Star Wars, Christmas, and Worship

Star Wars has burst back into the cinematic scene with J.J. Abrams directing Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. When I think of Star Wars, I recall one of my favorite scenes featuring Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. As Darth Vader attempts to seduce Luke to the Dark Side of the Force, George Lucas captures Luke’s inner struggle with some unique imagery. As Luke hides from Darth Vader, we see red light, representing the Dark Side, on one side of Luke’s face, and blue light, representing the Light Side, on the other side of Luke’s face.

As we consider this imagery of light versus dark, good versus evil, a classic Christmas passage comes to mind, defining this cosmic struggle from a Christian perspective:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God… In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

After the Fall, the world found itself in darkness. God did not stand idly by, however, as Genesis 3:15 became realized over time. As Israel became pregnant, she gave birth through the virgin Mary to Jesus. At this event the light shone into the darkness and the darkness could not withstand the life that the light offered to all of creation.

Just as Lent finds its culmination in the season of Easter, so Advent finds fulfillment in the season of Christmas. We spend the season of Advent anticipating and preparing ourselves for the coming of the Son of God, Jesus of Nazareth, who is truly God and truly man. In Him God’s salvation will be revealed to all flesh. Our anticipation and preparation find peace in Jesus of Nazareth.

The Light continues to be Emmanuel, God with us, by the power of the Holy Spirit. As you lead worship in this time of arrival and celebration, take time to proclaim the Light invading the Darkness, and the Darkness unable to overcome the Light. Take time to proclaim although “you were darkness…now you are light in the Lord” (Ephesians 5:8).

JP#4Jason Palmer is the Administrator of TalkingWorship.com. Jason has a Bachelor of Science in Ministry with a Worship Arts Major and Music Minor. He has lead worship for evangelical churches for 7 years and desires to see worship leaders become confident in their calling.

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