We head back to the original trilogy today in the advent calendar. We have the Cloud Car from The Empire Strikes Back. The Cloud Car did a variety of tasks, from transport to combat. I remember playing with this when I was a child. Even though it seems a bit ridiculous now, the Cloud Car was cool to me then. Flying amongst the clouds, who wouldn’t want to do that?
Of course, the Cloud Car was found in Cloud City. Zooming in, out and around Cloud City one probably had some spectacular views. Under Lando Calrissian, tourism and casinos were developed. It was the home to a luxurious resort on the top of it.
When I think of flying amongst the clouds, and this advent calendar, I think of angels. Whereas Cloud City was considered beautiful and luxurious, the scene described at Jesus’ birth was anything of the sort. The angels who were present found themselves praising God to a few shepherds, at night, in a field somewhere. Quite the contrast. To us, it may seem beneath the angels to announce the arrival of Jesus in that context. I had a pastor once allude to this, that these angels could have been disappointed.
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!”
I think the angels were truly rejoicing. They have had a front row seat throughout history of the death and decay humanity and Earth have suffered. Here comes the Messiah, the Redeemer, a newborn baby bringing life to all. And truly it was for all, and not just those who could afford a view amongst the clouds at a luxurious resort. The shepherds were lowly in their cultural context, but in God’s Kingdom they are not.
The angels have power, and their presence is intimidating, but their joy was overflowing at the arrival of baby Jesus. They had seen Satan fall, Adam and Even sin, and countless other acts that reflected death and decay. Yes, the angels would be rejoicing.