If you're going to be seeing 'Man of Steel', the latest Superman movie, you probably won't have to try too hard to see similarities in the storyline to the Bible's account of Jesus' life.
Of course the Superman story is fictional and the Biblical account of Jesus is historical fact upon which the Christian faith is formed, but It's quite interesting that a secular movie borrow so blatantly from Jesus' story.
Many parts of the Superman storyline will sound familiar.
'Man of Steel' focuses on the origins of Superman, who was sent from the planet Krypton as an infant to save his species. Jesus was sent to earth by His Father to offer salvation to mankind, His creation.
Superman is raised by surrogate parents who help him grapple with his special powers, even though they don’t fully understand the source of his extraordinary abilities. Jesus's arrival was foretold in scripture, Joseph and Mary were both told of Jesus' coming and Mary "pondered these things in her heart" and Jesus' arrival was announced by angels.
Luke chapter 2 tells us that at 12 years old, Jesus knew exactly what His mission was. "And He said to them, 'Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?' But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them."
When he turns 33, Superman must willingly sacrifice himself to save the human race.
Sound familiar? It should.
Jesus went to the cross at the same age. He demonstrated God's grace by offering Himself as the ultimate sacrifice for us.
If that’s not enough, as a boy Clark Kent is shown wrestling with his superpowers, and asks his earthly dad, Jonathan Kent, “Did God do this to me?”
“Somewhere out there you have another father and he sent you here for a reason,” says Jonathan Kent. Jesus and His Father, however, were in constant communication and on a number of occasion God revealed His satisfaction in His Son in audible messages to select audiences.
Even the visuals hammer home the messianic motifs.
During a fight with his archenemy, General Zod, Superman plunges down to Earth, his arms outstretched as if he were being crucified. In the movie, Superman rises again, borrowing from the account of Jesus' physical resurrection 3 days after His crucifiction.
If you're planning to be seeing this movie keep your eyes open for the metaphors.