In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
Every day we hear the latest developments and updates from the scientific community, which is fighting the spread of COVID-19 with the ultimate goal of finding a vaccine. While we play our part in slowing the trajectory of this pandemic by conforming to the social distancing recommendations and stay-at-home orders, I want to share something with you from the world of science that I promise will be a source of eternal encouragement to you right now, right where this message finds you.
Science tells us that there are four basic elements every human being needs in order for life to be sustained:
The Scriptures tell us that these four basic elements that we all need for life are all found in none other than Jesus Christ Himself. He has told us:
- I AM the breath of life. (John 20:22)
- I AM the living water. (John 4:14)
- I AM the bread of life. (John 6:35)
- I AM the light of the world. (John 8:12)
Without air we would last only a few minutes; without water we would last only a few days; without food we would last only a few weeks. Without light every living thing would eventually cease to exist. But without Jesus, the entire universe would instantly be transformed into a putrefying place of chaos, darkness, and death, for “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17). Jesus Christ is “sustaining all things by his powerful word” (Hebrews 1:3). Our Lord gives life to everything (Nehemiah 9:6); He truly is the breath of life!
Some of the greatest scientists the world has ever known were Christians: Galileo, Kepler, Descartes, Leibniz, Newton, and Pascal. Their faith in God informed their thinking and their conclusions. The more they observed in nature and in the laboratory, the more certain they became that God is the author and the sustainer of all life.
Make no mistake, the unbelieving philosopher Aldous Huxley, whose best-known work was the 1932 novel Brave New World, was terribly, tragically wrong when he opined that “Modern science makes it impossible to believe in a personal God.” To the mind that is informed by the Spirit of God, modern science compellingly shows us again and again that “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1). And as we’ve seen today, science compellingly convinces us that Jesus gives us everything we need in order for life to be sustainable; He most certainly is the way, the truth, and the life.
Do you know this Jesus? If you do not, you need do nothing more than Peter did, who cried out, “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 14:30). And for those who have already placed their trust in Him alone during these stormy days, know that He is all you need; He is everything you need; and science proves it!
You are in my prayers and in my heart.
Purpose and Passion,