus gets lost in the mix. So, I told him, “Superheroes need Jesus too”. Now, I’ve explained to my son that superheroes are just for pretend, but I was trying to show him that Jesus is set apart beyond all others. I went on to explain to him that while superheroes do some good things, they are not perfect but Jesus is, and Jesus is the only one who can save us from our sins.
In our thinking, it should be crucial for us to rehearse, both to ourselves and others, that Jesus Christ transcends all other heroes. Let us strive to remember verses like 1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is… ONE mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” and Acts 4:11-12, “This Jesus… there is salvation in NO ONE ELSE, for there is NO OTHER NAME given among men by which we must be saved” (emphasis mine). Who is there in your life that you put on a pedestal and look upon with amazement? Is there even a contest between this person(s) and Jesus? If there is, there shouldn’t be. Church, we need to expand our vision of Jesus beyond a kindhearted humanitarian who taught us important lessons about loving each other. Let us set him apart in our hearts and minds as all-powerful, all-benevolent, all-wise, Savior, King, Lord, and God, and then let’s worship him more in light of these realities.