Last year some unbelievable news broke. NBC first reported the story with this headline: “Space telescopes spotlight ‘echoing’ from behind black hole for the first time.”
I am no astrophysicist, but here is what I think that means: black holes are regions in space-time where gravity’s pull is so powerful that not even light can escape its grasp. But what we now know is that even though light cannot escape a black hole, its extreme gravity warps space around it, which allows light to “echo,” or “bend” around the back of the hole. I have no idea what this looks like to our eyes but think this is just amazing!
Dr. Dan Wilkins, astrophysicist at Stanford University, used telescopes to observe this. His black hole was ten million times more massive than our sun, and 800 million light-years away in the Spiral Galaxy. Amazing!
In today’s passage we read that God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion…not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under [Christ’s] feet and has made him the head over all things for the church (vv. 20-23).
All of that created order—all of the black holes and dark matter and galaxies and supernovas and comets and fractals and stars—all of it helps us explain what God already knows to be true: The universe is created for and is under Christ’s feet.
What do you think is the most amazing part of the universe? Christ is even more amazing than that!
Universal God, give me the eyes to see something amazing today. Help me understand that Christ is Lord of it too. Amen.