The Heroic Calling of Jesus:
Because Kal-El (Superman) was born on the planet Krypton which had a red sun, when he came to the earth with its yellow sun, that’s what gave him his super powers – his super strength, speedy and ability to fly. In the movie the Man of Steel, Jor-El says about his son, “He will be like a god to them.” In the Bible, we see Jesus revealed as the Son of God. “And the Word (Jesus) became flesh (he became a human being) and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).
When Jesus Christ came into the world, He didn’t just come as a god, a prophet, or a teacher, rather the same God who created the universe left the glory and majesty of Heaven and came down to the earth and took on human flesh. His name – Emmanuel – means God with us.
The Bible tells us that Jesus was 100% divine (He was God) but He was also 100% fully human as well. But for the first 30 years of His life, you wouldn’t have known that He was God. “Jesus also lived much of his childhood in obscurity. His dual identity as fully God and fully man is kept a secret. Yet there is a clear purpose to these “alter ego” years in Jesus’ life. Living among humans, experiencing what we experience, ensures that there is nothing we encounter in this life that he has not first encountered.” (Craig Detweiler).
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15-16).
Because God became a human being and walked the Earth as one of us, He worked by the sweat of His brow, was misunderstood, rejected and betrayed by friends, He can relate to all of our struggles. Jesus got hungry, He got thirsty and He got tired. He experienced all of the things that we go through – every temptation, trial or trouble you have gone through, Jesus has experienced, but He did not sin. Jesus understands what you’re going through. He knows every frustration and discouragement.
When we pray, we are praying to a God who understands us. So we can go boldly to God’s throne in prayer when we’re in trouble. We don’t have to say, “Oh God, I’m so sorry for disturbing you! I know you’re busy ruling the universe and trying to take care of all of the big important stuff!” We don’t have to be like that! God is our Father, and we can march right into His throne room and talk to Him. Maybe you had an earthly father who is too busy for you or who is never around. Maybe your dad is an alcoholic or a promise breaker like mine was. Our Heavenly Father’s door is always open, and He’s never too busy to hear your heart, your burdens and your cares. When you cry, “Help,” His response is, “I can do that, I’m that kind of a God!” Aren’t you glad for that? Not only is He all-powerful, He’s also all-loving, too.
Pastor Chris Jordan