Scripture: Romans 10:14-21 (NIV)
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?” Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. But I ask: Did they not hear? Of course they did: “Their voice has gone out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” Again I ask: Did Israel not understand? First, Moses says, “I will make you envious by those who are not a nation; I will make you angry by a nation that has no understanding.” And Isaiah boldly says, “I was found by those who did not seek me; I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me.” But concerning Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and obstinate people.”
Things obviously have changed in the Star Wars galaxy since the fall of the Empire. While good in the form of the Republic is still in charge, evil lurks in the strength of the First Order. But more tellingly, Luke Skywalker is not only not involved, but has been gone long enough at least some people think he never existed. Rey spells it out when she meets Finn on Jakku: “I thought he was just a myth.”
How could that be? You’d think there would be people around that had borne witness to what Luke had done. They’d have known about his abilities and his actions, but apparently didn’t do a whole lot of talking about it. Granted, Rey was stranded in a sparsely-inhabited locale, but it’s unlikely she was the only one to have this idea that Luke Skywalker was a legend, not a real person.
This world seems to hold the same idea about Jesus Christ. Some will admit He lived, some will go as far as to say He was “a good teacher”, but this idea that he could be the Creator of the universe is a bridge too far for them. For them, it’s just a myth, a story that we Christians tell ourselves to ease our pains and give ourselves false hope.
How can those that haven’t heard the story of Jesus be expected to profess Him as Lord and Savior? We talked about sharing our encounters with Christ last week and this is the best way that we, as lay people (well, most of us–shoutout to our professionals in the audience!) can bring that Word to folks. As the Psalm says and Paul quotes, “How beautiful are the feet that bring good news!”