Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Will We Be Like Superheroes?

If you have not picked up on it yet, I am a huge movie buff. For me, life is a collection of stories. And, stories can be very effective life tutors. This is probably why Jesus loved telling stories so much. I especially love stories set to film in such a way that allows me to escape, sometimes even into my own dreams and aspirations. This June, the long awaited film, “Man of Steel,” will be released. Probably of all superheroes, Superman is the most loved and the most recognized. Speaking of this, have you ever wondered why we love superheroes so much? Why as children do we dream about becoming a superhero? Why do these dreams even survive into adulthood? Could there be a reason that we have such an insatiable desire? Could this be a vision burned on hearts by God Himself? Could it be that we were designed for such a destiny? Could it be that in eternity, our perfect bodies will possess abilities far beyond our current natural limitations? Could it be that we will have no such limitations at all in eternity? Is Superman small potatoes compared to what we will become? I think the Bible actually confirms all of the above.

In my last post, I addressed how too many Christians have adopted boring lies about the nature of eternity and Heaven. We studied how in Revelation 21-22 God revealed for the last time how He will renew our planet into a “New Earth” and how He will permanently and physically join the New Earth with the New Heaven. We described how the New Earth will be a perfect Earth that more than rivals Eden, but on a global scale. Further, we studied how we will spend eternity doing many of the things we enjoy today on this Earth albeit perfectly. While that is awesome enough, are we destined to enjoy even much more than that? Is the assumption that we will be normal humans in eternity another boring lie? Or, will our immortality be characterized with supernaturality?

When men walked with Jesus/God on this Earth, they accomplished the supernatural. They displayed power that defied nature. They walked on water (Peter in Matthew 14). They teleported (Phillip in Acts 8). They commanded the sea (Moses in Exodus 14). They called down fire from the sky (Elijah in 1 Kings 18). At His ascension, Jesus, the God-man Himself, levitated and flew (Luke 24). And, those are just a few of the examples of how God enables man to be supernaturally powerful. As you read scripture and see other examples, they all confirm the greatness to which God will raise us in eternity. Except, it is clear from scripture that God intends even more greatness for us in eternity than what these men of God displayed while they were here.

Jesus (God) came to Earth to redeem and renew our spirit and our flesh. He also came to show us the Way and to model what supernatural men look like. He left us with a vision of what our eternity will promise. With God, men had full dominion over this planet. They experienced “all authority” realized in the flesh. Why would it be any less for us in the New Earth? Why would God show us, tease us even, with supernatural living only to destine us for something less? God has destined us for more, even far more. God has destined His children to fully resemble Him in most ways, excluding Deity of course. If you are a child of God, you can’t help but inherit a supernatural destiny. God has destined us to be eternally, physically supernatural. Romans 8:19-21 says, “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.” This is yet another reason to greatly anticipate our eternity like nothing else.

Consider also for a moment our eternal rank above angels. We are higher than the angels even to the point of presiding as judges over them (1 Corinthians 6:3). What does it imply when angels, who also perform supernatural feats of Biblical proportions, are lower than us? We will be greater than these awesome beings. And, they will be in awe of us, God’s adopted offspring. Jesus told us that if we have faith the size of a mustard seed, that we can command mountains to relocate and they will obey (Matthew 17:20). This power is available to us now. Imagine how much more power we will possess in eternity where faith is replaced with knowledge and full realization of who we truly are and whose we truly are.

Randy Alcorn pondered even further, “It seems possible that even the second law of thermodynamics may have been the product of mankind’s fall. If true, it demonstrates the mind-boggling extent of the Curse. The most remote galaxy, the most distant quasar, as somehow shaken by mankind’s sin.” All creation fell with us. What if God intended that our dominion over the earth would ultimately extend to the entire physical universe? If we are to inherit God’s Kingdom, we inherit everything. If man without supernatural ability is able today to explore vast reaches of the universe, why can’t (and why won’t) we do the same albeit supernaturally in the New Earth and the New Universe? I don’t know about you, but I plan on teleporting or even flying to other planets firsthand, just to return to my awesome Father and tell Him how truly amazing He is for creating what I observed. I don’t think that is a stretch at all. In fact, I think anything less is actually the stretch, but in the wrong direction.

Speaking of the “Man of Steel,” in the third trailer to the film, you can clearly see a picture of how Superman is an obvious analogy of Christ. But, you should also see how Superman is an analogy of us as well. Below are some excerpts from the trailer. As you read these, think about the storyline, its ultimate inspiration, and how it points to Jesus and us (you can watch the trailer by clicking the link, Man of Steel Trailer 3 ):

(Father)           “Good bye my son. Our hopes and dreams travel with you.”
(Mother)          “He will be an outcast. They’ll kill him.”
(Father)           “How? He will be a god to them.”
(Father)           “What if a child dreamed of becoming something other than what society had intended? What if a child aspired to something greater?”
(Father Kent)  “You’re the answer, son. You’re the answer to ‘Are we alone in the universe?’”
(Boy)              “Can I just keep pretending I’m your son?”
(Father Kent)  “You are my son!”
(Father Kent)  “And, I have to believe that you were sent here for a reason. And, even if it takes the rest of your life, you owe it to yourself to find out what that reason is.”
(Father)           “You will give the people of Earth an ideal to strive towards. They’ll race behind you. They will stumble. They will fall. But, in time, they will join you in the Sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders.”
(Man of steel) “My father believed that if the world found out who I really was, they’d reject me. He was convinced that the world wasn’t ready. What do you think?”
(Lois Lane)     “What’s the S stand for?”
(Man of steel) “It’s not an S. On my world, it means hope.”

All of our hopes and dreams traveled with Jesus when he came as Emmanuel (God with us). He was God to us and we attempted to kill Him. But, He gave up His own life freely to redeem us. He is the answer to ‘Are we alone in the universe?’ We are not alone because God and His angels are with us. As Christians, we not only bear His image, but we also inherit His Kingdom as our destiny. I don’t have to pretend to be God’s son. He has already declared that I am. And, I receive everything that comes with that, as do you if you believe. This is the reason He created us. Jesus gave us an ideal to strive towards. We, as God’s children, race behind Him. As we do, we stumble and we fall. But, in time, in eternity, we will join Him in the Sun. And, He will help us accomplish wonders that only God’s supernatural children can. The world is not ready for this. They rejected Him and they reject us. But, we carry the mark, the cross, which the world sees as a symbol of death. But, on our world (the New Earth) it means Hope!

We were meant to be immortally supernatural, even more so than Superman could ever be. Our God-given dreams and aspirations confirm it. More importantly, God’s word confirms it. And, we who receive this free gift from the most loving Father, we will be God’s superheroes…forever!