In January 2013, twenty-five years after “Return of the Jedi,” J.J. Abrams signed on to direct the return of the movie franchise. On April 29, 2014 StarWars.com revealed the new cast. From June 6th to June 8th, Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios is hosting Mark Hamill, a.k.a. Luke Skywalker, at their Star Wars weekend. In an interview, Hamill affirmed he would be in Star Wars VII. The wishes of many have now been fulfilled in a new hope – the Force is back.
Star Wars ultimately depicted the overwhelming triumph of good over evil. The pivotal factor which brought the victory about was “the force.” Jedi Knight Obi-Wan described the force as surrounding every living thing and binding them together. In the films it was shown how the force could be used for good or evil. Those on the side of good used the force to protect and serve. Evil users of the force did so to serve their own purpose.
Jesus told His followers He would send the Holy Spirit to comfort them in His absence. He then described what the Holy Spirit would do in the Earth while He was gone – convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:7-11). The Holy Spirit also surrounds all believers and binds them together in Jesus. In Christianity, the Holy Spirit can be likened to the force.
There is a battle going on right now between good and evil. However, believers are also assured of victory. In the book “The Royalty Principle,” a ten-week discipleship study, it says, “It is important to remember that Jesus has already won the war. Therefore, we are fighting from the winning position and on the winning side. However, it is never a good strategy to underestimate the enemy. Satan’s power is limited because he is only a created being, but he still has some.” Believers are warned to not underestimate their enemy’s power.
Young Anakin underestimated the dark side. As a result, he became enslaved to the emperor. At the end of “Return of the Jedi,” Darth Vader regrets his decision. All along he knew he’d been lied to. What was the lie Anakin believed? He thought he could guarantee that his wife, Padme, wouldn’t die. In essence, he’d be a god able to give eternal life to whomever he chose. He was convinced there was great power in the dark side.
“The Royalty Principle” also says, “Satan, an angel of God, rebelled in heaven and was cast out. Then he came to Earth and deceived Adam into giving up his God-given authority. Through his lies Satan captured the souls of all men and women. The fight for the kingdom of heaven is to liberate the captives.”
Believers have the power of God for good in their lives through His promise of eternal life. Because of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8), they can use it to defend mankind against the onslaught of evil. When believers use God’s power for good, His force is with them.