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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Real-Life Superhero

Apr. 14, 2013

It’s a bird! It’s a plane!” No, it’s the introduction to a Superman cartoon, of course. The “man of steel,” as he is sometimes called, was one of the first superheroes to appear in a comic strip. Two kids came up with the idea for the character. Jerry Siegel was in high school when he wrote a story about Superman. His young friend Joe Shuster drew the art. In 1938, they sold their idea to a publishing company.

Kids paid 10 cents to buy the first Superman comic books. They read about a make-believe hero who could fly and use his super strength to fight bad guys. By the time the seventh issue came out, Superman sold half a million copies.

Today there are many stories about superheroes. Of course, these villain-fighting, muscle-bound characters are just pretend. But there is a Superhero who is real. His name is Jesus.

Jesus is God’s Son. He has the power to do anything. The Bible tells how Jesus walked on water (John 6:16-21), calmed a storm (Matthew 8:23-27), healed the sick (see Matthew 8:1-4; Mark 8:22-26; Luke 5:17-26 for three great healing stories), and even brought dead people back to life (Luke 7:11-15; John 11).

Though Jesus lived on Earth 2,000 years ago for about 33 years, He also lived before the world was formed. Jesus has always been alive, and He was involved in every part of creation. That’s what John was talking about when he began his Gospel with this statement:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:1-3, NIV).

On the cross, Jesus overcame the ultimate bad guy, Satan. When Jesus died and rose again, He made a way for all people to be saved. Jesus promises eternal life to all who trust Him and obey His Word.

Jesus is the ultimate real-life Superhero, and He wants to be your closest Friend. Isn’t that wonderful and amazing? The best superhero story ever told is a true story! That’s the good news of the gospel. Ask Jesus to forgive your sins, live in your heart, and fill you with His life-giving power.

By Christina Quick


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