DayBreaks for 4/03/19: A Lesson in Gravity
From the DayBreaks archive, April 2009:
I recently had the great blessing of spending the day with my best friend in his classroom and talking with some of the students about design and creation and how it is an evidence for the existence of God. He teaches conceptual physics at a Christian school in California. I have a confession to make here, though: I never took a physics class in my life! Never really wanted to, either. But I must say, I found it very interesting. And I even managed to learn some things along the way.
As I sat there thinking about people like Hawking, Einstein and Newton, I began to think about gravity and what a fascinating thing it is. It’s invisible, yet there is no doubt about its “attraction.” Just a day or two before, our newest granddaughter (who is 5-1/2 months old), managed to roll off her folks bed and discovered gravity for the first time. (She was fine – but scared – so her mom and dad calmed her with a banana dessert!) The little girl found the pull of gravity irresistible, just as all of us have been bound by it for all of our lives. After all, there’s that old saying, that “What goes up, must come down.” Because Sophia had gone up on the bed, gravity wasn’t going to make an exception in her case and let her rise up further in the air or even to float at bed-top level. No, she had to come down, and come down she did.
It is true that what goes up, must come down. Baseballs, footballs, golf balls, jets, rockets (assuming they don’t achieve escape velocity)…all will come tumbling down. Some flights of fancy may last longer than others, but they’ll still all come back down to earth again.
There has only been one exception. Our Lord Jesus Christ left heaven – he came down as the Word says. In a very literal way, he fell into the tomb…but in His case, what comes down MUST go up! Nothing could contain Jesus in the tomb. Gravity couldn’t hold him like it does all other dead bodies. He “rose” from the dead! And because He came down and suffered death, God “raised Him up” – exalted him over all powers and authorities in heaven and on earth. That’s God’s way!
There will, of course, come a day when we too shall no longer be bound by gravity and we will rise…never to fall back again. Won’t that be a great day?
As Easter comes nearer, remember that in God’s way of seeing things, “What goes down, must come up!” Humble yourself before the Lord, that in due time, He may exalt you!
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. James 4:10 (KJV)
Prayer: Lord, we long for the day when You shall lift us up from the dust of this earth and we shall be forever free! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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