Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Planet Venus

In June 2012, thousands watched as the planet Venus passed in front of the sun. Although similar in size to Earth, it looked like a small speck of dust on the surface of the sun. Think how much smaller humans are than Venus.

David writes, “For he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 103:14, NIV). Solomon laments, “All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return” (Ecclesiastes 3:20, NIV).

Comparing people to dust reveals how amazing God’s love is for rebellious sinners. When Adam and Eve rebelled against God in the Garden of Eden, they broke the bond of fellowship with their Creator. They doomed the entire human race to everlasting punishment. Moreover all of us have followed them in rebellion against the Lord. But God the Father was not willing to lose the fellowship of sinners. He sent his Son into the world to redeem us from the bondage of sin. Let us praise the Lord Jesus! He was willing to leave the glory of heaven for specks of dust. I think that is amazing.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8, NIV).