To infinity and beyond…
That is the catch phrase of Buzz Lightyear, the action figure toy featured in the Disney movie “Toy Story”.
Buzz is a Space Ranger with an electronic voice, spring – loaded wings, a blinking LED laser, and a cardboard box rocket ship.
He is on a mission from Star Command to protect the universe from the evil Emperor Zurg.
During the course of the movie, Buzz discovers that his spacesuit transmitter doesn’t work, his laser weapon is only a flashing lightbulb, his backpack propulsor doesn’t propulse, and (horror of horrors) that Star Command doesn’t exist.
He is forced to face the reality that he is nothing but a simple toy.
He realizes that he has trouble getting from one house to the next, let alone going, ” To infinity and beyond.”
As humans we have always been fascinated with the concept of the infinite.
How many is infinitely many?
How large is infinitely large?
Is it possible to understand the Eternal?
How is it possible for something to go on and on without end?
Mathematicians have grappled with this concept for centuries…from Archimedes to da Vinci.
God is BEYOND INFINITY
The Bible teaches that God is “The First and The Last.”
That means He is bigger, greater, and beyond everything else that exists.
He is infinite.
Here is Websters definition of Infinite.
infinite, without limits; not limited by space or time; exceedingly great in excellence, degree, and capacity; boundless; limitless; immeasurable.
Here are three scriptures that speak of Gods infinite nature.
(Nehemiah 9:5) “Stand up and bless the LORD your God from everlasting to everlasting. Blessed be your glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise.”
(Jeremiah 32:17) “Ah, Lord, GOD! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is to hard for you.”
(Job 11:7-9) “Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty? It is higher than heaven…Deeper than sheol…Its measure is longer than the earth and broader than the sea.”
God is Higher than the Highest.
King Solomon built a magnificent gold temple for the Lord.
But even Solomon realized that no building could contain God. (1 kings 8:27)
He knew that the entire universe cannot contain our infinite God.
I started to wonder, just how big the universe actually is.
So I came home and started to research that question.
Did you know that if you were to build a model of our solar system to scale you would need to begin by placing a softball on the goal line of a football field to represent the SUN.
MERCURY and VENUS would be like pin heads on the 5 and 8 yard lines.
EARTH would be the size of a mustard seed on the 12 yard line.
JUPITER would be a marble on the opposite 38 yard line.
SATURN would be the size of a pea placed halfway through the opposite end zone.
In order to include URANUS, NEPTUNE, and PLUTO (I still like to include Pluto even thought it has been downgraded.) you would have to add four more football fields onto the end of the first one.
PLUTO would be like a speck of dust almost 500 yards away from the softball sized SUN.
And that is just OUR Solar System!
In order to reach the nearest star , Alpha Centauri, you would have to jump in a car and drive 30 hrs. (1,800) miles away. And Alpha Centauri is the closest star to us!
There are billions of stars in our galaxy beyond that – and billions of galaxies grouped in clusters – and clusters grouped in superclusters… and on and on.
What I discovered in my research is simply this…
The Universe is so big that it is beyond our comprehension.
Yet it pales in comparison to the vastness of God.
In (Psalm 145:3) It says, ” Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.”
In (Job 36:26) we read, ” Behold, God is great, and we know him not; the number of his years is unsearchable.”
When I looked up at the sky with Jeff, I was able to SEARCH the vastness of the universe and actually come up with numbers and a scale that made sense to me.
But scripture tells us that Gods greatness and years are UNSEARCHABLE.
Not only is God infinite in space, He is also infinite in time.
His existence extends from this point of time backward as well as forward forever!
God always was and always will be. (Revelation 1:8)
His being is from everlasting to everlasting. (Psalm 90:2)
(Isiah 57:15) explains that God “inhabits eternity”.
The Hebrew word for inhabit conveys the idea of lodging, abiding, residing, or dwelling.
In other words God exists outside of the constraints of time.
He is not bound by a linear succession of events as we are.
He created time and is Lord over time, but in his own being He is timeless.
(2 Peter 3:8) says, “With the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”
God’s perspective on time is very different from ours.
Although He interacts with us on a linear day-to-day basis, somehow He also stands above time and is able to see it all as present.
This week I want to encourage you to take a moment and really think about how “big” God is.
Do you feel small and insignificant in comparison?
I know after researching today’s blog, I sure do!
If his vastness reduces the earth to a microscopic speck, then of what significance can I possible be?
I am nothing!
It seems preposterous that an infinite Deity would care about something so small and insignificant.
Yet scripture tells us that He does.
The resurrection that we celebrated yesterday tells us that He does.
I would like to challenge all of you to read ONE chapter of the Gospel of John every day.
Then pray for the spirit to show you the truth of who and what God is.
I believe that by the end of the Book of John, you will have as close of an understanding of God as you will find anywhere.
God is unsearchable!
He has also promised us that the “The Word of God is alive and powerful” In (Hebrews 4:12)
By reading the Word of God, the Spirit will testify to you the truth of Gods infinite nature.
I would love to start a group discussion as we read the Gospel of John together and share our discoveries with each other.
Comment below if you would like to join me in reading the Gospel of John and share your new found perspectives with us.