What super powers do you hope that you have in heaven?
Don’t laugh. There are similarities between super heroes and heavenly beings that are fun to consider. Sometimes just watching a super hero do their thing on the big screen makes me get excited about life in heaven.
Do you ever wonder what it will be like to live with an indestructible body or have x-ray vision, super speed and the ability to fly? Combine this sublime “super humanness” with a measure of humanness and you get a picture of a day in heaven!
Though we’ll have some superhuman qualities, I believe we’ll still have some of the characteristics that are uniquely human. As we did as earthlings, so in heaven we will still find satisfaction in communal living, acceptance, love, and other points of connection. Needless to say, we won’t lack any of these things in heaven. All of these things will be met in the perfect environment of living with Jesus, the creator of the universe and his family of faith.
In a word, it will be…HEAVENLY!
(I have embraced some of these ideas after reading Randy Alcorn’s book “Heaven”. It’s the most biblical and detailed description of the afterlife for the believer that I’ve ever read. I highly recommend it.)
With this as a backdrop, let me get back to my favorite super heroes. I have two. First, there’s Batman. A mere mortal with an unlimited bank account, thanks to his alter ego Bruce Wayne. This guy is rich! He has limitless resources. Completely human, yet committed to fighting crime aided by his utility belt, bat-mobile and a plethora of crime fighting “toys.”
Though, I can’t relate to his perfect goodness I do like Superman a lot too. Most casual fans rarely consider his goodness but we die-hard defenders of “Truth, Justice and the American Way” know too well that Clark Kent aka: Superman is good. He loves the inhabitants of Earth. He never has a selfish thought and therefore never performs in a way we would call “evil.” Though he has every super power imaginable, he ALWAYS uses his power for good.
Does his character sound familiar?
Though not a perfect metaphor, consider that Jesus is an embodiment of these two super heroes. (I know, the analogy seems a little sacrilegious, and odd, but hang in there.) Jesus was fully God, and fully man. A guy that ate when he was hungry, slept when he was tired. Possessed skin that was penetrated by nails and thorns. (The only thing he didn’t do, humanly speaking, was indulge his flesh by breaking God’s commands.) But at the same time he walked on water, raised people from the dead, walked through walls, and flew. He was both human, and superhuman.
OK. I’m done now. But if you go see that new Justice League movie, make sure you let your mind wander as you imagine heaven and all of its wonder.
In the words of Nancy Honeytree, “Heaven’s Gonna Be a Blast!”
Something to think about.