๐“๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ – ๐‘๐ž๐ฏ ๐๐ข๐œ๐ค ๐๐ซ๐š๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐

๐™๐™๐™š ๐™ƒ๐™š๐™–๐™ซ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™จ ๐˜ฟ๐™š๐™˜๐™ก๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™‚๐™ก๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™‚๐™ค๐™™
Psalm 19:1

Last Friday evening BBC2 broadcast a documentary on the Hubble Space Telescope which included some of the most fantastic images of deep space. Within the first couple of minutes the programme quoted Edwin Hubble (1889 โ€“ 1953) as saying, โ€œWe do not know why we were born into the world, but we can try to find out what sort of world it is.โ€

We all owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to scientists across countless disciplines for all their work and the benefits it has brought to humanity. But with great respect to Mr Hubble, he made a fundamental error in the above quotation. We do know why we were born into the world, but that answer is one science canโ€™t provide. When we are asking profound questions which begin with, โ€œWhy?โ€ we have to turn to the Bible.

โ€œ๐™’๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™๐™ฎ ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™”๐™ค๐™ช, ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™‡๐™ค๐™ง๐™™ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™‚๐™ค๐™™, ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ง๐™š๐™˜๐™š๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š ๐™œ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™š๐™ง, ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™”๐™ค๐™ช ๐™˜๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™จ, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™—๐™ฎ ๐™”๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ฎ ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™ง๐™š ๐™˜๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™.โ€ (Revelation 4:11) We were born into this world by Godโ€™s will and specific act of creation. Now that we are here, our purpose is well-defined by the Westminster Shorter Catechism. It is โ€œto glorify God and enjoy Him forever.โ€

When we โ€œ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ค๐™  ๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™๐™š๐™–๐™ซ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™จโ€ we can affirm they are the work of โ€œ๐™‚๐™ค๐™™โ€™๐™จ ๐™›๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ.โ€ When we look at the โ€œ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ง๐™จโ€ we can be awestruck that they were โ€œ๐™จ๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™–๐™˜๐™šโ€ by God. (Psalm 8:3)

If we want to know why earth has a sun and moon, and why there are stars, we need to consult Genesis. God said, โ€œ๐™‡๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ข ๐™—๐™š ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™จ๐™ž๐™œ๐™ฃ๐™จ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™จ๐™š๐™–๐™จ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™™๐™–๐™ฎ๐™จ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฎ๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™จ, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ก๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ข ๐™—๐™š ๐™ก๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™๐™š๐™–๐™ซ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™œ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ก๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ ๐™ช๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™.โ€ (Genesis 1:15-16)

So todayโ€™s first conclusion is that in the created universe we behold the glory of the Creator and can be enthralled by the size, design, functionality and energy of the universe.

But thereโ€™s something greater. On this Sunday which the Book of Common Prayer calls Easter II, the Christian Church is still particularly celebrating the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is where we behold the glory of God in salvation. We trace through the Bible Godโ€™s promise of a coming Saviour. We celebrate His incarnation and virgin birth. We marvel at the teaching and miracles recorded in the Gospels. We shudder at His betrayal, and the kangaroo courts which condemned Him to crucifixion. We see His dead body temporarily laid to rest in a borrowed tomb. And then, particularly on Easter Day, we celebrate the conquering of sin and death and hell and the opening of the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers as our Lord Jesus Christ rose triumphantly from the dead.

Hereโ€™s a perfect summary of the Gospel as written in John 3:16, โ€œ๐™‚๐™ค๐™™ ๐™จ๐™ค ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ก๐™™, ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ƒ๐™š ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ƒ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™Ž๐™ค๐™ฃ, ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™ค๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง ๐™—๐™š๐™ก๐™ž๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ƒ๐™ž๐™ข ๐™จ๐™๐™ค๐™ช๐™ก๐™™ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™ž๐™จ๐™, ๐™—๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™š๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ก ๐™ก๐™ž๐™›๐™š.โ€

Look at this verse and see two impossibilities. A person cannot believe and perish, neither can one not believe and have eternal life. Let these negatives affirm the two Gospel truths: believe in Jesus and enjoy eternal life or reject Him and perish eternally.

But what would a scientist say about the resurrection? He could do no better than to begin with Acts 1:3. โ€œ๐™…๐™š๐™จ๐™ช๐™จ ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™š๐™จ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ƒ๐™ž๐™ข๐™จ๐™š๐™ก๐™› ๐™–๐™ก๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š โ€ฆ ๐™–๐™›๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง ๐™ƒ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™จ๐™ช๐™›๐™›๐™š๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™ข๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฎ ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ค๐™›๐™จ.โ€ A scientist needs but one โ€œproofโ€ to establish a theory. In Godโ€™s grace Jesus has left us โ€œmany proofsโ€ of His resurrection. Youโ€™ll find them chiefly in the final chapters of the Gospel, but they spread onward and resurrection affirmations infuse the rest of the New Testament. Hereโ€™s just one example. Jesus said, โ€œ๐™„ ๐™™๐™ž๐™š๐™™, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™—๐™š๐™๐™ค๐™ก๐™™ ๐™„ ๐™–๐™ข ๐™–๐™ก๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ข๐™ค๐™ง๐™š.โ€ (Revelation 1:18)

So todayโ€™s second conclusion is greater than the first one given above. We do see the glory of God in creation, but His greater glory is revealed in salvation.

โ€‹Great God of wonders! All Thy ways
โ€‹Display the attributes divine:
โ€‹But Countless acts of pardoning grace
โ€‹Beyond Thy other wonders shine.
โ€‹(Samuel Davies, 1723 – 1761)

โ€œ๐™’๐™๐™ค ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™– ๐™‚๐™ค๐™™ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ ๐™š ๐™”๐™ค๐™ช, ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ง๐™™๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฆ๐™ช๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™จ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™–๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™œ๐™ง๐™š๐™จ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ?โ€
(Micah 7:18)