A Giant Leap
“The sun of righteousness will dawn on those who honour my name, healing radiating from its wings. You will be bursting with energy, like colts frisky and frolicking.”
Malachi 4:2 (The Message)
The moon has held a great fascination for me ever since the first moon landing by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on 20 July, 1969. That one small step for man was a giant leap for mankind and it captivated the attention of a young boy watching on an old black and white TV set.
What wasn’t broadcast back to earth, as the US government didn’t want to make it public, was that while on the moon Buzz Aldrin celebrated communion. It’s interesting that the first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the first food eaten there, were communion elements.
Of course, the prominence of the moon in the sky has since ancient times, made it an important cultural influence on language, calendars, art and mythology.
There have been numerous songs about the moon, especially moonlight, and with good reason since the moon is the most luminous object in the sky after the sun.But although the moon appears a very bright white, its surface is actually dark. It has no light of its own; the side we see from the earth is lit by reflected sunlight.
This provides an important lesson for us as Christians. When Jesus Christ, the sun of righteousness, shines as the light of the world, we should be a reflection of God’s Son. What people see in us, how we live and relate to people, should be a reflection of Jesus, for we have no light of our own.
Jesus says that his followers are to be lights of the world (Mathew 5:14) and the only way we can shine in a dark world is to reflect the one true light. We might feel inadequate for that role, but we simply have to live in his presence and he will give us the fullest experience of His love, grace and empowerment as we trust ourselves to Him.
The verse Buzz Aldrin read as he took communion on the moon was John 15:5 (NIV) where Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” Without Christ we can do nothing, but by being attached to the vine we will experience his healing and will be bursting with energy as we are set free to leap with joy (c.f. Malachi 4:2 New Living Translation).
As we live in His presence let’s reflect Jesus and be a light to this world—this truly is a giant leap for mankind of even greater significance than walking on the moon.
Father, in a dark world may the Sun of Righteousness rise with healing in his wings, and as we live with and for him, may his light be reflected in and through us for his glory.
Study by Barry Robinson
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