I've always associate Star wars films with Christmas. As an 80's kid they were generally on TV most Christmas' (back when there was only one ITV), they became a part of the Christmas routine, part of the zeitgeist even though they are not explicitly Christmas films (I reject wholeheartedly the Star Wars Christmas Special as canon).
Perhaps though they should be considered Christmas films, perhaps they should be given more consideration among the Christmas greats?
The Bible is filled with darkness v light too. Light is the first thing we are given in the creation story (Genesis 1:3), throughout Old and New Testament light is a theme that is inescapable.
At carol services we will hear the prophet Isaiah declare 'The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.' (Isaiah 9:2) an advent declaration that a light is coming. A light that is inextinguishable and cannot be denied its purpose.
So how does this relate to Star Wars?
Star Wars films are filled with light and darkness. Opposing forces, polar opposites. The darkness is within the world but cannot fully consume it because of the light. Because of the resistance, because of those who choose to rebel against the Empire.
The nativity scenes we see recreated on cards, in primary schools and sitting proudly at the front of our churches is the greatest symbol of rebellion we could have today! That scene sets in motion a series of events that instantly irritates the empire of the time as the child is hunted by a king drunk on power and the potential upset this baby could cause.
The battles against empire would continue throughout Jesus life as he upsets and confounds religious rulers with his teaching, upsetting their theology to the point they want him executed for it!
The empire of the time could not cope with the impact of Jesus!
Perhaps the empire of our time need to have their foundations shaken again this Christmas?
Perhaps our empires need to be shaken by a rebellion. Not a rebellion of lightsabers and X-Wings but a rebellion of grace and love.
In the backstreets of Bethlehem a teenage mother cried out in pain and cried out in the hope a promise. In those streets that baby's first cry was a cry of rebellion, a cry declaring the light of the world had arrived and that darkness has had its time, a cry of hope.
Jyn Erso said it best 'rebellions are built on hope'.