Eclipsed

It’s been almost 100 years since it happened—a total eclipse, visible across the country.  People standing on beach shores, in baseball fields, or cornfields, all looking to the heavens at the same time, smiling and awestruck. What a miraculous experience united many of us on August 21, 2017.

I can only imagine God’s delight—seeing a vast array of people he loves marveling at his handiwork. That’s why he put it there, actually—each piece of magnificent creation—so we would notice and wonder about the divine artist who painted it, sculpted it, and breathed life into it.

Such magnificence was there of course, before 8/21/17—sunsets, mountain peaks, ocean life, constellations, grand canyons—and it has a purpose—that humans will not only notice, but reach for the one who delighted to fashion it.  It all exists for his glory (Psalm19:1).  It is to his glory that we find a redeemed relationship with him.

The eclipse, as awesome as it was, is itself eclipsed by the three hours of darkness (noon to 3:00 p.m.) on Good Friday when Jesus hung on the cross, followed by the brilliant morning radiance of resurrection Day. Jesus Christ, the redeemer, is alive today and accessible to you through the Scriptures. He can be received by repentance (for sin) and faith from the heart.

He has also promised a day yet to come—perhaps similar to yesterday—when all of us and all creation will again look to the heavens, hear a trumpet blast (1 Corinthians 15:52), and every knee will bow (Philippians 2:10).  From that day forward, those who trusted in him in this life will never see another day of darkness, but be taken with him to share his heavenly glory forever.  That will be the next most glorious day the world will see together.

About the Author
Dan Wegryzn is Senior Pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church.

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