Scripture: Hebrews 1:1-4 (NIV)

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

While all family relationships are important, they are all different as well. Often a mother relates to her daughter differently than she does her son. The dynamics are of degree, not of kind. Typically, a parent loves all their kids, but personalities, circumstances, and biology can bring a different sort of closeness and relationship.

There’s no doubt much of the Star Wars story is built on the relationship between a father and his son. The most dramatic beat of the whole thing is Darth Vader telling Luke Skywalker of their relationship. Yoda and Obi-Wan worry that the son will become the father, but instead the love of his son is what gives Vader the ability to throw off (and over) evil and return to the light. We even see a notable father/son dynamic in The Force Awakens, though in that case the darkness seems to have truly overcome the son, as Ben Solo kills his father Han. There was also the Mortis trilogy of episodes in The Clone Wars animated series which seemed to have The Force divided into three beings, the Father, the Son, and the Daughter. (Overall, that didn’t end well either.)

We don’t fully understand the Trinity and probably won’t on this side of heaven. It’s an infinite concept for finite minds. The best we can do is sort it out into relationships we can understand and we understand the Father and the Son. Christ comes as a little baby, lying in a manager, so far away from the glories of heaven. We see Him doing His Father’s will, to come to earth to show that He knows what being human is like and to save us from our sin.

Christ came to give us the Word of God in its purest, clearest form. He cut out the middleman, as it were, and was able to explain and show things that the prophets never could. He also showed what a son should be to both his earthly and heavenly fathers. We can celebrate and honor this gift by cherishing the family relationships that we have at all times but especially in this holiday season.