Saved From Death

qui gon

Happy Star Wars Day!!!  I don’t know about you, but in our house, we are HUGE Star Wars Fans.  I have been a fan since I saw Episode 4 when it came out waaaay back in 1977!  I can remember my sister and I running around the house with our batons, pretending they were light sabers.  Of course, I passed this passion on to my kids.  We watch everything Star Wars from the movies, to The Clone Wars, to Rebels, to the hysterical Lego spoofs like The Padawan Menace.  

The other day an interesting thought came into my head, a question that I had to ask myself honestly and thought it would be good question to put in a blog post. Then realizing that Star Wars Day was just around the corner, I figured I would wait and post it today!

In Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace,  Jedi Master Qui Gon Jinn and his padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi are sent to the planet of Naboo during the Naboo Crisis.  Now if you don’t know much about the movie, or Star Wars in general, no worries, this is for everyone.

While they are there, Qui Gon saves the life of one of the inhabitants of Naboo, a gungan named Jar Jar Binks.  Because of this we are told that Jar Jar owes Qui-Gon what the Gungans call a life debt.  Meaning that his life now belongs to Qui Gon.

In fact all throughout history, in almost every culture, it has been common knowledge that if someone saves your life, you owe them a great debt, you owe them your life.

However, the truth is, they did not rescue you from death, all they did was just prolong the time until you die.  They saved you from an ill-fate in this life.  But what about the life to come?  What about eternity?

Well, the truth is that there is one person who died for all of us.  One person who came and made the ultimate sacrifice, giving his own life so we could be saved.  One person who did so much more than just post-pone the inevitable. One person that actually defeated death and saved us from it. One person who made a way for us to have eternal life. That person, is  Jesus.  Jesus has saved us from death!

“But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 15:57 NLT

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16

Jesus didn’t just save our lives one time, he saved us for all of eternity! So, if it is expected that if someone saves our life one time, we owe them ours, how should we treat the person who did more than just save us from an early death, but saved us from eternal death?

You would think that this would be a give in.  Is there really any question? Obviously, we owe Jesus everything!  Everything! EVERYTHING!!!

Then why is that most the time we act like he owes us something????



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