The 20th day, and today we have a Jedi Starfighter. Obviously, a lot of Jedi flew these, but from Attack of the Clones we saw Obi-Wan Kenobi fly one when giving chase to Jango and Boba Fett. Many of the Jedi Starfighters were colored in a red and white scheme signifying the diplomatic immunity the Jedi had. The starfighters also showed the evolution of the Jedi toward a more militaristic approach, which put them at odds with their ideals of keeping the peace.
It’s a tension we have with Jesus. You would be hard pressed to find something more innocent and peaceful than a newborn baby. And what promises were prophesied about with Jesus! Hope, peace, a new kingdom. Those things did come about, just not in the way people expected.
And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
–Luke 2:34-35 (ESV)
People will often talk about Jesus being a man of love and peace, and to a degree this is true. But how one defines and lives out those words, love and peace, is key. Because Jesus would do it much differently than us.
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
–Matthew 10:34 (ESV)
Jesus wasn’t going to bring peace by our standards. To establish his Kingdom, to bring life and hope, he was going to have to destroy the evil that was in place. He was going to face it head on.
As followers of Jesus, it’s a fine line we must walk. We are called to love our family, neighbors, and enemies. However, we are also called to reject the ways of the world and follow Jesus. We are called to “crucify our sinful desires” in following Jesus. We are called to lose our lives. To some it doesn’t make sense, but to Jesus it’s all a part of loving God. If God is your God, he will be first and foremost in your life.
Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
–Matthew 10:37-39 (ESV)
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
–Matthew 22:37-40 (ESV)
There is no formula with how to do this. We need to be led by the Holy Spirit as to how best do this in our various cultural contexts with the diverse people groups we interact with daily. Much like the Jedi were looking to the Force with how best to balance the tensions they face. The Jedi failed, for the most part, during the rise of the Empire. May we not lose sight of our overall mission, and not lose sight of Jesus, as we live and love.