In the context of Star Wars, the force is a metaphysical and ubiquitous power. King Kayos is the first character to utter the expression, “may the force be with you.” To awaken a certain kind of spirituality within his audience, George Lucas uses the concept of dualism to illustrate two opposing powers. While the Jedi utilize the light side of the force, the Sith exploit the dark side, setting the stage for an epic battle between good and evil for dominance in the universe.
At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted[by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him, Mark 1:12-13.
Descending from heaven to restore what Adam lost, Luke 19:10, Jesus is sent to earth by God the Father to complete a secret mission. When the timing was right, Jesus followed the force of the Holy Spirit. This calling drew Jesus into the wilderness for forty days, similar to Jedi’s led to spend time with Yoda, training to prepare for future battles. While in the desert, Jesus fasted and prayed, using the power of the Holy Spirit to prepare his heart, soul and mind for a three year ministry on earth.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words, Romans 8:26.
After completing God’s will, Jesus died on a cross, rose from the dead and ascended back into heaven. Prior to his exit from earth, Jesus spent forty days, relaying a great commission for his disciples to carry out. Today, followers of Jesus are still seeking to complete the instructions found in Matthew 28:18-20. To help us on this journey, the apostle Paul provides further directions in the passage above to guide individuals along the way. Therefore, if you’re not sure where to go or what to do, cry out to the Lord so that the force of the Holy Spirit will intercede on your behalf to guide you toward the light and away from Satan’s darkness. Use the force daily, Galatians 5:25.
by Jay Mankus