“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”

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“He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent,[c] nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”

The Gospel of John 1:1-5 and 10-13

Looking for Superman.


I love super heroes. No, seriously, I love super heroes. If I trust you enough, I might even let you take a look at my decent comic book collection I have back home. It isn’t much but it proves a point: I love super heroes. From a young age I became fixated with power, especially power used for the greater good, like that of super heroes. I became a fan of Iron Man, Superman, Batman, and Captain America, among many others. I simply loved the concept of a supernatural being able to restore justice and peace to the world…crazy fictional but fun stuff. Right? Right?

But you see that’s the thing. If you look around the world today you notice all those themes found in comic books and super heroes but in a million different ways, all leading to a same conclusion. Taking a quick glance into the things that appeal to us, we think of modern-day super heroes like Master Chief “John” (from the HALO series) or good old classical heroes like Superman. We look at novels, fiction, and entertainment and in the end the truth is that we are all, and by all I mean all, looking for a super hero–or something or someone who is able, at least in our fantasy minds, restore justice and peace to our world. We are unable to escape this inner urge for a world better than ours, a world of greater justices in which heroes restore the world towards purity, and evil pays for what it has done and is punished behind bars or in hell. Because deep down inside we are all looking true justice in this world and someone, better than our pathetic selves, to bring forth this justice that we are seeking so much.

Us and the Hero.

The truth is that at times we consider ourselves worthy enough for this role: to be the one who delivers justice, even through judgment if necessary. However, those phases pass and we come to the realization that at times, our actions and thoughts are just as wicked and fallen as those upon whom we desire punishment. So we need a hero, right? Someone who rises, either by virtue or birth, above our pathetic state, someone who IS truly just and truly good, someone who is able to judge because justice, for that hero, isn’t something to imitate, but the very definition of their character.

Whether in Abraham Maslow’s search of the selfless actualized human being, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s Superman as a modern-day messiah, or as Nietzsche’s Übermensch, we are all looking for something beyond ourselves, something beyond our cyclical state of injustice, hypocrisy, and fallen nature.

This hero of ours.

One thing that I’ve noticed is the fact that even though we are all looking for that which is greater than ourselves, whether we find it in Captain America or in a granola bar, is that even though we look for similar ideals, outcomes, and traits in that hero, our heroes end up very different from one another, based on our perspective on justice and an ideally “good” and “pure” world.

For some it takes the shape of a great military commander or an honest politician. To others it may be in fact a vigilante or a super hero. Some of us may even consider that it takes more than one, so terrorist or paramilitary action is required as the embodiment of true justice and this hero of ours. Some of us, in fact, may actually go to sleep every night hoping that someone like Superman or a Super Saiyan who comes into this world and deals with the problems and issues that plague us, because for some, that is exactly what this world needs.

The Hero.

I find this introspection of myself and my fellow human beings quite interesting out of that fact that the hero already came. The Hero has been here. The true superman came into this world and was rejected, chained up, crucified on a cross, disfigured, beat up, whipped, and unjustly murdered by the people he came to save.

Even though seeming like just a man, Jesus was fully God as well and He came with authority from God to carry out great miracles and signs among us of the Kingdom of God to come: that future Kingdom which through Jesus Christ was brought into contact with our world.

Jesus not only taught us the character of God and the character we should embrace if we choose to become part of God’s Kingdom. Jesus also taught us what true justice is and, above justice, that true and pure love, driven by a love of God, is the one weapon and element that transforms the lives of people. Jesus came, taught, carried out great signs and wonders, was imprisoned, unjustly murdered (crucified), but, because He had a divine purpose form God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, rose from the dead in victory over death. He took the power of death away from the kingdom of darkness and carried the evil and sins of the world at the cross–he paid the price no other hero, man-made or supernatural, or human being in general was, is, or will be able to do. He died so that we may live, and live a life in communion with Our Maker and Loving Creator, God.

A hero, a man, a God, like no other.

Yes. A hero like no other. One beautiful thing about Jesus is that He died for us. Seeing our evil, our darkness, our hypocrisy, our sin, and our future evil and future mistakes, He still decided to carry our sins at the cross. Jesus came not only to preach the coming Kingdom of God, which dwells now among us through the lives of the Saints (all believers) but to restore us, through His sacrifice, to God.

God, being fully just and sinless, is not able to be in communion with evil, to be in a relationship with evil. Therefore, in order that we may be restored to God, Jesus, the Son, died and carried our sins and resurrected to grant us ever-lasting life. Those who accept this hero, those who accept, by faith, what Christ did, are welcomed into the Kingdom of God and are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

You simply have to believe. For, if you believe, then you will share in the blessings of what humanity’s one true hero (super hero even) did 2,000 years ago, and continues to do at the right hand of God today.

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The choice.

Like in every story, comic book, movie, or novel, the audience is given the choice to make a choice. Do we accept or reject the hero? Is he epic enough? realistic enough? tragic enough? Does he embody the struggles that we face as human beings? What makes Jesus different from every other single hero is that the choice at stake is one that, whichever decision you make, has great consequences. It doesn’t come down to whether you will buy or go to the sequel or not, or whether you will make that hero’s face your desktop background for a couple weeks. No. Whatever your conclusion and choice is on the person of Jesus Christ impacts your destiny and the one relationship which is essential to life. You and God.

The choice to accept Christ, what He did at the cross and at the resurrection, is ours. If you say yes, well, when God looks at you He will no longer see your sin and your darkness, but He will see the righteousness of Christ in you. Christ has paid for your debts and now you can enjoy communion with God and be part of this present and future Kingdom of God, a kingdom of light: where true justice, true worship, true love, and true communion will reign eternally.

Humanity’s true hero came about 2,010 years ago into this world. Not as an anything else than a young child, who was fully God and fully man (truly a great miracle) and He paid the sacrifice, through his perfection and righteousness, no one else could pay. And now you must choose: will you keep looking for Superman? Or will you embrace the call of humanity’s Savior, Jesus Christ?

Be Blessed.

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These thoughts began to take shape a few years ago when I heard the following lines in the movie Superman Returns and couldn’t help but draw parallels with the couple verses from Scripture that followed:

From Jor-El to his son Kal-el (Superman)

“They can be a great people, Kal-El, they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you… my only son.”

John 3:16-17

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

Matthew 3: 16-17

And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

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