Today we have the Koro-2 Exodrive airspeeder. This ship made its appearance in the beginning of Attack of the Clones, right after Senator Amidala survives a second assassination attempt. The assassin, Zam Wesell, piloted the Koro-2 Exodrive as a getaway vehicle, and was chased by Anakin and Obi-Wan.
Need a refresher? I did. The ship appears at 0:36 in this clip.
(How about that dialog at 7:40? Death sticks?!)
The Koro-2 Exodrive was not considered a nice vehicle, but it could survive and endure. No offensive weapons either, but it had speed. Great traits an assassin would be looking for in a ride.
How does this tie-in with Advent? Jesus was always going to be under threat.
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.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him;
–Matthew 2:1-3 (ESV)
From the beginning of his life here on Earth, Jesus’ presence was a threat to the leaders of the land. Herod wanted to snuff out this potential threat. His power was at stake. In Attack of the Clones, we see Senator Palpatine maneuvering to strengthen his position of power to accomplish his endgame. Along the way, he is trying to snuff out Anakin Skywalker, the Chosen One, by turning him to the Dark Side. Anakin was a threat to Palpatine’s rule.
In Revelation 12, we have the imagery of a great red dragon (Satan) waiting to devour a child (Jesus), yet the child survived and was taken up to Heaven to rule. Jesus knew full well the threats, dangers and temptations he would face, yet he willingly came and endured them for our sake so we (humanity) could be redeemed.
How wonderful it is to remember this as we celebrate Jesus’ birth. Jesus continually stared down death threats so we wouldn’t have to experience eternal death.