The universe is astoundingly massive.
We cannot even begin to wrap our minds around the abyss that exists beyond what humankind has laid its eyes on, truly beyond our wildest dreams. The Milky Way, our Solar system, is but a small portion of the universe’s grandeur, but somehow this place we call home still seems to stand out regardless of our earth being one in a billion.
For thousands of years, people believed that we lived in a geocentric universe. It was believed by many, including the great Aristotle and Ptolemy, that all celestial bodies, the sun, moon, planets, and stars, all rotated around the earth.
Humankind was said to be at the very center of the universe, and everything revolved around us.
It was not until the discovery of Copernicus in the 16th century, contrary to popular belief, that the earth was actually in orbit around the sun. Through this immensely important breakthrough, the sun was finally able to take its well-deserved center stage.
Over the past few centuries, since the heliocentric model of the universe became the widely accepted truth, it has become overwhelmingly apparent that the sun is absolutely necessary for every breath of life. National Geographic puts it this way:
For Earth and the other planets that revolve around it, the sun is a powerful center of attention. It holds the solar system together; pours life-giving light, heat, and energy on Earth.
Scientists recognize the speciality of the solar system in which we reside, and the sun is the shining star that is running the show. The very existence of my life is completely, utterly, one hundred percent dependent upon the sun. The perfect condition of our star for providing life is undeniable.
Without sunshine, we would freeze. Without sunlight, it would always be dark. Without its centrality, all life would be lost.
From the biblical point of view that God is the Loving Creator of this universal masterpiece, I would venture to assume that the unique functioning of our little solar system is by no mistake. The first words of God speaking documented in Scripture are, “Let there be light.”
From the very beginning, I noticed a divine precedence was set on light. Soon after light was created “God created mankind in His own image” (Genesis 1:27). The creation of life was contingent upon the existence of the sun. Likewise, the existence of my life is completely dependent on God. What is more, I realized every good thing comes from the Father of lights through the Morning Star, Jesus Christ.
Not only is Christ the Morning Star, the center of all things created in the universe, he is the center, the pinnacle, of life. He walked a perfect life on earth, therefore, he perfected life. His life is light. All life beings draw breath from His perfection, and receive light from him freely. That is why it is said, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord” (Psalm 150:6). This is the best news in this astoundingly massive universe.
“You’re the center of the universe
Everything was made in You Jesus
Breath of every living thing
Everyone was made for You” – Charlie Hall