After taking a hiatus in 2014, I am blogging the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar again. This is my third time, and I thought it would be appropriate with the new Star Wars movie coming out later this month. Each day, I riff a little bit on a (perceived) connection between Advent and whatever the LEGO Star Wars mini build is for the day.
This is meant to be lighthearted and fun.
The Roman Empire was firmly entrenched before the coming of Jesus. Herod the Great ruled Judea through fear, cunning, and violence. Any perceived slight of Herod was dealt with swiftly, and with severity. He was not one to be crossed, and even had members of his family killed. Herod also had multiple wives throughout his life.
Jabba the Hutt was one of the most notorious crime lords in the Outer Rim, and this included his home base on Tatooine…where Luke Skywalker was raised. He would kill anything if he felt like it, and this included his family as well. Jabba had a thirst for female humanoids.
Jabba was not loved or liked by hardly anyone on Tatooine, much like Herod not being loved or liked by the Jews he ruled.
Jabba’s ride is the Khetanna, the luxury sail barge that makes its appearance, with Jabba inside, in Return of the Jedi. Here, we see him in full mob boss mode without any inhibitions, enjoying anything in sight and ruling everything in sight.
It is on this fateful ride where Jabba orders the death of Luke Skywalker, but instead is outwitted by Luke and is killed in the battle. The Khetanna, a symbol of Jabba’s power and wealth, is blown up in the desert. A swift and surprising end to Jabba.
For Herod, he was aware of a new threat to his kingdom with the arrival of the Magi and their declaration of a new baby king. (Matthew 2) He tried to deceive the Magi into revealing the location of Jesus, but in the end is outwitted by the Magi. Herod then orders the death of all newborn boys in Bethlehem, but Jesus escapes to Egypt. Herod’s demise was beginning, and Rome’s would come soon enough. All their money and power couldn’t stop it.
Three decades after Herod the Great wanted him dead, Pilate orders the death of Jesus. (Matthew 27) However, this death is why Jesus was born. This death would ultimately defeat death with Jesus’ resurrection.
Today, we can watch and/or read the news and wonder if there is any hope in sight for a better tomorrow. We see displays of evil ruling without inhibition. There is a day coming when Jesus will return, and it will be a swift and surprising end to the evil of this world that lives so brazenly for the time being.