Vicar’s Reflection: 18th November 2018, OS33
The Christian faith makes claims of cosmic significance. The first chapters of Genesis set human history, the world and the cosmos within the context of God’s creative purpose. Some Psalms echo this claim: Psalm 8 “When I look up at the heavens, the work of your fingers..” and Ps 19 “The heavens proclaim the glory of God...” . The Lord answered Job’s complaints with some questions: “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth...?” Job 38:4. Cosmic claims are also made of Jesus Christ in the New Testament: “In the beginning was the Word...” John 1; “He (Christ) is the image of the invisible God...in him all things in heaven and on earth were created” Colossians 1:15. There is more like this so clearly this claim is not minor. Today we understand the complexity and vast extent of our universe that the ancients only glimpsed. For Christians it is sometimes a challenge to reconcile our expanded understanding through science with the viewpoint of the Bible. I believe that Jesus gave us certain cues to enable us to do this work. Firstly, he affirmed the liberating power of truth: “The truth shall set you free” John 8:32. Secondly, he affirmed that knowledge would increase leading to new understandings: “they will do even greater things...” John 14:12; and thirdly he encouraged us to make our own decisions and judgements: “Whoever has ears should listen”. We can affirm Jesus as our personal Saviour and as Lord of heaven and earth.