Ever since the Avengers swooped into theaters and helped rescue Hollywood's year with a gargantuan $1.39 billion haul, the prospect of further superhero ensemble movies has been pretty inevitable. Warner Bros has rolled out their Justice League movie starring Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, followed by their Wonder Woman movie. Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Captain America and others are not only on the Big Screen, but now they’re on cereal boxes, T shirts, advertisements, books, and more. Why is that? Why all the hype? Why all the draw?
It’s an interesting thing to look at. Stan Lee has defined a superhero as: “a person who does heroic deeds and has the ability to do them in a way that a normal person couldn’t. So in order to be a superhero, you need a power that is more exceptional than any power a normal human being could possess, and you need to use that power to accomplish good deeds.”
Do you see what I see in that statement? There is a longing for a supernatural power that is used for good. A power that sets the person apart. A power that draws attention. Look at what one of my favorite theologians says about this:
"All men kinda think of themselves like low-level super-heroes in their own world. I'm not even supposed to be telling you this. But when men are growing up and are reading about Batman, Spiderman, Superman... these aren't fantasies. These are options. This is the deep inner secret truth of the male mind." - Jerry Seinfeld
Not long ago I came across an article by Joe Thomas, entitled “The 5 Reasons We Love Super Hero’s” In that article he lists some very interesting reasons, but it was the last one he listed that really caught my attention. Take a look at it…
“The most important one, and I think one of the reasons superheroes exist. To give hope.” (Do you see that?)” To give hope that no matter what the odds are, people are inherently good. That one person can make a difference. That even with no superhuman powers, one person can make a difference. That having powers doesn't automatically make you better than anyone. The fact is, that's why I love them. Because I get inspired by them, they give me hope. To never give up, even when the task seems daunting. In the end, that's what we all want right? The hope that anything can happen. That maybe one day a ship from another planet crashes carrying a child from another world.” (Did you hear that?) “That we can work together and make the world, hell anywhere, a better place. Superheroes aren't a pipe dream, a waste of time. They are so much more. They are a constantly evolving heartbeat, something we and I, hold so dear to us, because it allows us to believe again.”
A professor from BYU who has been studying this phenomenon says,
“Superheroes represent hope and we are, for the most part, hopeful people. They explain mystery. They model behavior. They inspire. They make mistakes and they learn from them. They are life lessons.”
So, where am I going with this? Just a couple of quick things.
1) There really is a longing in people’s hearts for the power of the supernatural to be at work bringing about good, defeating the kingdom of darkness, wickedness and evil. You can see this in the few quotes that I’ve shared. From eon’s of time back, man has been intrigued with mythological figures like Hercules, Zeus, Achillies, and others. Who do you think put this longing in people’s hearts?
2) There is no shortage of “super hero’s” listed in the Bible. The Bible includes some amazing facts and stories about “hybrid” beings, men of renown, including DAVID’S MIGHTY MEN. The greatest superhero of all is none other than Jesus. He shows up in the story of David in some amazing ways.
Beginning this Sunday, and for the next 5 weeks, we’ll be taking a look at David and his Mighty Men. We’ll also be meeting some modern Mighty Men and Women. This is definitely a series you’ll not want to miss. I’ve never done a study like this one. This is one of those times you’re going to want to invite someone to come with you! I can’t wait to see you! Come expecting an unforgettable day at Deer Flat.
Still Gripped By Jesus,