Who is the supreme super hero?

Did you ever have arguments like this in grade school?

“Superman can beat up Spider-Man!”

“Yah, well the Wolverine can shred ’em both up!”

“Not if the Incredible Hulk is around!”

“Well, Wonder Woman wouldn’t go out with any of those losers!”

Any superhero worth his or her tights, has to have certain characteristics to qualify. He or she has got to have super powers, a secret identity, an arch enemy, sure success, and—of course—an unlikely sidekick.

With that in mind, may suggest my pick for the ultimate ‘superhero’?

Super powers

He’s got all the super heroes beat when it comes to power. Instead of leaping tall buildings in a single bound, my candidate creates planets. Rather than being faster than a speeding bullet, my super hero travels beyond light speed.

Actually, my super hero is a supernatural hero.

      Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God (Philippians 2:5-6).

Yep, if you’re God, you pretty well have the market on super powers, so Jesus qualifies on that count.

Secret identity

Superman has to have one of the lamest disguises—a pair of black rimmed glasses. And Lois Lane has to be as dumb as a box of kryptonite not to see right through them.

      [Jesus] made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form (Philippians 2:7).

Jesus has an incredible disguise—us! He “appeared in human form.” Another point for Jesus.

Arch enemy

All superheroes are victorious over a variety of villians—all pretty well psycho-socially impaired or at least criminally insane—intent on killing our hero and as many ordinary citizens as possible. But what if someone took on death itself? So, Jesus scores another point for taking out death. “BAM!” “POW!” “BANG!”

      And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal’s death on a cross (Philippians 2:8).

Sure success

But like any true superhero, Jesus overcame his arch enemy.

      Because of this, God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name that is above every other name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9-10).

He raises from the dead, and promises eternal life for anyone who will trust him. Jesus qualifies on that category as well.

Unlikely sidekick

Batman has Robin, and Superman has Superboy, Supergirl, and even Superdog. But does Jesus have a sidekick?

      For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him (Philippians 2:12-13).

Wow! God wants us as his sidekick. He wants to give us his power. The Greek word translated power is dunamis from which we get “dynamic” and “dynamite.” Now there’s a dynamic duo!

And that is much cooler than riding around all day in the Batmobile!

Just click if you’d like to know about Jesus Christ: superhero.

© Copyright 2001 James N. Watkins

Related quotation
“Behind the debris of our self-styled, sullen superman, there stands the gigantic figure of one person, because of whom, in whom, and through whom alone mankind might still have hope: the person of Jesus Christ.” G. K. Chesterton

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