What happened to the Shooting Stars?August 16, 2019
Last week was kind of a big deal for those who like to watch the sky – it was the zenith of the annual Perseids Meteor Shower. Some estimates place the streaking meteors at over sixty per hour. Muscatine is in a good location to enjoy the show with lots of rural area not far from town. One of the biggest downfalls for many would be watchers has to do with what time is best for viewing, usually in the early morning hours for the highest concentration. Not many people want to set an alarm for 3 am to get up hoping to see a quick flash of light.
When I was growing up these bursts of celestial beauty were colloquially called “Shooting Stars”. This made sense as people who “knew” would say the streaks of light were what was left when a star fell from its perch. The people who now know tell us the streaks of light are less star and more dust – as the earth’s atmosphere meets and overtakes the debris spun off by a comet the entry produces the trail of fire. The majority of streaks are produced by something not much larger than a grain of sand. Let that sink in next time you see that shooting star.
The impact of the earth and this particle results in a vivid display. The same thing happens in the life of a Christ Follower – The gospel has such a mighty impact that nothing can be the same anymore (Ezekiel 36:26; Philippians 1:6, and Luke 6:43-45). The gospel as it is known has two parts – an infinite aspect and a personal aspect. On the infinite level we understand that Jesus came to this earth to remedy what was lost in the Garden of Eden, namely a relationship with God. Theologians refer to four parts of a cosmic timeline: creation, fall, redemption, and restoration. Jesus offers forgiveness and enters at redemption.
The gospel is also personal in that we must respond to it. We prayerfully and humbly accept what Jesus accomplished for us on the cross. When the heart grasps all the Jesus has done personally, the impact will be as noticeable as a shooting star in the night sky. And as we’ve seen it doesn’t take many of these to be noticed Commit to allowing the impact of the gospel to be on full display in your life. When you do, you’ll never regret it.
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