Editor’s Note: Below is a transcript of a message, posted to YouTube on February 24, 2022, by Adventist Church President Ted NC Wilson. You can see past messages here
Ted Wilson: Greetings, friends! On December 25, 2021, something spectacular happened: the James Webb Space Telescope, identified as “the most complicated and expensive space observatory in history”, soared into space, at destination of its destination 1.4 million kilometers from Earth. At a cost of US$10 billion, the Webb Space Telescope is, according to the scientific journal Nature, “humanity’s greatest gamble yet in its quest to probe the Universe”.
Nancy Wilson: The telescope stands three stories tall and has a gold-plated mirror 21 feet or 6.4 meters in diameter. It has a tennis-court-sized sun shade that will keep it incredibly cold at minus 370 degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 223 Celsius. In preparation for its launch on a high-powered rocket, the entire telescope was folded up like a giant origami creation.
TW: On its 1.5 million kilometer, 29 day journey to its destination point, this modern-day marvel is designed to unfold piece by piece until it is completely unrolled into a vast plastic structure. Honeycomb. According to Günther Hasinger, Scientific Director of the European Space Agency, the deployment process resembles a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis – although it is a very large, expensive and complex butterfly!
NO: Once it has reached its destination and cooled down to its incredibly cold temperatures, this incredibly designed telescope will be able to pick up glows from distant galaxies and other cosmic objects in infrared wavelengths. Thanks to its infrared vision, it will be “able to penetrate dust-covered regions such as the birthplaces of stars, and to probe the atmospheres of planets beyond the solar system”, indicates the scientific journal Nature.
TW: This incredible space telescope is the result of decades of painstaking research, detailed planning and highly complex engineering by a multinational team of astrophysicists, astronomers, engineers and other scientists who together created this technological marvel. . It’s designed to do what no other space telescope has been able to do – peer deep into the cosmos and see the light of what scientists believe are the first galaxies to form, after what they call the ” Big Bang”. As scientists peer into what they believe to be the dawn of time, they will be looking for signs of life. “This is the start of one of the most amazing missions that mankind has ever devised,” NASA Chief Science Officer Thomas Zurbuchen said in a webcast from the launch site.
NO: While this is, indeed, an astonishing achievement, what is so ironic is that most people who freely recognize the detailed design and engineering of this man-made marvel, fail to see that the vast universe this space telescope is supposed to explore was designed, designed and created by an almighty God who created worlds.
TW: We read in Psalm 19, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows his handiwork. Day by day speaks words, and night by night reveals knowledge. their voice be heard” (vss 1-3). And in Hebrews 11:3 we are reminded: “By faith we understand that the worlds were formed by the word of God, so that the things seen were not made of the things seen. .” Friends, our existence, the existence of this world, and of the whole universe, comes from the power of our Creator God.
NO: The very first words of Scripture affirm the fact that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). If we don’t believe the beginning of God’s Word, on what basis would we believe anything else written in its sacred pages?
TW: The fundamental belief of Creation is absolutely fundamental to who we are and what we believe and practice as Seventh-day Adventists. It reads as follows:
NO: “God has revealed in the scriptures the authentic and historical account of his creative activity. He created the universe, and in a recent six-day creation the Lord made ‘the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that ‘they contain’ and rested on the seventh day.
TW: “Thus He established the Sabbath as a perpetual memorial of the work which He performed and completed during six literal days which, together with the Sabbath, constituted the same unit of time which we call a week today.
NO: “The first man and the first woman were created in the image of God as the crowning glory of creation, given dominion over the world and charged with the responsibility of caring for it. When the world was finished, he was “very good”, declaring the glory of God.”
TW: My friends, the theme of God as Creator runs through every page of Scripture. If you would like to read some of these Bible passages, as well as other helpful creation-affirming materials, I invite you to visit adventist.org/creation.
In addition, the Geoscience Research Institute, an entity of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, provides multiple resources as well as scientific research supporting a biblical worldview. I strongly encourage you to visit their recently updated website where you will find videos, PowerPoint presentations, articles, photo galleries and more at: grisda.org
NO: My friends, love motivates all that God does, for He is love. He created us not only so that we could love him, but so that he could love us. What an affirmation to know that we did not evolve from some sort of vessel out of the sea, but rather were created by the hand of a loving God. In the wonderful book Ministry of Healing we read:
“The work of creation cannot be explained by science. What science can explain the mystery of life? . . . In the creation of the earth, God was not indebted to pre-existing matter. He ordered, and it held. Psalm 33:9. All things, material or spiritual, have stood before the Lord Jehovah at his voice and have been created for his own purpose. The heavens and all their host, the earth and everything in it, came into existence by the breath of his mouth. In the creation of man was manifested the working of a personal God” (Ministry of Healing, p. 414).
TW: Continuing we read: “When God created man in his own image, the human form was perfect in all its arrangements, but it was lifeless. Then a personal, self-existent God breathed into that form the breath of life, and became a living and intelligent being. All parts of the human organism were put into action. The heart, the arteries, the veins, the tongue, the hands, the feet, the senses, the faculties of the spirit, all began their work, and all were placed under the law. Man became a living soul. Through Christ the Word, a personal God created man and endowed him with intelligence and power” (Ministry of Healing, p. 415).
TW: What a profound thought this is–that we were created by a personal, self-existent God who loves us and endowed us with intelligence and power.
In our next video, we’ll take a closer look at why understanding creation is so important and how it’s fundamental to our lives today. But until then, know that the One who created the vast universe is the same God who created, loves and cares for you.
Let’s thank Him right now. Heavenly Father, thank you for creating this earth. By the power of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, this beautiful land came into being. We thank you for the privilege of living here and realizing that one day soon you will make this earth complete, in perfect form, again. Thank you for hearing us in this prayer and thank you for providing eternal life, because of what Jesus did. In the name of Christ we ask, amen.