Space. It’s not just the final frontier.
It also represents the distance that lies between us and God. It is a distance created by sin, by our very nature, for “…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). It is a distance maintained by pride, as we strive ever more to close the distance using our own strength and cunning, failing to realize our efforts are as hopeless as an airplane attempting to reach orbit. We will always fall short.
Yet, there is Good News. Indeed, it is the Best News we could ever receive.
Our Savior, Jesus, is the God who traverses that space between us and Him, no matter how big or how far. And He does it instantly. Without us even realizing we are lost or that we are forgiven, He comes to us, and embraces us, as the father did to his lost child in the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32); He picks us up and carries us home on His shoulders, as did the shepherd with his lost lamb in the Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:1-7); and He calls for a celebration when we are restored to our place in His household, as did the woman who found her lost money in the Parable of the Lost Coin (Luke 15:8-10).
The love of Jesus displaces the space between us and God! Amen!