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Superheroes and the Supreme Hero

When I was young, many of my friends would save their allowance to buy comic books to read the latest adventures of their favorite superheroes. Today, movies based on comic-book characters attract millions of viewers and make billions of dollars. We long for someone to fight evil and fix the problems of our world, even if these caped crusaders are fictional.

Aren’t you thankful that we serve the Supreme Hero, the only One who can resolve our world’s problems and vanquish evil once and for all? In the book of Revelation, John is given a glimpse of the end of this world’s story. He looks to the future, when our Hero reveals His identity to the entire world, wins the ultimate battle, and secures our eternal destiny. By studying John’s revelation, we can understand our future and be filled with certain hope.

Not even today’s movie-making technology could capture the scenes in Revelation. John writes that Jesus will be “clothed in a robe reaching to the feet and girded across His chest with a golden sash. His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire” (Rev. 1:13–14). He has power over the physical and spiritual world: “I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; and the stars of the sky fell to the earth” (6:12–13).

And Jesus has power over life and death, that will at last be revealed for all to see. “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades” (1:18). In comic books, superheroes fight the same villains over and over again. But Jesus will be victorious once and for all. He will reward the righteous and punish evil doers. Satan and his demons will never be freed again: “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns” (19:6).

Only Jesus Christ can inaugurate a perfect kingdom and secure our eternal future. Knowing this glorious ending should set our hearts at ease: “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away” (21:14). Certainly we serve the Supreme Hero worthy of our praise and devotion!

BY Greg Thornton, Interim President of Moody Bible Institute

Greg Thornton is interim president of Moody Bible Institute. During Thornton’s 35 years of ministry at Moody, he has served in various roles, most recently as senior vice president of media. Moody’s Alumni Association named Thornton Alumnus of the Year in 2015. Thornton is a member of The Moody Church, where he serves as an elder. He and his wife, Grace, have been married for more than 35 years and have three children and five grandchildren.

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