We Are Not Alone

 John 1:1-5; 1 John 1:1-4

The attached photo and story are from December of 2007:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest act of senseless violence caught on tape is cosmic in scope: A black hole in a “death star galaxy” blasting a neighboring galaxy with a deadly jet of radiation and energy.

A fleet of space and ground telescopes have captured images of this cosmic violence, which people have never witnessed before, according to a new study released Monday by NASA.  “It’s like a bully, a black-hole bully punching the nose of a passing galaxy,” said astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York, who wasn’t involved in the research.

But ultimately, this could be a deadly punch.  The telescope images show the bully galaxy shooting a stream of deadly radiation particles into the lower section of the other galaxy, which is about one-tenth its size. Both are about 8.2 billion trillion miles from here, orbiting around each other.  The larger galaxy has a multi-digit name but has been nicknamed the “death star galaxy.”

If Earth were in its way, its protective ozone layer would be stripped away and our planet would be effectively sterilized.  Tyson said there are two main lessons to be learned from what the telescopes have found:  “This is a reminder that you are not alone in the universe.       You are not isolated. You are not an island.”  And “avoid black holes when you can.”

Not bad advice – Know that you are not alone in the universe and avoid black holes.

In John 1:1-5  we read:  “In the beginning the Word already existed. He was with God, and he was God. [2] He was in the beginning with God. [3] He created everything there is. Nothing exists that he didn’t make. [4] Life itself was in him, and this life gives light to everyone. [5] The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”

Sounds kind of metaphysical… until you combine it with 1 John 1:1-4.  The light John was talking about was ALIVE!  That is the wonder of the incarnation… we know that God didn’t just shower us with theological information…  but chose to embrace us with his awesome presence.   In his first epistle John wrote:  We looked at Jesus… we physically touched him… our ears heard his wisdom!  God became for John more than an abstract philosophical concept … a grand idea that wasn’t worth risking one’s life to defend.   In Jesus was life… and THAT life (this word become flesh reality) was light to John.  It dispelled his darkness… it provided warmth and direction to him.   And Jesus does the same for us.

John longs to tell his readers about it.  Why?  So they might enjoy the sweet relationship he experienced with the Father and the Son.   We are never alone in the cosmos.  Whatever crisis:  snowfall, market crash, terrorist threat, etc. that might occur… we have fellowship with the God become flesh.  Our joy is complete.

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