July 2nd, 2018 — IGNITE

I love my thesaurus. It opens up an entirely different world for me when I write. It takes my bland little vocabulary and makes it blossom with picturesque beauty. And you thought I just came up with these words! 🙂

As I was reading the Word today, specifically Colossians 1, the heading before verse 13 said, “The Incomparable Christ.” I was intrigued. I wanted to read on. Here’s what I read…
“For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins… by Him all things were created… all things have been created by Him and for Him… He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together… He Himself might come to have first place in everything.” Colossians 13-14, 16-18 selected

As I read those words I couldn’t help but think of how there is something that is built into us that loves the idea of a hero. I remember when my daughters were just little girls and they would play with their dolls and the handsome prince would come rescue the damsel in distress. I love watching my grandchildren, especially when they’re enamored by the latest superhero. They want to imitate them… dress like them… be them.

The top blockbuster movies all have a plot line that somehow involves a hero who comes to the rescue. We love the story of a hero. It doesn’t make any difference if we see it through the eyes of a little boy… a little girl… a man… or a woman.

Well, can I just tell you that you are actually a part of the greatest story ever told with a  hero? That’s right! God is the ultimate Hero and His heroics far outweigh any heroics of some little hero in a movie or a book. God is not only incomparable, He is… unmatched… unparalleled… unequalled… unrivaled… unsurpassable… second to none!

One of the many reasons is because He saved us from the worst thing possible, the real deal breaker – death, due to our sins. Someone can save you from losing your house or rescue you from drowning or get you out of your car or step in front of a bad guy, but they can’t save you from your sins.

Just like heroes coming back from war getting parades and thanks, so should we constantly be giving this to the ultimate Hero, God.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Remind yourself today as you watch life, read books, take in a movie, that you have been saved by the greatest Hero there will ever be. Let that sink into your very being – you needed a Hero and you have One. His name is Jesus!

Thank You for sending Your Son into my life and transferring me from the domain of darkness into Your kingdom. Jesus, I give You all my thanks and praise.  You are my Hero! It’s in Your name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen