Psalm 19:1–The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Romans 1:20–For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
The hype of the eclipse has stirred people to travel great distances and camp next to strangers. That's cool. I'm not in the eclipse's path, so it just seemed like a big cloud came over north Wilmington. Still, I recognize its a once-in-a-lifetime event!
The Bible starts with creation, which God calls good. The Bible ends with the creation being made new–free from the curse. The creation works like it does in Genesis 1 and 2, after Jesus makes it new. The creation matters and God loves it–he died for it and people!
Yet, both David and Paul in the passages above make clear that the creation as we know it under the curse is not what's really important. What's really important is that even the cursed creation points us (our entire beings) to our Creator–God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The heavens are NOT the glory of God but they declare it. From what has been made (like the eclipse), we get a sense of God's eternal power and divine nature. That ought to make us soil our pants!
But wait, don't do that. For Paul goes on to say in Romans that if we stand in awe and wonder at an eclipse, how much more should we stand in awe and wonder at Jesus on the Cross. There is the true spectacle, for in his death Jesus puts an end to the curse and begins the new creation that is coming!
It's no wonder that John ends Revelation, "Come, Lord Jesus!"
Martin Luther King, Jr. is a famous preacher. One of his most well-known secular speeches is the I Have a Dream Speech from 1963 in Washington, DC. His speech, of course, is about Civil Rights for African-Americans and all minorities. His dream, sadly, is still wanting in 2017! Undergirding all that his life still stands for is Jesus. After all, he was a PREACHER!
So are you! The New Bible Dictionary defines preaching as 'the public proclamation of Christianity to the non-Christian world.' My dream is that every Christian would get that and embrace its truth. We lament the state of our post-Christian society, but few of us see the solution clearly. The Apostle Paul does! It's preaching (cf. Romans 10:5-17)! Every Christian is a preacher. If preaching as defined above is left to official preachers, then it likely will get worse. If every baptized child of God sees themself as a preacher in the sense above, Jesus's Word will change hearts from stone to flesh!
Its time for for a long nap and the best dream ever! 🍻
Isaiah 40:8-The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever
If the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus are the sails of our life, The Word of God is the energy that The Holy Spirit uses to move us forward one day at a time!