Just finished watching the movie Superman Returns. There's a lot of "messiah" imagery in this movie, which is interesting when you realize that Superman was created by two jewish men, and Jesus of course is also jewish.
Superman gets a lot of flack in the "superhero-world" because he's never been as cool as Batman or Spiderman, not as violent as X-Men, and just all around seen as too nice of a guy.
But would you really want him any other way. I mean, here's a guy with all these powers. Powers that could easily make him the ruler of the world, but instead, he opts to help mankind, with no thought of his own personal safety or compensation.
But the movie really is a "feel good" movie. It inspires hope. It makes you root for justice.
I was thinking about Lex Luthor in the movie (which was Kevin Spacey doing a great job). For some reason he really has it in for Superman. He seems to despise and hate him. Why? What has Superman ever done, except try and help people.
And that is the kicker. Lex looks out for himself. Superman looks out for others.
The very presence of Superman reminds Lex of everything that he(Lex) isn't.
Then I couldn't help but realize it is the same way with Jesus.
Why is it that you can mention God, and most people are cool with that, but bring up Jesus, and whoa...people freak out.
Why? What has Jesus ever done but die and suffer and pay for our sins, and offer us the free gift of eternal life.
I think it's the same reason that Lex Luthor hates Superman.
Jesus reminds people of everything they are not.
Lex doesn't want a Superman.
People don't want a savior.
We like to think we can do it on our own.
We like to think we are pretty good people.
We like to think we are self sufficent.
But the truth is, we are fallen human beings, which left to our own devices, will make the wrong choice more often than not.
As this year draws to a close, let's remember all that Jesus has done for us.
Let's rejoice in our relationship with Him.
Let's live a life worthy of our calling.
Happy New Year everyone!