On October 13, 1994, the famous astronomer Dr. Carl Sagan stated: “
“We succeeded in taking the above picture [from deep space], and, if you look at it, you see a pale blue dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, various religions, thousands of ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam. The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. It’s been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”
As I sit here in a Fijian Airport on Good Friday musing over the message of Easter, I remember reading the above statement a few years ago and thinking what is more mind blowing than the Pale Blue Dot and Dr Carl Sagan’s observations and thoughts is this simple bible verse…John 1:14 And the Word (Jesus) became flesh and dwelt amongst us.
The creator of the Universe became incarnate (that’s just a clever word for He became a man), and came and lived on our Pale Blue Dot for 33 years and then humanity nailed him to a cross.
Imagine the size of a God who can create the universe: now yielding himself to be nurtured and a human body formed inside the womb of a woman.
Imagine what it would have been like for Jesus, who was there as God, Elohim, plural, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, fashioned the earth into being and made man after their own image and who ultimately created the tree that would be the cross He would be nailed to on the Pale Blue Dot.
All for no other reason than some people on the Pale Blue Dot would hopefully choose to accept his message of love, acceptance and forgiveness and they would become friends.
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