I am back home after my holiday in New Zealand and picking up the threads of normal routine once more, despite the bitter weather. Sitting reading Mark’s Gospel Chapter 10, Jesus speaks of how we need to learn from little children how to receive the Kingdom of God. I was overwhelmed afresh by the mercy and grace revealed in Christ.
At the same time the music of Hans Zimmer was on my I-player. It was from the soundtrack of the 2013 Superman film “Man of Steel”. The particular track playing bore the title “What are you going to do when you are not saving the world?”, and the contrast between mankind’s view and God’s view of “salvation” could not have been made more striking.
I was reminded of the words of Paul in his first letter to the church at Corinth “For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength” (or Superman’s for that matter).
The passage in Mark where Jesus speaks to his disciples about becoming as little children is immediately followed by the encounter with the rich young man, who eventually turns away because he had great wealth. An abundance of money is potentially deceptive. It bestows an illusion of authority and self-sufficiency, whilst at the same time encouraging pride and self-satisfaction. It should not be a surprise that as the affluence of western society has steadily increased, an active faith in God has diminished.
I can only thank God that with Him “all things are possible”, and that salvation through Christ is here for us all, as we come childlike before Him recognising our need for his selfless love, compassion and endless forgiveness.
As helpless child
The Saviour of the world is sent
To grow to manhood
Then, not to soar
With superhuman strength,
But walk with love and grace
And softly heal
All those who come
With childlike faith.
This is our God
In human flesh revealed.
(c) Martin Wild 2018