When I consider the heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him? – Psalm 8:3,4
Text: Psalm 8:3,4
Prop: Photo of earth seen from the surface of the moon
Summary: Jesus will return one day and the moon will not give her light prior to his return.
Do you know what happened in the sky a few nights ago? A lunar eclipse. The moon was hidden by the shadow of the earth as it passed in front of the sun. This only happens where we can see it about every four years. God set all of the planets and stars and the moon in their own orbits when he created the heavens and the earth. Look at this picture.
What is different about this picture? Yes, you are looking at the earth the way the American astronauts saw it as they were visiting the moon. Jesus said that a certain day would come when the moon would not give light. Was he talking about a lunar eclipse? No. He was talking about the end of the world. He spoke of the time he would return to earth in Matthew 24:29,30:
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
We can be glad that Jesus will return one day. He is coming suddenly to set up his kingdom on earth. We need to be ready. The way to be ready is to ask Jesus to be your Savior. He wants everyone to be ready for his return. So the next time you see a lunar eclipse, remember that the moon will not give her light when Jesus is about to return. Just as the Psalmist said in Psalm 8, even though God created all the planets and everything in heaven, he still cares about man. He cares about us and loves us. Let us love Him and thank Him for his creation.
Let us pray. Dear God, thank you for creating the moon and the stars and the earth. Most of all, thank you for creating us in your image. Help us to love you more and more each day. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
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