The pen-penultimate post on the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar. Do I need to keep up this disclaimer? I will, just in case! Thanks for reading these absurd, fun and hopefully thought-provoking posts. And now, on to the show…
Day 22 brings us Darth Maul’s Sith Infiltrator.
The ship was called the Scimitar, and was Darth Maul’s personal ship. One attribute of the ship was its stealth. It makes sense stealth would be a priority with a ship associated with the dark side of the Force. Evil is effective when you least realize it is there. It can infiltrate without being noticed. A method employed by Satan as well.
We talked before how Satan wanted to stop Jesus. Throughout Jesus’ life there were moments where Satan was at work to infiltrate it.
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)
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God…” —Matthew 4:1-3 (ESV)
From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” —Matthew 16:21-23 (ESV)
Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called the Passover. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to put him to death, for they feared the people. Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve. He went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers how he might betray him to them. And they were glad, and agreed to give him money. So he consented and sought an opportunity to betray him to them in the absence of a crowd.
—Luke 22:1-6 (ESV)
“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.” —Luke 22:31-34 (ESV)
The last passage should give us pause. We never see the scene played out where Satan demands to have Peter, and one can only wonder what that would look like. We see earlier how Satan was using Peter’s best intentions to try and thwart Jesus. Whether blatant or subtle, Satan was always at work trying to undermine Jesus’ mission while he was here on Earth.
Jesus did not have to endure what he did for our sake, yet he chose to. Motivated by love, he resisted the temptations of evil to fulfill his mission.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. —John 10:10 (ESV)
Satan and his minions are at work in our lives as well. They do what they can to thwart us from experiencing life to the fullest. They are trying to infiltrate our lives and ruin them by any means necessary.
Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men*, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. —1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (ESV)
*In context, the term “act like men” was used often in this period. It was a term said to soldiers. Letters like 1 Corinthians were written to male leaders. The term can be interpreted as “to act with courage and strength in obedience to the Lord and with confidence in his power”. (quote from ESV Study Bible)
Be watchful and stand firm in the faith. Because Satan is trying to infiltrate your life.