The penultimate post with the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar. I’ll do my best to finish strong with it, but we are talking about LEGO and Star Wars. It’ll be fun. Enjoy.
A unique minifigure today. R2-D2 as a snowman.*
*And people are concerned about what Disney might do to devalue the Star Wars brand? I have a LEGO minifigure of R2-D2 as a snowman that is a part of an Advent calendar.
R2-D2 is one of the most revered characters in the Star Wars universe, yet in the moment it is often overlooked by everyone. At various points, it has saved the lives of our protagonists by doing tasks often missed by everyone, and criticized by C-3P0.
It is this overlooked aspect that makes me think of the star in the night sky, with the birth of Jesus, that went overlooked by everyone. Everyone, except the magi from the east.
Magi are thought to be kings/rulers from an eastern nation. They were perhaps with the Zoroastrianism religion. While we don’t have a number of how many there were, the tradition is there were three because of the three gifts.
And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. —Matthew 2:11 (ESV)
It’s fascinating to me these mysterious rulers knew to look for the birth of the King, the savior of the world. We can assume they weren’t Jewish, so how did they know the various prophecies about Jesus? How come there weren’t others, especially Jews, looking out for the signs of Jesus’ birth? What did these Magi know? Well, they knew enough to go in search of Jesus once they saw the star in the sky.
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
—Matthew 2:1-2 (ESV)
Scholars disagree on when the Magi arrived, but it was after Jesus’ birth. Outside of the traditional Nativity scenes we have come to know, the Magi were not there on the night Jesus was born.
Did no one else in the world notice this star? Apparently not, or we just don’t know about it. The shepherds had the angels announce the birth of Jesus. When Jesus was taken to the temple to be dedicated, God revealed it to Simeon and Anna who Jesus was. Yet, the Magi were in search for Jesus and pursued a star in the sky for an extended time.
After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
—Matthew 2:9-10 (ESV)
Some say the star was a fulfillment of scripture from the Book of Numbers.
I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near: a star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel; it shall crush the forehead of Moab and break down all the sons of Sheth. —Numbers 24:17 (ESV)
Regardless, this star was a sign to the world the Savior, the Messiah, the King had been born. Yet, strangers from a faraway land only noticed on their own accord. What are the signs around us that point to Jesus, that point to a better way to live, but we miss for whatever reasons? Often, we realize after the fact the warning signs, but why wait till after the fact? Take time to observe your surroundings. Maybe we are observing the wrong things in our lives.
Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? You observe days and months and seasons and years! I am afraid I may have labored over you in vain. —Galatians 4:8-11 (ESV)
Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands properly, holding to the tradition of the elders, and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.) And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.” —Mark 7:1-8 (ESV)
Be attune to God and what he is saying. You won’t miss out on good news.