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Month: August 2017

Eclipse Day: Why I’m looking at the sun

No I don’t have the right glasses.  I don’t have protective gear. I haven’t even made that “pin-hole” box like we did in elementary school. But I’m going to be looking at something today that is unbelievable.

Eric Metaxas wrote yesterday on foxnews.com:

About fifteen years ago an odd idea popped into my head.  Google was just a gurgling infant. But I happened to have a sturdy Brittanica nearby and I pulled out a dusty volume and quickly discovered the diameter of the sun. It is precisely 864,576 miles. The diameter of the moon was listed at 2,159 miles. I then looked up the distance from Earth to the sun, which varies slightly, but is generally given as 93 million miles. And then I found the distance from Earth to the moon. That varies slightly too, so the average is given as 239,000 miles. 

Armed with these four figures, I did some simple math. I divided the sun’s diameter (864,576) by the moon’s (2,159) and got 400.452. If my strange hunch was correct, dividing the distance from the Earth to the sun (93,000,000) by the distance from the Earth to the moon (239,000) should give me something similar. It certainly did. My calculations yielded 389.121. And there it was. I stared at the numbers, amazed. Was the correlation in these ratios mere coincidence?

Of course what this all meant was simply that these immemorially ancient and vast objects, though as different in size as a single BB and a super gigantic beach ball — one that was over six feet in diameter — would from our perspective here on Earth seem almost precisely the same size.  So if they ever just happened to align in the sky, they would match up perfectly. Not almost perfectly. But perfectly, and bizarrely so. 

What might be the odds of this just happening randomly? Almost all the planets in our solar system have no moons or many moons (Jupiter has 60) of incredibly varying sizes. So this sort of thing doesn’t happen anywhere else in our solar system. But our planet has just one moon that happens to be just the right size and just the right distance from Earth. 

I found the precision necessary for all of this unbelievable. The more I thought about it, the more I knew that there was no way this could be a mere coincidence. It seemed almost planned. In fact, it seemed utterly planned, as all things of such precision must be.

[You can read his whole article on Fox News here. ]

Today, in the 92% Eclipse zone of ENC, I’m going to be looking at God’s calling card… His message to those who have “ears to hear and eyes to see” that He created this whole world.  For us. For His glory. For us to enjoy His glory. The heavens declare the glory of God, David writes in Psalm 8.

Paul goes further in Colossians 1. He looks at the natural world (including orbits in space that cause eclipses) and centers everything on Jesus: “For by him all things were created in heaven and on earth, whether visible or invisible… all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together… For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” (Col 1:16-20)

The “all things” of creation (and history) belong to Jesus, hold together in Jesus, bring glory and majesty to Jesus, and are reconciled (put back together) in Jesus alone.

Today–the Great Eclipse Day of 2017–I’m looking at the SON. Who loved me and gave himself for me, to reconcile me (and all things!) to God.

No glasses needed.  Just eyes that want to see him.

(And, obviously, I’m not going to be staring at the solar eclipse without glasses. Just sneakin’ a peek here and there.)

Charlottesville is Weeping; God is too.

Christians, in light of what’s happening in Charlottesville today, please take to heart why racism is demonic and evil: It stomps on every part of God’s good purposes for humanity.

Before we do anything else, let us remember why racism has absolutely no place in our worldview as followers of Christ. Simply this: Humans are of one essence. And this is demonstrated in Scripture in at least 4 different ways:

1. Every human is created in the image of God

  • Gen 1:26-27 – Let us make mankind in our image and after our likeness…
  • Acts 17:26 – and he made from one man every nation to live on the face of the earth.

2. Every Christian is justified by the blood of Christ on the cross

  • 1 Tim 2:5-6 – for there is one God and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for us all.
  • Gal 3:28-29 – There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus
  • Eph 2:13ff – But now, in Christ Jesus you who were once far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. He himself is our peace who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility.
  • John 3:16 – For God so loved the World that he gave his only son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

3. Every Christian is incorporated into one body by one Spirit

  • Acts 2:17 (Joel 2) – And in the last days it shall be, God declares that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh…
  • Eph 4:4f – There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is over all and through all and in all.
  • Eph 2:18 – For through him we both have access in one spirit to the Father (Jews & Gentiles)

4. Every Christian will worship together around the throne for eternity

  • Rev 7:9 – And I looked and saw a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages.

I forget exactly who first laid these 4 facts out so clearly. At our human core, we share the same essence.  The core of God’s purposes for humanity holds this truth: There is one race of creatures in His image: the Human Race.

Moreover, Christians—African-American, White, Hispanic, Asian, African, Native American, Arab, Slavic—are one in Christ.

In light of the unfolding events in Charlottesville, take to heart this truth. Hold it dearly, so that it changes your outlook: whether you look at the news or at the person across the street.

We weep with Charlottesville, we weep for the sins humans foist on others. And we pray for the Prince of Peace to bring forgiveness and reconciliation. He’s the only one who can.

He brings it by changed hearts, your heart and mine, as we face up to our own sinfulness and receive His great grace.

As John Newton, the former slave ship captain turned pastor, said two centuries ago: Although my memory is fading, two things I remember clearly: I am a great sinner, and He is a great Savior.

Oh how we need these truths to change lives today.

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