A Hero to Believe In

A Hero To Believe In

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” — Arhur Ashe

Meanderings: As a kid, my hero was Batman.  Never mind that I was a girl – I wanted to be Batman anyway, and my young playmate Michael?  Well, he had to be Robin, because I would not allow it any other way.    As I got older, my heroes became Albert Einstein, Ronald Reagan, Sandra Day O’Connor and Maggie Thatcher (yes, I did stand in the rain for an hour to meet her for a book signing of, The Downing Street Years).  I grew up with the popular culture machine forming my ideas of what a hero was.  It only started to change when I met people in my life that had really sacrificed and paid a personal price for others.  I met James Brady, who took a bullet to the head to protect his President.  I got to know a Marine who served 7 tours in the Mideast fighting for his country.  I knew a physician, father, Army officer who agreed to go to Iraq one more time to take care of soldiers, though his service to the Army was over…I met a single mom, who worked for me full-time, went to school at night and raised her daughter by herself…her sacrifice ultimately resulted in her daughter becoming a pediatrician for special needs children.  This to me was what a hero looked like, as heroism is that special ability in someone to put the greater good of others before the betterment of themselves.

Wandering paths: However, for the purposes of this article, I went searching to see what others thought.  I found this entry below  from the Response Ability Project which defined it perfectly: Heroes are people who transform compassion (a personal virtue) into heroic action (a civic virtue). In doing so, they put their best selves forward in service to humanity. A hero is as an individual or a network of people that take action on behalf of others in need, or in defense of integrity or a moral cause. Heroic action is:

  • Engaged in voluntarily;
  • Conducted in service to one or more people or the community as a whole;
  • Involving a risk to physical comfort, social stature, or quality of life; and
  • Initiated without the expectation of material gain.

Straight Paths: This reminded me of a job description  (as noted in the Bible) for someone about whom most everybody has heard, but not every person knows….  Allow me to introduce you to a hero for us all:

He voluntarily gave His Son to the world to atone for humanity’s sins. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.  1John 4:10

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. John 3:16-18

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. …You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:5-8

Jesus, came to serve; to heal, to show love and compassion for humankind.    … but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing. Luke 9:11  25 Therefore he is able to savef completelyc those who come to Godg through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.  Hebrews 7:25 

He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him…and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”…Luke 4:16-21

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15

Jesus put himself at physical and mental risk for all of humanity. Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”  Luke 9:58

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  John 15:13

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5 

There was no material gain; his loss was our gain. The devil led him [Jesus] up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only. Luke4:8

[upon knowing that He would be crucified to pay for humanity’s sin debt, Jesus said, to God the Father] “Not my Will but thy Will…Luke 22:42

[upon being separated from God the Father because He became Sin for all humans, Jesus said, ] “My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me”…Matthew 27

[upon being crucified on the cross for the sins of humanity, Jesus said,] “It is finished…” John 19:30

The entire Bible is rife with information that either points to Jesus (Old Testament prophecy) or fulfills messianic prophecy (The New Testament).  Even though Jesus faced much persecution from the Sadducees and Pharisees (ruling class of the Jews), the Romans, the Gentiles, other Jews and even his own family didn’t believe in Him at one point; He knew His purpose for coming to this Earth was greater than the sum of all of it.  Man needs redemption. Jesus has provided it.  At the cost of His own life, he became sin for us, he paid the sin price, he defeated death and He offers eternal life to those who will believe in Him. 12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 …and because He did this for me, for you, for us all – well, that is a Hero we can all believe in.

 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Roman 10:9-10

     

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