The newest Star Wars film is expected to totally smash first weekend box office records at theaters near you and superhero movies have earned $5.37 billion in the last five years, but it does change the fact that Jesus Christ is the ultimate superhero and the Holy Spirit is greater than “the Force.”
Your favorite superhero hero pales in comparison to Jesus. Everyone knows that Superman’s weakness is kryptonite. Batman was nearly broken in half by the evil Bain. Spider-man has relationship issues. But Jesus’ weakness (and strength) is His love for humanity.
You may have grown tired of hearing or seeing the words found in John 3:16-17 as recorded in The Bible, but they are living testimony to the power of God and Jesus Christ.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Jesus is known by many names. He is called “Savior”, because he rescues people from sin and death. Romans 4:25-5:2 declares “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.”
Jesus is known as “Lord.” The Apostle Peter declared to thousands of listeners in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost: “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah” (Acts 2:36).
Acts 4:33-34 reports that “with great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them.” Does Superman or Batman have the power to heal the sick, the broken and the disenfranchised?
There are so many names and titles that have been bestowed on Jesus that they cannot be contained in this article. He is the “Holy One” (Acts 3:14, Psalm 16:10), “King of kings and Lord of lords” (1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 19:16), the “Light of the world” (John 8:12), “Prince of peace” (Isaiah 9:6) and the “Son of God” (Luke 1:35; John 1:49).
Many stories have been written that suggest Superman’s “back story” is partially based on the life of Jesus. In Action Comics #1, Kal-el was sent as a baby by his loving parents to earth and raised by a humble farmer and his wife in the little town of Smallville. Jesus was sent by His (and our) heavenly Father to earth and was born in a manger in the little town of Bethlehem. He was raised by a humble carpenter and his wife.
Clark Kent, his name on earth, lived an ordinary childhood. Jesus, son of Joseph and Mary of Nazareth, also had an ordinary childhood. When Clark reached a certain level of maturity, he went to the big city and became Superman. Wikipedia reports that Mr. Kent was 29 years old, when he first appeared to the world as Superman. Bible scholars believe Jesus was 30 when He began his ministry.
One of Jesus’ greatest deeds was to give those who believe in Him the gift of the Holy Spirit. The 14th chapter of the gospel according to John contains Jesus’ explanation of the Holy Spirit.
Obi-wan Kenobi in the fourth Star Wars film did not give Luke Skywalker “the Force.” The Jedi teacher showed his apprentice how to activate the Force in him. Obi-Wan, known as “Old Ben” by Luke offers the following explanation of the Force: “The Force is what gives the Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us. It penetrates us. It holds the galaxy together.” Do you see any similarities between the Force and the Holy Spirit?
Maybe it would be best just to list what the Holy Spirit can do through us.
- He teaches – John 14:26
- He testifies – John 15:26
- He guides – Rom. 8:14
- He speaks – 1 Corinthians 2:13
- He enlightens – John 16:13
- He strives – Genesis 6:3
- He commands – Acts 8:28
- He intercedes – Romans 8:26
- He sends workers – Acts 13:4
- He calls – Revelation 22:17
- He comforts – John 16:7
- He works – 1 Corinthians 12:11
Yep, at the end of the day, it seems wiser to believe in Jesus and the Holy Spirit. You can still go to the movies and watch the latest fantasy film. Just remember the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are here to help us survive in the real world.