Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint. Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come; see where his body was lying. Matthew 28:1-6
I was playing this video game the other day and during a cut scene the main character landed hard on the ground and did this split thing with his legs and one fist hitting the ground. Now unless you are a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader you may be tasked at landing this way. I doubt it’s possible to land that hard without breaking or straining something. The thought crossed my mind that I had seen this landing several times before in Ironman You can see the picture above. I have seen over the years other superheroes land similarly; it’s a cool way to come back from a hard fall. I highly doubt Jesus popped out of the tomb this way, but I like to think He did so victoriously and in this manner. This type of position says several things to us. The hero has authority, balance, is recovering, and getting ready for action.
Jesus biggest failure was turned into the biggest victory. He was the unexpected superhero that kept us blind up until He gave His life for us. To the world, what He did was failure, but to us it was life-giving and very very victorious. When we look at the superhero’s hard landing stance the first thing we see when lands, is authority. He is pretty powerful and has the authority to go on whipping some butt. Jesus biggest battle was beating on old death and He won that major battle. Jesus fell hard, but He landed with authority. I tweeted the other day that when we fail we can fail two ways, we can just plain fail, or we can fail forward. Jesus as well as a superhero can fail forward. Sure, the superhero is hurt and scared from the experience, but he has the authority to continue on, to overcome his circumstances and get back in the fight. That should be our attitude when we face a failure, we need to keep failing forward and never give up. We have the authority to overcome our circumstances and battle on.
The next thing we see with this position is balance. The hero is spread out into a very powerful position, he is upright, but spread out enough that it will be hard to push him out of that powerful position of balance. A well balanced life of keeping your spirit nourished, keeping your soul cleansed, and your body taken care of, will land you perfect from failure every time. Failure is only failure when you quit. Quitting is true failure. Balance also makes us aware of the authority in our lives.
The position also shows us that hero is in a state of recovery. He is recovering from being thrown through a building or a building falling on top of him. He is quickly and carefully planning his next action. When we fall forward and land hard, we have to consider what we have learned from the negative experience and see where we go from here. When we sit back and just give up, we are not putting our creative thought processes into action. God created us like Himself and so we always have creative processes in our heart and minds.
The final thing the superhero does after he regroups is he goes into action and takes down the arch nemesis. Jesus when He walked out of the tomb, or landed in the superhero position as I would like to think, leapt back into action. He met with Mary and then the disciples; He spent some time with the people He loved before He flew away to heaven. After He soundly defeated death for us, He flew away as any superhero would after beating the bad guy. 50 days later at a place called Pentecost, He provided His Holy Spirit for us to keep us strong and lead us on the path that is abundant life. We can fail forward, leap back into action, and really make the enemy irritated. That’s what I want to be is a thorn in the side of the enemy.
We can learn a powerful lesson from a superhero that lands hard and fails forward. When we fail forward, we use our God given authority to lift ourselves back up. We find balance in our lives that we never knew we had. We recover and plan our out next move, and then we leap into action. God never said the Christian life would be comfortable, He said it would be abundant which translates to a great adventure and never a boring moment. Just as a superhero movie promises lots of action and a great ending, so will your life be like that.
© [David Howard], [David's Body Temple], 2011-2015.