December 27, 2010
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God. John 1:9-12
Carl Pilcher is the director of NASA's Astrobiology Institute.
Now if you're wondering what the manager of NASA's Astrobiology Institute does, I can tell you. Pilcher studies the origins, evolution and possibilities of life in the universe.
In other words, Pilcher is looking for ET, extra-terrestrials, beings from out there. What's really interesting is Pilcher is pretty excited he's going to find it. You know Pilcher's enthusiastic because last month scientists said they had mis-guessed the number of stars up there.
The fact is those scientists were short -- way short. Now they say there are three times as many stars in the universe as they had thought just a few years ago. This means, according to Pilcher's way of thinking, there are a lot more planets out there that could support life.
Rather than disagreeing with Pilcher, most Christians should say, "He hasn't gone far enough." That's because we, too, believe life is not confined to this earth. Not only that, we're sure there is intelligent life ... and we're equally sure this intelligent life has been watching us ... has an interest in us ... and has even paid us a visit.
Of course you have already figured out the life, the being, the person interested in us is the Triune God and the individual who has paid us a visit is God's only Son, Jesus.
Two thousand years ago Jesus came to this earth as a Man. Not part man, but 100 percent Man and 100 percent God. Two thousand years ago Jesus came not to gather specimens and observe us. No, that is the stuff of science fiction.
Jesus came to earth to sacrifice His life so all who believe on Him as their heaven-sent substitute might be forgiven of their sins and be offered a new life, a wonderful life, a life that will never end.
Now I don't know if Pilcher will ever find the kind of beings he's looking for. I don't have an opinion one way or another as to whether they exist at all.
But it is important for you, me and Carl to know this world has been visited and saved by the divine visitor, Jesus Christ. It's important we know and believe because someday, Jesus is going to return again.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord and Savior, the world looks for intelligent life, but who is more intelligent than the Creator of it all? The world wants to know if we have been visited, but they refuse to look in the stable, upon the cross, into the empty tomb. Dear Lord, enlighten them so they may see You. In Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries