My birthday was Friday last, and was celebrated on Saturday with a portion of my wonderful family. Having grandchildren is a major blessing in many ways. Because they are young, and I being young at heart, we had a Star Wars party complete with costumes.
They arrived on Friday night and we began by making a jedi robe for my son. He likes being a last minute kind of guy! He and I stayed up until 1:30 AM, but the results were worth it.
We trekked outdoors to play at some lightsaber fighting and to take photos. We had characters from the ‘dark side’ and some from the ‘light’ as well.
However, the light was outnumbered as you can see in the pictures. Very much like ‘real life’, don’t you think? What is it about the dark side that is so intriguing?
John 3:19 says “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.”
Darth Vader turned back to the light on his death bed. I think this is part of what makes his character one of the favorites in the Star Wars Trilogy. While it’s just a movie, there are many analogies that can be applied to ‘real life’. The dark is battling against the light with people taking sides.
We are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that we may proclaim the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in Whom we have redemption through His blood. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness does not comprehend it. That was the true Light that gives light to every man coming into the world. Jesus said, “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.” This is the message that we have heard from Him, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. Therefore, let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
It is God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only son that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. If we confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead, we will be saved.
Although we are chosen, we are given a free will to choose to accept the free gift of salvation through Christ. So, choose you this day whom you will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
The Star Wars ‘chronicles’ will remain a favorite of mine. The party was fun and a wonderful memory. For dessert, we ate Yoda, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and Imperial trooper cookies. And of course ice cream!
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