“It’s Not Who I Am Underneath, But What I Do, That Defines Me.” Batman

{Galatians 5:6 What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love}

Where are the superheroes when you need them?  We have longed for them since our fall.

The Jewish nation held dear to the promise of such a hero. One that would come in, save the day and they would all stand on the hill with their hands on their hips, capes flowing in victory.

Silly Rabbits, only those with childlike faith would get it.

The superhero came as a servant leader. 

His mission –  to take back those whom the enemy holds captive, by dying. By laying down his sword and cape.

This morning as I listened to praise music reminding me to be like Christ, to be the hands, feet and words of Jesus, I was brought to a deeper understanding of that call.

When we sing to be more like Christ, when we pray to be His body and proclaim to be His messengers, I believe we can often fall into the human ideal of superhero recognition.

But to get to that hill we see ourselves standing on, we too have to get there the same way Jesus did.

We too have to carry a cross.  

We too will receive harsh words and taunting.

We too will get spit on and hear a voice telling us to save ourselves, to stop.

There will be times we believe that we have been forsaken.  “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”

When we, like the mighty Wolverine in Logan say as death to self embraces us,

“So…This is what it feels like.”

{1 John 2:6 Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked}

Today I see superheroes all around me.

They stand before others and share the message of grace.

They show up with food for those serving.

They walk into burning buildings.

They put on badges that give hope.

With masked faces and heavy hearts they show up to serve those who are sick.

They take seriously the call to be like Christ – to be the hands and feet of the greatest servant leader of all. 

“With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility.” Spiderman
{Luke 12:48: To whomever much is given, of him will much be required; and to whom much was entrusted, of him more will be asked.}

To stand at the foot of the cross after the hard path we take to get there and hear Him say….

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat

I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink

I was a stranger and you invited me in.

I needed clothes and you clothed me.

I was sick and you looked after me.

I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

“A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple as putting a coat around a little boy’s shoulders to let him know the world hadn’t ended.” — Batman

Well done, good and faithful servant!

 

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