River Rescue

F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.” (“The Note-Books,” The Crack-Up, 1945).

In mythology a hero is usually a male of great strength and courage, favored by the gods, partly descended from them, often regarded as part god himself, and is worshiped after his death. Other ideas:

  • A hero is any person, especially a male, who is admired for his courage, nobility, or exploits, especially in war;
  • A hero is any person, especially a male, who is admired for his qualities or achievements and who is regarded as an ideal or a model for others to follow;
  • A hero is the central figure in any event or period who is honored for his outstanding qualities.

No matter which definition you use, Jesus is clearly a hero. He became a man, demonstrated great strength and courage, and was passionately loved by the Father God from whom he had descended. He is revealed to be deity in human form and was worshiped during his lifetime as well as now.

His greatest achievement is his military victory over the forces of evil. He stormed the gates of Hell, threw down the strong man, and set the captives free. May he be forever praised!

What a tragedy that he was rejected and destroyed by his own creation. “He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.” (John 1:10, NIV).

What a tragedy that, although he died for every human being that has ever lived or will ever live, very few see him as an ideal. And even fewer choose to model their lives after him.

What a tragedy so few choose to obey him and follow him. What a tragedy so many are still held captive by a world already destroyed.