Never Beyond: Luke, I am your father!

This post is part of the series, “Never Beyond: A POTSC Series”  For more information on the series, please click on this link.


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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  1. This is an awesome post for POTSC! I love that part of Return of the Jedi when Vader tells Luke to take off the mask so he could see his son for the first time without the mask on. It’s a great moment.

    And the fact that he admits that Luke was right about him having some good left in him was touching.

    God is always willing to give us a second chance, even if we don’t deserve it. Thanks for sharing this!


  2. “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.” This is so true. Sometimes it so hard to give grace and this series has really been challenging me. Thanks for the post and participating in the series!

  3. Breanne McLendon

    I think #3 hits closer to home than most people want to admit. We say that everyone deserves grace and a second chance but we still have conditions. “You deserve if you didn’t…” That is not the way grace works. We are so prideful to think that we deserve it b/c we haven’t done something as bad as the next person. Thanks for the post!

  4. So glad that God does not put a time limit on second chances – He even accepts them at the last minute, just like with the theif on the cross. There are so many people that I want to accept that second chance from God, and I’m glad they got some more time to make that choice. I’ll always hold on to that hope!

  5. Great post revealing the depth of second chances!! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Great post! I think you hit the nail on the head with all three of your points. Radical and unconditional grace and forgiveness are extremely difficult concepts for us to grasp in our brokenness. Thanks for shining some light on the subject!

  7. This is a fantastic post! I loved the three points, especially the first one. So many times people are quick to blame the person in need of redemption, without stopping to realize that without someone willing to give them a second chance, they can only change so much. Thanks for sharing with us!

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