As I write this, my home country, Uganda is commemorating Heroes’ Day. For the best part of the day, medals will be awarded to our National heroes, both dead and alive. It is the same
energy on Facebook. Everyone, young and old; male and female; poor and rich, is letting the world know who their heroes are. The list goes like this: mom, dad, grandpa, grandma, uncle, auntie, sister, brother, class mate, the list is endless.
This got me thinking, “Who is my hero?” the only answer I could come up with was that there is only one hero—Jesus Christ. Not that I am trashing what role my national Heroes, friends and family played and continue to play in my life, no. its because Jesus redefines heroism itself.
The Oxford Advanced Learners’ Dictionary defines a hero as “someone, especially a man, who is admired by many people for doing something brave or good.” Today we are celebrating the ‘good and brave’ people in our lives, even those who have done so much to the point of losing their lives in the name of Nationalism.
There is a special hero. The One am going to talk about is more than a hero. First, read what Paul says:
For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him (2 Corinthians 5:21, KJV).
I believe the most important words there are “for us”—that Jesus became sin for us. Now the one becoming sin, Paul says, “knew no sin.” Isn’t that amazing? Isn’t it humbling that God himself did come in the image of a baby to save us from our deeply entrenched slavery—sin—and all that comes along with it? Paul writes somewhere else:
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. (Philippians 2:6-8, KJV).
He died on the cross to save us. He was beaten, spat on, mocked, wrongfully judged, laughed at, and so many things but kept calm because He had you and I at heart. Even when the heart was frail and fear setting in, the load too heavy just like Moses, yet He could only come to one conclusion, “nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt (Matt. 26:39b).” All that He said with you and me at heart.
Unlike our earthly heroes who went as far as dying for our liberty, Jesus did something more: He lived for us. He was made in the likeness of man, living through the doom and gloom of this earthly life. He was tempted, betrayed, denied, hated, beaten, abused, and all those things which stress us every day. But because He had you and me at heart, He lived like a man, even when under no obligation to do so. He went ahead and did so for us.
Our heroes played (or continue to play) a part in our lives and at an appointed time, it will be us at the wheel. But look at Jesus—He did not just do something so that we will do the rest—He did EVERYTHING. Fastened to a cross with his arms stretched, he shouted: “It is finished (John 19:30).” Redemption, from that moment on, was ours. And we will forever be free. Jesus was aware that we, even if granted ten thousand lifetimes, could never workout our freedom, so He did it all. All of it!
Now you and I can say, “I am free, forever!” No need to guard the borders. No more do-it-yourself projects. With assurance we can then agree with Paul when he says: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39, KJV).” Friend, because of the work of Jesus, you are forever accepted and loved by God. You are clothed in an irremovable garment of righteousness (!).
If you need a hero, I give you Jesus. Does He sound like a hero character to you? I think He is more than that. Jesus is our all in all. If He is indeed our hero, then every day should be Hero’s Day!