Today, we have a Geonosian. Geonosians were prevalent in Attack of the Clones and supported Count Dooku’s efforts. They manufactured many of the droids that were used in the prequels.
Geonosians were born into a strict caste system which they often could not escape. You had the aristocracy, the warriors, and the workers. Of course, the aristocracy was small in number, and the workers (overwhelming in numbers) served their whims. It was a hopeless and menial life for many.
How wonderful it is Jesus came to bring hope to the hopeless. A King who made sure all peoples were loved and respected. It’s intentional why the angels announced Jesus’ birth first to those who were outcasts in the Jewish culture. There is the symbolism with shepherds, but let us not forget they were lowly. The arrival of the King is being told to paupers, and it is done with joy.
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 inthe city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
–Luke 2:10-11 (ESV)
Throughout Jesus’ life, he was intentional to break down the barriers separating people from God. He interacted and touched those deemed unclean so they could experience hope and love. He gave respect to women, children and those who weren’t Jewish. He chastised those who wished to keep people in literal and proverbial bondage for the traditions of men. Jesus came to set us free in so many ways.
Jesus’ impact has influenced many who have gone on to make sure there isn’t a modern day caste system enslaving people. I think of William Wilberforce whose conversion set him on a journey to successfully lead the abolitionist movement in Great Britain.
Jesus didn’t come for a select few, he came for all people that they may receive life. How wonderful this is. May we continue to do Jesus’ work by bringing hope to the hopeless, and fighting for justice all around the world.