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.

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One of the cooler settings from the original trilogy is Echo Base on the planet Hoth. Today’s mini build is a Hoth Command Outpost. Hoth was an extreme environment that made little sense for the Rebel Alliance’s base of operations, which is why it made perfect sense. The command post helped as a first responder to the impending Empire intrusion.

Throughout Jesus’ life, He put himself in situations that seemed counterproductive. And yet, it was because they seemed counterproductive they produced long-lasting good. Being born to a single parent? Being born in a manger? Being born in poverty? Being born into refugee status? Growing up in Nazareth? Subverting the power structures of his day? Lovingly interacting with the unclean and enemies (Samaritans, Roman Centurions, tax collectors, lepers, “sinners”) of His fellow Jews? Allowing to be backstabbed by his friend? We could go on and on.

Jesus showed us another way to respond to situations like these that we face today. He was an example as to how our environment and lineage doesn’t ultimately define us and our actions. He put a stake in the ground as to how we should “fight back” against the various forms of evil. He showed the power of love, truth, and forgiveness. God can redeem any situation for good if we allow Him to.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Hoth made no sense for a base of operations, but that’s why it was used. Most of what Jesus did in His time and context seemed ludicrous, but thankfully He did it the way He did it. His choices throughout His life continue to echo throughout history.

What is it He is calling us to do today that seems counter to what culture would tell us to do?

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