‘And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.’ (1 Corinthians 2:4-5) For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved one particular aspect of ‘superhero’ stories. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t like all the superheroes. I actually really really do not like the actual ‘comics’, but there are some super hero movies that I do like. Yet, I realized just last night, something big, after watching a superhero episode with my sister.
You see. I would watch these movies, and I would be amazed at how the superheroes could run fast, catch planes in mid air, rescue people from burning buildings, but I had missed something, something big.
Superheroes can save people from . . . physical death in the movies. They can do certain things, but men, mankind has limited abilities. I have limited abilities. I don’t have a lot of power myself, but you know what? The God of the Universe is my Father, because of the Lord Jesus Christ, and He has ALL power. These superhero movies, sadly, don’t remind us of that. They don’t remind us that if God is on our side, nothing can stand against us.
Spiderman may be able to shoot webs out of his fingers, but is he able to save souls? Batman may have the COOLEST flying cars, but is he able to make the world spin and rescue souls from hell? Antman is the coolest concept, with his ability to get really small and even REALLY big, but is he able to change the heart of a man or a woman from stone to flesh?
No superhero can create canyons that can go on for miles and miles and miles and miles…. No superhero could make a sky that stretches for miles with a brilliant, soft blue color that makes you want to stare at it for days and days.
I’m actually grateful for what superhero movies have taught me. They’ve taught me that man’s power is given to him by God. They’ve taught me, even though they don’t say it openly, that man is always limited. And mankind, women and men, all get their gifts from God.
Even science is a gift from God. Every time I see them make a ‘discovery’ in these stories it makes me think of this verse. ‘It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.’ (Proverbs 25:2)
God has concealed so much wonder of how He has created this earth, so we can discover it. There is TOO much wonder in the world to say that it came about by random chance. It didn’t evolve. It was spoken into being by the God who designed every single molecule, every single atom.
Isn’t that indescribably awesome?
Colossians 1:16-17 says, ‘
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.’
All things. That means, you and me. That means, each superhero you see, each actor or actress, is a creation of the Almighty God of the universe. Each person doesn’t just have a body. They have a soul, an eternal soul with an eternal destiny of heaven or hell.
This is a humbling thing to me. The more I think about it, the more I become less depressed about the fact that I’m not a superhero.
Ok, you can laugh at me. I have always wanted to be a superhero in some ways. I’ve always wanted to be brave enough to help someone who was being attacked by bad guys. I’ve always wanted to have the courage to stand up to evil without blinking an eye, but sometimes. . . somedays . . . I have a hard time getting out of bed.
Yet, the thing is. I am not powerless. I am not conquered or defeated, because Jesus has won. Jesus is my Captain. The more I take my eyes off of my own lack and place my eyes on the fact that ALL the fullness of God, all the power of God is in Jesus, because Jesus is God, the more I wonder at how absolutely nothing can conquer me in Christ Jesus.
Every superhero has power that can’t do everything. Maybe they can run fast, but it stops there. However, the God of the whole earth, is also my Father, because of the Lord Jesus Christ. He has changed my heart, transformed me from darkness to light. He has loved me with an everlasting love.
Nothing matches God’s power. Every power we have. It’s from Him. All the evil, the sin; that’s because man rebelled against the powerful God of the Universe. But when God sent His Son Jesus Christ, He made it possible for even the DARK evil hearts of men and women like me to be utterly turned around and made to love Him again, to love light.
‘Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.’ (1 Corinthians 6:10-11)
Washed. Vile sinners. Washed. Completely cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. That is the free offer of grace in God. No superhero could ever offer that, but God does, freely, now, to anyone who will come. There is no limit to God’s grace. There is no hill or valley it can not reach.
Now that’s power.
One more passage that I wanted to share with you on God’s Power. This really stood out to me on Friday when I was listening to a sermon on Acts 12.
Acts 12:5-8, ‘5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.
And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me.’
Isn’t that amazing? God brought Peter out of prison within a few short minutes. And the guards didn’t even know. God answered the prayers of the people who were praying for Peter, and when he came back they were in such disbelief.
It made me think about how I TOO often doubt the power of God. Here I am, watching superheroes, perform pretty cool physical feats, and yet everyday, I let a twinge of doubt or fear come in about whether or not God can do it.
Yet I have seen and have read throughout history of how God can and will and does do it. Just read the Bible. His mighty works are EVERYWHERE! He parts the Red Sea. He creates man out of dust. He designs each person with different looks, different personalities, and different abilities. He… despite man’s hatred against Him, sends His Son Jesus to rescue the perishing from hell and make them His children.
‘Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder. Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!’ (Psalm 107:13-15)
Now that’s power.
And if God is for us, who can be against us? I don’t have to worry that I can’t run 800 mph or lift 8,000,000 pounds, because God is my Father. And God has all power. God is good and mighty and powerful, and why would I ever even entertain the doubt that there is nothing my God can not do?
‘And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.’ (Matthew 28:18-20)
I’m thankful that superhero movies have taught me this. These superheroes are imperfect at best. But my God is perfect, holy, just, and good in every way. I want to glory more in Him everyday and the power, the ability that He gives to do life, to hope, and to hope in eternity!
This song came on the radio the other day, and it made me think of how the power of God is not understandable to us before He changes us. And then when it happens, we spend our whole lives amazed at the fact that God would shower His grace on people like us. It’s just too wonderful for words.
Unspoken Lyrics: ‘Call It Grace.’
‘It’s the light that pierces through you
To the darkest hidden place
It knows your deepest secrets
But it never looks away
It’s the gentle hand that pulls you
From the judgment of the crowd
When you stand before them guilty
And you’ve got no way out
Some may call it foolish and impossible
But for every heart it rescues it’s a miracle
It’s nothing less than scandalous
This love that took our place
Just call it what it is
Call it grace’
If you like superhero movies, what have you learned from them?
How have you seen the mighty power of God manifested in your life lately?
Verses that come to mind when you think of the power of God?
How have you been encouraged even when feeling weak by seeing and knowing God’s power?
Superheroes: Do you have a favorite?