The Apollo 8 space mission in December, 1968, marked the first time that man had flown to the moon. While orbiting the moon, the crew made the famous "Christmas Eve broadcast," a live television and radio event heard by an estimated one billion people. While on the air, the astronauts read part of the account of creation from Genesis chapter one. Each of the three astronauts took turns, starting with Major William Anders reading, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."After Captain James Lovell took his turn, Colonel Frank Borman ended with "And God saw that it was good."
These three were the first men ever to see some of the wonders of the universe, and before a worldwide audience they gave credit to the One who made it all. He was the One who put the planets into their precise orbital motions, without which the calculations guiding the flight from the earth to the moon and back would have been impossible. During the trip back to earth, Bill Anders was asked who was flying the spacecraft. He said, "I think that Issac Newton is doing most of the driving right now." Newton was the first to describe the laws of motion and gravity affecting objects in space.
The story is often told of how Newton had a skilled craftsman build him a scale model of our solar system which was then displayed on a large table in Newton’s home. Not only did the excellent workmanship simulate the various sizes of the planets and their relative proximities, but it was also a working model in which everything precisely rotated and orbited when a crank was turned.
One day while Newton was in his study, a friend came by who was a great scientist, but who was also an atheist. Examining the model with enthusiastic admiration, he exclaimed: "My! What an exquisite thing this is! Who made it?" Without looking up from his book, Sir Issac answered, "Nobody."Stopping his inspection, the visitor turned and said: "Evidently you misunderstood my question. I asked who made this." Newton, no doubt enjoying the chance to teach his friend a lesson, replied in a serious tone, "Nobody. What you see here just happened to assume the form it now has."
"You must think I’m a fool!" retorted the visitor. "Of course somebody made it, and he’s a genius. I want to know who he is." Laying his book aside, Newton arose and laid a hand on his friend’s shoulder, saying, "This thing is but a puny imitation of a much grander system whose laws you know. I am not able to convince you that this mere toy is without a designer and maker. Yet you, as an atheist, profess to believe that the great original from which the design is taken has come into being without either designer or maker!" The atheist was not longer an atheist when he left that day.
The Lord Jesus has not only created the sun, moon, and stars - He has created you with a never-dying spirit and soul. The day is coming when our lives on earth will be over and "every one of us shall give account of himself to God" (Romans 14:12). Are you ready to meet your Creator? Come to Him now as a lost sinner, believing that the Lord Jesus Christ loves you and died on the cross to pay for the wages of your sin and to save you from eternal torment in hell.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John: 3:16)
Would you receive Him as your Lord and Savior today?