Happy first day of winter. Today we have Slave I, Jango Fett’s ship. It was the precursor to Boba Fett’s Slave II that we all know so well from The Empire Strikes Back. Slave I is from Attack of the Clones, and was part of an epic battle with Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Jango Fett was a bounty hunter, and the name of his ship says a lot. It was about enslaving people for money, much like human trafficking today. Jesus, on the other hand, was about setting people free.
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
This is one of the first things Jesus said in his public ministry. It’s foundational to what he will be doing throughout his ministry here on Earth. Jesus came “to proclaim liberty to the captives” and “to set at liberty those who are oppressed”.
Whether figurative (slave to sin) or literal (human trafficking), Jesus came to set us free. It’s one of the major themes of the Bible, setting the captives free. We see God use Moses to help deliver Israel from slavery. We see God, through Jesus, help deliver all of us from the slavery of sin and death.
We celebrate Christmas because of the birth of Jesus. Him coming to Earth to deliver us is an amazing gift for all eternity. The gifts we give to others pale in comparison, but for many of us we give the gifts we do out of love. And, it was out of love that Jesus was born so we could experience deliverance forever.