The Risen Savior and the Center of The Universe
The photograph above - voted by scientists as the best among the thousands of space photographs taken by the Hubble telescope - pictures The Sombrero Galaxy. This galaxy, also called M104, is 28 million light years from Earth. That means if you began today traveling toward the galaxy at the speed of light, it would take you 28 million years to reach it. Though the photograph makes Sombrero seem small, it actually has 800 billion suns and is 50,000 light years across, which means it has eight times more stars than our own Milky Way galaxy and stretches half the distance across space than that of the Milky Way (which is approximately 100,000 light years across).
When one considers that M104 is only one of 500 billion galaxies in the known universe (we are not sure about that which we do not know), it makes earth seem quite small. And from a scientific standpoint, our world is tiny. In fact, for anyone in our modern day to call the earth the center of the universe would be a statement that invites ridicule.
But in a very real sense the earth is the center of the universe. It is the very spot upon which God chose to create man. It is upon Earth that God condescended and walked among His creation and revealed Himself to those who otherwise would be unable to comprehend Him. It is upon this planet we call Earth - in this comparatively small galaxy we call Milky Way - that the God-man chose to die, and rise again. In the salvation of those who have sinned against Him, God brings glory to Himself. These soteriological events convince me that earth is, in reality, the center of God's universe.
I wish each of my friends in the center of the universe a wonderful Lord's Day as we celebrate our Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
In His Grace,