Spider Man, Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, Captain America, even Ironman all have things in common. They are super heroes who possess powers that seem, well, super-natural. Each seems to have a singular power that is then undergirded by others. They seem to be a part of a close knit group that seeks to work together to conquer the evils that seem to threaten humankind. Their primary goal is to save humanity from some evil force. They often wear things that make them easily identifiable, some kind of super hero outfit that fits their power. They each offer things that stretch the understanding of heroism, and seem to have a depth of moral integrity that often goes against the norms of their location. Many have gained their powers through some exterior circumstance whether it ‘s a tragic life event, some power that has entered them at some point, or even that they come from somewhere else.
Well, suffice it to say that this Sunday we’ll be exploring what makes a super hero super. What sets them apart? I’ll ask the question, if you were a super hero, what would your chosen superpower be?
All of this is to prepare us for Vacation Bible School the following week. We have 130 children coming to Aldersgate, each of whom will be exploring this topic. So, I need to ask, was Jesus a super hero, particularly if you examine what sets super heroes apart from normal human beings? Let ‘s have some fun with this. At the same time, there are deeply spiritual elements involved. To prepare please read Luke 2:41-52 and Matthew 4:23-5:12.