It’s a call to arms! The Empire needs you! Not so long ago a group of extremists did the unthinkable by attacking the newly constructed Imperial Space Station the extremists had dubbed “The Death Star.” Many lost their lives that day. Never forget!
Lord Vader is leading the charge to find the new extremists base of operations everywhere from Dantooine to Hoth. This is a fight that will have to be done on multiple fronts if we are to bring peace to the Galactic Empire.
Okay…I just gotta stop here…can’t keep going.
Posters and calls to arms to defend and fight have been around for centuries. They’re meant to rally the people together as one people in order to go against a common enemy. Sometimes people look at them from a psychological point of view and see these call to arms as a way to get the masses rallied and not fully thinking logically. But others see them as a way to help inspire us to be willing to move forward together in a needed cause.
As I’ve been meditating on the message for this Sunday, I begin to think about this rallying call from God. We’re looking at the battle cry God gives out to sing a new song about the great things God has done.
In Isaiah 42, there’s a call to all peoples, heck a call to all creation, to sing of God’s praises. This new song is a fresh song, a new song. I just bought new socks and put them through the washer and dryer. Wearing them right now. They’re fresh. They’re clean. They haven’t gone through the rigors of being my socks (which I really feel bad for them, no wonder one of them usually escapes from the dryer…usually the left one). They are clean and fresh. This is the type of song we’re to sing. A song untarnished by cynicism and frustration. Instead a song filled with newness, awesomeness, and singing of God’s praises.
And God’s the one who calls us to Himself. He calls us to himself in Jesus. And Jesus is the mighty warrior who fights for us and calls us to go forward in victory.
“The Lord will march out like a champion, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies.” Isaiah 42:13
There’s something bigger going on here. There’s a battle cry yelled out.
When the Empire began building their second Death Star orbiting the forested moon of Endor the Rebel Alliance called the people together. There was a reason to fight. In The Empire Strikes Back the Empire had the Rebels on the run. They were scattered and Han was all frozen in carbonite and shipped off to Jaba. The people rallied together for the ultimate battle against the Galactic Empire lead by the Sith Lord Emperor Palpatine. There was a reason why they came together, the battle needed to be fought.
There’s a battle going on. But not the way you might think. Not like the Rebels against the Empire.
“Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12
There’s a bigger battle going on. And the good news is this: Jesus has already won. He’s released the battle cry, he’s marched forth in triumph as the ultimate warrior and is champion. And has defeated sin and death and set us free from the tyranny of the devil.
Yes, there are still struggles. But Jesus, by the Holy Spirit, fights for us, protects us, equips us. There is a struggle in this world, a fight that needs to be fought, but the wars already been won.
And so we sing this new song. We sing the songs of praise that Jesus is victorious, a mighty warrior who has won salvation for all peoples who call on His name and confess Him as savior.
The Empire might try to bad talk the Rebels. The Empire might try hard to destroy the Rebels, but they couldn’t. Heck, even in the end Darth Vader switched sides and helped bring balance to the Force.
Jesus raises the battle cry to come follow Him. He is a mighty warrior who comes and fights for you, has fought for you, and brings you victory. And He invites us to join in that victory. And we’re called to sing of His praises that He is the triumphant warrior and has done great things.
So, will you enlist?