A Big Star, a Bigger God [Part 1]
Are you ready for some good news?
Our God is a big God!
Today’s Text: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.” (Genesis 1:1–3, ESV)
As we dive into a study of the first three chapters of Genesis, we pause at the opening verse of the Word of God to contemplate the immensity of God creation.
When God said, “Let there be …,” light came forth at 186,000 miles a second. Scientists use the term “light year” to describe how far light travels in a year. It’s a mind-bending distance – 5. 88 trillion miles.
Our Milky Way galaxy is one of 100’s of billions of other galaxies. With the Hubble telescope we’ve peered into a “nearby” galaxy known as the Whirlpool galaxy. It’s about 24 million light years away. In other words, if you were on a light beam travelling at 186,000 miles a second it would take you 24 million years to get to the Whirlpool galaxy.
Scientists estimate that there are 100’s of billions of other galaxies. In recent years, the Hubble telescope has discovered a galaxy that is estimated to be 13 billion light years away! That’s 13 billion years of a light beam travelling constantly at 186,000 miles per second.
The vastness of creation points to the immeasurable immensity of God Himself. He is above all, bigger than all, and in all. If God can create a galaxy 13 billion light years from here, I imagine He can handle all your problems today. And that’s the Gospel!
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