By Pastor Greg McClellan
My grandson, Malachi, loves super heroes. He and his little brother, Justus, have several capes and masks of various super heroes, not like the old blanket we tied around our neck back in the day. They dress up like Superman, Batman, Flash, Spiderman, or Captain America and run, leap, and fly around the house solving emergencies. Malachi’s favorite, at least for now, is “SUPER MAN”.
One day, while they were playing at our house, it was time for them to eat lunch. It took a little persuading to get them to stop playing long enough to eat. As Malachi climbed up onto the chair he said, “I’m going to save the day after I eat my bread”. We were good with that.
Recently he was playing at our house again. He approached Lisa and said, “Damma, you have two bathrooms”; and then proceeded to show them to her. He led her to the one on the main floor and said, “you have this bathroom down stairs”, and then he took her upstairs and said, “this is your Superman bathroom!”
Lisa scanned the room to see what would cause him to think of Superman. It was the stand up shower. In our day of cell phones this is the only thing Malachi has seen that looks anything like a phone booth, so this must be the Superman bathroom. I wonder what he thinks Grandma’s super powers are? Maybe that eyes in the back of the head thing. I think Grandma appreciates the transformation Grandpa goes through in there after a hard and sweaty days work making him more pleasant to be around. When you think about it this is a pretty good super power. I admit it may not compare to flying but a little booth where you can go in all dirty, and smelly, and grimy; and come our all clean, and shiny, and smelling good seems like a handy thing to have.
This reminds me of what we have in Christ. The Bible tells us, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Prior to faith in Jesus Christ we have all this filth on us the Bible calls sin. Then as we enter we are “washed”, “sanctified”, and “justified”. There is no super power better than this.