Jesus Christ, Superman Part Five
By Linda C Dipman        

   It's a bird. . It's a plane. . No!  It's Jesus Christ, Superman, Savior of the world!  

   Peter was shaking and crying without even realizing what he was doing, he denied Jesus three times!  He thought
he would be able to stand up to the pain and the suffering he saw Jesus going through and Be A Man!  Wasn't he a
fisherman who was use to the difficulties of a grueling trade that demanded strength and determination.

   John looked at Peter as this large muscle framed man ran from the court yard in defeat. Both had seen the
intensity of hatred that was perpetrated against Jesus.  Both knew that Jesus' words concerning His death were
about to be fulfilled and they could do nothing but watch it take place.

   The helplessness of that moment facilitated them into seeing how impossible it was to follow God on their own.  
Even with all the miracles they saw Jesus perform, they lacked the strength of determination they needed to hold
their ground when it could lead to imminent death.

   All those who loved Jesus and knew his miracle working power abandoned Him.  Jesus stood alone with no
support as Pilate began the process of putting Him to death by taking Him through a mock up of a trial that was
completely prejudice against Him.

   John 18: 35-38, "Pilate replied, 'Do you think I am a Jew?  It was your own people and the chief priests who
handed you over to me.  What have you done.'
   Jesus said, 'My kingdom does not belong to this world; if my kingdom belonged to this world, my followers would
fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish authorities.  No, my kingdom does not belong here!'
   So Pilate asked him, 'Are you a king, then?'
   Jesus answered, 'You say that I am a king.  I was born and came into the world for this one purpose, to speak
about the truth.  Whoever belongs to the truth listens to me.'
           'And what is truth?' Pilate asked."

   Pilate was in a cloud of darkness because he had no faith in an unseen God.  He was the governor of the
providence of Jerusalem. He had no understanding of the Jews except that Jesus was a so-called God and this was
against their faith. He had been told about the miracles this man preformed. Yet all he could see was just a man.

   Even if Jesus had explained to Him how the game of life worked, Pilate would not have seen any purpose in the
game.  He was a powerful, influential, rich man.  He didn't need Jesus as his Savior.  All he wanted was the Jewish
religious leaders to leave him alone and allow him to rule in peace.

   Pilate had Jesus flogged.  The soldiers put a crown of thorns on his head and a purple robe. They slapped Him
and mocked Him.

   John 19:7-11, "The crowd answered back, 'We have a law that says he ought to die, because he claimed to be
the Son of God'
   When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid.  He went back into the palace and asked Jesus, 'Where do you
come from'
   But Jesus did not answer.  Pilate said to him, 'You will not speak to me?  Remember, I have the authority to set
you free and also to have you crucified'
   Jesus answered, 'You have authority over me only because it was given to you by God.  So the man who handed
me over to you is guilty of a worse sin.'"

   A new dawn began with a truth that is only understood by those who follow Jesus.  The truth that God is in control
of the world game of life.  God allows suffering when the suffering serves a purpose.  

   Jesus came to be the Savior of the world.  He suffered and died for our sins so we might have an easier path to
God.  The Laws condemned people, but the crucifixion freed people and gave them the supernatural gift of the Holy
Spirit.  

   Why did my spouse abandon me?  Why did my friend die? Why do bad things happen to good people?  Why do I
have cancer?  All of these questions can be answered when we look at life in the perspective of a game of good
versus evil.

   We are not alone we have a divine purpose.  We are appointed to lives that are flawed so we might fight battles
for God on every evil front.  If you were a child of incest or abused by a parent,  you break the chain of abuse with
Jesus Christ as your Savior.  He gives you the power to remember your suffering and gives you the ability to not
repeat the abuse to your own child.

   If you're born into poverty and homelessness, Jesus gives you the ability to help those who suffered like you
suffered.  If you were falsely accused and jailed for a crime you didn't commit, Jesus takes what you learned about
the cruelties of our justice system and helps you to be a crusader to change the system.

   Everything you go through when you are a child of God leads you down paths of righteousness that put you into
situations so you will stand up to evil and change it.  To know the truth about life is to fight for God.

   We are not suppose to be pulled into a lifestyle because we can't change the people around us.  We are
suppose to do what is right and stand our ground with God's help.

   Above the cross of Jesus was a sign that stated, Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.  The words were written
in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek.  

   John 20: 29&30, "A bowl was there, full of cheap wine; so a sponge was soaked in the wine, put on a stalk of
hyssop, and lifted up to his lips.  Jesus drank the wine and said, 'It is finished!'
   Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit."

   Jesus died for our sins so we might have the ability to call on Him immediately when bad things happen to us.  His
death started the beginning to a new game of life that equips God's servants with the supernatural power of the
Holy Spirit of truth.  

   Jesus Christ, Superman, Savior of the World, took the Laws of Moses that demanded a sacrifice for sin and
replaced it with a simple request.  Please forgive me for my sins!  Please help me for I am lost!  Please open my
eyes so I might see the truth so I can overcome what is wrong with my life. Please help me to stand up to those who
abuse me and not be pulled into repeating the abuse.

   Peter ran away the day that Jesus was condemned because he was a weak human man.  Later equipped with the
Holy Spirit, Peter was a different man.  A man who stood up to the Roman government and taught all people, who
would listen, how to be saved.

   Peter became a Superman, because Jesus Christ came to him in Spirit form and helped him to stand up to the
persecution he faced for trusting God with his life.  When Peter was old he died on a cross just like Jesus, except he
died upside down believing that he was not worthy to die in the same fashion as his Savior.  He stood up to evil and
his death was a victory for God.

   Jesus Christ, Superman, was like every man except He refused to allow fear to keep Him from accomplishing His
mission.  Fight for God and pick up your cross and follow Jesus Christ, Superman, the Savior of the World!