Today I went to watch with my kids the blockbuster movie, “Avengers: Infinity War.”
I must admit that I came away feeling rather sad because many of the superheroes vaporized to dust. Despite their combined effort and strength, they could not bring down the villain who eventually achieved his goal.
It was sadly tragic for me.
Deep within me is a longing for a superhero that triumphs in the face of evil and injustice.
Perhaps it is reason why so many of us love to watch superhero movies. We are fascinated with superheroes because we crave for them in our lives.
We live in a broken and troubled world torn by political, economic and climatic upheaval. Greed, pride and self-survival seem to rule the hearts of those who have the power to decide changes for the good of the world.
We need to be rescued from hopeless despair. We need to be delivered from mad men and mad policies in this fragile world fighting for survival.
We need a hero. Aaron Waters and Ryan Taubert express in songs that deep longing in our hearts. Bonnie Tyler also sang:
I need a hero
I’m holding out for a hero ‘til the end of the night
He’s gotta be strong
And he’s gotta be fast
And he’s gotta be fresh from the fight
I need a hero
I’m holding out for a hero ‘til the morning light
He’s gotta be sure
And it’s gotta be soon
And he’s gotta be larger than life!
Come to think of it, I found my superhero.
He is strong. He has power over the elements. He commands the winds and the waves. He drives out evil forces, legions of them.
He is wise. The wicked and cunning tried to put him in a spot but they could not trap him. People clang to every pearl of wisdom that comes from his lips.
He is good all the time. In him there is no hint of darkness or shade of moral greyness.
And He says to me:
“In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33)
His name is Jesus, Saviour of the world.