Many, though, believe that someone will save us, that someone has to or else we are lost, doomed to disintegrate into dust on this lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark that Sagan warned about. It seems that the desire for a hero is programmed into us.
In 1982, a man named Benjamin Creme spent two hundred thousand dollars putting full-page ads in newspapers around the world, proclaiming: THE CHRIST IS NOW HERE. The Christ, who was also, he said, Buddha Maitreya – and a host of other religious personalities all rolled into one – would appear and bring that salvation. He even invited journalists to an Indian restaurant in London where this Christ just might show up and save the world.
An old man in robes did walk in, and as folks held their breath in anticipation – Could this be the long-awaited Saviour? – the old fellow asked for a cigarette from the maitre de and walked out.
No question, though, whatever one might think of Creme’s bogus ad campaign for Christ, we need help. As we have seen in the Discover Meaning topic, we are in the midst of a great controversy between good and evil, and sometimes it seems that evil might win out. But the Bible teaches something radically different. It teaches that though this world is filled with evil, and that though suffering, death, and fear, and sickness are part of this existence – they won’t last forever. We’re so used to death that we assume it’s just part of life. But death is the negation of life, not part of it. And the great hope given us in the Bible, for which we have many reasons to trust, is that Jesus Christ – the true Messiah – has come to save us, not just from ourselves but from everything else.
That was the part Satan had wrong – big time.
Talking about Jesus, the Bible says, Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil. Hebrews 2:14
Notice in that text the theme we will be seeing over and over – the battle between good and evil, Christ and Satan. It’s crucial to understanding the world, our place in it, and the hope offered us through Jesus.
What’s even more astounding is that Jesus did all this for us in an amazing fulfilment of Bible prophecies, prophecies written many centuries before He came, prophecies that gave people in those days hope, and that give us powerful reasons for trusting that He is the true Messiah, the One predicted in the Old Testament. Jesus’ life, death and resurrection were fulfilments of prophecies that have helped millions trust Him as the
true Superhero, the only One who can do for us what we can never do for ourselves.