You can’t relate to a superhero, to a superman, but you can identify with a real man who in times of crisis draws forth some extraordinary quality from within himself and triumphs but only after a struggle.
Green Lantern is the name of multiple superheroes from the DC Universe, all of whom are characterized by a power ring and the ability to create solid constructs with the ring.
The first Green Lantern (Alan Scott) was created by writer Bill Finger and artist Martin Nodell in All-American Comics #16 (July 1940).
Each Green Lantern possesses a power ring and power lantern that gives the user great control over the physical world as long as the wielder has sufficient willpower and strength to wield it. The ring is one of the most powerful weapons in the universe and can be very dangerous. While the ring of the Golden Age Green Lantern (Alan Scott) is magically powered, the rings worn by all subsequent Lanterns are technological creations of the Guardians of the Universe, who granted such rings to worthy candidates. These individuals made up the intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps.
After World War II, when sales of superhero comic books generally declined, DC ceased publishing new adventures of Alan Scott as the Green Lantern. In 1959, at the beginning of the Silver Age of Comic Books, DC editor Julius Schwartz assigned writer John Broome and artist Gil Kane to revive the Green Lantern character, this time as test pilot Hal Jordan who became a founding member of the Justice League of America. In 1970, writer Denny O’Neil and artist Neal Adams teamed Green Lantern with archer Green Arrow in groundbreaking, socially conscious, and award-winning stories that pitted the sensibilities of the law-and-order-oriented Green Lantern with the populist Green Arrow. Several cosmically-themed series followed, as did occasional different individuals in the role of Earth’s Green Lantern. Most prominent of these are Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner.
Each of the Earth’s Green Lanterns has been a member of either the Justice Society of America or the Justice League of America, and John Stewart was featured as one of the main characters in both the Justice League and the Justice League Unlimited animated series. The Green Lanterns are often depicted as being close friends of the various men who have been the Flash, the most notable friendships having been between Alan Scott and Jay Garrick (the Golden Age Green Lantern and Flash), Hal Jordan and Barry Allen (the Silver Age Green Lantern and Flash), Kyle Rayner and Wally West (the modern-age Green Lantern and Flash), and Jordan also being friends with West.
As a Navy Seal I was put into several harmful positions. My team was my hero especially the team that rescued me from the prison I was in for seven months in a strange land. They risked their life to save mines. Several team members received injuries, but some died as well. This real life story is nothing compared to the hero that conquered death. I prayed to Jesus several times in those passing months of darkness and He heard my cry.
“Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?” That’s exactly what Jesus did. He didn’t make it easy for himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out. “I took on the troubles of the troubled,” is the way Scripture puts it.” (Romans 15:1-3, The Message).
BEING A SUPEHERO ILLUSTRATED: THE GOOD SAMARITAN:
“30 Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 On the next day, when he departed, F82 he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ’Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.” (Luke 10:30-35).
HOW CAN YOU BECOME A SUPERHERO?
1. Get into the Word. The Word of God is powerful, and when it is working mightily in you, your faith is strengthened! (Aquaman gets his strength from being in the water)
2. Pray. The more time you spend with Jesus, the world’s greatest superhero, the more you’ll become like Him. (Acts 4:13). (Superman gets his strength from the yellow sun)
3. Refuse to do nothing! Edmund Burke said, “All that is necessary for evil to prosper is that enough good men do nothing.”
STORY: Of the couple on the flight from Calgary. She was freaked out to fly. Introduced myself to them and prayed for her. She said after, “That was the best flight I ever had!” Just a simple gesture, but part of refusing to do nothing!
WHY DO WE NEED TO BECOME SUPERHEROES?
1. Our highest calling as believers is to love God… and love people.
“Jesus said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ’You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39).
2. If we don’t love other people WHY DO WE NEED TO BECOME SUPERHEROES?
3. Being a superhero – helping people – is the surest sign that revival is upon us!
“Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, How can I help?” ( Read Romans 15 Scripture).
– You show me people who really love & care for one another, I’ll show you revival!
PRACTICAL APPLICATION: How do we do this?
Make a commitment to focus on relationships & loving people
1. Talk to people! Find out what’s going on in their lives.
2. Give them lots of hugs – the healing touch.
3. Speak kind words to people – words that bring life.
4. Never pass up an opportunity to pray for someone.
CHALLENGE: Let’s all commit to being the superheroes God wants us to be!