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Re: You know what you have to do.
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• Posted by: Ivan orozco
• Date: Saturday, January 2, 2016, at 8:38 p.m.
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• In Response to: You know what you have to do. (Pastor Edward Prior of Ontario)

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> Star Wars: The Force Awakens, points us, however imperfectly, to three
> profound truths written large about the LORD JESUS CHRIST in our Bible
> reading from John’s gospel about God’s story – our story:

> 1. The Source of Faith: We Must Recognize Jesus

> “Star Wars is a cosmic drama. And that by itself creates a connection to
> our faith, considering that our mission is to proclaim a cosmic (rescue)
> drama and universal saviour.” (John McDowell). In an interview for Time
> Magazine in 1999, George Lucas said he put the Force into the films “in
> order to try and awaken a certain kind of spirituality in young people –
> more a belief in God than a belief in any particular religious system.” On
> another occasion he said, “All I was trying to say in a very simple and
> straightforward way is that there is a God and there is a good and bad
> side.” Perhaps it is not surprising since the Christian message just so
> happens to be about how a special boy from an obscure desert locale
> emerges and takes on the might of an evil empire, who is the only hope of
> the universe. “The son in the Star Wars story is willing to die to redeem
> his fallen father; the Son in the Gospel story, sent by His loving Father,
> gives His life to redeem those who are fallen (because of) their father
> Adam.” (Josh Hayes). Ask your friends who is Jesus. What do they say? A
> good man. A prophet. A great moral teacher. All those are true but Jesus
> is so much more.

> “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word
> was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were
> made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life,
> and that life was the light of all people.” (John 1:1-4)

> The question is not, “Who was Jesus?” but “Who is Jesus?” He was with God
> the Father in the beginning. And what did he do? He created the whole
> universe and everything in it. Billions and billions of stars. Indeed, He
> existed before time, before creation. And yet, wonder of wonder, He is God
> come to earth. God in human form.

> “The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He
> was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did
> not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not
> receive him.” (John 1:9-11)

> The Source of Faith? We must recognize Jesus revealed in the Word of God.
> The Source of Faith.

> 2. The Course of Faith: We Must Respond to Jesus

> “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he
> gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural
> descent… but born of God.” (John 1:12-13)

> Star Wars, The Force Awakens shows the power of redemption. It is not just
> a story about good verses evil. It is possible to change sides – both
> ways. Finn, played by John Boyega, is raised from birth as a stormtrooper.
> He is just a number. He looks like a machine. No emotions. No expressions.
> He obeys. But he does have a conscience. He can choose. And he does. He
> changes sides. He does the right thing. He removes his old uniform and
> wears the jacket of the one who saved him. He joins the rebellion. He
> rejects the dark side. He comes into the light. There he is welcomed. He
> is accepted. He receives a new name. He is loved. He is redeemed. He
> becomes a real person. That beuatifuly decribes how we become a follower
> of Jesus Christ. This redemption, or call to change sides, while uncommon
> among Stormtroopers, is offered to others in The Force Awakens but I’ll
> leave it to you to find out what happens. And by the way there is even a
> Judas character also. This all points us to the power of the Holy Spirit
> who quickens our conscience. Who convicts of sin. Who calls us repent. Who
> coaxes us to follow the Lord Jesus. To join the Lord’s side and fight the
> dark forces that used to enslave us, who still control our world.

> “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers,
> against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against
> the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:11)

> Connie Neal says “In each life resides the possibility of overcoming evil
> with good. That will only be realized by those who answer the call,” It is
> this longing that draws us to respond to Jesus call and submit to his
> authority. When we do we are born again into His family, His kingdom. We
> are born of God. We become a child of God. This is not something that
> happens naturally. It is supernatural. It is a miracle. Only then can we
> reach our full potential and realise our destiny.

> The Source of Faith? We must recognize Jesus. The Course of Faith: We must
> respond to Jesus.

> 3. The Force of Faith: We Must Rely on Jesus

> “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his
> glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full
> of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

> I am sure one of the reasons Star Wars is so popular is because we
> identify in some way with Luke Skywalker or one of the other characters.
> The dark side is closer than we would like to admit. In The Empire Strikes
> Back, Yoda reminds us, “Anger, fear, aggression-these are the paths to the
> dark side.”

> Before Luke could overcome the dark side, he has to learn to let go of the
> ideas he had about how to fight in the rebellion. Under the direction of
> Obi-Wan, Luke begins to learn the way of the Force. Here there are
> parallels with the Christian concept of faith. In Star Wars Episode IV: A
> New Hope, “When Luke pilots his X-wing down the trench of the Death Star,
> the Empire’s ultimate weapon is within seconds of launching its
> planet-destroying blast. Most of the other fighters have already been
> annihilated and Luke’s best friend has been gunned down, leaving Luke as
> the only Rebel Alliance pilot remaining in the trench. Darth Vader and two
> of his special wing men are closing in right behind Luke, the last hope of
> the Rebels… Does he lose concentration… his death an imminent certainty?
> No. Instead, he responds to the sound of Ben Kenobi’s voice inside his
> head. Ben — “Use the Force, Luke. (Pause) Let go, Luke! (Longer Pause)
> Luke, trust me.” With the future of the universe hanging on this one
> moment, Luke turns off his navigational computer and targeting device that
> would allow him to fire a small proton torpedo into the extremely small,
> unprotected vent opening that was the Death Star’s only weakness.

> This action is ludicrous, if not for the Force. Luke then is able to focus
> his energy on targeting the exhaust port manually, his eyes and hands
> guided by the Force. He hits the impossible target at the very last
> moment, and streaks away to escape the devastating blast as the Death Star
> explodes” (Caleb Grimes). This is a good illustration of how we are to
> live by faith. Imagine yourself in his shoes. You are seeking to do God’s
> will. Life’s distractions come at you fast and furious. The devil will do
> anything to distract you. And you have a choice. You can rely on your
> knowledge, your skills and your experience. Or you can pray. You can ask
> God for wisdom, ask Him to guide you. 3,000 years ago, Solomon wrote,

> “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own
> understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths
> straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

> The Apostle Paul put it like this: “We live by faith, not by sight.” (2
> Corinthians 5:7). God specializes in making the improbable and the
> impossible happen. God delights in using the smallest, the least among us,
> to confound the greatest. Coincidences, as we perceive them, are simply
> God’s providential way of working out His will. There is great mystery
> about our origins, about our destiny, the distant past as well as the
> future. Star Wars taps into that mystery and creates a mythical world
> which touches our souls. C.S. Lewis, in The Weight of Glory, describes
> these feelings:

> “… our longing to be reunited with something in the universe from which we
> now feel cut off, to be on the inside of some door which we have always
> seen from the outside, is no mere neurotic fancy, but the truest index of
> our real situation. And to be at last summoned inside would be both glory
> and honor beyond all our merits and also the healing of that old ache.”
> (The Weight of Glory, pg. 15)

> We ache for more. That is probably why you are here tonight.

> We sense we each have a part in God’s plan. And we too need a mentor to
> discover it. The more time you spend with someone, the more you become
> like them. When we recognise Jesus and receive him into our lives, Jesus
> indwells us by his Spirit, the most powerful force in the universe. Daily
> yield yourself, trusting the promptings of our unseen, God-given
> counselor, the Holy Spirit. Invite him to speak wisdom and guidance into
> your life. Jesus promises,

> “The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name,
> will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to
> you.” (John 14:26)

> So is the Force with you tonight? Do you recognise Jesus? Have you
> received Jesus? Are you relying on Jesus? If you are not sure and you want
> to be. If tonight you want to defect from the Dark Side and come under the
> protection of Jesus, under the authority of Jesus, then please pray this
> prayer with me silently.

> “Lord Jesus I recognise you as my Lord and Saviour. I am sorry for the
> things in my life that have displeased you. Thank you for coming to earth
> to die in my place and take away my sin. I believe in you and receive you
> into my life. Thank you for making me a child of God. Help me to rely on
> you in the days to come so. Help me to follow you so that I can grow to
> become like you. In Jesus name. Amen.”

> If you prayed that prayer for the first time, tell me afterwards and let’s
> meet up for coffee after Christmas. If you are not sure and want to know
> more, then take the leaflet in the chair in front advertising our
> Christianity Explored course starting 4th February. It is designed to
> answer three questions – Who is Jesus? Why did Jesus come? What are the
> implications?

> And whether you resist, or succumb, to view Star Wars, the Force Awakens,
> may the truth found in the person of Jesus Christ awaken in you the desire
> to achieve what others may think impossible. You know what you have to do.

Comments in this Thread:     Expand >>
  • You know what you have to do.  (2922 views)
       Pastor Edward Prior of Ontario - Wednesday, December 30, 2015, at 9:49 p.m.
    •    Re: You know what you have to do.  (1887 views)
         alexrbrown - Sunday, January 10, 2016, at 12:34 p.m.
    •      Re: You know what you have to do.  (1982 views)    We're Here
         Ivan orozco - Saturday, January 2, 2016, at 8:38 p.m.

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