Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sunday Devotions - Superheroes!

So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you." Deuteronomy 31:6

When we were in Taos I found this sculpture in one of the art museums. I loved it! Yes, Jesus is a superhero, the greatest superhero of all! In my mind Jesus was bold and courageous and stronger than anyone imaginable. Better than Superman!

Every evening at bedtime the boys and I read the Bible. Recently we upgraded from a preschool Bible (which we had read straight through 4 times) to a grown up Bible. Yet, over the few weeks reading it I realized it was too much for Yip and Yap to comprehend. I wasn't doing an adequate job of conveying the might and power of Jesus and of our God. They can inhale Batman and Spiderman stories all day long but how can I get them to realize that Jesus was even greater than these masked crusaders?

In steps Superhero Grandma! She sent us The Action Bible for Easter.

It's graphic, bright and eye-catching and reads like a comic book.

And this isn't a comic book for little kids. There are some scenes of violence as in Samson destroying a temple. In Revelations a terrible dragon is depicted. There are also numerous times when great fear is shown on the characters faces through the Bible.  

The artist does a fabulous job throughout the book keeping to the true essence of the Bible, through words, while  visually presenting the stories in a way that greatly internalizes the meaning.

Jesus on the Cross. For hundreds of years many artists presented Jesus as thin and frail. How could he have been thin and frail? He was a carpenter who used his body everyday in his work. And he walked everywhere! Jesus was athletic and strong. Through the artist's definition of muscle we are not only shown his outer strength but his inner strength and boldness as well.

Superheros never fail to save the day. But the greatest Super of all is Jesus who's superpowers are beyond our understanding. Finally, a way to show my boys the power and might of our Redeemer.

Thanks You Lord for Your Superhero Jesus and the might of Your words throughout the Bible. Help me bold today and grant me strength. Amen.


  1. LOVE this! I used to have a set of classic novels in comic book form. They were incredibly condensed, but my kids who would never pick up the "real" novels at least had exposure to some great books that they found themselves really liking!


  2. Finally, someone admitted that religion is too violent for the kids.

    1. Did you mean "isn't too violent for kids"? cuz that's what I think. There is a difference to introducing violence to children for a purpose and introducing violence to children as a means of entertainment. A time and place for everything. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


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