Jesus Christ, Superman Part Two
By Linda C Dipman

   It's a bird. . It's a plane. . No!  It's Jesus Christ, Superman, Savior of the world!  Jesus proved, not only to be
powerful and miraculous, but all-knowing, filling the hearts of those who listened with hope.

   Jesus Christ, Superman, went all over Galilee teaching and preaching in the synagogues and telling everyone
the good news of how to be saved.  He opened the eyes of the blind and many others began to hear for the very
first time.  The paralyzed walked again and those who had many incurable diseases were healed.

   People possessed by evil spirits would throw themselves down at Jesus' feet and proclaim that He was the holy
lamb of God.  Everyone paid attention wondering if Jesus was the Messiah, but Jesus would not tell anyone who He
was.

   People came from all parts of the world just to listen to His words of hope.  It was as though every word had a
purpose that revealed a truth that was simple, but so very hard to grasp by people who were lost in a world filled
with so much evil and darkness.

   Jesus' words penetrated the thoughts of all those who listened.  Jesus spoke as if He knew more than the
Pharisees.    He spoke as one who had an appointed authority to tell people the real truth about why they were
here in the first place.

   Jesus Christ Superman provided evidence that He was more than a man.  He could tell stories that opened up
people's minds to their chosen destiny and parables that revealed God's purpose behind each of their lives.  

   Luke 6: 32-34, "If you love only the people who love you, why should you receive a blessing?  Even sinners love
those who love them!  And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you receive a blessing?  
Even sinners do that !  And if you lend only to those from whom you hope to get it back, why should you receive a
blessing?  Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount!"
   
   The words that Jesus spoke reached into a person's soul and helped them to think differently about things that
happened to them.  It made them care, even when the Laws of Moses told them to practice an eye for an eye and a
tooth for a tooth.  Jesus helped them to overcome evil with  forgiveness and love.

   Luke 6:35&36, "No!  Love your enemies and do good to them;  lend and expect nothing back.  You will then have
a great reward, and you will be sons of the Most High God.  For he is good to the ungrateful and wicked.  Be
merciful just as your Father is merciful."

   Suddenly people began to see the people who took advantage of them in a different light.  They could let go of
their grudges and love their ungrateful children.  They could give to others without demanding that they had to get
something from them in return.

   Luke 6: 37&38,  "Do not judge others, and God will not judge you;  do not condemn others, and God will not
condemn you;  forgive others, and God will forgive you.  Give to others, and God will give to you.  Indeed, you will
receive a full measure, a generous helping, poured into your hands-all that you can hold.  The measure you use
for others is the one that God will use for you."

   Every word that Jesus spoke uplifted the hearer and gave them hope.  No longer did they have to judge those
who did them wrong.  This gave them the freedom to love family members who did not conform to what the Jewish
Laws demanded.  It gave them the freedom to love the Romans who ruled over them.  It filled their hearts with
hope, knowing that God saw their suffering and would give back to them everything that was taken from them.

   Jesus made them see their world differently.  He helped them to believe that everything bad that could and would
happen to them had a purpose and God would reward them for their pain.

   Luke 9: 23-25, "And he said to them all, 'If anyone wants to come with me, he must forget himself, take up his
cross every day, and follow me.  For whoever wants to save his own life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my
sake will save it.  Will a person gain anything if he wins the whole world but is himself lost or defeated?  Of course
not!'"
   
   Jesus made the people see that their was more to their world than living their lives according to the teaching of
the Pharisees.  He helped them to see their own individual fight rather as an opportunity to show compassion and
love.  

   He revealed to them a world game where they only won when they chose to do God's will.  Do not judge! Love
your neighbor as yourself.  When you do this you fulfill all the Laws of Moses.

   The people hung on every word that came from His mouth.  His words changed how they saw their world and
made them determined to do it Jesus' way.  Now they could love and not feel ashamed.  Now they could forgive
those who took advantage of them.  Now they could stop trying to keep up with their neighbors.  

   All they had to do was place their faith in Jesus.  They didn't have to conform to the standards of the world or the
teachings given to them by the Pharisees.  All they had to do was follow Jesus and trust Him with their lives.

   Luke 21:34, "Be careful, or your hearts will be weighted down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of
life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.  For it will come upon all those who live on the face of
the whole earth.  Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and
that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man."

   Jesus Christ Superman was the Savior of the World.  Following Him would take every ounce of strength.  But
when they placed their faith in Jesus they had the power to overcome the greatest world game of them all!

   Fight for Jesus!  Fight for the side of love and God.  Fight for truth and understand that everything bad that
natural comes to people will pass and victory will be reward to those who stand their ground and fight for Jesus
Christ, Superman, the Savior of the World.