In 1938, two young men, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, finally found a publisher for their superhero comic strips. Over the course of a few years they developed several store lines around a character known to the world as Superman. Superman, after many revisions and refinements, is a fictional character from the fictional planet called Krypton. He is a superhero who fights crime using his superhuman powers when necessary. His fictional abilities include superhuman strength and speed, superhuman vision, and the ability to fly. From this comic strip character came the expression to describe a person who believes they are invincible as Superman. Has anyone ever told you that you are not Superman? Well, if not, then I will. You are NOT Superman. You and I are but flesh and as long as we are in this flesh we are bound by the chains of the flesh. The author of Hebrews said to them “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.“ (Hebrews 13:3). Remember them? To whom is the penman of this epistle referring? Simply put: everyone! We are each bound by the chains of adversity because we ourselves are still in the body. We are but flesh. The direct commandment in context to the Hebrews was to remember those in bonds and those who suffer adversity because they (the Hebrews) were just like them in bonds and suffering. However, the commandment can and should be applied to us each today. “Remember those who are bound by the flesh and suffer adversity because we each are bound and suffer adversity.“ One person expressed in this way: “Be kind to everyone because everyone is having a tough time“. As shown in Psalm 78:39, the Lord God remembered that the Hebrews were but flesh and spared them as a nation despite their sins against Him. “For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.“ (Psalm 78:39). Jehovah God, the Creator of all, knew their own humanity and gave them mercy and grace. Because of the integrity of God's heart, He dealt with them in their flesh. He fed them and guided them. “So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.“ (Psalm 78:72). Then again in Psalm 103, the Psalmist David wrote, “For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more“ (Psalm 103:14-16). God our Creator remembers that we are dust. He remembers how He formed us in our mother's womb (Jeremiah 1:5). He remembers that we are but flesh and out of the integrity of His heart He deals with us graciously and mercifully. He still meets our needs and still works within our hearts. He remembers that we are not Superman, that we are not invincible. Now, although God remembers our own frailty and humanity do we remember that we, too, are but flesh and do we remember the same is true of every person worldwide? Do we remember the humanity of our families? Do we remember that they are not perfect, that they still are bound in this flesh? Do we remember that our spouse is also bound in their flesh and also suffers adversity? The beggar on the street or the person who has been cruel to their flesh with drugs and by other means, do we remember that they, too, are bound in their flesh? Do we remember the same of the person who in a rush to get from A to B cuts us off with their vehicle and about causes us to wreck? Do we remember the humanity of everyone around us? If so, then where is the grace? Where is the mercy? Should we not extend grace to everyone? Should we not extend grace, mercy, and love to our neighbors? Should we not lend a helping hand as we are able? Why? So we may gain something from them? No, but for the simple fact that they are bound by these prison bars called bones and this prison called the flesh. Moreover, if we are to remember the bonds and sufferings of others, we would do well to remember the same of ourselves. Yes, we may recognize our own “fleshness“ when we are stricken with a terrible disease or some great adversity but what about at other times? Do we remember that because of our flesh we are not invincible? Do we remember that we will still make mistakes and will still succumb to the temptation to sin? Do we remember that we, as flesh, will struggle with doubts and fears, anger and bitterness, sadness and grief, confusion and misjudgments, along with a multitude of other emotions. We each need our rest. We each need our time to recharge. We each need to understand that we are not perfect and will make mistakes in this flesh. We each need to extend grace and mercy unto ourselves. Why? Because you, nor I, are Superman.