The heavens declare the glory of God,


And the sky proclaims the work of His hands.

~ Psalm 19:1, HCSB

Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO/P.Slane, et al.

 

 

According to Captain Kirk, space is the final frontier to be explored. Great wonders exist throughout its expanse. People search the great unknown for signs of life beyond our own, and all they find screams of a Life far greater than our own.

What they discovered is a beautiful array of debris and gases displayed in our universe.[1] The colorful creation appears suspended against the ebony backdrop of space. It doesn’t take much imagination to see what appears to be a hand reaching out toward the darkness beyond.

This photo captured this heavenly spectacle for the world to see.

  • The exhibition occurred because a star died.

When the star exploded, it scattered gases and rubble in various directions. New x-ray technology enabled NASA astrophysicists to capture the debris field in never-before-seen images.

  • The cosmologists didn’t comprehend how right they were.

In naming this phenomenon The Hand of God, the scientists reminded us of who God is and what He has done for us.

  • The Giver of life is the Bright Morning Star.

“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to attest these things to you for the churches.

I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright Morning Star.”

~ Revelation 22:16, HCSB

 

God sent His Son, the Bright and Morning Star, to die for our sins. Because of our depravity, we nailed Him to a Roman cross, for the whole world to see. Millions witnessed it. Both secular and religious writers discussed it. No legitimate scholar can deny that Jesus died just such a death.

  • His executioners nailed His hands to that cross.

In The Hand of God, we see a remarkable depiction of the likeness of Jesus’ hands that day. In the vicinity where a Roman nail would’ve pierced the Savior’s hand, we see a prominent light formed.

  • The hand of God changed an unbelieving heart.

In just such a wound as depicted in the stellar phenomenon, Thomas placed his finger in the Savior’s hand, losing all doubt to the power of the Risen Savior. In that dark abyss where doubt had cast him, the Light of God’s glory shined anew.

  • The hand of God had reached into the darkness to save him.

This stellar phenomenon reminds me that He did the same for all mankind, but so very few accept His extended hand of saving grace.

 

Have you ever placed your faith in the hand of God?


[1] Tanya Lewis, “’Hand of God’ Spotted by NASA Space Telescope (Photo),”

January 09, 2014, http://www.space.com/24225-hand-of-god-photo-nasa-telescope.html, retrieved 02/02/14.