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Why the New Star Wars Movie Will Be the First One I Go See

by Garrett Boring

For 27 years, I heard people make references, I saw parodies, heard songs and quotes all originating from the Star Wars Saga, but I didn’t get them. For 27 years, I lived in the shadows, not knowing much about Star Wars, other than the fact that some guy in a weird mask was Luke’s father. One day, I decided to watch a Star Wars movie. Then, I watched another. Soon, I’d seen them all! Turns out, for 27 years, I missed out on a really important lesson in life, wrapped up in one of the greatest movie sagas of all time. I missed out on hope. Allow me to explain.

We’ve all heard of Darth Vader. If you’re like I was, you might need a quick brush-up on his story. He was born Anakin Skywalker. He was supposed to reestablish order to the galaxy by saving it from the dark side of the force. But, he didn’t. Instead, he believed lies; he missed his turn; and he became evil Darth Vader to obtain immortality and power. Basically, he went from being good and knowing what to do, to evil and losing his true way.

Sound familiar? It’s familiar for me. I was surprised at how alike my story was with the greatest villain of all time.

It got me thinking about what I was created to do and the direction my life was supposed to go. The Bible says in Ephesians 2:10 NLT, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” So, I’m a masterpiece that’s supposed to do good things. Got it. But what happens when I don’t?

Darth Vader was a Jedi who was supposed to do good things. Starting to see the resemblance in yourself yet? Sadly, I see it in myself. If I had a dime for every time I was supposed to do something good but didn’t do it, I’d be a rich man. The Star Wars movies do a great job showing how defeated we can become in our thinking about the flaws in ourselves or others. They make you think Luke Skywalker (Darth Vader’s son) was wasting his time by keeping hope alive and believing his father could become good again. But after all the bad things Vader had done, surely nobody would ever love him or accept him again, right?

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How many times have you felt exactly the same way? I find it to be a daily struggle for me. When I mess up, I listen to the lies of our enemy, and I try to think of all the ways that I can try to earn back God’s love—like it’s something I earned in the first place. Here’s what I know to be true.

There’s nothing we could ever do to make God love us more, but there’s nothing we could ever do to make God love us any less. We are unconditionally loved by our Father, regardless of what we’ve done.

Do we mess up? Yes. Do we all fall short? Yes. Will we mess up again? Surely. But, here’s the good news: The Bible tells us in Romans 8:38-39 that nothing can separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

Okay, back to the story of the movie. Suffice it to say, Darth Vader did some really bad things throughout his life. He was finally faced with a choice: to save his son or watch him die at the hands of the true enemy. Before that moment, Darth Vader would’ve chosen to let him die, but because of the hope Luke showed he had for his father, Darth Vader returned to his senses one last time and saved his son!

Darth Vader was provided with hope through his son, Luke. You’re provided with hope through your heavenly Father! He loves you more than you could fully understand. He loves you so much he sacrificed His Son to have a relationship with you. His love covers all your failures, all your screw-ups, and all your shame.

So why am I going to see the new Star Wars movie? Because the story in the movie reminds me of God’s story. And God’s story is real, alive, and full of hope because God’s love is real. It brings life to the lifeless. It brings strength to the weak. It brings hope to the hopeless. God’s love is for you. Give it a try.