A Massive God
By Rev. Jonathon Clinesmith
Associate Pastor of Discipleship Connections
God must be pretty big. It just takes one look at the universe to tell us that. Current estimates tell us that it is at least 93 billion light years across. This means that, if scientists someday figured out a way to travel at the speed of light (which, by the way, they’re not even close), it would take them 93 billion years to get from one end of the universe to the other. There are, literally, hundreds of millions of galaxies in the universe. The galaxy we live in, the Milky Way, contains anywhere from 200 to 400 billion stars. Our sun isn’t even a very big one. And Earth, the planet we live on, is only the 5th largest planet in our own solar system.
The cosmos is overwhelmingly huge. And yet, somehow, God inhabits every corner of it, and set it all up- all the galaxies, solar systems, stars, planets, moons, comets, and asteroids- in such a delicate way that the speck of dust that we live on is not only capable of supporting human life, but is also a perfect environment for supporting human discovery.
And God didn’t just create the big stuff, but the little stuff as well. The same God who created the sky and filled it with stars also created hummingbirds, ladybugs and flowers…and for some reason, Chihuahuas. God created all of space, time, and matter- all of the universe, and everything in it. And God cares about all of the creatures that inhabit it…including us. In fact, we are made in God’s own image. (Genesis 1). And the earth and everything in it was made by God to be a gift to us, God’s children. American poet James Weldon Johnson put it this way:
“And God stepped out on space
And he looked around and said:
I’ll make me a world.
Then God walked around,
And God looked around
On all that he had made.
He looked at his sun,
And he looked at his moon,
And he looked at his little stars;
He looked on his world
With all its living things,
And God said: I’m lonely still.
Then God sat down-
On the side of a hill where he could think,
By a deep wide river he sat down;
With his head in his hands,
God thought and thought,
Till he thought: I’ll make me a man!”
While this description of the creation may be off in some respects, I believe it captures the essence of God’s character: We were created because God wanted someone to share love with. We are God’s family.
Because God is so powerful, we tend to think of ourselves in terms relative to our own insignificance. in most religions and worldviews, God is seen (or the gods are seen) as remote, aloof, and uncaring, only choosing to interfere in the affairs of mankind whenever it suits his (or their) own purposes.
But the Bible reveals to us a God who loved us so much that he came to us in human flesh in the person of Jesus Christ and died for us so that we might not experience eternal death. Not only that, this same Jesus- God in the flesh- conquered death through his resurrection so that we might have eternal life. The God who created everything- planets, stars, galaxies, you name it- cares so much about YOU that he would do anything to be in relationship with you. That seems pretty significant to me.