Learning to “let go and let God” is just one of the Christian themes found in Star Wars Episode IV. In this episode of the Finding Christ in Cinema podcast, we’ll talk about Luke letting go of his own understanding, letting the Force do the work through him, and how that can help Christians understand the Holy Spirit.
For your convenience you will find each podcast segment at the time referenced below:
- 00:00:00 – Introduction
- 00:03:35 – STAR WARS Episode IV Discussion
- 00:56:10 – Listener Challenge and Feedback
- 01:07:50 – Reel News
- 01:12:15 – Well-mannered Frivolity
- 01:27:35 – Lightning Round
- 01:32:05 – Upcoming
The Death Star Comes to All
The evil Galactic Empire has launched the Death Star – a technological abomination capable of destroying entire planets – and it has the Millennium Falcon in its tractor beam. The last thing in the Death Star’s grip was the planet Alderaan, and it was blown to smithereens. And as it stands, the crew of the Millennium Falcon has no hope of escape.
They do, however, have is a Jedi Knight named Obi-Wan Kenobi, and this Knight happens to have an appointment with Darth Vader, the operator of the Death Star. This is a date so exclusive, though, that nobody else can accompany him. Luke Skywalker and Han Solo volunteer to help out, but Kenobi tells them to stay put. And as much as it hurt them to do so, they did as they were told.
This scene mimics that of the Upper Room found in the Book of John, a scene that takes places before Jesus is arrested and ultimately taken to the cross. He tells his disciples that His time has come to go, and his ever-eager followers volunteer themselves to tag along. Jesus, however, tells them to stay behind because they are not ready to drink from the same cup from which Jesus himself is about to drink.
Use the Force
Later on, in the hangar of the Death Star, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader have met and are dueling a duel that has apparently been waiting to happen for a long time. After a few strikes and blocks, Darth Vader comments on how weak Obi-Wan has become since they last saw each other. Kenobi is quick to assure Vader that he cannot win; furthermore, Kenobi tells Vader that, if he (Kenobi) is stricken down, he (Kenobi) will become more powerful than he (Vader) could possibly imagine. Vader doesn’t seem to believe him as he carries through with killing Kenobi moments later.
Normally, this would be a bad thing, but Kenobi would be wrong if the situation were normal. Because once he died, Kenobi was absolved into the Force and attained that strength to which he alluded during the duel. And because he is now a part of the Force, he is able to comfort and encourage Luke to “use the Force” as he flies the fighter jet to the Death Star’s weak spot and drop a payload big enough to destroy the Death Star itself.
Jesus also died at the “hands” of sin; my sin and your sin and the sins of the entire world. And just as Darth Vader celebrated the defeat of his old master, so too did the Devil claim victory at the Cross. The Devil, like Vader, neither understood nor comprehended that this was the plan the entire time. Because with His death and resurrection, Jesus went back to His glory – the full, unveiled glory that He had with His Father in eternity – in order to send the Holy Spirit – the Paraclete, the Advocate, the Helper, the Comforter – in all His power.
Just remember that God always wants His people moving, and sometimes, that means moving out of His way so He can do what has to be done when we can’t.
1. Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
2. Luke 24:49 NLT
And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.
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