S is for Superhero
But there's a certain superhero that beats them all that Hollywood has failed to give credit to.
He played his roles to the very last detail of the scripts. He never used a double, he performed his stunts himself, from the first day to the last. Even at that moment when his strength failed, he didn't call out to the director to cut the scene, rather he said "I'm not sure i want to do this, but lets do it your way, you're the director, you know whats best". There was no 'STAR' attitude. His hard work has made that movie the best story ever told.
This is the greatest picture of any superhero we can ever ever imagine or create in the cinemas... he had no need for fancy 'hero' suites to distinguish him, his life alone, the blood that was shed,the crown of thorns and the cross is the picture we need of our superhero. All we ever need to see to know that he indeed is.
Jesus. He healed the sick, raised the dead, fed the hungry, taught the seekers, loved those that were scorned, commanded the demons and yet was the most humble of them all.
He played his part to the last detail even as the prophets of old prophesied. And at the last moment, when his strength failed him, when he had the chance to ask for a stunts man, to ask for that part of the script to be changed, to ask for an easier way... he didn't, because he knew what would make the movie a best seller, what would make our salvation sure, what the world needed was for that scene to be included, no part edited or altered, thus with so much pain "....he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Mathew 26:39 "
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground."Luke 22:43-44I never could understand the part of his sweat being like drops of blood, till i read this "The clinical term is “hematohidrosis.” “Around the sweat glands, there are multiple blood vessels in a net-like form.” Under the pressure of great stress the vessels constrict. Then as the anxiety passes “the blood vessels dilate to the point of rupture. The blood goes into the sweat glands.” As the sweat glands are producing a lot of sweat, it pushes the blood to the surface - coming out as droplets of blood mixed with sweat."www.christiananswers.net
That's how distressed he was, but because he loved me so, he let the script go as it was written. Now that's a real super hero.
Today's good friday, the day we celebrate Jesus death, because in his death, we are alive. His one act of love and heroism has saved the world and countless generations from death and destruction. No greater love can we find.
Today i applaud my super hero and i live in thanksgiving and love for his sacrifice for me.
It's time to stop being hybrid Christians,a mixture of good and bad, that's unacceptable to God. If we want to be in the closing credits of the second part of this movie when the Hero comes back to finish what he's started, then it's time to sincerely and wholesomely embrace the cross as rugged as it looks. Sometimes when i fight with my will and my wants, i remember this verse "And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?" mark 8:16
all the riches, all the fun times, all the love, all THAT is worth nothing if we haven't embraced the cross, and loved Jesus for the sacrifice he's made for us.