If you go to my facebook page you will notice on the left hand side there is a poll where you can learn what Star Wars character you are. I wanted to be reassured as to which one I was and so I took this poll and found out what I consider to be truth… I am Han Solo. I know this comes as no surprise to you. When I think of Han, I always think of that scene in the Death Star when Luke is trying to convince Han that Princess Leia is worth saving.
Han Solo I can imagine quite a bit – that’s God’s redemption story, bigger than we can imagine
Redemption means to bring something back to life. It’s taking something that is dead, broken, beat up & ugly and making clean, new, fixed & pure. Healing, restoration, life… again.
Take Paul for example. He was killing Christians, then became the greatest voice of the church. He was on his way to Damascus with permission from the High Priest to kill any Christians that he could get his hands one when he encountered the very Christ he was persecuting. We are all enemies of God in the same manner before we meet him…
Christ has been here & done that – human just like us. Hebrews 3:17-18 tells us that Jesus has been there, done that, got the t-shirt… he became a human and he knows what it feels like to have a friend die. He knows what it feels like to be stressed out, overwhelmed, angry, depressed, tired, beat up, broken… he has been there and he can offer to carry our burden because he has already carried and knows what it feels like.
Great, Jesus knows what it is like to be me… so what? He has redeemed me… for a purpose.
Jesus instructs Peter to care for his sheep and feed his lambs. I think this means we need to love our neighbors, disciple the lost, care for the orphans & widows… these are all ways that Jesus’ people are taken care of or fed.
James 1:27 says that pure & undefiled religion is to care for the orphans and widows and to remain unstained by the world. In this context religion is used to describe our worship of God.