On the twelfth day of the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar George Lucas gave to me, a random Dropship not seen in any of the movies.
This is a Dropship. It transported troops and “dropped” them into an environment for their missions. Pretty self-explanatory. It’s a cool build, but not much of a connection with the Star Wars Universe. Quite the drop-off.
Most people, events, things, see a drop-off with their influence and impact over time. I think a lot of people are concerned about their legacy, and work toward cementing a legacy, but they usually fade away. (Cue Neil Young) If they’d be in the moment, and worry about the day they were living in, their legacy would probably be better.
But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in honor by all the people, stood up and gave orders to put the men outside for a little while. And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you are about to do with these men. For before these days Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. After him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and drew away some of the people after him. He too perished, and all who followed him were scattered. So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!” So they took his advice,
–Acts 5:34-39 (ESV)
This was said about the Apostles who were going about in Jesus’ name. The thinking went if Jesus was not God, then his influence and impact would fade away. Quite the opposite happened. It’s safe to say there has not been a more influential person throughout human history than Jesus. There was no drop-off, which is amazing when you consider his humble origins, shameful death, and lackluster following.
I’ve been listening to “Mary, Did You Know” a lot this Christmas season. (Tim Halperin version) I think the question can extend to anyone who was in proximity with Jesus during his time here on Earth. Individuals obviously believed who he was and what he said, but could they have envisioned 2,000 years later there would be people (like me) actively pursuing Jesus?
For Mary, when she was holding Jesus after giving birth, what did she think about the future? Did anyone truly comprehend how the world was changing because of Jesus entering into humanity? It’s hard to say anyone did since so many were disappointed by Jesus’ time here on Earth. And yet, it all makes sense now. The exponential impact and influence rippled outward. No wonder our calendars are centered around that point in history. (BC, AD)
Jesus was focused on his mission. He was focused on little and simple acts of grace, love and compassion with people. His legacy? He knew he would have a legacy if he accomplished his mission. We could learn from that. It’s hard to “accomplish a legacy” if you aren’t pursuing a mission. Jesus’ mission, his story, started with the Nativity. A legacy of a King who could identify with those he loves and rules.