Who is your favorite superhero? How does your favorite superhero save the day?
When God made Adam and Eve and put them into the beautiful Garden of Eden he gave them a choice. Do you remember what that choice was? Do you remember the two trees that were in the center of the garden? Which tree were they NOT supposed to eat from?
God said that if Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Life they would be loving and trusting God, and then they would live forever with him. But if they ate from the Tree of Knowing Good and Evil they would be sinning and rejecting God’s love. They would not be able to live with God forever, and eventually they would die.
Then something terrible happened. The Bible says that the Devil came as a serpent and tempted Adam and Eve to disobey God and eat from the Tree of Knowing Good and Evil. He made them think God was mean, that he was lying to them, and that he was trying to keep them from being like him. Here’s what the serpent said:
Genesis 3:4-5. The serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
But remember, we aren’t supposed to be equal to God. We are supposed to worship God and obey God. We are supposed to trust God, not BE God.
And do you know what happened next? It’s very sad.
Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowing Good and Evil. They sinned! They decided to not trust God’s love. Now, the saddest thing ever became true – because they were full of sin, they would never be able to live with God again.
Unless….a superhero would come and save the day!
And that is the promise that God made to Adam and Eve, when they sinned. God made a prophecy. Do you know what a prophecy is? It’s when God says something that will happen later on, in the future. Speaking to the Devil, the serpent, here’s what God’s prophecy said:
Genesis 3:15. I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.
OK, this is a very confusing prophecy isn’t it? Even grown-ups don’t understand it sometimes. But here’s what God is promising: one day a hero will be born and he will defeat the Devil and free us from our sin and from death, so that we can live with God forever.
Who do you think that hero will be?
That’s right, it’s Jesus!
Jesus is our superhero. He is the one that came to save the day, and rescue us from sin. The sin that is inside of us making us do bad and selfish things. And the sin that is outside of us trying to hurt us and make our life bad.
But how will Jesus rescue us from sin? Read the prophecy again. Do you hear this phrase – “you (Devil) shall bruise his heel.”
In order for Jesus to rescue us he will have to be “bruised.” He will have to be hurt.
On the cross Jesus was hurt for us. He took our punishment for our sin. He died in our place. He was separated from God instead of us. Why? So that God could forgive us, and so that we would never, ever have to live without God ever again.
And that makes Jesus the greatest superhero ever!
Because of Jesus we can rescued from sin.
With Jesus we can live with God forever.
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Watch this clip from Spiderman 2. Talk about how the superhero has to be hurt in order to rescue the people – just like Jesus.
Have fun dressing up like superheroes! Talk about how heroes help others and not themselves.
You are the greatest superhero ever! Thank you for rescuing me from sin and from death.
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