The Webb Space Telescope is bringing us many new images of the universe and changing the way we understand it. In a similar way, John the Baptizer gave us the image of Jesus as the Lamb of God and that has influenced our understanding ever since.
Conflict is sure to happen when intelligent and creative people get together and try to create anything, especially a faith community. What keeps us together is not ignoring the conflict but finding our unity in following Jesus’ model of loving respect and listening for God’s purpose.
God’s mission is the light coming into the world and dispelling the darkness, but God’s intention, unexpected as it is, is that we are the ones to make that happen.
The Christ or Messiah was a superhero who had been anticipated by the prophets but he didn’t have any of the normal superpowers – he couldn’t fly or make himself invisible or shape-shift. His superpower was something quite different.