More than a Hero
Posted on Friday December 15, 2017 at 03:05PM
"As Star Wars fans around the world eagerly await the release of Episode 8, "The Last Jedi," people continue to analyze the remarkable success of these films dating back to 1977. Frank Pallotta, media reporter for CNNMoney, said that Star Wars connects with many who long for "a new hope and a force of good at a time when the world needs heroes."
At the time of Jesus's birth, the people of Israel were oppressed and longing for their long-promised Messiah. Many anticipated a hero to deliver them from Roman tyranny, but Jesus did not come as a political or military hero. Instead, He came as a baby to the town of Bethleham. As a result, may missed who he was. The apostle John wrote, "He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him" (John 1:11)
More than a hero, Jesus came as our Savior. He was born to bring God's light into the darkness and to give His life so that everyone who receives Him could be forgiven and freed from the power of sin. John called Him "the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth"(v.14).
"To all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God" (v.12). Indeed, Jesus is the one true hope the world needs." ~David C. Mccasland~
Lord Jesus, You are our Savior, and we praise You for coming to die that we might live.
At Bethlehem, God demonstrated that to love is to give.
"He was in the world, and through the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God - children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God."