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”→
Luke 15:8-10 – “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’ Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (NKJV)
Well when I thought about this parable I didn’t think of anything nerdy at all but I did think of something nostalgic. I thought of my favorite show from way back when DuckTales, with the main protagonist Scrooge McDuck. If you are reading this and don’t remember I highly suggest looking the show up on YouTube or checking out the comics.
Scrooge McDuck, in the show is the richest duck in Duckburg. He has so much money that for fun he swims around in it in a gigantic money bin filled with gold coins and jewelry. But out of all of the coins he possess his most important coin is his number one dime. The first coin he has ever earned. It is so precious to him that he keeps it under glass. However, there is someone who wants it for sinister needs. Her name is Magica De Spell and she is a witch that believes that coin has the power to bring her power and great wealth. Since it’s not just any dime Scrooge goes after it and seeks it out from Magica. Reminds me of the parable above. Continue reading “Number One Dime – Luke 15:8-10”→
Luke 18:27 – Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” (NIV)
To understand what I’m about to tell you, you need to do something first, you need to believe in the impossible. Can you do that? Good. This is the first line in the hit TV series on the CW The Flash. As the season come to a close I couldn’t help but think about this show and how it pushes the idea of what is possible. I have heard the word impossible more times in this show than I have heard in the culmination of my years of life. Yet that first line of that show brings a lot that comes to mind.
In Barry Allen’s monologue in the beginning of the show. He said he always dreamed of doing the impossible. Then he became the impossible. He became the fastest man alive. I don’t mean Usain Bolt fast either. In the show he became The Flash from lightning that hit him after an explosion from the particle accelerator in S.T.A.R. Labs. He uses his enhanced speed to save his city from other enhanced humans, or meta humans as they are being called in the show, and to solve the mystery of his mother’s murder. The thing is that when Barry Allen asked if you can believe in the impossible it occurred to me that someone else made the same statement in the Bible. Continue reading “The Flash – Luke 18:27”→
Luke 15:3-7 – 3 Then Jesus told them this parable:4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. (NIV)
The title comes from my favorite story arc from the anime One Piece by Eiichiro Oda. Luffy, head of the straw hat pirates, went through constant battles with friends and foes and the sea to reach the world government building, Enies Lobby, to rescue his crewmate Robin. She left his crew thinking she was doing great sacrifice to protect her friends but Luffy rather make war with the World Government than lose her. He just need to hear that she wanted to be rescued. It made me think of the Parable of the Lost Sheep that Jesus taught us. Continue reading “Robin, say you want to live! – Luke 15:3-7”→