Superhero

Believe it, our society is having superhero fever. Many awesome superhero movies are coming out this year and years to come like flu during winter time. One movie that I look forward to seeing is Batman Vs. Superman in June. Beyond that, the list is long: Captain America: Civil War, new X-men, Guardian of Galaxy 2, Wonder Woman, Aquaman movie, the titles go on and on. For a superhero enthusiast like me, this is good news. Hmm.. it’s gonna be an amazing year of Superheroes. I can’t wait 

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There is an ice breaker conversation I always do whenever I am around youth. The question I ask them is: ‘If you can be a superhero, what would you like to be and explain why?’ The answers are always interesting. Like: 
‘I want to be Invisible Man so that I can sneak into movie theater without paying or go inside secret places.’ 
‘I’d like to be Dr. Xavier from X-men, so that I can control people’s minds.’

‘I hate being in the airplane. So, I want to be Tele-transport superhero, so that I can move place to place within a blink of an eye. I can visit the world without having to fly.’ 

Who doesn’t want to be a superhero? I’d like to be one! Even though Peter Parker’s (Spiderman) uncle, Ben, said ‘with great power comes greater responsibility’. I’ll take that responsibility as long as I can be so cool like Superman with X-ray eyes, supersonic speed, flying ability, and a indestructible body. 

Even the Bible confirms that. Read Romans 8:31-39. It starts with: “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?….”

On verse 37, Apostle Paul comments: “But in all these things we are more than conquerors through Christ who loved us.” The Greek word for ‘more than conqueror’ is upernikomen. It is a composite word consisting of two Greek words: uper and nikomen. Probably you already know that “uper” has the same meaning as in words we use in our daily life like: super in supermarket, superb, super in supernatural, superior, and so on. And “uper” means “more or beyond”. The second word, “nikomen” means “conqueror or winner”. When you put these two words together it creates: “more than conqueror”. If we transliterate it, it will mean “superwinner” or “supervictor” or if you like it better in more a familiar word: “superhero”.

Read it again: “But in all these things we are superheroes through him who loved us.”

This verse brought tears to my eyes. We are indeed a “superhero” through God who already did everything FOR US! God gave His own Son and He did not even spare His own Son’s life in order to transform us to be “superhero”. This is huge!!! This is important for us to realize because ‘superhero’ is only a fictional title, but it is our true identity in Christ Jesus!

It should give us a better understanding about how to deal with a difficult life. Think about it, every superhero has his or her struggles in life, but he or she never lets those struggles overcome himself. They may fall but they will always come back up, face those struggles, and win the battle. Superman is defeated by Kryptonite, Spiderman has the Green Goblin, and Joker foils Batman. But they fight the good fight and emerge as winners. 

Later, Apostle Paul reminds us: the power of love that Christ has given to us; the power that transforms us to be superheroes will enable us to endure and overcome all things. Therefore, Paul said: “There is nothing, nothing at all: no struggle, no problem, death nor life, angels nor demons, the present nor the future, any powers, height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, can defeat us!” 

So friends, during your struggle and perfect storm of your life, remember that you are the superheroes through God who loves you. And you will able to overcome! 

Love and prayers, 

Vincent Arishvara 03022016


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