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.
“What a piece of junk!”
“You came in that thing? You’re braver than I thought.”
Needless to say, the Skywalker siblings were not impressed when they first saw the Millennium Falcon. That was somewhat intentional by Han Solo. The Empire, or anyone else, would not take the ship seriously at first glance. The Falcon’s appearance masked the modifications he had made that improved the ship’s speed, shields, weapons, and more. The Millennium Falcon was effective for a smuggler, and a General.
Jesus was born amongst animals, having been laid in a manger after he was born. Some shepherds visited soon after his birth. His parents were lowly, and were probably disreputable in their community after Mary became pregnant. By all appearances, they would not be impressive to anyone. And yet, God orchestrated the humble beginnings.
Since our youth we are told not to judge a book by its cover. Jesus’ birth is a testament to that. Jesus’ teachings reinforce this as well. He teaches people not to follow after the public show of piety most Pharisees engaged in that was often hollow. (Matthew 15:1-9, Matthew 23:1-7)
“She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid.”
It’s easy to be swayed by outward displays of spirituality, but what’s underneath? God sees the heart. This can be difficult when we live in a world that does judge by outward appearances. God sees our hearts. He sees our motivations. He knows our faith. He knows if we have it where it counts.
Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” (Matthew 21:1-4)
Throughout Jesus’ life, He flipped the script when it came to appearances. It started out with his birth amongst the lowest of the low. We, perhaps, would say Leia’s words to Him with regard to the Nativity. “You’re braver than I thought.” Maybe, but that’s because we don’t see what Jesus sees. If we saw things more often the way Jesus does, what might be different?