A while back, I took my oldest to school and she had a Superwoman shirt on and it made me think of my favorite Super Hero when I was kid – Spider-Man. When we were kids, there was something about being a superhero. We love the idea of rescue, of being the hero, of being the one who saved whoever it was in need. This goes back to wanting to be a policeman, army man, fireman, doctor (I think you get my point).
Why? I think it’s because in the depth of our hearts, we know we need to be rescued. Somewhere hidden layers and layers beneath our confidence and comfort, we fear that something is wrong. There is a problem we can’t fix. But when we think about it, we are the ones who need the rescue, not the one doing the rescuing.
I think this is the story that God has put into our hearts and it’s by design.
When Paul wrote to the churches in Galatia, he said this, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father.”
Jesus rescuing people, redeeming people from death is the heart of the gospel (see 1 Corinthians 15:1-4). It’s why the rescue doesn’t begin with you “cleaning your life up” but Jesus giving up himself for us despite of our failures. The question may be then today, have you been rescued? Do you know the Rescuer? His name is Jesus, and he’s never failed, and it’s the story that he is unfolding in all of our hearts.