“But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” – Galatians 4:4
Super heroes have been part of American culture for a long time: think Batman, Spiderman, Ironman, Incredible Hulk, Superman, etc. No matter how bad things appear, these heroes always seem to show up just in the nick of time. There’s just something about heroes that appeals to all of us. Maybe it’s seeing good triumph over evil, especially in a day and age when evil seems to be winning over and over again.
The sad reality, however, is that real Super Heroes don’t exist. They’re made up; they’re all fiction. Well, except for one – because there is a real Super Hero that showed up at the perfect time in history to engage in a life or death battle against the evil that continues to wreak havoc on mankind. This hero came to literally save the day in a way that saves each of our lives – if we let him. Any guesses as to who I’m talking about? This hero is Jesus.
A little over 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem. Rome was in charge and ruled by a man named Caesar Augustus. In an act of incredible greed, he called for a census to register each individual in his hometown. For Joseph, who was of the house of David, he had to return to Bethlehem. And so Joseph left, bringing with him a very pregnant Mary, along for the 70-mile journey.
When they arrived, the only rest they found was in a barn, surrounded by animals. There, Mary gave birth, under the law, to her firstborn Son, Jesus. Supernaturally conceived, but born of a woman, Jesus is both God and man. He lived, He died, and He rose again to pay the penalty for our sin and to offer us forgiveness. Jesus made it possible for us to become adopted children of God.
It’s for this reason that Jesus is the only REAL Super Hero. This is what Christmas is all about.