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.
On the final day we get…C-3P0? In a Santa suit? Okay…
As we know, C-3P0 is our favorite protocol droid that is fluent in over six million languages. He is designed to interact with humans. C-3P0 found himself at many of the pivotal moments of the Star Wars Universe. And, his creator was the Chosen One himself: Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. The added element of a Santa suit gives birth to the idea of C-3P0 handing out gifts to anyone and everyone in the galaxy who has been good. I got a bad feeling about this…
The idea of being “good” and receiving a gift is interesting. What is the standard for being “good” with Santa Claus? No one knows, which is beneficial because you adjust that standard of “good” to your benefit. The legend of Santa has never made it clear what “good” is.
Jesus has made it clear. None of us is good enough, but that doesn’t matter to Him. He wants to give us all the gift of life, love, and community with Him. His coming is the gift of hope for those who had been waiting, and his second coming is a new hope for us today.
Jesus gave the gift of Himself to all of humanity. He gave gifts of healing, respect, value, and more to those who had never experienced gifts before. These were people who had been told they weren’t “good” enough, but in Jesus’ eyes they were lovely.
Even the thief on the cross being crucified right next to Jesus, a tangible expression of not being “good”, is considered good in Jesus’ sight by merely humbling himself and asking to be remembered by Jesus. (Luke 23:39-43)
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:23-24)
None of us are good. We don’t deserve the gift of life, but that doesn’t matter to God. Jesus lovingly came as a gift to us so we could be good. It’s nothing we do. It’s what He did with His life, death, and resurrection. A wonderful thing to celebrate at Christmas.