It was “one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind” as humans walked upon the lunar surface of the moon in the summer of ‘69. Those brave astronauts cemented their triumph by leaving behind inarguable evidence of their visit to the celestial body.
They could have borrowed the idea from God; after all, He left strong proof of His visit to our planet, too.
In July of 1969, the world watched with suspended breath as a few guys left Earth and headed for the moon aboard the Saturn V rocket. On July 20th, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the dusty surface, and within hours, were strolling across the Sea of Tranquility. But they didn’t travel a quarter million miles to just walk around; there was work to do.
Lots of it.
The two men snapped lots of pictures, snagged a soil sample, and harvested 49 pounds of moon rocks. But they didn’t just take things from the moon; they intentionally left some items, as well.
Along with a specially designed American flag planted on the surface of the moon, the two astronauts deployed the Lunar Laser Ranging Retroreflector Array. (Try saying that five times fast!) This large assembly of prisms was designed to reflect incoming light back to its source. This device allows scientists on Earth to fire laser beams at the moon and have them bounce directly back so that the distance between the two celestial bodies can be calculated.
Oh, and, the presence of manmade objects on the moon also proves that man visited it….
By placing those items – and many more since that first landing – it proves that man has walked upon the moon. The LLRRA serves as evidence of man’s interplanetary visit.
In a similar fashion, God has left proof of His visit to Earth. Christianity teaches that God created the world…and also visited it personally. John 1:14 claims that, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” When Jesus came to Earth, He left behind some evidence of His visit, and the world hasn’t been the same since.
For example, Jesus’s life inspired men, both sacred and secular, to take up pen to record His deeds. He’s found in the Gospels as well as Roman histories. He made such an impression on His disciples that many of them were willing to die in His name. He singlehandedly birthed the Church, the largest organism on the planet, today. Finally, He gave hope and peace to millions of men and women through the forgiveness of their sins by His death on the cross and following resurrection.
Yep, like those astronauts, Jesus made His mark. He created. He came.
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