Everyday Christmas #19: Andromeda

I’ve already written about stars in this little series, but let’s go back to them for a minute. I saw an image online today that the Hubble telescope took of the Andromeda Galaxy. Here’s the image:

Andromeda

This is, to put it mildly, incredible. All those tiny little dots are stars, so many that you can’t even count them. If you click here and go to the site, you can just keep zooming in and zooming in, and it gets even more incredible.

And this is just part of the image. It would take 600 HD television screens to show the entire thing. And that’s just one galaxy out of at least 100 billion galaxies.

There’s nothing like a little astronomy to blow your mind.

Now consider this:

Psalm 147:4
He determines the number of the stars;
he gives to all of them their names.

The God who created, numbered and named those stars is the same God who gave Herod’s wise men a star to bring them to Jesus. They saw the star when it rose, and they followed it until it came to rest over the house where Jesus was located.

When they saw the star, Matthew says they “rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.” Their joy was not in the star itself, as amazing as it was on its own – their joy was because they knew what the star represented, who it was guiding them to, what they had been waiting centuries to find: the promised Messiah who would deliver his people.

In the same way, our wonder when we see the Andromeda Galaxy is not just because stars are awesome to look at. Our wonder is born from the knowledge that we have an intimate relationship with the God who created, numbered and named those stars, and that is only possible because of the child signified by that one bright star so long ago.

Let us wonder and adore.

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