Luke 2:1-7 – 1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (NKJV)
This year. This week we are starting a new series based on Star Wars and what better place to start than the movie that started it all, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. In this movie we are introduced to Luke Skywalker, a young man from the desert planet of Tatooine. He runs into two droids that had a special message for “Old Ben” Kenobi, a hermit. It is then revealed that Ben is really Obi-Wan Kenobi, a Jedi Master. The message is from Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan. She tells them of the plans of the Death Star and she knew that if anyone and save the day it would be the Jedi Master. To leave Tatooine they hired the help of the smuggler Han Solo and his faithful ally Chewbacca. The group together had to help guide Luke to his destiny with training in the force and trusting in it. He had to follow his destiny to save the universe. To challenge Darth Vader’s contraption of death and stop the space station in it’s tracks.
This remind me of another story. Someone who had a destiny to fulfill to save the galaxy. His name is Jesus Christ. Just as Luke Skywalker was to give hope to the rebel alliance and the galaxy so has Jesus to all of us.
We celebrate Christmas every year in honor of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is difficult to say if Jesus was really born on December 25th but we can say we know His purpose.
Matthew 1:21 – She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (NIV)
The angel informed Mary and Joseph that Jesus came to save us from our sins. We will go more in depth in to sin but sin defined by the bible is:
1 John 5:17 – All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death. (NIV)
So Jesus came to save us from death. Not the death that comes when we breathe our final breath but the death that comes when you go to Hell and there’s no return from it. However, Jesus comes to save us from sin by showing us the righteous way to live our lives. When we dedicate our lives to God and take Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we would gain life in abundance. (John 10:10)
This is something that should bring us hope. Jesus came to save us from sin and to show us the right way to live. To let us know that we are not alone in our struggles with life. (Matt 11:29-30) My God, I am so thankful that You came down to save us. To give us hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (NIV)
Next week, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
Heavenly Father, we are all in search of hope. For a better future than what we are living now. This is a future that only you can give. You told us in Matthew 6:33 that if we seek Your Kingdom and Your righteousness and you will take care of us. You promised us in John 10:10 that will give us a life of abundance. My God, our hope is found in You. In Jesus name, Amen.