December 11- Pastor Jake Ritzema- Jesus is Near

Your mission, should you decide to accept it is this, “Go outside on a clear night away from the bright lights of the city or the yard lights if you live in the country.  Stand in an open area and count every star that you can see.  Then go back in the house, get on your computer and research how many stars astrophysicists say are in our galaxy, the Milky Way.   Continue your research to uncover how many galaxies there are in the universe.   Then multiply the number of stars in a typical galaxy times the number of galaxies there are in the universe.  As a final step, please mail in your answer to me here at Grace Valley.” 

What does this exercise in counting sun/stars have to do with Christmas? Just this – the God who created all these stars is the same powerful God who created the special star that led the wise men to the Christ in the cradle in Bethlehem.  It is the same God who reduced His 10^100 (googol) power times infinity to become, not only the Son of God but the Son of Man.  Colossians 1: 15-16 in a nutshell puts it this way, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth.”   Jesus, God’s Son, came to be among us at Christmas.  What a gift!!!