I love a good superhero movie! Not those dark ones that have lots of bad language, gore, and sensuality, but the good fun ones. Our culture has proven that I’m not alone in this.
But have you ever stopped to ask yourself why? Why do so many people flock to these movies about grown men and women who put on funny costumes and run around doing crazy things?
Maybe it’s because, on some level, we all recognize that we NEED saving.
Sure, we like to think we can handle whatever comes our way, but the reality is that we can’t. More often than not, we need someone bigger, someone stronger to swoop in and make things right.
When you think about it, these superhero movies mirror the gospel. Most of them come from humble beginnings. They have to persevere through trials and difficult circumstances. They rise to fame and are loved by the general population, but also face tremendous opposition from their enemies. They reach a point where it seems like they’ve been defeated and all hope is lost.
Sound familiar? Jesus came from the humblest of backgrounds. He faced temptation from Satan himself. He was constantly on the move, constantly threatened by those who feared or opposed Him. The crowds loved Him – for a while – but the religious leaders wanted nothing more than to kill Him. Then came the cross. It appeared that He’d lost.
Until the third day, when His ultimate victory became evident.
So the next time you’re discussing the latest superhero movie with someone, why not use that as a launching point to share Jesus? Who knows… maybe the person you’re speaking with will be in a place where they finally recognize that they need saving.
Acts 4:12 – “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”