There is a famous photograph taken by the Hubble. It is referred to as the Hubble Deep Field photograph. The photo is filled with nearly two thousand galaxies of various shapes, colors, and sizes. Each of these galaxies is made up of at least ten billion stars like our own sun. The number, and the size of these galaxies and stars is incredible, and then as the distances between these billions of stars are brought up the whole thing becomes incomprehensible.
I am going to be teaching the book of Hebrews at 8 am on Sunday mornings, beginning on October 7th, and again on Wednesday nights at 7 pm. It is an amazing book in the Bible that tells us all about Jesus and who He is and what He has done for us. Hebrews 1:10 says about Jesus, “And, You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the works of Your hands;”. Last week my boys and I were camping in the Steen’s Mts in South East Oregon, and the elevation where our tent was set up was a little over 8,000 feet. At night because of the elevation and the absence of any other light the stars are incredibly bright, and there are so many of them. Gazing into the heavens at night there was for me, a genuine spiritual experience. There was in me an overwhelming sense of God’s existence and His presence there with me, and of His infinite power.
In light of the vastness of the heavens, and the fact that they were created by and are held together by the power of Jesus, Philippians 2:5-8 is such a mystery, “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” The 2 Word phrase “emptied Himself”, Jesus did that and became a man, just like me, and experienced all that I experience, and understands me. How far of a journey is that, from being God, infinite, almighty, creator to being a man?
When Jesus dove off the high dive in heaven and came down , down, down to earth where did He land, as it were? Luke 1:30-35 tells us, “The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.” Jesus began His journey to save us from our sins as a single cell embryo in the womb of Mary. That little supernaturally fertilized egg was the God who created the universe, how amazing is that.
Many say today that an unborn baby is not a person, and that abortion is not murdering a child. Another verse from Hebrews. Comes to my mind when I hear or read that statement, Hebrews 9:27. “And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment”.