Yes, friends…. just saw this movie. (“Finally!!!” yell the kids because all of their friends have not only seen it once but twice and “probably even a million times by now, Mom!”)
Maybe it’s because I’ve been in a reflective-end-of-the-year-time-to-evaluate-what-was-good-and-what-I-need-to-do-different sort of space. But I found that many of the lines in the movie, spoke to my reflectively-poised heart in an interesting sort of way.
One thing that really stood out to me was when the Supreme Lord states that there is an awakening going on, and asked if Kylo Ren could feel it? I believe this is how things work in the spiritual realm. When people discover who they are in Christ and begin to surrender fully and completely to allow Jesus and the Holy Spirit (“the Force”) to arise and begin to shine through their lives, the dark side feels it. And the dark begins to shake a bit in its boots. Because it knows that in the end, good wins. Love trumps evil. It’s already happened.
In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Aslan explains to Susan and Lucy about how it is that he came back to life:
“It means,” said Aslan, “that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backward.”
We need to realize who we are because of Jesus, and how powerful it is when you let the Spirit live and work through you to love the world, beginning with the one person in front of you. Remember that song by Matt Redman that goes “Did you feel the darkness tremble, when all the saints joined in one song…. “? The Supreme Lord felt the awakening of the Force, a shift in the balance of power, and I believe this is how it works when people begin to walk the way Jesus walked. The darkness trembles because it recognizes the power and authority of Jesus anywhere. Scripture tell us that Jesus, Light of the World vanquished his enemies at the Cross.
And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. (Col.2:15)
And because of Jesus, we can walk with His strength and His power when we surrender ourselves fully to Him. The darkness feels the shift in the spiritual atmosphere … and trembles. Not because of who we are – but because of who Jesus is.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:5)
“Arise, shine for your light has come…” (Is.60:1)
Book recommendation: Waking the Dead, John Eldredge