A lighthearted take on Advent thanks to the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar.
Continuing with theme of yesterday, when I compared Jar Jar Binks to Satan, we’re going to address violence since today we opened up Jar Jar’s weapons in the calendar.
While the nativity is generally viewed as a serene moment, it was anything of the sort. When you probe deeper into the context of the nativity, you realize the danger Joseph, Mary and Jesus will encounter. The prominent mothers of Star Wars (Shmi Skywalker and Padme Amidala) and their sons (Anakin and Luke Skywalker) faced violence throughout their lives.
There will be ample time to address some of the threats Mary, Joseph and Jesus faced at this moment in history. Today, I want to talk about an interesting passage from the Book of Revelation that address the birth of Christ, and Satan.
And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth. And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne, —Revelation 12:1-5 (ESV)
Why would this be going on? Remember the prophecy about Jesus which we touched on yesterday. God foretold that Jesus would crush Satan. Satan wanted to stop Jesus at all costs.
George Lucas is deliberate in referring to Jesus when we find out Anakin was immaculately conceived. When Anakin’s power and prophecy are revealed, he is sought after by Darth Sidious at all costs. Why? He was the “Chosen One” who would eradicate the Dark Side of the Force. While Jesus resists Satan’s temptations in the wilderness, Anakin Skywalker cannot resist the temptations of Darth Sidious and turns to the Dark Side to become Darth Vader.
The two of them violently bring about their plan to rid the universe of the Jedi. While this takes place, Anakin’s wife, Padme, is pregnant. She dies right after childbirth, after being force choked by her husband. However, her children survive in secret. They are “caught up” to different locations, and both play a crucial part in crushing the evil empire.
The birth of Jesus is a wonderful moment, but there is violence lurking. Thankfully, Jesus escaped the violence until he willingly endured it on the cross. His death crushed evil. At the end of Darth Vader’s life, he sacrificed himself for his son and killed the Emperor. He fulfilled the prophecy of the Chosen One.
“It is finished.” —John 19:30 (ESV)