(Audio version; Music: "Here I Am To Worship" by: Hillsong Australia and "Jesus, Light Of The World" by Third Day)
In so many ways, the battle between good and evil; light and dark in the Star Wars films is the story of many of our lives and the lives of those around us. This morning before I began preparing this lesson, I was heartbroken when I read an article about the millions of Christians in Nigeria who are in danger of having their light extinguished by the dark evil of Islam. Christians throughout the Middle-East, North Africa, parts of the Philippines, and many other countries face the dark forces of Islam every day. However, the darkness and evil of Islam cannot be overcome with bullets and bombs. Instead, Muslims must be delivered from the dominion of darkness the same way as the rest of us—by putting their trust in the Light of the world that is Jesus Christ. Whether it is the simple hatred of unbelievers here in America or the brutality of Muslims virtually everywhere else in the world, it is all inspired and controlled by the very real Dark Lord of this world—Satan. However, Christians are not of this world. Instead, we are like aliens in a foreign land. Our true home as children of the Light is in the kingdom of the Light. Nevertheless, we were all at one point under the dominion of darkness desperately in need of salvation. When we became believers in Christ, we were rescued from the dominion of darkness; we were saved. In this same way all those who are under the dominion of darkness can be rescued by Jesus. Through faith in Jesus Christ, all those who are now servants of Satan, the Dark Lord, can be Freed From The Dark Side.