Our world today is longing for something…not something small, futile, and ordinary.
Our hearts are longing for something great, meaningful, worthy, something EPIC.
That seems to be the word of the day doesn’t it? Everyone uses it. Everything must be Epic. “That game was Epic.” Or “That was an Epic night.”
Why is everyone in love with the movie currently in theaters? You know, the one with all those Superheroes. If Iron Man’s battles weren’t cool enough in his own movies, we’ve now brought all of these Epic men together and created a film exploding with Epic-ness.
We can’t stop in our search for it.
Our desire for something to matter, and to be big and real and meaningful will not be satisfied, so we keep looking for it and creating it with the little bits of matter that we know.
But there is a story that is Epic.
Epic to end all Epic-ness.
The story of our salvation.
The story of God, Maker of EVERYTHING, coming down and clothing Himself in dust, to be just like one of the things He created.
Hold up a second, what did I just say? This is something we celebrate every year, but how often do we really think about it? A baby in its tiniest form is one cell big.
God became the size of one, ity-bitty cell. Whoa.
Then He lived among us, doing the best job of incognito that anyone has ever done. He confined Himself to our time, and food, and atmosphere and way of life for years.
Then He finally broke out and began to teach us about Himself and do His Father’s work. If Marvel had been around they probably would have written Him into their comics, healing would have been His superpower.
But then, quietly, with the humblest spirit, He died.
Just like that.
He endured the most horrendous death to save the world.
He saved us in the most unusual way.
And as HE defied everyone’s expectations of mightiness.
He became the most Epic Super Hero of all time.
This story is Epic.
Epic enough to settle our longings. Epic enough to dazzle our minds forever as we try to figure out this God who loves us personally.
“Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:
He was manifested in the flesh,
vindicated by the Spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed among the nations,
believed on in the world,
taken up in glory.”
– 1 Timothy 3:16
P.S. If you want to see an Epic battle, just wait for the final battle between Jesus and Satan when He returns again. I hear it’s gonna be good. That little old Satan isn’t gonna stand a chance against our Superhero.