Family Movie Devotionals: The Rise of Skywalker

Kylo Ren is the leader of the First Order, an evil army that is trying to rule the galaxy. Kylo Ren has done some very bad things including blowing up planets, fighting good guys, and killing his dad, Han Solo. No one could argue that Kylo Ren is a good guy. But in Rise of Skywaker, something happens to him that changes his life. He sees a vision of his father asking him to come home, to turn away from the dark side and join the light side.

We have this choice, too. We have all done bad things. Maybe you’ve told a lie or hit someone. Maybe you’ve said mean things to someone or watched a bad video. Maybe you’ve stolen something or disobeyed your parents. All these things hurt people are called sin, and they hurt people. Sin separates us from God. If we lived in the Star Wars galaxy far, far away, we would all be on the dark side.

The good news is that just like Kylo Ren, our Father God invites us to turn away from our darkness and turn to the light. Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead three days later. Jesus fought our fight against sin and death, and He won! We no longer have to be separated from God, because Jesus has taken our sin away!

In Mark 1:15, Jesus says, “the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Jesus was telling everyone that he was there to rescue them from their sins, and that all they needed to do was repent and believe in Him. But what does the word repent mean?

To repent is to turn away from your sins and turn towards Jesus. We see Kylo Ren repent when he throws his red lightsaber into the ocean and starts using the blue one. This is a sign that he is turning away from the dark side and turning towards the light side.

God is inviting you to do the same thing. There’s nothing you can do that God cannot forgive. You can never be too bad, too sinful, too broken, or too far gone. God loves you so much and will be filled with joy when you repent and believe in Jesus. Your Father is inviting you home, and it’s never too late to leave your sin behind you and run into His open arms.