“Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound!
- Look! Up in the sky!
- It’s a bird!
- It’s a plane!
- It’s Superman!”
Who was your hero as a child? I was not overly attached to a superhero as a child, but if I had to name one, I would say Superman. He was that strange visitor from another planet with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. He was the defender of law and order, champion of equal rights, and courageous fighter against hate and prejudice. He was disguised as mild-mannered Clark Kent, reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper who fights a never-ending battle for truth and justice.
The name Gabriel means ‘God’s Hero.’ Gabriel is God’s special messenger angel. On several occasions in the Bible, Gabriel is sent to earth to give important announcements.
Gabriel told the virgin Mary,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy – the Son of God.”
Luke 1:35 ESV
‘God’s Hero’ announced the miraculous conception and coming birth of Jesus to Mary. What an amazing announcement! The implications of this statement are mind-boggling! The Messiah is coming! He is God Himself! He will come as a baby!
Like Gabriel, those who announce Jesus in the world today are God’s heroes too! God assigns this job to every follower of Jesus. In many places in the world today proclaimers of Jesus are tortured, killed, imprisoned, fired, separated from family, ridiculed, and beaten.
Over and over again in Scripture God commands us to tell others that salvation is in Jesus alone. The New Testament plainly states that Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior, and the Redeemer for all mankind.
Jesus is my hero today! And my earthbound heroes are those followers of Jesus whose names we will not know until we get to heaven. They risk their lives, families, jobs, and freedoms to obey God!
This Christmas be a hero and announce the coming of Jesus! Do like the shepherds did after seeing the Christ child in Bethlehem who . . .
“returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen.”
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Be a Hero!