“Great heroes need great sorrows and burdens,
or half their greatness goes unnoticed.
It is all part of the fairy tale.”
Peter S. Beagle
“Even death is going to die!”
― Sally Lloyd-Jones
(a sweater wearing little goat jumps from a hay bale as seen on the Weather Channel from Farm Sanctuary image 2014)
Look up, in the sky…
It’s a bird…
It’s a plane…
it’s Super…. goat??!!
Well… maybe that’s not exactly the hero you were hoping for….
albeit…it’s a pretty darn cute one…
For who among us hasn’t, at some time or other, longed for a cape crusader who would
come flying into our lives… ready to save the day…
Or perhaps even more aptly…
save us from ourselves…
“I need a hero
I’m holding out for a hero ’til the end of the night
He’s gotta be strong
And he’s gotta be fast
And he’s gotta be fresh from the fight”
Song lyrics by Bonnie Tyler most recently heard and seen used in the KIA car commercial
showcasing Melissa McCarthy being called in to come save the whales, then the rhinos, etc
…with all calls being met with dire consequences for the heroine McCarthy…
Yet who among us hasn’t at some point in life looked up hoping to see someone, anyone,
swooping in who would have all the answers…
all the solutions…
the one person who possessed that magic bullet…that remedy, that saving hope…
Someone who would come to the rescue and who could stop all the craziness…
stopping all the bad guys,
stopping all the hurting,
stopping all the madness….
And it just so happens that we may have to look no further than to a small mountain bald
outside of the gates of old Jerusalem…
looking no further to….
Gagultâ… in Aramaic
Golgotha… in Greek Γολγοθᾶς
Calvariæ Locus… in Latin
Calvary… in English…
Otherwise known as simply ‘the place of the skull’…
For it was here on this bare outcropping of desolate land,
known to locals as the cap of the skull,
that just a little over 2000 years ago, a real hero,
nay the only true hero who has ever lived,
was put to death.
But, as most would imagine,
our hero’s story was not merely finished with his being put to death.
Absolutely far from the end….
Because the story was truly only beginning…
For it was in the death of this hero that our own endings, our own loss of life,
our own deaths….
Meaning, death would be no more….
No longer would death be a forever closed ending…
of which we have all so imagined things to be…
A permanent ending of a black hole sucking in all life…into the aphotic void of total
impenetrable light or hope…
But rather…in this death of our hero…
was to be found…
and a beginning not just for our hero, but for all who so choose….
And so it is to the cross where we are look in order to find our hero…
“If man had his way, the plan of redemption would be an endless and bloody conflict.
In reality, salvation was bought not by Jesus’ fist, but by His nail-pierced hands;
not by muscle but by love; not by vengeance but by forgiveness;
not by force but by sacrifice.
Jesus Christ our Lord surrendered in order that He might win;
He destroyed His enemies by dying for them and conquered death by
allowing death to conquer Him.”
― A.W. Tozer
Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging.
And he didn’t even need a cape😍
I know–isn’t it precious?! 😊🐏
And praise Him! He does not just swoop down and remove us from the dangers, He takes us home with Him to live forever. Blessings for this day.
Thank you, Julie! This is a story that I love to hear, and hope to soon enter into those glorious loving arms soon! I feel my life slipping away at times, but it always returns, so God has something left for me to do. I can only remain ready and vigilant until the moment arrives! Hugs! Angie 😇
waiting on our Hero Angie 🙂
Thank you Jesus for being our hero!!! 🙂 ❤
Thank you for this focus on the world’s True hero–our Lord Jesus Christ! My soul rests in Him!