This is meant to be lighthearted. I acknowledge it is absurd. Enjoy.
I crack open Day 1 of the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar, and I am greeted with this.
I’m guessing most of you don’t recognize this, which is not surprising. This is a miniature of the tribubble bongo, or a Gungan sub. Remember that scene from The Phantom Menace where Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jar Jar Binks were going down to the underwater Gungan city?* This was their ride.
*If you somehow made it through that sentence and still want to read this, thank you.
What do I think of when seeing this Gungan sub and considering the birth of Jesus? That a new hope is coming. In the Old Testament, people longed for the promised coming of the Messiah. They wanted their King to rescue them from their predicament. I see this miniature Gungan sub and think how disappointed Star Wars fans are with The Phantom Menace. They longed for a better story than pointless tax debates, childish battle droids, and of course Jar Jar.
Eventually, Star Wars fans would have to wade through two more prequels before getting to their “new hope” with Star Wars.*
*I don’t like to call the original Star Wars film anything else than what it is, Star Wars. Really, Episode 4: A New Hope? When George Lucas re-released the movies in the theater, he even called it Star Wars then.
In the Old Testament, Israel was always enduring travail while yearning for a redeemer and deliverer. When Jesus was born, he was the gift to humanity of deliverance and redemption from sin.
He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken. —Isaiah 25:8 (ESV)
The original trilogy delivers us from the prequel trilogy and most of its silliness. In the New Testament, Jesus’ birth is a promise to delivers us from the sin and death associated with Israel throughout the Old Testament.