Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Solar Eclipse Should Be A Reminder!

As of this writing, a total Solar Eclipse is about to happen over a portion of our continent. It's an amazing, unusual event where the mid-day sun is blocked out. It occurs because of that rare moment when the moon passes directly in front of the sun.

In ancient days, it must have caused fear and confusion. Today, it is a predicted event that draws excitement and anticipation. Although it's a purely natural astronomical incident, the eclipse should remind believers of 3 spiritual truths: 

1) That through Jesus, the heavens and the earth were created

"Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth." (Colossians 1:15-16)

The sky above, whether it's a beautiful blue, or a colorful sunset, or the sun, moon, and stars, should be a constant reminder of His magnificent, creative powers. 

2) That Jesus Died On The Cross.

When Jesus was on the cross, it shook up the natural, as well as spiritual, world. For the three hours just before His death, starting at noon, darkness fell across the land. How symbolic, considering His was taking on the sins of the world. The mid-day solar eclipse should remind us of the cross. 

"At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock." (Matthew 27:45)

3) That Jesus is Coming Back Again!

There are many prophecies about the Final Day, when Jesus returns. The darkening of the sun during the eclipse should remind us of His future arrival. 

“Immediately after the anguish of those days, the sun will be darkened, the moon will give no light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." (Matthew 24:30)

So, if you are fortunate enough to experience the solar eclipse, even a partial one, let it remind you of Jesus: that He was involved in the creation, that He died on the cross for us, and that He is coming back again. 

Our response should be worship and praise.