Here we go. You’re all excited for the opening of the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar, and on the first day you get…R5-F7. Kind of like waiting almost twenty years for a new Star Wars film, and you get two hours of senate hearings and taxation talk.
This isn’t the droid you’re looking for to say the least.
Here’s the highlight of the R5 Astromech Droids in the Star Wars saga. Uncle Owen and Luke Skywalker go to buy some droids, and at first they purchase an R5 droid over R2-D2. The R5 blows its motivator, and C-3PO uses the opening to encourage Owen and Luke to purchase R2-D2. (Never mind Luke calling the R5 droid and R2. Continuity errors, nobody had a clue there would be such attention to detail over thirty-five years later, or Luke really wasn’t ready for the Academy.)
What does an R5 Astromech Droid, specifically the R5-F7, have to do with Christmas?
R5-F7 was a part of the infamous Battle of Yavin, the astromech droid for Lieutenant Lepira’s Y-wing. Lepira would die in the Battle. A forgettable droid with a forgotten character.
In the Star Wars Universe, the R5 is considered one of the worst line of droids ever. “A meter-tall stack of the worst business decisions you could possibly want,” is how it’s put in Star Wars’ Mechtech Illustrated. The lowest of the low.
Forgettable. Forgotten. Lowest of the low. Adjectives that wouldn’t draw people to someone, but not Jesus. He came into this world to let people know they weren’t forgotten. The lowest of the low, the outcasts, they were restored and redeemed by Jesus. The first to be told that Christ had been born? Shepherds, which were lowly people in Jesus’ time.
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Andthis will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 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!”
The King had come for everyone. It was made plain with the announcement of Jesus’ arrival made first to shepherds, lowly in their culture and society. And yet this was Jesus plan. Those we deem outcasts, or “a meter-tall stack of the worst business decisions you could possibly want”, are reached out to, with love and joy, by Jesus and his angels.
Everyone has a new hope with Jesus.