THE HINGE OF HUMAN HISTORY

If you thought you awoke this morning precisely where you went to sleep last night, you would be wrong…by quite a bit.

Earth spins on its axis at 1000 miles per hour. Earth moves around the Sun at 67,108 mph. Our solar system orbits the center of the Milky Way, at 864,000 mph. Our Milky Way galaxy, 100,000 light years in diameter, just one of innumerable galaxies, moves through the universe at 1.3 million mph and “none deviate a hair’s breadth from the path which God has marked out for them” (John Calvin). It surpasses knowledge!

Where does God stand to monitor and manage his universe? Everywhere. “Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain him…” (1 Kings 8:27). Is the Sovereign God, who created all this and controls every molecule everywhere, big enough to deal with your problems?

Perhaps you have the opposite worry–He’s too big to care or even notice you exist. In the vast scheme of things you are but animated dust on a pebble hurtling through the limitless emptiness of space. Fear not, little one. You are not insignificant. You are not lost in the cosmos. The psalmist asked the question long ago: “What is man that you are mindful of him…?” (Psalm 8:4) You are a microscopic image of the God who made you (Genesis 5:1-2), “a little lower than the Heavenly beings and crowned with glory and honor” (Psalm 8:5).

He is the Savior whose arrival we celebrate this season, the God so big the heavens cannot contain him, who condescended to enter this rebellious human race that was/is desperately in need of a savior, on a tiny planet in his vast universe. He arrived in the least magisterial manner imaginable–as a helpless baby born in a cattle stall–to live a sinless life, then lay it down to ransom his people, chosen for the gift of faith unto salvation before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4), that they might spend eternity with him. It was the hinge of human history, the only gate that only he can open. Fix your gaze on that babe in the manger and be overwhelmed at how much The Sovereign God of the Universe cares for you. Rejoice, again I say rejoice!

“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! … For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” (Romans 11:33, 36)

See you in church.

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