Oh Come Let Us Ignore Him?

Every year in December, we celebrate a “holiday” known as “Christmas”. Many of us will attend church services on Christmas Eve and/or on Christmas day. We will lift up our voices in song, as we remember the birth of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, over two thousand years ago.

But I’m wondering… how many people are aware of how powerful this “child” really is.

Enter: Science!

A few years ago, I obtained a copy of a book written by a nuclear physicist named D. Lee Chesnut. The title of the book is, “The Atom Speaks”.

The author uses the oxygen atom as his example to demonstrate the power inside atoms. He explains that the nucleus of an oxygen atom has eight protons. All protons have a positive charge.

Recall how, when you were a student in school, and your science teacher had magnets — when you tried to press two magnets of the same charge (positive or negative) if both had the same charge, they would repel each other. Positive charges repel each other.

Quoting From The Book…

Take one gram of protons – if you could – to the North Pole and another gram to the South Pole. Separated by a distance of some 8,000 miles, those two grams of protons would still exert a repelling force on each other of some 58 tons!

Stay with me; I’m going somewhere with this…

There is enough energy packed into the atomic structure of all the atoms in a teaspoonful of water to drive an ocean-going vessel from New York to Liverpool! (This would happen if the energy could be released under properly controlled conditions.)

One of the four fundamental forces of the universe is the strong nuclear force. It squeezes together all the positively-charged protons in the nucleus of all atoms. Without this sustaining force, the protons in every atom would immediately fly apart. To put it another way, all atoms would explode, were it not for the strong nuclear force.

Scientists have identified this force; they can observe it; they can even measure it’s strength. But they cannot explain why and how it exists.

And so the question remains: what holds the protons together in the nucleus of atoms? Science does not have the answer — but the Bible does!

16 For by Him (Jesus) all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:16~17)

From the writer of the book of Hebrews (The Holy Spirit is the author)…

3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of his power. (Hebrews 1:3a)

Watch this short NASA video. As you view it, try to contemplate how many atoms are being held together — moment-by-moment — by our Lord Jesus.

I’m just thinking… teaspoonful of water? … New Your to Liverpool? That’s a lot of power. But the universe — billions of galaxies? Trillions upon trillions of stars? I can’t get my head around that!

So… as you inhale your next oxygen-rich breath; as you pour a glass of beverage to drink; as you gather with family and friends to enjoy a Christmas meal — He is there with you, even as He “…upholds the universe by the word of His power…”

While those who are singing “…Oh Come Let Us Ignore Him…”, let’s all who worship Him join hands and hearts together as we sing, “Oh Come Let Us ADORE Him, Christ The Lord…”

Merry Christmas From The Smith Family!!

- Jan



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