The expanding universe

God's grace is much greater than the ever-expanding universe.
When Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity a hundred years ago (in the year 1916), he changed the world of science forever. One of the most groundbreaking discoveries he formulated deals with the continual expansion of the universe. This amazing fact not only reminds us of the greatness of the universe, but also of a statement by the psalmist: for as high as the heavens are above the earth, he lets his grace prevail over those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far away from us our transgressions (Psalm 103,11-12).

Yes, God's grace is so incredibly real because of the sacrifice of His only Son, our Lord Jesus. The phrase of the psalmist, "Far from the East from the West," consciously bursts our imagination to a magnitude beyond even the perceptible universe. Consequently, no one can imagine the extent of our salvation in Christ, especially considering what that includes.

Our sins separate us from God. But Christ's death on the cross has changed everything. The gap between God and us is closed. God reconciled the world to himself in Christ. We are invited into his fellowship as in a family, in the perfect relationship with the Triune God for all eternity. He sends us the Holy Spirit, who helps us to approach him and put our life under his care so that we become like Christ.

Next time you look at the night sky, remember that God's grace surpasses all dimensions of the universe and that even the longest distances we know are small compared to the extent of his love for us.

I am Joseph Tkach
This is a contribution from the series "Speaking of LIFE" (Words of Life).


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