When I was younger, I dreamed of being a superhero, being able to run at super fast speeds and fly over fields. I think many of us are intrigued by the thought of being able to cast aside the laws of nature. The thought of being untouchable, unconquerable, is appealing. Some of our most popular TV shows and movies portray men and women who can fight off and survive almost any sort of attack. Have you been run through and thrown off a cliff? Not a problem. There is a way back. Lost someone you love? Solve that by running back in time and changing the past. Our heroes seem almost immortal, god-like. And some of them are gods.
But almost inevitably, they all have their flaws, their weaknesses, their kryptonite. And many have a dark side, a moral flaw. We desire superhero status, but understand that we are all weak.
I believe this superhero status is something that is set in our hearts. Call it immortality, the desire to be untouchable. Most would embrace the thought that there could be a state we exist in where the laws of nature don't affect us, where the corruption and pain of this life no longer apply. All of us have seen the sting of our greatest enemy, death. Most of us have known someone touched by the ravages of cancer, or have even been one to sit under its cruelty. We fail, we are flawed. We bleed, we are mortal.
But there is a hope, a call to transformation that is hidden away in scripture.
Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?
There is a promise to those who believe; the guarantee of a great transformation. For "this mortal body must put on immortality." Dishonor will be replaced with glory. Weakness will be replaced with strength. This is the hope. No more tears, no more death. Because He lives, we shall live. No more sorrow, crying, or pain.
The former things shall all pass away.