Big Idea

We are called to love other selflessly.

Scene Setup

On their way to bring the Rebel’s plans to Alderaan, Luke, Obi-Wan, and Han Solo catch the attention of the Empire. Their ship gets caught in the Death Star’s tractor beam, and they are pulled aboard. As their ship is being captured, however, they devise a plan- Obi-Wan will disable the tractor beam while Luke and Han disguise themselves as Stormtroopers to get their exit gate open. But while trying to escape, they discover that Princess Leia is on board, and go to rescue her. By the time they get back to the ship, however, it is swarming with Stormtroopers blocking their escape.

Topics

Humility, Friendship, Love, Selflessness, self-sacrifice

Scene

Obi-Wan is trying to navigate his way through the Death Star when he encounters his old pupil- Darth Vader. He is much older now than when they last saw each other, so when they fight, it is clear to see that Vader has the advantage. But Obi-Wan maintains his confidence. “You can’t win, Darth. If you strike me down I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine." They continue to fight as Luke, Leia, and Han reach the Millennium Falcon, only to discover that their getaway ship is covered with Stormtroopers. Obi-Wan and Vader move towards the entry of their hallway, in full view of the ship and the soldiers guarding it. The Stormtroopers see Vader fighting and run to assist him, leaving the Millennium Falcon unguarded. Han, Leia, and Luke see their chance and run to their ship, but Luke is stopped dead in his tracks when he sees Obi-Wan pitted against Vader. He begins to run towards them, but pauses. Obi-Wan sees the group make it to the ship, and smiles -- he has done his job of distracting the Imperial forces. He looks at Vader, who is waiting for his next move, and raises his light saber in submission. Vader strikes him down, and Luke screams. As Obi-Wan’s robes collapse to the floor, the Stormtroopers turn their attention to the escaping Rebels, and Luke is forced to shoot back at them. It is only when he hears the voice of his now late-mentor telling him to run that he is able to tear himself away and escape.

Application

Obi-Wan Kenobi has seen Darth Vader’s power, and he knows that he cannot possibly beat him in a light-saber-to-light-saber combat. But he stands up to his old student anyways, in order to save his friends. He is even able to navigate their fight in view of the Stormtroopers, thus worsening the odds for himself, so that the group can get to the ship and escape. He knows there is no way for him to win, so he sacrifices his own life for the sake of Luke, Han, and Leia. Obi-Wan showed incredible love for his friends. He was selfless and humble, knowing that he had to die if the Rebellion was to succeed. This kind of sacrificial love is rare outside of movies, and should be valued. It should also be easily recognized amongst Christians as Jesus’ love for us. John 15:13 tells us that “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” When Christ came into this world, He came knowing that He would be rejected and crucified; but He also came loving us anyways (Romans 5:8). Likewise, in John 13:34, we are called to love others as Christ loved us. That means putting other’s needs before our own (Philippians 2:3-4), being generous with what we’ve been given (1 Peter 4:8-9), and forgiving one another (1 Thessalonians 5:15). Obi-Wan knew that his time had come. He did not grumble, or complain, or even hesitate to give up everything for the people he loved. He displayed true selflessness, and we know that because of it, he helped save the Rebellion. Our picture of true selflessness is Jesus, and by imitating Him, we can grow in our hearts to love others as He loved us.

 

Where To Find


Scriptures

John 15:13

Romans 5:6-8

John 13:34-35

Philippians 2:3-4

1 Peter 4:8-9


Video Times

Start: 1:27:38

End: 1:30:29


Keywords

Self-sacrifice, Sacrifice, Selfless, Selflessness, Love, Friendship, Humility, Friends


Illustration Sermon General Warning

Some violence, Depiction of death

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