Two-thirds of the way through the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar, and there’s starting to be a lot of crossover with the posts. That’s okay. It never hurts to be reminded with some of the themes of the Nativity. Thanks for reading.
Day 16 brings us the Naboo Royal Cruiser. It’s technical name is the J-type 327 Nubian Royal Starship, but I think Naboo Royal Cruiser works just fine.
The people of Naboo were regal and refined. They were known for being enlightened. There was a lot of pomp with their feudalism, as we saw with Queen Amidala in The Phantom Menace.
The birth of a noble would bring out the best within this system. And, it’s no wonder many expected the same with the birth of Jesus. I heard it once said the angels must have been disappointed to be announcing the birth of Jesus to some lowly shepherds.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” —Luke 2:13-15 (ESV)
I doubt the angels were disappointed. If anything, they understood why they were announcing the birth to shepherds in the middle of the night. Jesus was called the Great Shepherd, and he came for even the lowliest of people. Shepherds, in Jesus’ day, were not well-esteemed.
We think in the context of a Westerner, or of what nobility would do, when thinking of the birth of Jesus. We can never have the big picture in mind. God knew what he was doing. The angels understood the significance of the moment and accordingly sang, “Glory to God in the highest…”.
In high society, where inclusion is almost defined by birth and backstabbing is prevalent, is it really that big a deal to meet another member of “the club”? To the shepherds, it was a big deal. They left everything, immediately, to go see the birth of the King. Their King. The King of the world. The enlightened shepherds knew this.
A manger in a stable, there wasn’t a more regal place in the world when Jesus was born.