Remember, this is a lighthearted take on Advent, thanks to our friends at LEGO. It is a bit absurd, but I hope it can be fun and thought-provoking as well. Thanks for reading.
The Star Destroyer, the featured ship in the iconic opening scene of Star Wars. In The Empire Strikes Back, Star Destroyers come together, due to Darth Vader in pursuit of Luke Skywalker, and we are treated to one of the iconic themes of the saga.
When watching Star Wars for the first time, you knew this ship was bad. Driven by evil, its intent was to stamp out any threat to its power. It reflected the Galactic Empire, ruled with tyranny and sought to crush any potential Rebel Alliance uprising in the universe.
When Jesus was born, one of the principal characters is Herod the Great. He was the ruler over Judea at the time of Jesus’ birth. A star rises in the sky, which the Magi (wise men) see. When the Magi (wise men) come to Herod, in search of the “King of the Jews” having been born, Herod is troubled. The Magi inform Herod of the star as well.
Herod wants the Magi to be his spies, so he asks them to report back the location of this baby so he too can worship him. Of course, his intent is not to worship, but to stamp out this potential threat to his power and rule.
The Magi are warned by God not to return to Herod, and return home another way. This sets off Herod.
Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. —Matthew 2:16 (ESV)
The event is called the Massacre of the Innocents. Herod was driven to destroy the baby that was announced to the world via a star. He would take any chances with a potential threat to his kingdom.
Think about the end of Star Wars. Its episode is titled A New Hope because of the rise of Luke Skywalker by the end of it. He, and the Rebel Alliance, won a great victory over the Empire when he destroyed the Death Star at the Battle of Yavin. Luke is a threat to the Galactic Empire, which is why Darth Vader is searching throughout the galaxy to strike down this uprising at the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back.
Jesus escaped this infanticide. His parents fleed to Egypt, to protect Jesus and themselves, before Herod’s order was given. The family stayed in Egypt until Herod died and it was safe to return.
While Luke and Leia’s father is Darth Vader, after their births they were taken into hiding to protect them against the diabolical interests of the Sith.
Herod never did destroy the what the star represented, and the Galactic Empire never did stamp out the Rebel Alliance. Both experienced ignominious ends, but both of their fears were justified. Their totalitarian rule ended, and freedom reigned.