“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16
Years ago, a new space shuttle lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a special mission into outer space. Millions of dollars and months of work and experimenting went into this effort by the scientists who sent equipment, cameras, and other instruments to “unlock the mystery of the origin of the solar system.” Their goal was to determine what the stars are made of, what holds them up in the darkness of space, and how they were made.
The fact is, God made the stars! (Genesis 1:16) In fact, God made every thing that exists and He made it out of nothing (John 1:3). The way the universe works is not a mystery to God; He hung every star and he calls them by name.
Today’s focus verse comes from the account when Jesus told Nicodemus that he must be born again. Nicodemus did not understand that Jesus meant he must have a changed heart; he needed a spiritual birth. How God can redeem and regenerate a soul through the power in the shed Blood of Jesus is a far greater mystery than where the solar system came from, but we do not have to understand exactly how it works in order to receive His salvation. The simplicity of the Gospel truth is for those who believe God and are willing to do what is right.
Some people will search for the origins of the universe their whole lives, and never realize that God made all of creation—including them! They are “ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7). Yet, God’s plan of salvation is so simple that everyone can understand and follow it and find a home in Heaven.
There are “mysteries” in the Bible, but they are revealed to those who will study and desire to learn. There are riches in the Bible that will only be disclosed by the searching of a hungry soul. The origin of the solar system is just one of the “pearls” to be discovered by the one who thirsts for more of God. If we will seek Him with our whole hearts, we will find that the simple truth of the Gospel is far more meaningful than any wisdom the world can offer.