I love a thrilling superhero movie. I’m obviously not alone as one Marvel blockbuster after another graces the big screen, and my fellow Americans and I flock with our millions of dollars to purchase a few hours of pure fantasy and entertainment. There’s something about good avenging evil that appeals to our great need for hope.

The greatest movie events of the year seem to coincide with the holidays, so this Thanksgiving morning, I release my own exclusive blockbuster blog superhero. When it comes to subduing bad guys, He knows no match. With unprecedented supernatural powers, He knows exactly where to be at the precise right time. He is anywhere in the universe at all times. He knows everything about everyone. When the signal is given, when someone or something needs His attention, He is able to respond immediately. You cannot run. You cannot hide. Evil cannot escape His wrath.

Unlike common superheroes, He’s not the product of an ordinary comic book; He’s the author of the greatest book ever written.

He is, in fact, the greatest superhero of all time, literally.

He is…drumroll please…the one. The only. The Equalizer.

He is so because He doesn’t play favorites.

He “will render to each one according to his deeds: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness – indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God” (Romans 2:6-11).

He has a way of cutting through all our comparisons and elevating His truth as the one thing that transcends all arguments and excuses that we otherwise might offer as a reason why we should be the exception. We are not.

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

The great Equalizer.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

The great Equalizer.

As in all great superhero movies, the people believe and are saved.

From the pages of His very own book, He qualifies those who He saves as those who believe in Him. When we believe in Jesus, we will not perish but will have eternal life (John 3:15-16 and 36, 5:24, 6:40 and 47, 11:25-26).

The great Equalizer.

When it comes to the forces of darkness, the great Equalizer prevails! “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness” (John 12:46).

Who is He?

He is Jesus, “the way, the truth, and the life” and the only way to be reconciled to the most Holy God in heaven, the one who sent Him, the Father (John 14:6).

The great Equalizer.

Because of who He is, we all have equal reason to be thankful.

“For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God” (2 Corinthians 4:15). For we are “enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God” (2 Corinthians 9:11). Therefore, “be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6) as those who are “rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 2:7).

Therefore, on this blockbuster blog day, regardless of our circumstances, let us give thanks!

“Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!

Serve the LORD with gladness; come before His presence with singing.

Know that the LORD, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.

Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations” (Psalm 100:1-5).

Marvel has nothing on the Marvelous.

So as we prepare and partake in our feasts today, let us first offer thanks to the bread of life, who promises, “He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst’” (John 6:35), “out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38).

Jesus, as we become wholly Yours today, all blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to You, our God, forever and ever (Revelation 7:12). Amen.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!