Summary: The sung by Bonnie Tyler, "Holden Out of a Hero" got me thinking about Jesus Christ who the greatest hero of all times.
Title: The Hero of All Times, Jesus Christ
Introduction: 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.
Proposition: 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.
Interrogative Sentence: 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. Who is the hero of all time? Who is your hero? Who do the observers of our lives see as the hero of all times?
I like the heart of King David, the man after God's heart, who wrote, "I will exalt you, my God the King. I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever." (Psalm 145:1-2) "The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; He has compassion on all He has made. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is faithful to all His promises and loving toward all He has made. The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing." (Psalm 145:13-16)
The New Testament tells us that Jesus is the hero of all times. He is the hero that is safe, undefeatable and eternal. 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)
The first attraction of a hero - he got to be able to keep you safe. Have you ever 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 is the one who will 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" (sunist¨¥mi [¦Ò¦Ô¦Í¦É¦Ò¦Ó¦Ç¦Ì¦É)]) means that Jesus is the cohesion in the universe. (Wuest Word Studies in the Greek New Testament) He is the controlling and unifying force of all nature. (Word Pictures in the New Testament) 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. (Word Studies in the New Testament) 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 opening deep in the cliff; in that opening was a bird setting on a nest, just comfortably sitting peacefully, sheltered from the wind, rain and lightning.
Transitional Sentence: The second attraction to a hero is that they are undefeatable. Romans 4:25 says this about Jesus, "He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification."