Monday, December 8, 2014

We Saw His Star in the East!

Stars are a wonderful thing! 

Created by God to spark our wonder and awe, they are too numerous to count – or to completely understand! Before the invention of the telescope, Greek astronomer Ptolemy figured he could see 3,000 stars with the naked eye. Now, as recently as in the year 2010, a Yale astronomer with the help of a powerful telescope in Hawaii, speculated that the number of galaxies and the number of stars in each galaxy could be 500 billion in each case. Multiply this out and you get in the range of one thousand trillion stars – (that’s 10 with 23 zeros)!

Some say that the number of stars in the sky is as countless as the number of grains of sand on our seashores. And, one estimate of the number of grains of sand on our seashores is 10 with 24 zeros! Yes, “He also made the stars.”

Scientists are learning more all the time about the stars in our heavens. In fact, astronomers recently discovered (with the help of the Hubble Telescope) the Whirlpool Galaxy – 31 million light years away.
Looking closely at it, they call it the “X-Structure!”
We like to say, God is reminding us of his Son – Jesus Christ.

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who is born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1, 2

Yes, the first Adam was created per Genesis. The second Adam is Jesus Christ who paid for the sins of you and me on the cross 2,000 years ago.

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the thrown of God. Hebrews 12:2

(Taken from the book, “Purposeful Design – Understanding the Creation”. )

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