30 Seconds for Hope:
Nature is marvelous! Scientific discoveries shout, “Kudos to the designer,” and, amazingly, the Christmas story claims that the designer of the universe came to earth. Look at the science for yourself (follow the links in the article below), and enjoy amazing things in nature. These discoveries have led me to conclude that life on earth was planned and that our lives have meaning and purpose. “God is with us and for us”—that’s the Christmas message of hope!
And now the full story:
Christmas lights sparkled, and so did my tears. Carolers’ voices had touched me deeply. “What Child is this, who, laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping?” As I listened to the song, I thought about the little baby that Mary had held so long ago and about the child that kicked inside of me. My first child.
That Christmas, for the first time, I felt joined to the depth of Mary’s mother-heart.
“What child is this?” Indeed! What child was this? Who was that baby who had grown inside a woman, yet, according to gospel writings, exemplified a person greater than humanity?
The gospel of Matthew told me he was “Immanuel,” meaning “God with us.”
John’s eyewitness writings claimed several things about Jesus:
“In the beginning was the Word [Christ], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.” John 1:1-3 (NASB)
Christ was the creator?
Christmas gave me opportunity to reflect, and Christmas still brings us opportunities to reflect. We hear that this baby was the creator who came to live among us, and we ask, “How can we even know if a creator exists? What is true or false about the origin of life and the origin of our universe? Can we know?”
Over the decades I’ve had ample opportunity to reflect, and to research, and to infer some conclusions. I’ve found such exciting info that I want to share it everywhere. Credible scientists with PhDs from big name universities have wrestled with the big questions, have looked at undeniable evidence, and have concluded that we need to keep God in the picture. I want to pass along some links so you, too, can view information that is both credible and incredible all at once…as in, marvelous, astounding, and, well, incredible. So here we go…
An overview from scientists who believe the universe was intelligently designed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEps6lzWUKk
An animated journey into the interior of a cell, describing the crucial ATP synthase molecular machine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XI8m6o0gXDY
A video on metamorphosis in butterflies (one of my favorites!): https://thejohn1010project.com/an-everyday-miracle.html
A Nobel laureate physicist comments on the complexity of the universe (quick article): https://evolutionnews.org/2015/01/more_from_nobel/
A humorous, short video about the impossibility of chemicals (biopolymers) organizing themselves spontaneously to create a cell (the limitations of natural chemistry for forming life): https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxm3yVTcZ4E&t=13s
A longer video, the “Paradigm Project”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jxaF36arB4&t=785s
An article which details how chlorophyll converts sunlight to sugar, and how it also gives us oxygen, cleaning carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere in the process. True “green energy!” https://evolutionnews.org/2021/10/natures-energy-mining-relies-on-molecular-design/
A podcast about insect colonies: https://idthefuture.com/1528/
Scientific evidence leads to the sensible conclusion that that our world has been created by a genius! The most logical explanation for the complexity we see is that it came from an intelligent mind, which leads to the realization that the Christmas story is not outlandish after all. Nothing would be impossible for the mastermind of this amazing universe, including coming to earth to live among us himself.
And that’s what the Christmas story is all about. Jesus Christ—Immanuel, Creator—was born so he could live among us and do something for us. God with us.
As scripture says: For by Him [Christ] all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.
He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach. Colossians 1:16-22 (NASB)
What Child is this? A credible creator who came so that his incredible story could bring us both Christmas and hope. He was born so we could be made new. His birth was for our rebirth. “Let Heaven and Nature Sing” to bring you Christmas hope!
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