Pastor's Corner

9 Dec
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Mid-Week Challenge

As I read through the headlines today I came across an advertisement article for Costco and Star Wars fans.  Like most of America, my son and I are big The Mandalorian fans.  The Disney+ series follows the main character as he attempts to return “Baby Yoda” to the Jedi.  As fans know, Grogu (Baby Yoda) is on every Star Wars fan’s Christmas list, so the article caught my attention.  As I read through my focus shifted to the wording and offerings being made this season.  I found it interesting to discover a 2020 Christmas Advent Calendar themed around The Child. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XVNJ68X?tag=skaffiliate-20&linkCode=ogi&th=1&psc=1&language=en_US

No mention of Jesus or Christmas on the packaging, as Advent is to countdown the arrival of the Baby Jesus, not Baby Yoda.  As I continued to read about what Costco had to offer another link took me to items that will “keep the spirit of Baby Yoda alive this holiday season.” Following that link took me to a story that appeared a year ago in the New York Times “Baby Yoda is Your God Now.” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/12/arts/television/baby-yoda-mandalorian.html. The author explains how his discovery of the series has changed the course of his week. Friday’s have new meaning to him because that’s when the next episode is released.  He writes about spending his days in waiting enjoying the memes and fan theories of the child’s origin.  He even posts a reddit cosmic nativity scene.  https://www.reddit.com/r/StarWars/comments/e4w3cu/baby_yoda_nativity_scene/

As I read through his comments I am reminded how new Believers speak of their walk with Jesus and I can see how the author made a similar connection.  With excitement, new Christians talk about studying their Bible, talking with others to discover new information and piecing Scripture together; making the connection of Old and New Testament.  They buy “figures” to wear on a chain, Bible covers to express their fandom, but in many cases their excitement soon fades.  They return to the previous walk or chase after the next latest craze.  Just as those who follow The Mandalorian will when the story runs cold and the plot gets stale.   

The difference in authentic Christianity and a Mando version should be obvious; Baby Jesus is real, Baby Yoda is not.  Jesus grows up and seeks an actual relationship with the individual that requires life change, sacrifice and commitment.  Baby Yoda can be consumed in 30 to 40 minute episodes; Jesus is a 24 hour a day experience.  Fan theories abound with Baby Yoda; God is perfectly revealed in the person of Jesus.  People get to imagine what Grogu is like and come to their own conclusion; there are no mysteries about God when you know Jesus.  When you remove the Church from the community the hole it leaves does not stay empty, it quickly fills with the World’s best offer.  It’s always a hallow offering that distracts for a while but never provides lasting relief.  In John 14 Jesus tells us:  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. In this section He is talking about the Holy Spirit. If you are having difficulty getting into the “Christmas Spirit” why not ask the Lord to renew the desire you once had.  Like that new Believer who can’t get enough, return to that routine you once adopted of personal time alone with your Bible.  You might think you have discovered all that was there, but I promise you there are more truths to be discovered than any fan page could theorize.  Hebrews 1:1 begins - Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.  Sounds like a galaxy far away, but the story is much more exciting and you play a role in the adventure!    

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. Colossians 1:15

Serving the Savior,

Bro. Jonathan

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