Today is for those in the know is Star Wars Day, if you don’t know why, read the above title and listen carefully to what it sounds like. As you may have seen in the news this week (I gather the internet literally exploded!) it has been an exciting week for Star Wars fans, especially those from when the first films were released. If you haven’t heard the news, it has finally officially be announced that all of the central actors from the original films will be reprising their roles in the seventh film of the series, with photos being released of the cast gathered together to read through the script. Together with Harrison Ford (who played Hans Solo), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker are returning as the droids C-3PO and R2-D2, and Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca the Wookiee. There are new characters too, played by younger actors, and the speculation is that there will be a handing over of the baton (should that be lightsabre?) to the newer cast from the old hands.
It is strangely fitting that this news should break so soon after Easter because it parallels the story of the Risen Christ. Raised to new life he met with his gathered disciples and gave them an important message, it is time for me to leave and so I am handing over my work to you to continue, and will be sending the Holy Spirit (far superior to the Force) to enable you to do it. This is what the Great Commission in Matthew 28 is all about, a handing on to a new generation. Just as with the Star Wars films, although the disciples and in turn their disciples all the way down to ourselves take on the continuation of the work, that in no way diminishes the glory of Jesus who started it. He will always been the focus of worship and admiration, just as the original characters and cast for the first Star Wars films will always be the ones most important to fans. Why new films? Talk to the fans and you’ll hear they’ll never be as good as the originals, but they recognise their value in keeping the franchise alive, bringing new fans to them through the new. So it is with us. The whole point is that not only are we serving our communities, but hopefully through our service and love we’re bringing new people into a relationship with him.
And so, as we celebrate the Lord’s Day today, I pray that as you go out as fans of the Risen Jesus to serve him in our communities, may the Spirit be with you!
Church Newsletter 04.05.14