Day 16, and what do we have? Another weapon rack. (Sigh.) Even if George Lucas and friends are mailing it in with this Advent calendar, I will not!* Couldn’t the LEGO Star Wars people try a little harder?
*Fully aware that George Lucas has no idea what is included with this LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar, but he has a history of leveraging his creation for all sorts of cash. He is well within his rights to do so, and I can point out how he has sold-out many of his characters for a few extra dollars. Also, the sun rises in the east.
So…we have another weapon rack. Tools of violence. Some people think owning and using a gun gives them power, but this can be a false assumption. This was the thinking of the Galactic Empire. How wrong they were.
“You can’t win Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.”
“I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.”
–Genesis 3:15 (ESV)
From the very beginning, in the Garden of Eden, the war between Jesus and Satan was prophesied. This passage is sometimes referred to as the “protoevangelion”, or first gospel message. It’s God telling of the coming redemption of humanity, and the downfall of Satan, through Jesus.
Satan was going to “bruise his (Jesus) heel”. Jesus was going to overcome Satan, and sin, but it would be painful. We see this at the cross. Jesus came to die. He was born into this world so he could die for it. And through his death, and subsequent resurrection, there is life. There is redemption. There is hope. There is power through the Holy Spirit. Quite the opposite of the false power from a weapon of any sort.
When Jesus was about to die he said, “It is finished”. The battle had been won, and Jesus had not used any traditional weapons. Through death, Jesus defeated Death. He “bruised the snake’s (Satan’s) head”.
What Obi-Wan said to Darth Vader was true when we think of Jesus and the cross. “If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.” Not only did Jesus’ death conquer Death, Satan, sin, and begin to expand God’s Kingdom here on Earth, but it began to empower those who followed Jesus.
A boy born in a manger. His life was lived in a way so he through his death he could give life to all who did not want eternal death.