Hero’s Keep You Safe

          When you hear the word hero what comes to your mind.  Perhaps it is a favorite movie star, a sports star, or an admired influence in your life.  There are actual people who can be your hero or you may have a fantasy hero like Superman, Spider-Man or Thor.

I would propose to you, that there is a common denominator between all heroes.  They appear safe, undefeatable, and eternal.  They achieve our dreams, meet our expectations and build our faith.  These attractions capture our attention, set our focus in life, and encourage us to never give up.

Heroes are a real influence in the lives of everyone in one way or another.  If you listen to a person long enough, you can tell who his or her heroes are.

The New Testament tells us that Jesus is the hero of all time.  He is the hero Who keeps you safe.  Colossians tells us about the Supremacy of the Son of God.  “For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities.  He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:16-17)

One great attraction of a hero – he’s got to be able to keep you safe.  Have you ever heard of Bonnie Tyler?  She sang the song, “Holding Out For A Hero.”  In her song are these lyrics, “Where have all the good men gone, where are all the gods, where are the street wise Hercules to fight the rising odds?  Isn’t there a white knight upon a white steed?  I need a hero, he gotta to be sure;  he gotta be larger than life; He gotta be fresh from the fight.  I need a hero.”

Jesus is that hero,  for in the book of revelation, He is the one who returns riding upon a “white horse, His name is call Faithful and True…  His name is the Word of God. (Revelation 19:11-13)  Jesus is the Word that became flesh. (John 1:14)  Colossians says, “In Him all things hold together.” “Hold Together” (sunistēmi [συνιστημι)]) means that Jesus is the cohesion in the universe. He is the controlling and unifying force of all nature.  Jesus has the power over all things and maintains continuous stability and productiveness of all things.  He orders all things to the will of God His father.  If there is anyone who can keep you safe in this world and in eternity it is Jesus Christ who can hold it all together.  Hebrews 1:3 says, The Son is the radiance of God’s Glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful Word.”    I love the heart of the psalmist who wrote, The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.” (Psalm 18:2)

I remember seeing a painting with Psalm 18:2 written on it, along with the word peace.  The panting showed a mountain cliff being hammered by a powerful storm.  The painting showed the lightning flashing, the wind blowing and trees falling.  I thought, “How is that a painting of peace?”  Looking again, I saw an small cave going deep into the cliff; in that cave was a bird setting on a nest, just comfortably sitting peacefully, sheltered from the wind, rain and lightning.

In this life there will be storms of trials and temptations that can lead you to despair, looking for a real hero.  Be like many, thrust in Jesus Christ, the real Hero!