Some of the most popular movies these days are about superheroes. I have never been a huge fan of comic book heroes, but it’s hard to miss them now because they are everywhere. Movie studios have had hits and misses, but they keep making sequels and coming up with new plots. It tells me that people today are looking for something (or someone) greater than themselves. They are looking for power and strength, a hero who can come and rescue others from the evil in this world.
One of the titles that Isaiah gives Jesus is ‘mighty God.’ (Isaiah 9:6) Various commentators have pointed out this means someone who is strong and invincible, someone who can defeat the enemy – a hero.
The life of Jesus was marked by power and strength. Throughout his ministry, Jesus showed a display of God’s authority and miracles. He calmed the stormy sea, he healed the sick, he cast out demons, and he raised the dead. He claimed the power to forgive sins and set people free from bondage. He emerged victorious over death and the grave. He showed himself to be a mighty God, the savior of the world.
Our world is still in need of a mighty and powerful God. People are looking, but they won’t find what they need in the movies. Many Christians also need a miracle, a divine intervention for their situation. This is the good news: Jesus is still active and working today; he is no less a mighty God now than he was when he walked on earth.
Jesus came to demonstrate God’s power over all situations, including yours. “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” (Ephesians 1:18-19)