Hebrews Chapter 11 is called the “Faith Hall of Fame” as it lists some remarkable men and women from the Old Testament whose stories encourage and challenge us in our faith walk—some Old Testament heroes. I encourage you to read this Scripture; here is a partial list and where you can find their reference in the Book of Hebrews:
– Abel—the first martyr (11:4)
– Enoch—a man who walked with God and was spared death (11:5)
– Noah—a man blameless among the people of his time (11:7)
– Abraham—the father of the Jewish Nation (11:8-19)
– Sarah—the mother of the Jewish Nation (11:11)
– Isaac—a man of faithful living (11:17-20)
– Jacob—father of the 12 tribes of Israel (11:21)
– Joseph—the interpreter of dreams for a king (11:21-22)
– Moses—giver of the law (11:23-28)
– Rahab—obedient servant of God (11:31)
We need heroes. Sometimes they are found in our own family. Like a dad who says, “What disability?”, or a mom who says, “I will prevail!”, or a wife who says, “Satan, get behind me!”, or your children who say “I’m following my dreams!”, or loved ones who say “No!” to disease and infliction. Sometimes they are found in those who I had the honor of serving with in the military. Sometimes they are found everywhere: where you work, your neighborhood, the gym, etc.
Recently we heard about two men who died, both of whom I never had the honor to meet, yet I consider heroes.
First was Aaron Feis, the football coach murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. He lost his life defending the lives of others and as his Pastor said during his funeral, “We are celebrating not just a husband and a father, and a brother, and a son, and a friend, but we celebrate a hero.” From what I have learned about Aaron, he was a man who put his faith into action and epitomized what Jesus taught in John 15:13, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Aaron is a hero.
Second, Reverend Billy Graham went to claim his victory at the age of 99. Since the news of his death the testimonies as to his “greatness” and “loving ways” have been plentiful. But we need to remember that during the height of his ministry he was often subject to threats, mockery, and false accusations (by the way, he wasn’t the first to endure this persecution in the name of Jesus). Billy never wavered in his faith and conviction; in fact he embraced the opposition and grew from it once saying, “I feel sorry for the man who has never know the bracing thrill of taking a stand and sticking to it fearlessly. Moral courage has rewards that timidity can never imagine. Like a shot of adrenaline, it floods the spirit with vitality.” Billy is a hero.
All these men and women I have referenced are by definition “heroes”. To me there has only been one “superhero” and that is Jesus Christ! Now I enjoy the stories of Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman, the Black Panther and all the other “superheroes”. But none of them, nor anyone, else but Jesus did what He did, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29) Jesus Christ is the superhero.