On the superest super-hero of all

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Sunday 01 October

A friend has bought me an album of Superhero themes. These are not the slick soundtracks of today but the cheesily sung originals of the 1960’s and 70’s. It’s my childhood on one CD and I love it: “Spiderman, Spiderman does whatever a spider can” and “Dananananananana Danananaanana Bat maaaaan!” not to mention the corniest of them all “Wonder Wur-maan!” (All readers of a certain age are now wincing nostalgically.) 1970’s superhosiery came in many colours but it was always worn with funky, yet practical, footwear, strange external underpants and, of course, a cape – an item that can be the downfall of any superhero in the vicinity of a large propeller or mincing machine. Oh my goodness! Just think what a windfarm could do to any caped crusader who found himself in their airspace at the wrong altitude…Look away now viewers if you are of a squeamish disposition.

Any superhero worth their salt has super-powers, a secret identity, arch enemies and a sidekick. Based on these criteria and thinking about the relative merits of the best known superheroes it occurs to me that there is one that trumps them all. And he is not recorded anywhere as ever, ever, ever having donned a pair of tights.

My superhero wins hands down when it comes to superpowers. Instead of leaping buildings in a single bound my hero creates planets. Rather than being faster than a speeding bullet my hero travels faster than light and is in all times and all places at once. He also turns water into wine, heals the sick and raises the dead. On the side as it were.

Some superheroes need silly disguises. Take Superman. He combs his hair and wears a pair of glasses. I don’t think Lois Lane can be too bright not to see through that. My hero didn’t bother. Someone once wrote of him “He made himself nothing. He took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form.” My superhero had an incredible disguise! He looked just like one of us. Genius.

Superheroes always have a nemesis or arch enemy. Only my superhero legitimately claims Death and Satan as his personal nemeses. Zap pow. And despite looking like the loser for a while he beats them both. Conclusively. So that “at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow in heaven, on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess him King of Glory.”

And as for sidekicks, Batman has Robin, Mr Incredible has Frozone but my superhero – well he has me. And you. And anyone that signs up to follow him. We are all invited to be his sidekick, to share in his power. The Greek word for Power is “duanamis” from which we get our word “Dynamic”
You and Jesus. A dynamic duo if ever there was one. Why not see if he can use you?

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