Scripture: Jeremiah 31:27-34 (NIV)
“The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will plant the kingdoms of Israel and Judah with the offspring of people and of animals. Just as I watched over them to uproot and tear down, and to overthrow, destroy and bring disaster, so I will watch over them to build and to plant,” declares the LORD. “In those days people will no longer say, ‘The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’ Instead, everyone will die for their own sin; whoever eats sour grapes—their own teeth will be set on edge. “The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them, ” declares the LORD. “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the LORD,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the LORD. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
Before Disney bought Lucasfilm and wiped all the books and such that had been written from the “official history” of Star Wars, there was a concept (and even a series of books) called the New Jedi Order. After the events of Return of the Jedi, Luke Skywalker went out in the galaxy, finding those strong in the Force and beginning to teach them how to be a Jedi. Instead of being the last of the old, Luke was the beginning of the new. We’re getting hints that a similar theme is going to run through the sequel trilogy of The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and whatever Episode IX is titled. Luke obviously tried to restart the Order before Kylo Ren destroyed it and may try again with Rey.
We are very familiar with bringing life out of death, of newness from the old. Jeremiah records the Lord saying that He would bring about a new covenant with His people. Instead of a covenant made up of rules and regulations, it would be one written on the hearts of His followers. It wasn’t that the old order would be swept away as much as it would be improved because we as humans couldn’t seem to follow it. The new covenant, sealed by the blood of Jesus, would help us be what the Lord had always wanted us to be.
As Christians, we’ve gone through this as well, taking the old order of our lives, destroying it, and moving into the light of God’s love and grace. As we prepare for Holy Week, let us take stock of ourselves and make sure have fully moved into the new order!