IN the summer of 2006, a classic movie of yesteryear returned to the silver screen. This movie is an epic tale that tells the story of a special child from a distant world with superhuman abilities, who grew up on planet Earth, and resolved later to use his special abilities to save the world and overcome his evil enemy. Of course, you know the story to which I am referring. It is called, “Superman!”
In previous versions of the movie, you would never get the impression that Superman, the hero, was unpopular or unwanted. But in this recent version, it was strange to see Lois Lane of all people, hold this opinion, especially because of Superman’s apparent affection for her. But, because he left her unexpectedly and without explanation after a previous visit, Lois, a newspaper reporter, became very angry with him. As a way of venting her anger, this reporter wrote a Pulitzer-prize winning article entitled, “Why the World Doesn’t Need Superman. ” In one of his encounters with Ms. Lane upon his return to earth, Superman confronted her and asked why she wrote the article. Expressing her feeling of disdain and disappointment towards him, she looked him squarely in the eyes and responded, “The world doesn’t need a saviour, and neither do l!” Sadly, this is the opinion of the world today. Many live lives as though they are looking God squarely in the eye and saying, “Who needs You, or Your Son, Jesus Christ?-who needs a Saviour?!” The truth, however, is we all do. This is why Jesus Christ (like Superman) came to this earth from a distant place (heaven): to save the world!
Saved from What
From what, exactly, did Jesus come to save us? The Bible calls it sin. You see, there was a time when man (we in Adam) had a perfect relationship with the God of the universe: the One Who created us. But because we chose to disobey God and go our own way, this put God and us in conflict with one another; we could not have the relationship we once had. Because God is absolutely pure and perfect, God and sin cannot peacefully co-exist. The bad news is: that, because of our disobedience against God, we are sinners. In fact, the Bible says, “Everyone has sinned and come short of God’s glorious standard” (Romans 3:23), “and all need to be made right with God by His grace, which is a free gift. ” On top of that, there is a penalty to pay for the sinful choices that we make. The penalty for sin by God’s decree is death. The Bible also says, “The payment for sin is
death….” (Romans 6:23).
The good news is: God did not leave us in this hopeless state. His love would not allow it! Here is what He did. Because of His great love for mankind, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to pick up the tab for the penalty that sin demanded. The Bible says, “But God shows His great love for us in this way: Christ died for us while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8). While Jesus paid the entire penalty for sin, there is one thing left for us to do-that is: to accept God’s provision of forgiveness that is available only in a relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ, by trusting Him to be our Saviour. The Bible says, “…If you declare with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and if you believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9,10).