Return of the Jedi – Luke 24

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We are now on Part three of our series. Part One, A New Hope, covered what Jesus coming means for us as Christians and compared it to what Luke meant to the Star Wars Universe. Part Two, The Empire Strikes Back, covered temptation to go to the dark side as Luke had to deal with from his father as well as Jesus before he began his ministry. But the epic conclusion of the Luke Trilogy of Star Wars is Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

At the end of The Empire Strikes back the heroes lives are in shambles. Han Solo is frozen in carbonite and is in the clutches of the vile Jabba the Hutt. Luke Skywalker lost his battle with Darth Vader as well as his hand. He found out that one of the greatest evils in the universe is his father. The team lost hope after the events of Cloud City.

But the prophecy must be fulfilled right? Anakin, Darth Vader, is supposed to be the one to bring balance to the force and we need the Return of the Jedi to do it. We needed the pendulum to swing towards the light in the Star Wars Universe as well as our own. We needed our “Jedi” Jesus Christ to return.

Before we start in Luke 24 lets go back a chapter. Luke 23.

Luke 23:44 – 49 – 44 Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. 45 Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. 46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Having said this, He breathed His last.

47 So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous Man!”

48 And the whole crowd who came together to that sight, seeing what had been done, beat their breasts and returned. 49 But all His acquaintances, and the women who followed Him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things. (NKJV)

When you read that it sounds like the end. Further in the scriptures we read about how he was buried in the tomb.

Luke 23:50 – 56 – 50 Now behold, there was a man named Joseph, a council member, a good and just man. 51 He had not consented to their decision and deed. He was from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who himself was also waiting for the kingdom of God. 52 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a tomb that was hewn out of the rock, where no one had ever lain before. 54 That day was the Preparation, and the Sabbath drew near.

55 And the women who had come with Him from Galilee followed after, and they observed the tomb and how His body was laid. 56 Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment. (NKJV)

Sound like it was over but you know how every pastor in the world loves to say it: BUT THREE DAYS LATER! We find that Jesus was not in the tomb so that his body could be anointed with oils.

Luke 24:1-7 – 1 Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.  2 But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.  3 Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  4 And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments.  5 Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?  6 He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee,  7 saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’” (NKJV)

He has risen. Just as the return of the Jedi meant that there will finally be peace in the universe. That balance would be brought to the force we have Jesus that conquered death and the grave and we learn further in Luke 24 and various other parts of the Bible what the resurrections means for us as Christians.

Just like how Anakin was believed to be the one to bring balance to the force be defeating Darth Sidious in the ancient prophecy. Jesus speaks that he must also fulfill the prophecies as it was spoken of him.

Luke 24:44 –  Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” (NKJV)

But what does that mean for us?

It means that we are saved from sin and the death that comes from sin.

Rom 3:23 – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (NKJV)

Rom 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NKJV)

We are saved from the wrath of God for our sinful nature because we aren’t perfect but we serve someone who is and all we need to do is have faith and follow Him, Jesus Christ. If you have sinned I humbly request that you pray the prayer below. It’s never too late to come to him so he can be the Lord of your life and save you from the Dark Side.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, I am a sinner that can only be saved by Your grace. I commit my life to you. I pray that you forgive me of my sin. Bring your Holy Spirit into my heart. I beg that you lead the way. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.

Sidenote: I did intentionally used the Gospel of Luke because… Star Wars with Luke Skywalker. It just felt fitting. Happy Easter everyone!

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Return of the Jedi – Luke 24

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