13th May 2013

Patterns of Creation 

“..they will call him Immanuel – which means, ‘God with us.’”
Matthew 1:23 (NIV 1984) 

Everywhere I look in creation I see beautiful patterns. 

On the grandest scales we have the spectacular star clusters and galaxies. Even our own galaxy, the Milky Way, weaves a wonderful starry band through the night sky. Yet behind these giants of creation lie the smallest of components – our microscopes reveal the molecules and atoms, filling us with awe at the beauty of their structures.

The Bible reveals that this order is not an accident of nature. Behind all that exists is something – someone – we cannot see. One who loves to bring beauty, structure and life to the blank canvas of the cosmos. 

Our creator also fills our universe with love, grace and mercy. But unlike the beauty of the physical universe, our view of these spiritual attributes is obscured. Take, for example, feelings of guilt. There is nothing more debilitating than when our minds dwell on the mistakes of the past. Our worldview becomes warped and we do not believe we can be forgiven. When guilt reigns, all that is left is for us is to assume the worst about life, death and our relationship with God.

However, the one behind the beautiful patterns of nature has not abandoned us to self destruction. He has taken action to rescue us: “…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). 

The Son of Man – Jesus – took on all that is against us, in life and in death. As Matthew also recorded, “…you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21). Jesus is the Greek form of the Hebrew Joshua, which means “the Lord saves.” 

The slate is clean. Jesus has given our true lives back to us. So when I admire the wonders of creation, I am also reminded of the abundant love of the one behind it all. We do have a loving heavenly Father, which he has proved through the life, death and resurrection of his son. 

Prayer
Please Lord, in these times of restraint, show us the abundant life to enjoy through Jesus. Help us to share this with others, so that their world also improves for them. In Jesus Christ’s holy name.
Amen

Study by John Merchant

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johnmerchantAbout the Author:
John Merchant attends the Nottingham Grace Communion, a congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Nottingham Grace Communion
Lucy Brown Hall
Attenborough Lane
Beeston
NOTTINGHAM
NG9 5HZ

Meeting time:
Saturday 2pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Ian Woodley
Email:  ian_woodley@wcg.org.uk

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