Apollo 8 orbited the Moon on Christmas Eve, 1968. NASA Astronauts made history. The crew sent a Christmas message, broadcast all over the earth — a reading from the book of Genesis. The first contact ever received from outer space was not a close encounter with aliens. Rather, it was the Biblical account of the first three days of Creation. In the beginning God created. Our search ended where it all began.
Witnessing the first ever ‘earthrise’ in the shadow of the moon, the Astronauts felt a greater sense of purpose and design. Each testified that science alone could not explain the intricacy and aesthetic beauty of this blue planet — viewed 384,400 km away.
After walking on the surface of the moon, Astronaut Charles Duke stated,
“I used to say I could live ten thousand years and never have an experience as thrilling as walking on the moon. But the excitement and satisfaction of that walk doesn’t begin to compare with my walk with Jesus, a walk that lasts forever.”
Addressing a joint session of Congress, September 16, 1969, Commander Neil Armstrong stated:
“To those of you who have advocated looking high, we owe our sincere gratitude, for you have granted us the opportunity to see some of the grandest views of the Creator.”
From our own earthly perspective, our worries, our day to day activities, it is easy to forget to look up and to view the vastness of the firmament of heaven. To willfully disregard such as ‘chance’ or the random result of a spontaneous explosion is to additionally ignore the greatest minds the earth has ever known. From Astronauts to world renowned Brain Surgeons (Ben Carson), all share the belief and faith:
“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voicegoes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.” (Psalm 19)