Yesterday, I sent my grandchildren to school wearing superhero T-shirts.
The family of the six-year-old boy killed in the Townville school shooting requested that people attend his funeral in superhero clothing instead of suits and ties. Jacob loved superheroes, and the whole country embraced this idea. Stores sold out of superhero-themed clothing, and many people wore them as they went about their day, even if they weren’t attending the funeral.
This got me to thinking about why we love superheroes.
Superheroes represent our need for someone who steps in and saves us from the bad guys. A person with supernatural abilities who has a knack of showing up when people need them, kicking the bad guys to the curb, and ensuring we’re safe.
I have good news for you! He already exists!
- There is someone who is always there.
- There is someone who saves us.
- There is someone who keeps us safe.
- There is someone with supernatural abilities.
- There is someone who people turn to when they desperately need him, and he’s always there.
All we have to do is seek Him and He will be there. In fact, even when we forget to seek Him, He is there.
Who, you ask?
The Holy Trinity: God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We love superheroes because our souls cry out for someone who provides us this love and safety.
In Isaiah, we see His power and our yearning:
We have a strong city;
God makes salvation
its walls and ramparts.
2 Open the gates
that the righteous nation may enter,
the nation that keeps faith.
3 You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
4 Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.
5 He humbles those who dwell on high,
he lays the lofty city low;
he levels it to the ground
and casts it down to the dust.
6 Feet trample it down—
the feet of the oppressed,
the footsteps of the poor.
7 The path of the righteous is level;
you, the Upright One, make the way of the righteous smooth.
8 Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws,[a]
we wait for you;
your name and renown
are the desire of our hearts.
9 My soul yearns for you in the night;
in the morning my spirit longs for you.
When your judgments come upon the earth,
the people of the world learn righteousness.
Isaiah 26: 1-9
In Psalms, we see how we yearn for Him:
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? Psalm 42:1-2
My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Psalm 84:2
Is it any wonder that we are fascinated with the idea of a superhero? Our souls know we need Him.
My heart breaks for the family of Jacob Hall, but I’m so glad that he had a savior superhero to bend down and scoop him up in His loving arms and say, “You are safe. You are loved. I am here.”
Never fear, Jesus is always here.