Most of us have heroes—people whom we admire and want to be like. We have chosen these heroes for different reasons. They might have a character trait, or a well developed talent, or skill that we desire for ourselves. They may be a sports figure, a politician, or a celebrity in film, music, or any one of the arts. They may even be just a friend or member of our own family. But overall, when it comes to the world we live in, most heroes are of celebrity status. And each of us wants to believe the very best we can about our hero. Because of this, a very interesting thing happens. If one of our heroes gets caught doing things we don’t agree with or approve of, we want to convince ourselves that it’s not true. We don’t want to believe it. Otherwise we would lose them as a role model. They would fall off that pedestal. We have a tendency to take their greatness and in our mind, apply it to every other aspect of their character. We think and speak greater things of them than are true. We say too much. We exaggerate.
Years ago, I heard a young man bear his testimony and say that Jesus was his hero. That thought had an impact on me. I have pondered it many times since. Could we ever say too much or think too highly of Christ? Could we ever exaggerate His greatness? No. We could never say enough. He is much greater than any words could portray, and He’s done more good than any list could enumerate. He’s the King of kings, and Lord of lords. He’s the Hero of heroes. There will never be a better one.