Unless you’ve been living in a galaxy far, far away, you know that ’tis the season to be anticipating a certain movie. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is due out this week and it’s widely accepted that this is one of the most anticipated movies of all time (all time being one century). Ever since the first teaser trailer dropped last Thanksgiving, fans casual and intrepid have been eating up every new piece of information that is leaked to the masses. Even if you have zero concern for Star Wars as a franchise, you’re probably slightly curious as to what the hype is all about.
It seems somewhat appropriate that the most anticipated movie in some time is being released during a season steeped in anticipation.
Advent is a time for believers in Christ to look back at the birth of Jesus and catch a sense of the longing and hope the nation of Israel had while awaiting their Messiah. But we also look forward with even greater anticipation to when that Babe born in a manger returns again as King to finish what He started. That expectancy, for Christians, should be far greater than entertainment that only pleases for a season.
So while the world awaits with giddy excitement the returning of a beloved fictional saga, the Church can learn something from this hype. We can experience a type of expectation that catches our interest, and know that the anticipation we hold for Christ’s return, accentuated during Christmastime, is something more important and lasting…and something we should hold year-round.