This month at C3 Church Curitiba, we are doing a sermon series called Real Men: Superheroes. The reality is that there is a superhero inside of all of us wanting to get out. I will be posting a few of the things that I have preached on and some of the insights that have come out of this series.
“How could you leave us like that? I moved on. So did the rest of us. The world doesn’t need a savior and neither do I.” Lois Lane to Superman in Superman Returns
If you saw Superman Returns, you remember Lois’ angry words towards someone that she had loved. The superhero had left and been gone for five years, evidently without telling anyone, and especially Lois, where he was going or even saying “goodbye.” When he returned, Superman had to face her anger. She had actually just won a Pulitzer Prize for her article, “Why the World Doesn’t Need Superman.”
Later, after Lois has had time to cool off and forgive Superman for leaving her and not explaining why he was leaving, they had a chance to talk again, this time as they were flying over the city. Actually, Superman was doing the flying and Lois was just holding on. Superman asks Lois what she hears.
“Nothing,” she replies.
“I hear everything,” says Superman. “You wrote that the world doesn’t need a savior, but every day I hear them crying for one.”
Superheroes have this uncanny ability to show up just as the world is about to be destroyed. That is why they are superheroes. It must be part of the job description. Superman talks about hearing people’s cries for a savior.
I wonder what would happen if Jesus’ followers could develop their hearing so that they could tune into the needs of those around them? We all get so caught up in living our own lives and focusing on ourselves that it is easy to lose sight of the lost and dying world around us. Jesus set such a great example for us by being able to really sense where people were hurting, lost, or confused. The Gospels are full of Jesus hearing people’s words but also being able to hear their hearts.
Would you be willing to pray and ask God to help you find one person this week who needs a touch from God? Would you be willing to help them connect with God?
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