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Reel Talk

Pt. 4 - Rogue One 2

I. Introduction

OK, as I mentioned last week I am not a Sci Fi fan so for me to understand or explain a Star Wars movie is a stretch. I will recap again in case you were not here last week.

The movie opens by showing former scientist Galen Erso living on a farm with his wife and young daughter, Jyn. His peaceful existence comes crashing down when the evil Orson Krennic takes him away from his beloved family. The scientist is forced to becomes the Empire's lead engineer assigned to develop the most powerful weapon in the galaxy, the Death Star. Darth Vader wants this weapon to destroy the rebellion once and for all. However, years later, Galen sends a message to his now grown daughter that he went to work on the weapon because he knows his involvement is the rebellions best bet to destroy it. So, he plants a virus, that will destroy the weapon. However, the virus must be activated. Jyn joins forces with a spy and eventual love interest, Cassian, and other resistance fighters to get to the Death Star and set in motion its destruction. Together they face overwhelming odds and save the universe and of course give way to another Star Wars movie.

The scene we are focusing on today is after Jyn has tried to convince the leaders of the rebellion to try to help her destroy the Death Star and they refuse. Recognizing that the only hope they have is to at least try she decides she will go it alone even though the mission seems to be impossible. To her surprise a group of resistance fighters volunteer and rally around her to take on the Empire. When they step up to join her on this suicide mission she is shocked and she makes this statement . . . "I'm not used to people sticking around when things go bad!" Cassian's response is, "Welcome home!"

Text: Matthew 9:1-7 (Message)

Back in the boat, Jesus and the disciples recrossed the sea to Jesus’ hometown. They were hardly out of the boat when some men carried a paraplegic on a stretcher and set him down in front of them. Jesus, impressed by their bold belief, said to the paraplegic, “Cheer up, son. I forgive your sins.” Some religion scholars whispered, “Why, that’s blasphemy!” Jesus knew what they were thinking, and said, “Why this gossipy whispering? Which do you think is simpler: to say, ‘I forgive your sins,’ or, ‘Get up and walk’? Well, just so it’s clear that I’m the Son of Man and authorized to do either, or both. . . .” At this he turned to the paraplegic and said, “Get up. Take your bed and go home.”

Exodus 2:11-14 (NKJV)

Now it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens. And he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. So he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. And when he went out the second day, behold, two Hebrew men were fighting, and he said to the one who did the wrong, “Why are you striking your companion?” Then he said, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian

Acts 3:1-8 (NIV)

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.

This movie clip and these passages of Scripture force us to understand a crucial and far reaching principle in life.

The Principle of Placement

Placement is paramount. We know this from our own experiences. In elementary school you wanted to be placed in the right teachers room. You wanted to be on the right team at recess. In sports, all you have to do is talk to a coach! They will run you for hours for being out of place because they know that if you are not in the right place the called play, the defensive scheme, the balance on the floor will be messed up and you consequently put yourself and the whole team (family) in jeapordy! This same principle isn't just true in sports it is true in business. In life. It is true in church. Placement is paramount. However, long before we learned it in school or sports all we had to do was examine Scripture and we could have learned this principle. In Genesis, placement is so important that that God spends 5 days preparing environment for man and only 1 day creating man. He goes to work to ensure that He places man in the right place. You can hear it in the instructions God gives Moses about the Children of Israel's camp when He tells Moses to put each tribe in a particular place around the encampment. Everyone had a place. There are countless examples. But let me sum up this idea with this statement. If you reflect on the New Testament and the ministry of Jesus, then you quickly see that all healings took place cause people were in right place. Blind Bartimeaus. The Woman at the Well. So I can say without hesitation that your freedom, your advancement. your promotion are all tied to placement. Being in the right place at the right time matters! You have to be in the right place! So how do you know when you are in the proper place . . . home?

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