Who is your favorite superhero? Seems like superheroes are all the rage these days. Every time you turn around there’s a new movie about them and everyone has a favorite. Who’s yours? Maybe it’s Ironman with all that money and the suits that can do everything; or Spiderman, the kid who got bit by a spider one day and the next he can sling his own webs. I’ll tell you who my favorite super hero is…it’s Jesus. I know he doesn’t wear tights or have a cool costume and he doesn’t beat people up, but there are some good reasons why Jesus should be considered the greatest super hero. In the next few minutes I want to detail what I think makes up a good super hero and see if you agree with my nomination of Jesus as the ultimate superhero.
1) A Great Super Hero Has a Theme Song
All of these superheroes have their own theme songs (hum along if you’d like):
- Wonder Woman
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- Iron Man
So what is Jesus’ theme song? looked up Jesus songs on Google and I got 21,400,000. Then, looked up Jesus on YouTube and I got 57 million results. I don’t think those are an accurate estimation of how many songs were written about Jesus because that could just be times Jesus and Song were mentioned. So I went on the CCLI website. CCLI is a list of contemporary Christian songs. When I punched in the title Jesus 41,560 songs came up. Still that’s not accurate because those are just songs with Jesus in the title. That same website has over 100,000 songs about Jesus. And those are just the recent ones. I looked up hymnals which are books filled with songs about Jesus and there were 383 of them. The bottom line is Jesus doesn’t have one theme song. He has hundreds of thousands of theme songs in every different language imaginable. Probably millions.
“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.”—Psalm 96:1
2) A Great Superhero Has Amazing Powers.
- Superman has x-ray vision.
- Antman can shrink to the size of an ant.
- Flash can run really fast.
- Spiderman can spin a web, any size, catches thieves just like flies.
- Hulk- Smash. That’s his power. Smash. I like it.
- Batman is kind of a gray area. Basically he has enough money to buy cool gadgets that do things, but I’m not sure that’s a super power.
Those are all amazing powers, but I think Jesus has them beat. We know from reading the Bible that Jesus had the power to heal. He could heal the sick. He could make the lame walk and the blind see. He could even raise people from the dead. No superhero can do that. But this is how Jesus really separates himself from every super hero:
When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” 7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” 8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith…13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment. —Matthew 8:6-10,13
Jesus didn’t even need to be in the same room as the person to heal him! All other superheroes need to be there to use their super power. They have to be in the room. Not Jesus. He doesn’t have to be physically in the same place to bring healing or peace or comfort. His powers transcend physical presence. That’s important not only for the Centurion with the sick servant. It’s also important for us.
I need you to understand that Jesus is here. Jesus can help. Jesus can heal your broken heart. Jesus can give you power to hang in there in a bad marriage. Jesus can give you wisdom to raise a stubborn kid. I know you can’t see him. It would be great if he was actually in the room with you and you could touch him. But you don’t have to see him for him to work.
3) A Great Superhero Overcomes Incredible Odds
In every superhero movie I’ve ever seen, no matter how great the superhero is or how great his or her powers are, they have to make an amazing comeback. They have to beat the odds. Superman has to turn back time to save Lois Lane. Ironman has to build an iron suit to overcome terrorists. Peter Quill has to overcome his daddy issues. A good superhero stares down incredible odds and beats them. No one did that better than Jesus. That’s what Easter is all about:
On the first day of the week,(Sunday morning) very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ’Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen!’”– Luke 24:1-6
That’s the good news of Easter Sunday. He is Risen. He overcame the most incredible odds. Jesus made a way to find life after death. There is not a person in the world who doesn’t want that.
There was a Newsweek article about a letter written to a person who died in Greenville County, South Carolina from the Department of Social Services. Here is what it said: “To whom it may concern: your food stamps will be stopped effective immediately, because we’ve received notice that you’re dead. May God bless you. You may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances.” Now I personally know of only one person who ever experienced those “change in circumstances.” We can talk and debate about the greatest “comebacks” in history, from Tom Brady to LeBron James, but clearly Jesus Christ performed the greatest comeback ever in the history of the world.
According to recent studies by the Rasmussen Report 77% of people in American believe that Jesus died and rose from the dead. 77% believe in the greatest comeback in the history of the world. Think about this for a second. Let’s just say that this story is true. Let’s just say that the God we believe in actually died and rose again for us. Consider what that means:
MY PAST CAN BE FORGIVEN…
Jesus death and resurrection paid the price for my sin. He made the ultimate sacrifice. Even though I did nothing to deserve it. Jesus can resurrect my life
MY PRESENT PROBLEMS CAN BE MANAGED…
Jesus comeback means that you can make a comeback. Your marriage can make a comeback. Your relationship with your kids can make a comeback. Your peace of mind can make a comeback. Jesus can resurrect your relationships
MY FUTURE CAN BE SECURE…
Jesus comeback from the dead means that you and I can make that same comeback. Death is not the end. If we understood that what happens on this planet is only the first inch on the yardstick it would change everything. The difficulties are only temporary. After I die, Jesus can resurrect me. No matter how bad it gets it’s not over.
The Ultimate Superhero
Jesus is the ultimate superhero. Last week, on Easter, billions will sing one of his million theme songs. Today billions will claim that this superhero has healed them. Healed their addictions. Healed their marriages. Healed their heart. And he didn’t even have to be physically in the room. On Easter billions celebrated the greatest comeback of all time. Even though it happened 2000 years ago, 77% of Americans are convinced its fact.
Maybe today you’ve been convinced. Maybe today you are realizing your life is in need of a comeback. If that’s you it begins like this. Simply pray this simple prayer. “Jesus come into my life. I’ve made mistakes. I’ve hurt people. I’ve hurt myself. But you died to take away my sin. I give you control of my life. Start my comeback today.”