Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Pastoral Pings ~ Join the Universe's Declaration

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork”[1]

          The heavens declare the glory of God, not to lead us to worship the heavens, but to lead us to worship the God who created them. People imagine spacecraft taking man to the farthest reaches of the universe, when the farthest, unreachable distances of the universe beckon us to come directly to Jesus Christ who created them all.

          In the whole universe, humanity is the center of God’s attention[2]. His children within this humanity are the apple of his eye[3], the center of his focus, or, the center of the center of his attention.

          Those who study the universe to prove that there is extra-terrestrial life that justifies the rejection of their Creator will find that God is the one life “out there” with whom we all have to do. Even the desire to find alien life is the undeniable recognition that man is not alone in the universe.

          The wonder is that, with so many gladly ignoring and rejecting the glory of God revealed in the bright, expansive display of the universe, Jesus continues to make himself known to the brokenhearted who know that their whole reason for existence is found in him and in him alone.

          As I pondered these words from Revelation 1:1 this morning, “He made it known…”, I was drawn to consider how many ways God makes himself and his ways known. He began by creating the universe so that it was ready for man to see the revelation of God’s glory that first evening of our existence, and that it would continue to make his glory known to us today.

          From creation onward,  we see how God made himself known to his people throughout history. We see how he makes known the path of life that brings us into his presence where there is fullness of joy.[4] Jesus is the one who makes the invisible Father known to those he adopts as his children.[5] In the New Covenant, we who were servants under the law become friends of the Son of God for the simple reason that Jesus makes everything from the Father known to us.[6]

          My response to Jesus Christ is simple: Praise be to Jesus Christ our Creator, the Maker of the heavens and the earth, my Savior and Redeemer, my Brother and Friend, my Lord and Master, my unshakeable hope in a shaken-up world. I encourage you to receive his invitation to know him, glorify him and enjoy him in the same constantly maturing way as is available to every child of God.

          Experiencing adoption as God's beloved child will even make a difference in how you feel when you look up into the night sky for the first time and know in your heart of hearts that your Big Brother made far more than your eyes can see in order to show you the glory of your Father.

          From my heart, Monte


© 2012 Monte Vigh ~ Box 517, Merritt, BC, Canada, V1K 1B8 ~


[1] Psalm 19:1
[2] Genesis 1:26-17
[3] Deuteronomy 32:10; Zechariah 2:8
[4] Psalm 16:11
[5] John 1:18; Colossians 1:15; Ephesians 1:5
[6] John 15:15

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