For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. (1 Tim. 2:5–6)

Xinyu Dai and Eduardo Guerras, astronomers at the University of Oklahoma, recently discovered planets outside our galaxy. By using gravitational microlensing, a technique based on Einstein’s theory of general relativity, they discovered 2,000 unbound planets ranging in size from the moon to Jupiter between the galaxy’s stars. This galaxy is located 3.8 billion light years away. These planets cannot be seen, even with the best telescope, but they are there.

This discovery is not a surprise to the one God. He created this universe and these planets within the galaxy that we cannot yet directly observe. Likewise, he created each of us, desiring that we seek an intimate relationship with him. Just as astronomers cannot directly observe the 2,000 new planets, we cannot directly observe God, but we can see him in the life of his Son.

God sent Christ as a mediator to provide a way for us to establish a relationship with him. Christ came as a man, so he knows our sorrows, rejections, tensions, delights, and pleasures. Whatever we face in everyday life, Jesus Christ our redeemer paid the price for our sins when he died for us on the cross. He died for all of us. In doing so, Jesus became our go-between. He wants all of us to experience the unique forgiveness found only in him.

Thank Christ for providing the way to a relationship with God.

Gena Duncan lives with her husband in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in the summer and Naples, Florida, in the winter. She authored They Walked with God (WestBow Press).

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