Saturday, April 2, 2016
The Incredible Universe--by Linden Malki
"Resurrection" is incredible--literally. It is illogical, it couldn't have happened--but it did.
But then, the universe is improbable. It's not hard to find people questioning creation, design, God. They say there is no proof. Of course, they overlook the basic proof of all: we're here. We have a planet underfoot, a sun in the sky, a universe that we sense as real. It's there whether we "believe" it or not. It's harder to believe that nothing made it all from nothing than to see the hand of an intelligent creator.
What can we learn about the Creator from the creation? For one thing, it works. It is beautiful. It is complicated. David the Psalmist said it best: " The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims His handiwork" (Psalm 19:1-2) The next step is even better: "When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you set in place--What is man, that you should be mindful of him, or the son of man that you should care for him? You have made him little less than the angels, and crowned him with glory and honor." (Psalm 8:4-6) We are not some random speck--like the universe itself, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. And we are made to be part of this world.
In the midst of a overwhelming variety of people, each different and each special in their own way--the most illogical thing of all is that He has the capacity, and the desire! to interact with each of us. And then, the most amazing thing of all--He made a way to come into this world, in the same way each of us came, as a baby. Then this baby grew up and spent a few short years telling people about Himself Some of them didn't want to hear the truth, and thought they could shut Him up. What happened next was most unexpected --even for His most faithful followers. There are still those that can't bring themselves to believe that He did come back alive.
The proof is really in the effect on His people! It changed dozens, then hundreds, then thousands of real people. It changed history--and it can change us. When we accept Jesus as Risen Lord, we have a dimension of life that is beyond the ordinary world.