In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1)
As God breathed out those powerful words, "let there be …." The universe was created
- Space was set apart to hold all of creation
- Time was initiated, marked by God's words themselves
- Matter began to fill the universe
- Potential and kinetic energy rippled through the universe
Telescopes around the world and outside our atmosphere transformed our understanding of the small, sometimes twinkling objects that appeared to fill our night sky. Scientists started cataloging and classifying clusters of stars, planets and moons as galaxies and the clouds of ionized hydrogen and dust in between as special nebulae.
Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth
their host by number, He calls them all by name; because of the greatness of His might
and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing. (Isaiah 40:26).
Through sampling and mathematical models, astronomers and physicists have estimated there are approximately 200 septillion (that's 24 additional zeros) stars organized into 125 billion galaxies. Our Milky Way galaxy alone has approximately 20,000 nebulae, only 3,500 of which have been named and measured. Not one goes unnoticed or unnamed by the God who placed them in the heavens.
The Universe spans an almost unfathomable distance from one end to another, yet in Christ, the universe is held together ... And [Christ Jesus] is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:17)