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Communion Meditations (2014)

Jesus Christ - Superhero?

Originally scheduled for April 6

Man, it is said, is the creating creature.  One of the things we have created in great abundance is a set of separate worlds in which there dwell superheroes.  By now there must be thousands of them.

One author put forward a list of criteria that make someone a superhero.  It’s interesting to see how Jesus of Nazareth fares on these criteria.

Superhuman powers – Superman can fly;  Jesus of Nazareth can heal the sick, raise the dead and walk on water.  Jesus Christ, superhero.

Codename – Superman , Batman, Green Hornet, The Lone Ranger – and Messiah.  Jesus Christ, superhero.

Distinctive Costume – Jesus never wore the cape and tights, as far as we know.  But you might look at the description of him given by John the Apostle in Revelation 1:13-16. Jesus Christ, superhero.

Extralegal Status – Batman works with the police, not for them.  Christ told us, “My kingdom is not of this world.” (John 18:36).  Jesus Christ, superhero.

Extranormal opponents – Batman never bothers with ordinary bank robbers; only the most extraordinary villains merit his attention.  Jesus clearly identified his opponent as Satan. Jesus Christ, superhero.

Dual Identity – Superman is Clark Kent; the Son of God is the Son of Man. Jesus Christ, superhero.

Difference – superheroes are somehow different from the people around them; they are extraordinary.  Jesus is God in the flesh; that’s a very real difference. Jesus Christ, superhero.

Alignment with Good – perhaps the most important of all, the superhero is aligned with what is righteous.  Jesus was the sinless man. Jesus Christ, superhero.

Tie a towel around a small child’s neck and you get an imitation superhero.  We naturally want to imitate those we admire, even if they’re fictional.  Communion is our reminder of why we imitate the very much real Messiah.  He came for one task – to atone for our sins.  He asks us to remember the great things he has done by partaking in communion.  We remember that the cup represents his blood; the bread his body, freely given for us.  Men create superheroes; God gave us a Savior.  As a small child imitates his superhero, so we should imitate our Lord.

(Readers interested in where I got this list may review it at http://themasksblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/superheroes-we-never-dreamed.html)

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