Christmas, a time of: presents; trees; lights; carols; snow; decorations; shopping; eggnog; and family. But somewhere in the midst of all that we forget the real reason for the season.
We forget that it is a celebration of the arrival of a Superhero. In fact He is the greatest Superhero of them all and not just because He is the only one that actually exists. Regardless of whether you believe in the divinity of Jesus of Nazareth, there is no denying His unparalleled impact on western thought and culture. Jesus is the spiritual leader and hero to an estimated 2.2 billion people, nearly a third (31%) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth.
In a world full of mythical and comic book superheroes, we will all agree that not one of them is the complete package. They each have weaknesses and limitations that make them imperfect.
In battles with their enemies, some of them even need to call on other superheroes to come help them out.
Unlike the fictional Superman of DC Comics Jesus was not fleeing an exploding planet for His own safety He was sent out from the splendour, beauty, glory, holiness, wonder and perfection of an eternal heaven to come to the dirt, sin, trouble and sadness of earth. He was not fleeing a dying planet but freely offered to take on the ultimate mission of a true hero, to save mankind.
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:17
Mind boggling, isn’t it? He didn’t come to save only “nice” people or”
- The women and children trapped on a sinking ship or burning house
- Your moral neighbours who are having some financial problems
- Upstanding citizens overcome with life-threatening cancer…
He may save these people, and we pray that He does, but His real mission is to seek and save the lost.
At Christmas we remember the baby in a manger. Is that memory just a pleasant picture that conjures up nostalgic and happy thoughts for you, or is it a picture of the incredible news that was proclaimed by the angels to the shepherds described in Luke 2?
“Christ the Savior is born.” Luke 2:11