The Hunt for Heroes#
The hunt for heroes is not new. The Bible first mentions heroes in Genesis 6:5 - the Nephilim, and the first named hero is Nimrod in Genesis 10:8.
From before recorded time mankind has sought those believed to be greater than them. 2000 years ago God the Father placed all this hero-hunting into a correct perspective.
While He was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!" (Matthew 17:5)
Let us see in these words a striking lesson to the whole Church of Christ. There is a constant tendency in human nature to "hear man" ... bishops, priests, deacons, popes, cardinals, councils, preachers, and ministers, are continually exalted to a place which God never intended them to fill, and made practically to usurp the honor of Christ.
Against this tendency let us all watch, and be on our guard. Let these solemn words of the vision ever ring in our ears, "Listen to Christ!"
The best of men are only men at their very best, All are sinners, who need a Savior. They may be useful and honorable in their place; but they are sinners after all. They must never be allowed to stand between us and Christ.
He alone is the Son, in whom the Father is well pleased. He alone is sealed and appointed to give the bread of life. --- J. C. Ryle
The seeking of heroes from earth are at best only a distraction to meeting the Hero of Heaven, who will yet again return to earth.
We are all created to worship, but our hearts cannot fathom how this is exercised correctly, so it hunts the creation for objects of worship and misses entirely the creator.
In your heart set Christ apart as Lord and hero, permit no competitors - listen only to Him.
Today's Soul Snippet:
"Righteousness will always prevail, evil cannot defeat righteousness." ~ Michael Cartwright
#Rev. John Charles Ryle was the first Anglican Bishop of Liverpool in the U.K. 1816-1900
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