Ten Similarities Between Superman and Jesus:
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, consider these points:
- Superman’s birth name is Kal-El. Jesus is called Emmanu-El, which means God with us. The word El is Hebrew for God.
- Superman is called the Man of Steel. Jesus is called the Man of Sorrows. Isaiah 53:3-4a says, “He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows…” We all go through times of sorrow, grief and difficulties. During those seasons, we can give our griefs and sorrows to Jesus, and He will carry them for us, and we can receive His joy and peace.
- Superman is called the Man of Tomorrow. Jesus is called the same Yesterday, Today and Forever (Hebrews 13:8).
- Jor-El sent his only son Kal-El from Krypton to Earth to be the light of the world. God the Father sent His only son Jesus from Heaven to Earth to be the light of the world. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12).
- Superman’s earthly parents Jonathan and Martha are a humble, godly couple. Jesus’ earthly parents Joseph and Mary are a humble, godly couple. “Superman’s earthly parents, Martha and Jonathan, were modeled after the biblical parents Mary and Joseph, and Mary and Joseph were the original names of the earthly parents.” (Stephen Skelton).
- Superman’s enemy is a man named Lex Luthor. Jesus’ enemy is Lucifer. Both villains are fueled by the same all-consuming, corrupting hunger for power.
- Clark grew up in a small town (Smallville) and later moved to a big city (Metropolis). When Clark was a child, he kept his powers a secret. In Man of Steel, He becomes Superman at the age of 33 to save the world. Jesus grew up in a small town (Bethlehem) and later moved to a big city (Jerusalem). Jesus didn’t begin performing miracles until He was 30 years old, and He died when He was 33 to save the world.
- Superman can fly and he has X-ray vision. Jesus can fly too. Acts 1:9 says, “Now when Jesus had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.” After Jesus was raised from the dead, He ascended to Heaven! And Jesus has something better than X-ray vision – He can see into people’s hearts and minds. And of course let us not miss another important and vital difference here: Superman is a comic book character. Jesus is a real-life Saviour.
- In a comic book storyline in 1992, Superman was killed by a super-villain named Doomsday, died saving the world, but Superman later experienced a resurrection from the dead. Does that story sound familiar? In real life, Jesus died on the Cross to save the world, and three days later was raised from the dead. Today, Jesus is seated at the right hand of God the Father, and one day He’s coming back for us as the church to live with Him forever in Heaven.
- The “S” on Superman’s shirt is actually a Kryptonian symbol for hope. The Cross is a Christian symbol for hope and salvation. In a Man of Steel behind the scenes special, director Zack Snyder said, “The Superman “S” is said to be the second most recognizable symbol on the planet other than the Christian Cross.” Very interesting!
Pastor Chris Jordan