How big is the universe? The awesome glory of God revealed.
This picture taken by NASA is of the Eagle Nebula. Can you see Jesus Christ in it? What about the core of this galaxy M51 1100 light years away taken by the hubble telescope and below that the cone nebula? These are actual photographs taken from outer space:
Psalm 19 verse 1: “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork.”
As we enter the last days before the return of Jesus Christ, God is speaking to us through signs, wonders, and miracles. He is revealing something of His majesty and glory to us, and the reality of who He truly is. Through modern technology we are able to glimpse further into the cosmos and make startling new discoveries, and see formations of indescribable awe and beauty. Sometimes we need to be reminded how amazing, awesome, uncontainable, indescribable, all powerful, supreme, sovereign, and truly wonderful beyond human imagination our God is!
Let’s consider the known universe. The distance from Earth to Pluto is approximately 4,000,000,000 miles. It takes about five hours for Pluto’s light to travel to Earth. Our nearest star Alpha Centauri is over 4 light years away! In other words, if we travelled in a hypothetical light rocket next year at midnight January 1st, we would reach Pluto by about 5am the same day. We wouldn’t get to our nearest star until April 19th over four years later! It is estimated that our own galaxy The Milky Way contains at least 200 billion stars! Our nearest galaxy the Andromeda galaxy is 2.5 million light years away and estimated to contain about one trillion stars! We can even see the Andromeda galaxy with the naked eye on a clear night, a faint small blur to us here, but its sheer vastness can barely be put into words.
In fact there are countless galaxies out there, whole clusters of galaxies literally millions of light years across in diameter have been discovered. 1 Corinthians 15 verse 41 says: “There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another in glory.” We cannot begin to imagine the size of the known universe. In 1999 the Hubble Space Telescope estimated that there were 125 billion galaxies in the universe, but there could be many more than that. According to scientists, the visible universe is a sphere with a diameter of about 92 billion light-years! There are enough stars out there in the observable universe for each human being, all 6 billion and more of us to be assigned 2,000,000,000,000 (2 trillion) stars each! Let’s not forget too that what is observable or visible is limited currently, but with new improved technology I believe we will make new staggering discoveries!
To think that The Creator, The Supreme Being of The Universe wants to know us, loves us passionately, came into the world to die for us, gave His Word to us, and IS LOVE (1 John 4: 8). So what does this have to do with healing miracles? The answer is Everything! Luke 1 verse 37 says “With God nothing will be impossible.” God wants to reside in you and me through His Spirit when we become born again through receiving Jesus Christ. When we do so, He deposits His glory in us, and we can have more! Do we deserve it? Of course not, but isn’t it wonderful that we can receive so much love, so much of HIM? The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead (Romans 8 verse 11) dwells in all born again believers. Is it asking too much then to believe that when we lay hands on the sick in obedience to His Word that they will recover? (Mark 16 verse 18). We have the privilege to give His love away to people who don’t know their Creator, the one who made the trillions of stars, and numerous galaxies.
Natural law is limited. His supernatural laws are not, because though He changes not, His power is unlimited. What is more, do we really know how much He loves us? The answer is more than we can imagine. Does He want to use us to pray for people so they can be miraculously healed? More than we want that ourselves. Is it because we are worthy to receive the anointing, or Jesus Christ is worthy to receive the glory and honour of His Kingdom advancing as precious souls are healed and saved? Surely the latter.
It’s not that we need to be seen, rather Jesus Christ needs to be seen, people need a revelation of Him to touch their hearts, and become children of the most wonderful loving Father in the entire universe, the very author of life itself. We should grasp something of the awesomeness of God so we can reverentially fear Him, while at the same time know that His love for us and others knows no bounds.
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