|THE GREATEST HERO
THE GREATEST HERO
James C. Guy
Sports stars, wealthy business owners, famous movie
stars, and others like them have all been set up as our heros in the past.
While it’s true, many do good things for people and share their fame and
fortune with the less fortunate, does that really make them a hero?
Some, undoubtedly do it from a good heart and pure motives. Others
may do so out of a sense of obligation, or because their managers and advisers
suggest they do it for good public relations. Whatever the reason,
however noble their gift, does it really make them a hero?
On September 11, 2001 the world’s perspective of
a hero changed. Before, the famous were the heros. Afterwards
it was the infamous and unknown. Why were firefighters, police, volunteers,
and other public service people now central in our definition of hero?
Perhaps it is because we learned the true meaning of a hero. They
didn't just give of their means, but they gave of themselves. Heros
aren’t those who have been given the opportunity to be famous, rich, or
athletic. Heros aren’t even those of that class who are willing to
give a small percentage, though it may be a large amount, of their income
for charitable causes. A true hero is one who makes a true sacrifice
for others. Those firefighters went into the Trade Towers to help
others expecting nothing in return. They were willing to risk their
lives for the lives of other people. They didn’t gain anything from
it, nor did their families. Instead, they just gave. They sacrificed.
Somewhere near what is now known as A.D. 33, there
was another example of a hero. A man who gave His life for others,
getting nothing in return. In fact, he was ridiculed even in the
process of making that sacrifice. Yet, He did it out of love.
He made the supreme sacrifice, and we now consider Him the supreme hero.
In John 10:18, Jesus said, “No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down
of Myself.” It was a true gift and sacrifice of Himself. Why
would He do such a thing for a people who didn’t deserve it at all?
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son...” (John
3:16). Jesus was never a baseball star. He wasn’t rich. He
wasn’t famous by the world’s standards. But, He was and is the greatest
hero that ever lived.
Why? He did give His own life which is the
greatest expression of love for others (John 15:13). But, how does
that make Him any greater a hero than those who gave their lives in the
trade towers, and in many other instances where people have died for the
good of others? The difference is that in doing so, He took upon
Himself the most painful thing imaginable: OUR SIN. He was and is
the great spotless Lamb of God, yet He sacrificed Himself in our place.
Sacrifice: That’s what makes a hero. The perfect sacrifice: that’s
what makes Christ our greatest hero.
What is your perspective of a true hero? Is Jesus the greatest
hero in your life?
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