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 Sarlacc. A semi-sentient plant that fed off other humanoids and animals. Jabba considered the Sarlacc on Tatooine his pet. It was something Jabba used for entertainment as we saw in Return of the Jedi. Jabba, and his party, rode the Khetanna out to the Sarlacc to watch Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca suffer and die from it. As C-3PO told our heroes about the Sarlacc, “In his belly, you will find a new definition of pain and suffering, as you are slowly digested over a thousand years.”
Quite a vivd description. Reminiscent of a vivid description Jesus gave in Mark 9:48.
“…where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.”
Hell. In Mark 9, Jesus was warning people about the anguish and torment of Hell, and encouraging people to do whatever it took to avoid an eternity in Hell. Jesus was quoting the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 66:24), who used this passage when talking about people who rebelled against God. What can we do to avoid such a fate? There is nothing we can do, but Jesus came so there would be a way to avoid death and torment. It’s one thing Israel would have known when waiting on their coming king. They would have been familiar with another passage from Isaiah.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people?
And they made his grave with the wicked
and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.
Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
he has put him to grief;
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,
because he poured out his soul to death
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and makes intercession for the transgressors.
Isaiah 53:5-12 (ESV)
God loves us, and Jesus came into this world so that none of us would experience an eternal separation from God in Hell…where the worm does not die and the fire is not quenched. “Where we will not find a new definition of pain and suffering.” More so, Jesus came into this world so we could be reconciled to God and experience life to the fullest. A wonderful gift indeed, as opposed to this…