Man of Steel Turns 75
Forget Iron Man and The Avengers. There’s a new hero in town… although, he’s not really new. This month, Superman is celebrating his 75th birthday. That’s right; it’s been 75 years since the Man of Steel first appeared in Action Comics #1. And he’s going stronger than ever – in comic books, kids’ cartoons, video games, and will be the biggest blockbuster movie of the summer: Man of Steel.
Ever since I saw the first Superman movie with Christopher Reeve in the theatres in 1978, Superman has been my favourite superhero. But what is it about the alter ego of Clark Kent that has fascinated generations of people? Dr. Craig Detweiler believes that “Superman’s mythical origins are rooted in the timeless reality of a spiritual superhero who also lived a modest life until extraordinary times required a supernatural response: Jesus.”
In the story of Superman, Kal-El was sent to Earth as a baby by his father. In the Man of Steel movie, his mother Lara says, “He will be an outcast. They will kill him.” His father Jor-El says, “He will be a god to them… He will give the people of Earth an ideal to strive towards.” Superman is a comic book hero who fights for truth, justice and the American way.
In a similar way, Jesus was sent to the Earth as a baby by His Father. He spent His life helping people – healing the sick, forgiving the sinner, delivering the captives. His life is the ideal example of good works for us to strive towards. But he was an outcast. And they did kill Him.
But three days later, Jesus rose again from the grave, becoming the original – and world’s greatest – superhero. Not just a comic book or movie hero, but a real life hero who showed His love for us when He died on the Cross two thousand years ago. Call upon His name today!
Pastor Chris Jordan