20th May 2023

Our only hope

I was in college when Star Wars first hit the theaters. Some of us were able to hitch a ride to a nearby city where we got to see it in all its cinematic glory. It was an historic moment. Now the Star Wars franchise is known all over the world and earlier this month was when fans greeted each other with the iconic “May the fourth be with you,” on May 4 of course. Many lines from the movies are known and often quoted, including “Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.” Would that Bible verses were as widely quoted as such movie lines. 

Even though many others were involved in bringing peace to the galaxy, Obi Wan Kenobi played a pivotal role. He was in fact, a type of messiah, sacrificing his life for the greater good. But he wasn’t their best hope. There’s only one true hope for all of us and he isn’t a Jedi knight – he’s so much more. Because of his death and resurrection, Jesus is the only hope of all humanity. There is no one else who can give us the sure and absolute hope that he can. All other seeming sources of hope are futile and in the end – hopeless. 

Having hope is uniquely human. Without it, people in desperate situations can give up and even die, but hopefulness keeps us alive. How blessed we are to have a Living Hope, a savior who finished the work of his Father and is now sitting at his right hand. Our hope is alive because he is alive and rather than sending a video, hoping it reaches the right Jedi, all we have to do is pray and he will immediately come to our rescue.

Study by Tammy Tkach

First published on 2 May 2023, at www.gemsofgodsgrace.wordpress.com

About the writer:
Tammy Tkach is the Assistant Pastor of the Eugene, Oregon, USA congregation. She is a speaker and writer, and publishes a blog at www.gemsofgodsgrace.wordpress.com  

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