Let’s just admit it, we are all looking for superheroes of some sort. Our superheroes may come in different forms and in different ways, but we are always looking for someone to come and swoop in and make everything better.
Hollywood is not blind to this. That is why Superman, Spiderman, Batman, and so many others exist on TV and in the movies. This is not just isolated to male superheroes. The first widely recognizable female superhero is Wonder Woman and then followed by Hawkgirl, Supergirl, Batwoman and later Batgirl, all female versions of popular male superheroes. You can even say that Charlie’s Angels were a sort of superhero status.
There are TV shows that take this picture of a hero and place it inside a character who always comes through and saves the day, solves the case, arrests the bad guy, etc. We all like a good end to things and heroes and superheroes are the appropriate avenue to make that happen.
Many people look for this in their relationships. Women look for knights in shining armor to come and sweep them away and live happily ever after. Guys are looking for women to “complete” them.
Israel was shown a Superhero God. In their exodus from Egypt, the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light (Exodus 13:21). He parted the Red Sea and then used it to destroy their enemies (Exodus 14). The people of God were shown a real Superhero.
As the Israelites were being cared for, they started to see how surrounding tribes and kingdoms were led by a visible leader. They wanted a king, but one that they could see. God was their King, but He ultimately gave them what they wanted: someone they could physically look to to lead them. Somehow, this Superhero God wasn’t good enough because He was not always visible to them, even though they knew He was there… even though they knew of His power… even though they knew He saved them many times from their enemies.
Years later, the Israelites waited for the promised Messiah. They were expecting to be delivered by Him from their current situation. They did not have their own nation. They had to pay taxes to a secular government that had control over them and that appalled them immensely. They looked to be freed from that.
Then came Jesus. He was the opposite of what they were looking for. They wanted a Messiah to rid them of their bondage to the earthly empires, but He just wanted to set them free from their bondage of sin. They wanted a King to protect them and rule the world. He just wanted them to make Him king of their hearts so He could rule in their everyday lives.
We should look for Jesus as the King. We should look forward to a new kingdom under His authority. This is not wrong to be desired.
We want Him to come now and rid this world of sin. He wants us to assist in saving more souls. We want Him to fix our money issues. He wants us to trust Him with it. We want Him to get us into that relationship we desire with someone else. He wants us to love Him more than any other person. We want to be allowed to pray to Him in our schools. He wants us to make Him a priority in our homes. We want our country to be “under God.” He wants us to know that this world is not our home.
The fictional heroes and superheroes are created by us. They suit our needs and complete our ideas of what we need to be saved from. But Jesus is and was and forever will be. He is the Creator. We cannot create Him to be whatever we want Him to be. He is who He is. Instead of leading Him to be our Superhero, why don’t we follow Him and let Him be a real Superhero God.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9