Do you know what Batman wishes for at Christmas? During an interview with USA Today about his role as Batman in the movie the Justice League, actor Ben Affleck asked, “Wouldn’t it be nice if there was somebody who could save us from all this, save us from ourselves, save us from the consequences of our actions, and save us from people who are evil?”
Amen, Batman. That would be nice. In fact, it is nice. Or maybe I should say he is nice. One day Jesus will return from heaven to save us from “all this”—from the political squabbles, the burdensome tasks at work, the family drama, the return of cancer, and the weight of grief. But Jesus has already saved us from ourselves, from the spiritual consequences of our actions, from the penalty of our sins. The author to the Hebrews stated, “Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him” (9:28). One day, hopefully soon, Jesus will rescue us from the danger of sickness, pain, and frustration. But today we find peace in the fact that our sins are “taken away,” removed from us entirely. When God looks at you, there is not a single sin hanging over your head. There are zero reasons for God to reject you or turn away from your prayers.
Sounds nice, doesn’t it? It is. Maybe someone should tell Batman.