When my wife asked me the other day, “what planet are you from?”, maybe she had just heard this week’s breaking news from NASA. Did you hear it too?
The news is that astronomers have discovered an amazing group of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a star called Trappist-1 in the constellation of Aquarius. Three of these are in the so-called “habitable” zone, thus raising the speculation that life could exist on one or all of them. Such discoveries have been made before. In fact, over 3,400 planets have been listed as possibly being able to host life.
What if there is? Life on another planet, that is? Meaning that the jewel we call Earth is not the only place where life thrives, and that therefore we are not alone?
Would it change, for example, the Christian message?
One Christian writer, a first century scholar called Paul, suggested that it wouldn’t. His view was that Jesus will reconcile “to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross”. Colossians 1:20 NIV
Everything finds reconciliation in Christ. Even the beautiful and yet, as far as we know, lifeless planets in the multiple galaxies and universes.
Perhaps it’s not the stars we want to reach, it’s the God who put them there.
Reach out to him.
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