Every year on 26 August, we celebrate "Heroes Day" to commemorate and pay homage to fallen heroes and heroines, and never forget the price they paid.
Long live Namibia.
There are two kinds of heroes and heroines those who have fallen and literally died with their boots on and secondly we have those that are still alive today and have made significant impact in our societies and their unselfish contributions makes them contemporary heroes and heroines.
But who exactly can be called a hero and heroine? It was Joseph Campbell who said,“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”
Campbell is saying heroes have a bigger picture in their heart and mind.
Heroes are people that have a certain outstanding and remarkable qualities. They are vibrant and have an unstoppable tenacity. They are men and women who have characteristics that makes them stand tall above the ordinary, people who decided to tread on very dreadful areas and face certain challenges in spite of their own very precious lives, families and loved ones.
I recently researched on the subject of heroes and I learnt the following: A hero is an extraordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. This is a vital key quality for heroes. They are also normal people like us, but have done, and sacrificed abnormal things in life.
Heroes understand the responsibility that comes with freedom. Responsibility means to have the ability to respond and not react.
Responsibility is the ingredient for what one stands for and believes in. Heroes know that no freedom comes cheap, no freedom is free, no freedom comes without a cost, and freedom comes at a very expensive price.
Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves. These are tough obstacles and hindrance that they have faced and gone through —unselfishness and uncommon sacrifices.
When we talk about "journeys” heroes have taken in spite of themselves and in favour of others. This reminds me of certain outstanding, remarkable, and incredible African leaders on our continent that fought and died for their countries’ independence and liberation, including here in Namibia.
The current and next generation will forever be grateful, and we will always be thankful for our country Namibia, our African and international leaders and those that have stood the test of time.
This brings me to a special highlight and very important hero which I reckon as the greatest and most powerful hero of all times, our Saviour, our Redeemer and Reconciliator, the real King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, the Man, Jesus Christ.
There is a very powerful slogan and motto that was made many centuries ago, and I quote, "The blood of the martyrs have become the seed of the Church".
This motto speaks about the biggest and most awesome price the entire world can never forget. We are spiritually in season of fruitfulness and abundance because of this slogan and I want to refer to the birth, the death, the resurrection, and the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is a hero of all mankind, Romans 8:32, He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all.
This speaks of a hero that gave his life for all, he was humiliated, ostracised, beaten, bruised and then crucified that we may be free from sin, condemnation and fear.
This hero is celebrated at least three times a year, during the Easter week end, Accession day, and Christmas. Although he died and was buried in the tomb for three days, he is no longer in the grave, he is risen. He was crucified on an old rugged cross, but lives in our hearts, this hero is a friend of friends, he is the Master of the Masters, the Beginning and the end, he is always with us, he promised in Matthew 28 verse 20, that he will be with us until the end of the world.
Although he died, he is the voice of the voiceless, he is the father to fatherless, he is the husband to the widowed, and the one that sticketh closer than a brother, our Hero Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is our hero of all times and in all generations, that was, that is, and that is to come, because he has done at least six major things for mankind.
Why Jesus Christ is our hero:
1. He died for the sins of all people, so that we may become the sons and daughters of God. (John 3 vs 16-17)
2. He took all our sickness, pain, discomfort, infections and diseases and put it on the cross.(Mark 1:34)
3.He overcome Satan and walked triumphantly to be victor.(Revelation 17:14)
4. He has broken the spirit of poverty, toiling and struggle in our lives. (2 Cor. 8:9)
5. He has given us the same power that rose Him from the death. (2 Corinthians 4:14)
6. He has given us power in spite of our weaknesses and faults. (Isaiah 40:29)
No matter what people may say about you and even if you feel like a zero, remember he is your Hero. Jesus Christ the son of God.
God bless you and stay blessed until next week.