What Makes a True Hero? (Y1.T1.D7)
Updated: Sep 11
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In my thirties, I worked for a large corporation. Occasionally the boss’s boss attended our team meetings. On one such occasion, he asked us to share, “Who is your hero, and why?”
I nervously twitched as individuals began to name historic figures or famous people. I couldn’t think of a single human worthy of such a title. When my turn to answer came, I said, “I don’t have a hero.”
The boss pushed, “Certainly there is someone you admire.”
“I admire a lot of people. You mentioned Thomas Jefferson who is a very smart man. I admire some of his writing, but I don’t think of him as a hero because he owned slaves. Even the most admirable people in the world have their faults so I don’t think of them as heroes.”
I didn’t win any points with my argument because I failed to understand my boss’ need to have someone he could look up to and admire.
When I’m asked that question today, I quickly answer, “Jesus.” His faultless nature (1 John 3:5) makes him better than any human who ever lived, but, he also outshines every fictional superhero.
Most importantly, Jesus has the power, desire, and ability to save. Consider what Jesus said in the following verses:
My power is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
The Son of Man hath power on earth to forgive sins (Matthew 9:6).
All power is given unto Me in Heaven and on earth. (Matthew 28:18)
Knowing he has the power to forgive sins and save, the next question is: Is Jesus a true hero?
Absolutely! He is perfect, he will forgive, and he will save. Our only role in the relationship is to bring our problems to him and trust that he will do all that he promised without fail.
Ready for the Evidence?
1 God, having in the past spoken to the fathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 has at the end of these days spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the worlds. 3 His Son is the radiance of his glory, the very image of his substance, and upholding all things by the word of his power, who, when he had by himself purified us of our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much better than the angels as the more excellent name he has inherited is better than theirs. 5 For to which of the angels did he say at any time,
“You are my Son. Today I have become your father?”
“I will be to him a Father, and he will be to me a Son?”
6 When he again brings in the firstborn into the world he says, “Let all the angels of God worship him.” 7 Of the angels he says,
“He makes his angels winds, and his servants a flame of fire.”
8 But of the Son he says,
“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your Kingdom. 9 You have loved righteousness and hated iniquity; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows. (Hebrews 1:1–9)
1 Hear my prayer, Yahweh! Let my cry come to you. 2 Don’t hide your face from me in the day of my distress. Turn your ear to me. Answer me quickly in the day when I call. 3 For my days consume away like smoke. My bones are burned as a torch. 4 My heart is blighted like grass, and withered, for I forget to eat my bread. 5 By reason of the voice of my groaning, my bones stick to my skin. 6 I am like a pelican of the wilderness. I have become as an owl of the waste places. 7 I watch, and have become like a sparrow that is alone on the housetop. 8 My enemies reproach me all day. Those who are mad at me use my name as a curse. 9 For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mixed my drink with tears, 10 because of your indignation and your wrath; for you have taken me up and thrown me away. 11 My days are like a long shadow. I have withered like grass.
12 But you, Yahweh, will remain forever; your renown endures to all generations. 13 You will arise and have mercy on Zion; for it is time to have pity on her. Yes, the set time has come. 14 For your servants take pleasure in her stones, and have pity on her dust. 15 So the nations will fear Yahweh’s name, all the kings of the earth your glory. 16 For Yahweh has built up Zion. He has appeared in his glory. 17 He has responded to the prayer of the destitute, and has not despised their prayer. 18 This will be written for the generation to come. A people which will be created will praise Yah, 19 for he has looked down from the height of his sanctuary. From heaven, Yahweh saw the earth, 20 to hear the groans of the prisoner, to free those who are condemned to death, 21 that men may declare Yahweh’s name in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem, 22 when the peoples are gathered together, the kingdoms, to serve Yahweh.
23 He weakened my strength along the course. He shortened my days. 24 I said, “My God, don’t take me away in the middle of my days. Your years are throughout all generations. (Psalm 102:1–24)
13 But which of the angels has he told at any time, “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies the footstool of your feet?”
14 Aren’t they all serving spirits, sent out to do service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?
1 Therefore we ought to pay greater attention to the things that were heard, lest perhaps we drift away. 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty, 3 how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation—which at the first having been spoken through the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard, (Hebrews 1:13–2:3)
I need you. I want to know You and the power of Your resurrection (Philippians 3:10). Give me the power to see past my hurt and my ability to hurt others. Even though I don’t deserve salvation, Your grace is poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love I need through Christ Jesus (1 Timothy:14). Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me, and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise (Jeremiah 17:14). Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
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