In 1980, this scene replayed over and over in people’s minds as they were introduced to the idea that our hero, Luke Skywalker, was really the son of one of the all time villains, Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith. George Lucas so guarded the script that ultimately only five people knew of the outcome prior to screening.
However, this scene sets the stage for one of the greatest second chances of all time. Instead of forcing Luke to hate Vader, the moment galvanizes Luke’s resolve to free his father, Anakin, of the evil that has overtaken him (Anakin). Luke’s crusade to redeem his father ends with Darth Vader making good on his second chance by killing the emperor. Luke says to the Emperor, “I am a Jedi, like my father before me.” The moment of the second chance has arrived.
1. Redemption always requires the intervention of someone else. You gotta have someone to give the second chance. Luke intervenes in Vader’s story. Jesus intervenes in ours and teaches us how to intervene with others.
2. Sometimes the second chance takes everything you got. Anakin can only save Luke by sacrificing himself. His second chance changed him from Darth Vader back into a dying Anakin Skywalker. Ours moves us from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of Light but it costs Jesus everything.
3. Sometimes a second chance only comes at the end of a person’s life. They can spend their whole life working for evil, only to be redeemed in the last few moments. So often, our judgmental attitudes denies the second chance. We cannot see the murderer, the torturer, the destroyer for the human God wants to redeem. We deny them a second chance.
Luke confronts the emperor and Vader tosses the Emperor to his death. In a last ditch attempt, to get him off the Death Star before it is destroyed Luke begins to drag him to a shuttle. Anakin stops Luke and asks him to remove his mask. He wants to see his son with his own eyes.
“You already have (saved me) Luke. You were right. You were right about me. Tell your sister: you were right about me. ”
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