There’s a beautiful song we sometimes sing here at Guy, “Heaven came down.” It describes the elation one feels when he becomes a Christian. From the chorus of that song I’d like us to spend the week considering all the wonderful things that are possible thanks to the willingness of Christ to die on the Cross.
To start with, consider how incomplete life is without Christ.
All of us have a God-given longing for something greater than ourselves. It is a trait unique to people; animals may go off hunting and exploring but they work on instinct. With people, we have this conscience desire to know what is beyond the horizon. It is what motivated men in history to explore continents on foot, sail the oceans in ships and later to traverse the stars by rocket. We have this innate need to “know.”
The thing of it is, no matter how much of this physical world (or universe) we discover, that thirst to explore does not go away. It never will go away. And while atheistic scientists love that, they miss the point of it. They will never be content because the limits to their exploration are the elements of this present, physical existence.
In a more perverse way, men seek to fill that hole in their hearts with sinful activities. They find out very quickly, however, that the passing pleasures of this world do not bring true happiness. They do not provide contentment and peace. Sin gives you a high in the moment and then leaves you worse for wear; the desire remains. The need to find the answer lingers.
God is above and beyond our physical existence. He exists in a spiritual realm and that desire in us to seek for the greater things was put there by God in order to keep us searching. We do ourselves a disservice if we only search out for what is around us. We should not be searching for the next star in the sky; our aim should be for MAKER of the stars. But since God can not be “traveled to” the way Columbus traveled to the new world, or the way Armstrong traveled to the moon, how can we possibly fulfill that longing within us?
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Through the salvation which He offers–made possibly by His death on the Cross–we can find contentment and peace. We can satisfy that sense of longing within us. Sure we can be curious about the stars of the heavens, but that’s all they are: a curiosity. Our “need to know” begins and ends with God.
Thanks to Christ, we have the answer.
Have a great day!