How Big is Your God?
How Awesome does your life say that your God is?
robin aylor @06/26/2018
The text is Hebrews 1 verse 3. For context, this is speaking of Jesus.
Hebrews 1:3: He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
First I’d like to focus on the middle section of this verse and then we will connect it all together shortly. It says of Jesus: he upholds the universe by the word of his power.
Charles Meisner was a scientist specializing in general relative theory born June 13, 1932. He studied and perfected some of his Albert Einsteins equations who was his contemporary. He believed that the magnificent design of the Universe was a religious question.
He considered Einstein as sympathetic with his views and looking back says this about Einstein: "He must have looked at what the preachers said about God and felt that they were blaspheming. He had seen much more majesty than they had ever imagined, and they were just not talking about the real thing. My guess is that he simply felt that religions he’d run across did not have proper respect for the author of the universe.”
Einstein was brought up Jewish, then Catholic, then back to Judaism before he withdrew from both.
If he had heard legalistic for broken man type sermons, it’s easy to see why he may have been turned off by them.
I think Meisner was right; Einstein had definitely seen some amazing things staring through a telescope. He saw a powerful Creator of an orderly universe filled with knowledge and wonder. I can imagine him measuring the stars and their courses; and then looking through microscopes for links trying to find connections in the cosmos. He had observed something much more glorious than what some were proclaiming about their god back then and still today.
Again, is what God is creating in your life more magnificent than the heavens?
How big does your life say your God is?
First I’d like for us to consider some of Gods glory that Einstein may have seen… and actually even much more that we can encounter with todays technology. And then we’ll look at something much greater than all this that even Einstein may have missed.
Our opening text indicated that God upholds the universe by the word of his power...
I’m not a sophisticated student of physics… But there’s something I have noticed in the universe… maybe you have as well… it’s this: there are a lot of things spinning around in the cosmos. Of course I don’t know what was the word of power God said that upholds the universe … but I wonder if he said something like this: Universe be stabilized through a giant complex system of gyroscopes.
I know that may sound weird but it’s at least part of the way my mind grasps the cosmos and I’ll tell you why. Gyroscopes are turning wheels that bring stabilization. They’re used in things like bicycles, clocks, aircrafts, race cars, smart phones, drones, segway’s, even the Mars rover.
So let’s begin making some God glorifying gyroscopic connections. Beginning with the microscopic atom found in all of matter on earth.
Pretend you see the following being described on a whiteboard:
Atoms have electrons that are each one spinning round and round like the earth does. Well, its not exactly the same since it is said electrons have no width. Anyway, while they whizz and zip and hurtle around at who knows how fast, they also revolve around the nucleus of the atom at billions of times every second. Wow! There's another billion rotations… This goes for all the atoms on earth for starters…
The earth on the other hand… our planet… spins at a velocity of about 1,040 miles per hour. Thank you Lord for gravity!
Simultaneously as the Earth spins so fast… it travels around the Sun at about 67,000 mph... while at the same time the Sun is spinning at over 4000/mph.
And thus I call this a God glorifying gyroscopic connection.
And did you know that our solar system in conjunction with all the spinning rotating atoms, planets and Sun is circling around the Milky Way galaxy? Yes, all are orbiting on a course around the Milky Way at about 155 miles per second.
Pretty wild don’t you think?
We’re not done yet! As our solar system orbits the galaxy, the Milky Way it’s self is also moving within a local group of Galaxies at around 185 miles per second. (You can go to zoomastronomy.com for much of this info.)
Where is it all going? Well, we know God has a plan… and in some context it’s going from God through God and to God… and it’s all for his glory. And so we have a perspective on Gods creation. Romans 11:36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
Lets read our text again. Hebrews 1:3: He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
From what Ive read about Albert Einstein, it’s possible that he missed seeing the awesome glory of God in Jesus through whom the very Universe he studied and loved was created.
As a Christian we know people don’t have to look to the skies to find God. God came down to earth.
Our text tells us what he came to earth for. He made purification for sins. What does that mean?
Unlike us, Jesus lived a perfect life without sin that he might give men his righteousness.
He then went further… He was paid the wages that we deserved for our sins with his own death on the cross. Again he went even further, defeating death itself that all who look to him might be raised up incorruptible with him.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I hope Einstein saw this at some point in his life. Not the glory of the universe or the world… but “the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” as 2nd Corinthians 4:6 says.
Jesus is purifier of our sins. He gives his righteousness to all who turn away from seeking sin and rejoice in him as good news.
How big does your life proclaim that your God is? Big enough to give you victory over that returning sin… Big enough to help you forgive others? Is he worth sharing with others? Big enough to forgive even you?