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. Continue reading “Return of the Jedi – Luke 24”→
Part Two of our series follows Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. In the previous article we spoke of Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope and how Jesus came into the world and how that was something to give us hope. In this article we are going to discuss The Empire Strikes back.
Now love it or hate it some of the greatest events in the saga took place in this movie. We get to see Vader unmasked for the first time, the awesome fight on Hoth, introduction of Jedi Master Yoda, and one of the most quoted and yet wrongly quoted lines from any movie you could think of came from this movie here. “No, I am your father.” Most people think the No is Luke.
The Empire Strikes back starts on the icy planet of Hoth where the rebels suffer defeat after victory from the destruction of the Death Star. Luke is told that he needs to go Dagobah to complete his Jedi training with Jedi Master Yoda. But sensing that his cohorts were on trouble in Cloud City he ended his training prematurely to help them. But he failed at helping them. In the end he fought getting enticed by the dark side and his friend and ally was locked away in carbonate given to Jabba the Hutt.
Thinking about how Darth Vader was trying to entice Luke to the Dark Side I thought about how Satan tried to do the same thing with Jesus. Minus being his father of course.
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. Continue reading “A New Hope – Luke 2:1-7”→
It’s party time! Happy New Year everyone. I want to apologize to you all that I took such a long break from this site. As I pray for you please pray for me as well. This year was a learning experience for me and hopefully for you too as a reader.
I wanted to bring to you all a different kinds of homilies. Something video game and anime inspired. Something you would think about when you pick up the controller or check out your favorite manga. There will be more in the future. The pace I was going before wore me out. I will work out one a week and if God is willing I will return to two.
I am open to suggestion from anyone. I am open to pray with and for anyone. Let’s make this a great year and let’s start by putting God first.
For anyone who follows the story of Attack on Titans, or Shingeki no Kyojin, you probably thought that the last entry in the Attacking Titans series would have ended with “Mikasa Ackerman”. If you haven’t been following we started with “Eren Yeager” and learned how we must boldly declare that we will defeat the titans in our lives as he declared he would defeat the literal titans in his. Second, we followed up with “Armin Arlert”, where we learned that we must gather knowledge and expand our vision if we are ever going to find a strategy to defeat the titans in our lives. Third, was the aforementioned “Mikasa Ackerman” where we learned we need to exercise our faith and knowledge and execute because with all the faith we have we must take action. One of the scriptures we covered was James 2:18-24, referred to the scripture we will be studying today which also reminded me of one other character form Attack on Titan.
Commander Erwin Smith, is the head of the Survey Corps. I might have lightly touched on the Survey Corps but I will go into detail of what they do now. As the city is surrounded by gigantic walls to keep the hungry titans away. The Survey Corps is the team of soldiers that venture outside the safety of the wall. To defeat titans on their turf and to do research on how to better fight the enemy as well as try to push them back further so the people of the cities and towns have more space to grow. To experience more freedom. Survey Corps are considered a death sentence for many. There’s a high mortality rate in that team. In the premiere episode when the team came back all they could give the mother of one of the soldiers was an arm.
Commander Erwin have to knowingly sacrifice his soldiers in the hopes that they reach the goal of one day pushing back the titans and claiming victory over them. He has to sacrifice them so that the civilians and nobles in the city can remain safe. He sacrifice them so that they can further their research on the titans that ravage the land. It then reminds me of one more thing. That we must be willing to make sacrifices as well to defeat the titans in our lives. We must be like Abraham. Continue reading “Attacking Titans – “Erwin Smith” – Genesis 22:1-19″→
James 2:18 – But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. (NIV)
In part one, we read about Eren Yeager, and how we need to declare to the titans in our lives that we will defeat them. In part two, we read about Armin Arlert and how he increased his knowledge and widened his vision to obtain success over the titans and how we need to do the same. We are now in part three, and we will discuss Mikasa Ackerman. Mikasa is a naturally talented fighter when it comes to fighting titans but not all of have a natural ability to attack the titans in our lives but there is something special about her that had to be jolted out of her by Eren. She had to push her self to fight.
In Episode 6 of the anime, Mikasa was helpless as a little girl as she was being kidnapped. However, a young Eren attempted to save her. But his rescue backfired and he was about to get killed himself. Only one person could save him and that was Mikasa. Her killer instinct for the first time kicked in. She attacked to save her new friend and attacked for her survival. We must also put forth the effort to attack the titans in our lives as well. Continue reading “Attacking Titans – “Mikasa Ackerman” – James 2:18″→
Proverbs 24:5 – A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might,(ESV)
In our first part of Attacking Titans series, “Eren Yeager”, we learned that when we are up against the titans in our lives we must first declare and believe what we will accomplish. Speak to our demons and when we pray believe that God will carry us through. But that is the first part. The second part is to do what the character above does. Armin Arlert, out of the trio is the strategist and planner. Through all the reading of books with his grandfather he had a dream of leaving the city perimeter to see the ocean and hopefully.
It was revealed to Armin when they were cornered by the military how much his friends depended on his knowledge to get out of the situations they were in. For the end of the series he came up with a master plan that helped them immensely but I don want to give spoilers to those who have yet to watch or want to watch the series or read the manga. But as we see Armin succeed with knowledge the bible tells us that is as well. Continue reading “Attacking Titans – “Armin Artlert” – Proverbs 24:5”→