Summary: They were people just like you and me putting their faith into practice. They were super people with super character, but they didn’t have special powers to live better lives or do incredible things. They are our examples, and warning signs, on how we are
Growing up as a child, just about everyone has had, or still have, superheroes. These superheroes had the ability to do the impossible, to fly far into the sky, to control the storms, to have incredible strength, x-ray vision, and even save the world.
When I was growing up, I loved superman. I wanted to be just like superman. I can remember running around my house with my homemade cape. I even wore that cape outside, and whenever I saw a phone booth I wanted to go in and change into “superman”.
Now, for those of you that don’t know what a phone booth is, it’s a tall glass box, big enough for one person, where you go in, put money in a slot next to the phone, and were able to dial anyone you wanted. They were everywhere, because we didn’t have phones in our hand. Times have changed….AMEN
But the idea of superheroes has not gone away. New movies come out all the time about superheroes. They are awesome and breathtaking, with big booms and grand effects. They come in HD, and 3D, on big screens and curved screens. The graphics are so mind blowing, you almost feel like you’re right there.
Back in the day, I read comic books all the time. The action back then had to be visualized, not like the Xboxes of today.
Now, for those of you that don’t know what a comic book is. It’s a paperback book with all the great stories of the superheroes of my time and yours. The comic books of yesterday are what the movies or based on today.
Just about everyone wanted to be a superhero, with great strength, great sight, great knowledge, and the whole world call you “SUPER”. HOW BOUT THAT…….
It was a sad day for me when I realized I couldn’t be one of those superheroes, because it was “simply impossible”.
But, think about this for a moment.
When we read the Bible, maybe we should think about it as a great masterpiece. A spectacular movie event in words. Complete with all the superheroes and villains that create the best of movies. If we really thought about the amazing things that some of the people did in the Bible, we should be amazed. We might even admire their lives and their passion for God.
But mostly we see the people in the Bible as superheroes, whose super powers are impossible to match.
Psalm 94:16 states: “Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?
My message today is ……. “Oh how I love Jesus”
When we read about the incredible things, and countless amazing people in the Bible, we shouldn’t want to put the book down. We should want to know more!
I know, sometimes it’s hard to grasp that these were real people who really lived, and not just made up stories, but they were real, and the stories are true.
These people had real struggles and real problems in life. They didn’t have superpowers, and they were not superheroes.
They were people just like you and me putting their faith into practice. They were super people with super character, but they didn’t have special powers to live better lives or do incredible things. They are our examples, and warning signs, on how we are to live our lives.
When I read of people like Abraham, Moses, David, Elijah, Paul and Peter, I strive for somethings they had. I strive for the closeness they had with God. They had a special relationship with God; they had a constant communication with Him. I want that, and you should too. AMEN
I strive for what they could accomplish for God. It was amazing how God could take these “only human” and imperfect individuals and do such amazing things through them that they could so greatly impact people.
I strive for their unwavering faith. They believed what God whispered to them in a dream or in a vision. They knew it to be true.
Matthew 17:20 states: “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
As you read about the pivotal people in the Bible we can see that many of them differ in personality and particular roles that they were raised up for. But one thing is always the same, they had a strong faith. They trusted God:
• When it didn’t make sense,
• When it wasn’t popular,
• When it was tough,
• And, when things weren’t going their way.