The universe contains potentially 2 trillion galaxies as shown by the Hubble space telescope data. These galaxies are spaced so far apart that each one seems to be an island of stars in an infinite sea of heavenly bodies. Our galaxy – the Milky Way – contains an estimated 100 billion stars, some smaller and some larger than our Sun but each one constituting a unique object with its own composition with immense empty space between objects. For instance, from our Sun to the very nearest star is a distance of 4.3 light years or 25.3 trillion miles. Despite our Milky Way galaxy being 100,000 light years in diameter or nearly 600 quadrillion miles (that is a 6 followed by 17 zeros), it is only one, moderately sized galaxy in the vast universe.
On top of the vast space between galaxies, NASA confirmed that the universe is expanding and growing. Recent discoveries reveal that the observable universe contains 10 times more galaxies than previously thought. The observable universe is only what we can see, so what about that which exists beyond our limited telescopes?
When we ask the question, “How big is God
?” we get a very faint glimpse of the answer when we look at His creative works. The universe in its immensity does not even answer this question or define God
’s nature. The Bible
conveys this exact thought: “To whom then will you liken God
? Or what likeness will you compare to Him?” (Isaiah 40
:18). For God
is not confined within the universe’s dimensions or measured by its physical units. Instead He lives in eternity and infinity. He lives outside time and space. He fills “heaven
and earth” (Jeremiah 23:24
When we consider the incredible vastness of created heavenly bodies, all of which were completed under the direction of the Father by His Son Jesus
, we begin to sense the position, the majesty, and the power that were His before His incarnation. Even though God
is omnipresent (1 Kings 8:27
; Psalm 139:7-10), filling the universe and overseeing all His vast Creation, He still chose to be born as a human.
About 2000 years ago, God
the Son was born into this mortal world in the humblest of circumstances – in a stable. How is it that He who ruled on high in the heavens, the very Creator of all things, should consent to be born and walk upon this earth as poor, despised, abused and finally get crucified? Why this ultimate degradation?
Jesus gives the answer, “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day” (John 6:38,39). Jesus endured all that was necessary in life and in death to atone, redeem, and save us from sin.
As we contemplate God
’s condescension, His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane
, and His death on the cross, our minds should be filled with deep gratitude for God
’s infinite love for us. “For God
so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16
). The Creator of the universe condescended from heavenly Lord and King to a human slave
so that He can save you.
Blessed are the ones that choose to become His children.