I took the family to see “Superman Returns” yesterday. It?’s a really good movie.
The story line is about what you expect from a Superman movie?…Lex Luthor wants to take over the world, and the romantic angle with Lois Lane is there, and Superman gets to perform many amazing and heroic feats.
By the way, I’?m not going to give away anything critical to your enjoyment of the movie, so if you?re planning to see it, you can relax.
Basically, the story is that Superman has been away from the earth for the last five years. He left without saying goodbye, no one knew why he left or if he would ever return, including Lois Lane.
During his absence, many of earth?’s inhabitants moved on, ?they got used to Superman not being there. Lois went so far as to write an article for the Daily Planet about Superman?s absence. The title? ?”Why the World Doesn?t Need Superman.”?
Of course, Superman does return, and is told by a hurt and angry Lois, who now has a five year old son and a fiancé with whom she is living, that the world does not need a savior.
His reply? ?You wrote that the world doesn’t need a savior, but every day I hear people crying for one.?
Of course, the rest of the movie serves to demonstrate that, yes, the earth does need a savior, and that savior?s name is Superman.
I told you I wouldn?t spoil the movie for you, so I will only say this: This savior, invented by Hollywood, falls as far short as you and I when it comes to sinlessness.
Yes, the world needs a savior, but that savior must be perfect, blameless, without sin.
There is one, and that one is Jesus.
Jesus is not a comic book hero. He lived a real life, died a painful death in your place, and mine, and was resurrected on the third day. That?’s not fiction. That happened. There are eyewitness accounts, and his life, death and resurrection are documented better than is Socrates, Aristotle or William Shakespeare.
John 4:39 – 42 (NIV): 39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman?s testimony, ?He told me everything I ever did.? 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers. 42 They said to the woman, ?We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.?
Go ahead, go see Superman Returns. Enjoy the story and the heroism and the special effects. Lose yourself in the fairy tale for two and a half hours.
But when the lights come back on, be thankful that the real savior of the world knows you by name, and he wants to have you know him.
His name is Jesus.