Now what is a Christ-figure? Throughout the Bible, there are many characters and events that were types or shadows of things that were to come in the future, many of them pictures of Jesus Christ Himself. The Old Testament is full of these figures. One classic figure of Christ is the Passover Lamb described in Exodus Chapter 12: “On the tenth day of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb… And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it… And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.” (v.3,7,13). First Corinthians 5:7b in the New Testament tells us, “For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.” The Passover Lamb was a figure of Christ.
Another classic Christ figure in the Old Testament was the serpent on the pole. Do you remember when the Lord called the children of Israel out of slavery in Egypt? As they wandered in the wilderness, they began to complain, “So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” (Numbers 21:6-8). Jesus said, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:14-15).
One of my favourite scenes in the Man of Steel movie was when Clark / Superman was wrestling with whether or not to hand himself over to the villain, General Zod. Clark knows that if he surrenders himself to Zod to save humanity, he may lose his life in the process, and so he walks into a church seeking wisdom and direction. As he dialogues with the priest, he confesses, “I’m the one Zod is looking for.” As the camera zooms in on Clark, behind him you can see a scene from the life of Jesus in a stained glass window. It is a picture of Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, right at the moment in His life when He was wrestling about going to the Cross. He prayed, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42). Superman leaves the church to go fight Zod, and Jesus leaves the Garden to go to the Cross.
The Bible is full of Christ-figures, and there are many people, places and events throughout history that have revealed to us things about Jesus as well. To those who may not be convinced that Superman is a legit Christ-figure, we will look at 10 Similarities Between Jesus and Superman tomorrow…
Pastor Chris Jordan