“The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind,to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”” (Luke 4:17-21).

In Matthew 1, it says that Jesus came to rescue His people from their sins.
Steven Spielberg and George Lucas would like us to believe that Star Wars took place in a galaxy far, far away. However, you don’t have to go to another galaxy. You don’t have to leave the planet or even the country; you don’t have to leave this room! There is a cosmic war going on in our own lives: our selfish mindsets and God’s lifestyle of love. God cast Satan out of heaven because the devil thought he could be-should be-God. Satan must have had a persuasive argument because he convinced a third of the angels to revolt in heaven. Lucifer is the highest created being. Ever since, Ephesians 6 describes our reality: “Our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual forces in the heavenly realms.”

It was in the Garden of Eden that Satan tempted God’s new creation, humanity, made in His image. God gave humanity free will to follow His guidance or not, and we choose incorrectly, inviting sin into the planet and bringing destruction. As support of this statement, 96% of the population of humanity has lived in oppression, enslavement and tyranny. Sadly, the knowledge of good and evil is not merely a theoretical concept, but an experience we all deal with: cancer, divorce, hatred, violence, death.
It gets personal as we all struggle with the same bad battles.

A cosmic war is presently occurring on earth and you and I are in this battle now. 1 Peter 5:8 “Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

In Genesis 4, God tells an angry Cain, “Sin is crouching at the door and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” But here’s the problem: we couldn’t handle the sin virus that incites the selfishness within us, rendering us unable to follow the lifestyle God prescribed. God gave us heaven and all you have to do is engage His life.

According to John 10:10, “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”

This is the reason Jesus came; to give us life, the life we lost in the fall of Adam and Eve. What we have now is physical life, but not real life. How did He give us life? First, a price had to be paid for celestial justice. Evil comes with a price tag: death. God, the Son, personally rescued you. 1 Peter 1:18-19 “You were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.”

Jesus says that He has come so that we might have life. We already have the earthly, physical, temporal life, but the life He brought is abundant life: His life. Colossians 3:4 says that Christ is our life. As the second person of the Trinity, He brings us God—eternal and supernatural life. Jesus and life—abundant life, eternal life – are inseparable: a joyful, peaceful, purposeful life.

Adapted from “Addressing the Death Star” by Rev. Dr. William A. Lewis