Summary: Taken from the Louis Giglio video of the same title put in sermon form. We worship and awesome, universe making, star breathing GoD
What we are about to do this morning is show you something that changed my thinking. It changed the way I look at the universe, God and myself. It happened at Church Camp a few weeks ago. It is my hope it will have the same effect on you today.
Today we are going to talk about Astronomy. Imagine that, Astronomy in a Christian Worship service. Why would we talk about that, simply put the universe tells us how Great, how awesome our God is. They tell us daily the awesome Nature of our God (Psalm 19 and Romans 1).
In the beginning of the story God created the heavens and the earth. Later it says that God said; “Let there be light and there was light. God spoke and the sun and stars came into existence. Science wants to tell us the universe was made by a big bang. I am okay with that, when God created the universe there probably was a big bang. Scripture says that God is a star breathing God.
Walk outside and look at the sky at night, the heavens tell us the Glory of God. God is greater than our prayers, our greatest leap of faith, greater than any thought we ever had of Him.
Science has spent centuries discovering the universe. God is there saying come on; I got so much more to show you. The known Universe is how it is described. Every new telescope, satellite reveals more and more about our universe. Science says there has to be other inhabited galaxies, because the universe is too big for just us. I agree with that, but what it the purpose of the universe is to show us the Greatness of GOD?
The pictures I am going to show are found at nasasite.com and hubblesite.com.
Light travels at 186,000 miles per second. Light travels so fast it could circle the earth 7 times in a second. A light year is over 5.88 trillion miles. God spoke and there was light. In our Milky Way Galaxy there are billions of stars, it would take 2500 years to count the stars just in our little cul de sac called the MWG.
Isaiah says; ISA 40:25 "To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?" says the Holy One. ISA 40:26 Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.
What else is important is that as huge as the universe is, God holds it; he measures it with the palm of his hand. ISA 40:12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?
It is not about how big we are, it is about how majestic, and how awesome God is.
The Milky Way Galaxy is over 100 thousand light years in width. Look at this composite of the MWG, we are in this band to the left of center outer two bands. That is our Solar System. If the MWG was the North American Continent, our solar system would be the size of a quarter.
Apollo 17 sent back this photo of the Earth. Notice what we do not see, we do not see cities or anything like that. Maybe we are not so big, maybe we are not as important as we think we are, yet God is mindful of us.
PS 144:3 O LORD, what is man that you care for him, the son of man that you think of him? PS 144:4 Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow.
Feb 14, 1990 the Voyager was about 3.7 billion miles, it was asked to turn around and take a picture. It took months to send the picture we are about to see back to earth. (Show slide “pale blue dot”).
As small as we are, God cares about us, he names the stars one by one, and He knows us by name and can tell us anything about us.
The next set of slides comes from the Hubble Space telescope. It sits over 300 miles above the Earth.
This is the Velor Pulsar it is about 1000 light years from Earth. Looking at the picture it looks like an Eye.
This is the Helix Nebular
2.8 Million light years away is the Sombrero Galaxy it is over 50 thousand light years wide.
Yet God holds the universe in the palm of His Hand.