We are closing in on the end of the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar. It should be a fun last couple of days as fun mini-models are revealed in the calendar. Thanks for following along these past three weeks.
On the first day of winter, we receive a B2 Super Battle Droid. It’s also called a SBD, or “the super”.
The SBD was an upgrade over the original battle droid. It was more formidable, and it wasn’t as reliant on a command signal. The SBD’s were present in the Battle of Geonosis*, in Attack of the Clones, when roughly 170 Jedi were killed.
*One of the more unintentional comedic scenes in Star Wars is in this film. Obi-Wan and Anakin, two of the most powerful Jedi in the galaxy, being held captive by some simple chains at the outset of the Battle of Geonosis.
Violence was in the nature of the SBD’s. We’ve had a lot of violence with the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar, which makes sense. However, there was violence surrounding Joseph, Mary and Jesus at the Nativity. There was a violent aftermath when Herod could not locate Jesus and had other baby boys from Bethlehem slaughtered. There was violence surrounding Jesus. There were those who wanted Jesus to violently oppose Rome. And, of course, Jesus’ violent death.
While he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.” And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” And he kissed him. Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you came to do.” Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him. And behold, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?” At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But all this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled. —Matthew 26:47-56 (ESV)
Jesus knew what he was doing, and what he was dealing with throughout his life. It didn’t make sense to his disciples, and even now people still ask the question about why Jesus responded the way he did at times. It could have been easy for him to wipe out those who were oppressing him, but he was always focused on the bigger story. He was focused in on his mission, and bringing about the redemption of the world through his death.
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” —Luke 19:10 (ESV)
Violence surrounds us. We experience it in various forms. Too often, though, we respond to the violence with violence. A cycle or history of violence begins. There is a better way.
This isn’t to say there isn’t a time where we need to use force to defend someone. It’s noting that we live in a violent world, and we need to break the cycle. At any point, Jesus could have justifiable responded to his oppressors. He didn’t, though.
We need to respond to the violence that surrounds us in better ways. What those ways are vary from situation to situation, but we need to let Jesus be our example. We need to respond to the Holy Spirit when those situations arise and act accordingly. We need to stop the needless violence.