As we listen to all the hero stories ever told – old and new, we hear of valiant people who went beyond the extraordinary to achieve something in the name of a cause. Whether legendary, mythical or real, these stories of great heroes inspire us to something greater and move us in a way that leaves us aspiring to be like them.
The heroes we are more familiar with today are the superheroes that Hollywood and comic books have made popular. We get a dose of the normal-person-turned-hero through some twist of fate or some magical happening. These heroes-to-be come from normal, ordinary, and common surroundings until they are forever changed and become the people they are meant to be.
They become heroes and save those who need saving. Those with super powers that save the entire world (universe, even) and those who bring justice and peace for people.
Then there are the heroes of old – ordinary men and women who have done their courageous acts and selfless service for their country or in defense of their faith. They are those who are not usually remembered because they die in obscurity and we take for granted the peace and security they so relentlessly sought for us. These are the heroes who are usually introduced and studied in History lessons and celebrated once a year.
What we don’t realize is that these said heroes are those who through their sacrificial service and passion, have saved others.
Have you thought of a recent hero story that moved or inspired you? Perhaps you thought of a movie that you’ve recently seen and most probably, it would’ve been a fictional or comical story. Maybe you thought of an article that you read on the internet, most likely somewhere in another country and far removed from your local sphere.
At this very moment, you stand in safety and assurance because of someone (whom you do not even know) working to keep you safe and secure. You are currently out of risk because someone has already been guaranteeing that you should walk, sit, or sleep with no danger surrounding you.
These are your heroes who fought to keep you at peace.
However, as I am writing this article, I can’t help but think of a Greater Hero that has done this very act for me. I can walk, sit, and sleep in perfect peace because this peace has already been obtained for me by Someone else. I am secure and safe because Someone else so relentlessly sought my welfare and assurance. I can honestly say that I am saved because Someone else already made a way for me to be saved.
Who is this Hero, you ask? It is none other that the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the ultimate Hero of a cosmic story of epic proportions, far better than any comic book movie or far greater than that of the deeds of others who have passed.
This Jesus Christ is God who became man for our sake, to become our Hero, where we had none. We were destined for destruction and doom because the main villain, Satan, had us captured because of sin and wickedness.
Thankfully, our Hero never gave up and suffered through pain, anguish, and death on the cross to take our place.
He made sure that we could secure life in His death and obtain freedom in His suffering.
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
He showed the greatest love that no other hero could give us and that is to lay His very own life for us to rescue us from our sin. This is the true Hero who has come, who gave it all, who defeated death The true Hero who now lives.
Have you allowed this Hero to rescue you from your dire need? Today, as we honor the countless heroes who exemplified Christ’s sacrificial act of service, let us also consider that the greatest Hero of all is the One who carried our sin on His shoulders—nothing a human hero could ever do—and pave the way for us to have life eternal, only through Jesus Christ, the real Hero.
Writer’s Bio: Mike Yap is first and foremost a slave of the Lord Jesus—redeemed as a wretched sinner by grace—and called as a wordsmith, speaker, visionary, and creativist for His Church. You may follow more of his Blog at http://thetub-thumper.blogspot.com