On Saturday, I took my wife rhenium to see Superman Returns, the latest edition of the blockbuster franchise. After returning to earth from his home plant, Clark Kent (AK Superman) finds that the love of his life,Lois Lane, has won a Pulitzer Prize for her publication entitled "Why the World Doesn't Need Superman." When Superman confronts Lois on the matter, she tells him rather bluntly, "the world doesn't need a savior." Of course, by the end of the movie, after Superman saves her from a sinking ship and manages to save millions of people from Lex Luthor's evil scheme of plummeting North America into the Atlantic Ocean, Lois changes her mind and writes a new article entitled "Why the World Needs Superman."
No offense to Lois Lane, but I rather agree with her first premise- that the world really doesn't need Superman. Of course, this is a rather difficult conclusion to come by. After all, wouldn't it be nice if there really was someone who could fly at a moment's notice to rescue people from a crashing airplane or to save some helpless old woman from being robbed? Sure that would be nice, but is that what the world really needs?
No. Not really. The world doesn't actually need Superman. After all, if a Superman like -figure is what we actually needed, don't you think that God would have sent us a real Superman by now? The world doesn't really need a Superman, but it really does need a savior. The savior that God sent to the world did not wear a blue cape flying around rescuing damsels in distress, but he did save us in a much deeper way. By his life and example, he taught us to love one another, even our enemies. By dying on the cross for our sins and rising again from the dead, he showed us that love is the only real path to victory. After all, what good would it do to rescue the beauty from the beast if the heart of the beast remains unchanged? Of course, the kingdom that Jesus introduced to the world will one day blossom into a new heaven and a new earth where there will be no robbers,crashing airplanes, or natural disasters. With the hope of eternal bliss in the future and a changed heart in the present, who needs Superman when God has already sent us Jesus Christ?