A Comet of Great Magnitude

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The NEOWISE comet was discovered on March 27, 2020 and has been putting on a spectacular show of light in the evening and early morning skies over the last few days.  Scientists have determined it is the brightest comet (magnitude 3) we have seen since Comet Hale-Bopp passed by the earth in 1997!

The beauty of this comet is visible to the naked eye, however, the amazing light display is better viewed with binoculars, which allow a full view of the 3 mile wide comet and it’s 7 degrees long tail, as it traverses across the sky.  We’ve been so blessed to stare in amazement at this once-in-a-lifetime event as NEOWISE paints its shooting pathway across the sky.   According to scientists, it won’t be back for approximately 6,800 years.

As amazing as this celestial object is, around 2000 years ago, another kind of “comet” of great and significant magnitude blazed across the view from earth.  This heavenly light also came from outside of our solar system, made a spectacular impact on the people of this planet, and then returned to his heavenly home. We call him Jesus Christ, a carpenter from Nazareth, who is the unique son of God (Matthew 16:15-16), the “Light of the World”.  

He lived his life of about 33 years within a small hundred mile or so area in the country of Israel.  His public ministry only lasted about three years, and yet his sparkling trail of light and love has changed our world, even until today. His birth determines how we mark time, his words influence the words we use to describe the world around us, and ultimately, what we do with this Jesus seals our eternal destiny. 

Just as you might pause to gaze up into the sky at the fading comet’s trail, our desire is that you will take up your spiritual binoculars to gaze at this Jesus and see with your own eyes the light trail of his life, his love, and his way!

“. . . Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”” (‭‭John‬ ‭8:12‬)

Photo credit – Peter Komka / MTI via AP