Good Friday, Star Wars and Easter Go Into a Bar…

As most of you know, I am an avid Star Wars fan! Guilty as charged and I confess it! Depending on the place of affection it has in my heart, it is a matter of confession. Star Wars “canon” is not the Holy Canon of Scripture.

There. You heard me say it, and it is not blasphemy to lower the importance of Star Wars. Rather, to say Star Wars is anything more, or infer by not saying what I’m saying now, could be blasphemy. So what exactly am I saying now? Glad you asked!

I am saying, while I adore the adventures and life application narratives of Star Wars, and Luke Skywalker (Luke grew up on a the desert planet of Tatooine, and I grew up in the High Desert of San Bernardino County in So Cal; Luke’s dad left him at a young age, and my dad was rarely around from a young age; Luke went to Dagobah, TWICE to train as a Jedi. Jedi are like pastors, and I’m here in DC, my “Dagobah,” for my second time, as a pastor, ‘training’…you get the life metaphor), it’s not real. Sorry kids. While life could exist in a galaxy far, far away, only God knows, the Star Wars story is all made up!

But the Bible story of the Messiah, Jesus Christ coming to earth from another world and actually dying for us on a cross, made from His own created material, a tree, is not make believe! As our five year old reminded his mom, dad and sisters today when we were running through some Bible verses, “The Bible is all true! Not one teeny part of it is fake!” Amen Caleb, amen.

As AMAZING as the Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer was yesterday, Good Friday (the day we reflect upon and thank Jesus for His priceless and atoning sacrifice for our sins), and as much as I’m looking forward to seeing it in December (the time we celebrate the birth of Messiah), it’s all fake! Caleb might say, “Every teeny part of it is not true!”

So, as we rest in the great between of the unknown that the first disciples of Jesus wandered through while His body still lay in the grave, may we put first things first, and anything that can become an idol, be tossed away and gone from the primacy of our affections.

As Paul writes to his son in the faith, Timothy (a REAL life ‘padawan learner’ and ‘Jedi Master’ combo!),

6If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, brought up in the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. 7Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 9This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance 10(and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.” (1 Timothy 4:6-10)

Let’s put aside those ‘godless myths’ that cannot save us because they’re not eternal truth, and let’s train ourselves to be godly! Anything that serves as a distraction from the life saving truth of the Gospel, yay even our culturally beloved ‘Star Wars’ saga, may need to be reformatted and moved to it’s proper place to serve as nothing more than an ‘Altar to the UNKNOWN GOD,” so that many can come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (Acts 17:22-34). There is always liberty in Christ and no condemnation for watching a Star Wars trailer, or anything of the sort, so I am not implying Star Wars is inherently evil. Rather, let’s proactively put our hearts and minds on the One Who is Eternal and worthy of our heartfelt and mind-creative affection: Jesus.

My friends, it’s Easter weekend! The most spiritually gut wrenching and yet exciting time of the year! Within the span of 3 days, all hope was LOST and not just found again, but gloriously RESURRECTED in NEW LIFE and a TRUE “New Hope” that NEVER dies! This hope NEVER changes with the winds of culture and the fads of society! Jesus, the God Who chose to be a man and made Himself nothing (Philippians 2:1-11), is now seated in Heavenly Realms, and will return from the place that He is ‘preparing for us’ to take us to be with Him there! (John 14:1-4)

Tomorrow, Easter Sunday, we celebrate this truth together and we can rest in the fact that “The Bible is all true! Not one teeny part of it is fake!”

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