Superheroes And Alter Egos
Every Christian is not clothed in a costume, but clothed in Christ Himself — clothed in His righteousness.
While growing up with the comic book culture my favorite superhero was Superman. The mythology is not only great — it’s exceptional. The mythology behind superheroes is that there are two distinct personalities rolled into one being — the superhero and the alter ego.
Batman is actually Bruce Wayne. Spider-Man is Peter Parker. Iron Man is Tony Stark. Their identities are hidden behind a mask. When Iron Man wakes up in the morning, he’s Tony Stark. This billionaire industrialist has to don a nickel-titanium suit to become Iron Man once again.
That distinct difference is what that separates Superman from all the other superheroes. You see Superman didn’t just become Superman. Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he’s Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent — a mild-mannered reporter for the Daily Planet. His special suit sporting the big red letter “S” is the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby. Those were his original clothes when his foster parents found him. What Clark Kent wears — the fedora hat, the thick glasses, and the business suit — that’s the costume that hides his true identity. Superman wears it to blend in with humanity.
From a human-made mythology we come to a theology. The theology or belief system behind religious teachers is that there is a distinct difference that separates them. Gautama Buddha was a teacher of truth as was the Prophet Muhammad. Though their truth awakened the spiritual consciousness of many, their bones still sleep in the grave.
That distinct difference is what separates Jesus Christ from all the other teachers of truth. Christ didn’t become Christ. Christ was born Christ, the Son of God. When Christ woke up in the morning, He was Christ. His alter ego is Jesus, a carpenter from Nazareth. His costume was the human body. He put on flesh and lived among us. That’s the costume that hid His true identity. He wore it to blend in with humanity. Unlike the other religious teachers of truth, Jesus revealed His true identity. He said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Though Jesus was crucified, died, and was buried, He resurrected from the grave — leaving no bones behind.
It is in Christ’s way, and in His truth, and in His life that sets Christians apart from the rest of humanity. Every Christian is not clothed in a costume, but clothed in Christ Himself — clothed in His righteousness. You see Christians didn’t just become Christians. Christians are born from above. Their old self is their sinful nature — the old sinful clothing that held Christians captive to the world. This is the part of a Christian that undergoes a lifelong spiritual struggle. But Christians have been reborn in the Spirit of Christ. So when Christians wake up every morning, they are still Christians. Christians are created and shaped in the image of Christ. Christians are supernatural born Spirit-led children of God. That’s what Christians have always been and will always be.
The man Jesus is how Christ identified with us. He was hungry … He was thirsty … He was weak. Yet when He was hungry, He was satisfied with the Word of God. When He was thirsty, He was quenched with the eternal spring of living water. When He was weak, the Holy Spirit made Him strong. In a dependent obedience, Jesus’ bodily sacrifice on the cross is God’s answer for the salvation of the entire human race. Paul writes, “For our sake he made [Jesus] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Jesus’ death on a cross is God’s kryptonite against sin. He is the embodiment of the Truth — the walking and talking testament of God’s absolute truth on earth.
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