Summary: This in another in a series of youth sermons that parrallels Superman’s ability to fly with Jesus’ acension and promised return.
Look, Up in the Sky!
“Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s Superman!” Those words are among the most familiar in American pop culture. Many people don’t realize, though, that when Superman first appeared he wasn’t able to fly. In the first issue of Action Comics and until the Superman radio serial, the Man of Steel could only jump great distances (about an eighth of a mile to be exact), hence the phrase “able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.” Since mastering the pull of gravity, however, Superman has become the Nijinsky of the air. Grand and graceful, Superman flies freely through the skies of his beloved city, Metropolis.
His ability to soar above the clouds is perhaps Superman’s most inspiring super power. Who hasn’t, at one time or another, wished that they fly through the clouds, rising above the worries and troubles this world often brings? In Superman: The Movie, Lois Lane would have that wish granted.
With pen and paper in-hand, Lois waits on the balcony of her high-rise apartment building—watching the starry sky for the mysterious man who defies gravity. After checking her watch, she almost gives up hope of seeing (and interviewing) him again, but just as she turns away, Superman floats through the night air, lighting upon the ledge of Lois’ balcony. “Good evening, miss Lane,” Superman greets politely.
Startled by his sudden appearance, all Lois can manage to get out is, “Ah, hi...”
“Listen,” Superman courteously offers “it’s no trouble for me to come back later...”
“Don’t move!” Lois jumps to her feet running toward him. “Um, err... sure you can move, um... just don’t fly away, alright.”
After a series of inquiries about Superman’s vital statistic and where he comes from, Lois asks, “Just how fast do you fly?”
“Oh, I don’t really know,” Superman responds. “I’ve never actually bothered to time myself. Say, why don’t we find out?”
“And how do you propose we do that?” Lois questions.
Nodding toward the sky above, “Take a ride with me.”
“You mean I can fly?” Lois laughs.
“Well, actually I’d be handling the flying, if that’s okay?” Superman smiles.
“This is utterly fantastic!” Lois counters in disbelief. But after a little more coaxing, Superman gently takes her by the hand and leads her to the balcony’s edge. Just before Superman can lift them off the terrace, Lois looks up at him in amazement and says, “Clark says you’re just a figment of somebody’s imagination, like Peter Pan.”
“Peter Pan, huh? Peter Pan flew with children, Lois,” Superman answers, “in a fairytale.” Then, with one arm stretched out in front of them, as if leading the way, and the other arm wrapped around Lois, Superman lifts elegantly into the night.
At first, Lois covers her eyes and clings tightly to the strong arm of the Man of Steel as they fly above the city. The streets are all aglow beneath them. Superman’s cape ripples in the wind. After circling around the Statue of Liberty, Superman leads them high above the clouds into the light of the moon. With some encouragement from the Man of Steel, Lois stretches out her arms in euphoria, but accidentally lets go of Superman’s hand. Lois only falls a short distance before Superman catches her in his arms, once again, and the two embrace one another in the air—her arms wrapped around his neck.