“The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.” Psalm 19:1
We, in North America, have a special treat today as we get to see the moon cover the sun. Do you find it peculiar that, from our perspective here on earth, the moon and the sun are the same size? They aren’t the same size of course! According to Earthsky.org, the sun is actually 400 times larger than our moon. To bring that into clarity, if the moon was a 6′ tall man, the sun would be a 1/2 mile tall man!
So how in the world do the sun and the moon appear to be the same size from here on earth. Well, it’s because the sun is 400 times further away from the earth as the moon is! Even though the moon is so much smaller, it appears the same size as the sun because it’s so much closer than the sun. If you hold your thumb up, you can cover the moon with you thumb because, even though your thumb is so much smaller, it’s so much closer to your eye. Same concept.
So what does this mean? What could this possibly have to do with Jesus? I want you to consider the truth of Ps. 19:1. The heavens declare the glory of God! As we gaze into the heavens, we can learn who God truly is. Paul said in Romans that the creation reveals the Creator. So as we look at the heavens, and specifically today, as we look at the eclipse, let us ask the question, “In what ways does this amazing event, that the entire country is tuned into, declare the glory of God?”
Well, here are my thoughts. God himself, like the sun, is big–really big! The sun could be a picture, a shadow, of God himself. In other words, God created the sun to show us something about Himself! The sun is far away from earth. Similarly because of sin, God and man were far away from each other. However, God had a plan. God had a plan to come near to humanity by becoming a man for us. Philippians 2 speaks of how Jesus, God the Son, set aside His glory to become a human, taking on the very form of a servant. In other words, God, who was far off, came near in the person of Jesus Christ when Jesus put on something very very small–humanity.
As you stare at the eclipse today, I want you to consider the fact that the eclipse itself is declaring a reality. God (represented by the sun), has been covered and clothed in something so much smaller and “lesser”–humanity (represented by the moon). However, from our perspective on earth, the deity of Jesus (the sun) and the humanity of Jesus (the moon) are the same! Is not Jesus 100% God and 100% human?
If this is the case, then today as you stare into the heavens and see something tiny envelop something so huge, you can remember the love of God towards you when He, so huge, enveloped Himself in something so tiny, humanity, so that He could take away the sins of the world. Let us look into the heavens and worship the God who became like us–sinful, so that we could become like Him–holy!