“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word [Jesus], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; [i.e., before creation] all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.” John 1:1-3
I’ve been fascinated with the concept of the earth, its rotation, and its orbit around the sun. I stare up into the sky and try to imagine what it would be like if we weren’t held in a consistent pattern in the universe. What if we were randomly plummeting and spinning out of control through space? That’s an easy question for any of us to answer… Basically, we’d cease to exist. If we get too far or near to the sun, our planet could not sustain life, plain and simple. We are in perfect harmony between the sun and the other planets in our known solar system. This perfect harmony cannot be by chance and cannot be just left on its own or it would plummet & fall. There must be a creator who has established the rules and patterns for how our planet spins, how it orbits the sun, as well as one who continues to hold this pattern in place so that it isn’t disrupted. If any of the pattern is disrupted, life will cease to exist. That’s a pretty important job!
So, what is holding our earth in its perfect position, spin, & orbit? The answer is Jesus!
“[Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities-all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:15-17
In Colossians, we read that the entire universe was created through Jesus and for Him and that He is before every part of creation and that through Him all things hold together in their perfect place. One of the key words in this passage is (“…and in Christ all things hold together”) which contains the Greek word “sunistemi” which means “to stand-together,” “to be compacted together,” “to cohere,” “to be constituted with.” This passage can be applied to the structure of the atom. The nucleus of every atom is held together by what physicists call “weak” and “strong” forces. The nucleus of the atom contains positively charged and neutral particles. Repulsion between the like-positive protons would drive the nucleus apart if it were not for the “strong force” which binds the nucleus together. There is thus an active force imposed on the universe, which actively holds the very atoms of the material world together moment by moment, day by day, century by century. Similarly, accelerated electrons circling the nucleus should quickly radiate all their energy away and fall into the nucleus unless there exists an invisible energy source to counteract this.
“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise [rhoizedon, a rushing roar] and the elements [stoicheion, atoms] will be dissolved with fire and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up.” 2 Peter 3:10
The Greek word translated “elements” in the above passage from Colossians and in 2 Peter is “stoicheion,” which can mean “the building blocks of the universe,” or “the ordered arrangement of things.” It can also mean the “atomic elements.” The word translated “dissolved” in 2 Peter 3:10 is “luo,” meaning “unloosed.” This language suggests that there will come a time in the future when God lets go of the nuclear forces which hold the atom together. This passage, like the one in Colossians, strongly suggests that the active power of God is behind the mysterious strong force that holds every atomic nucleus together. If this is so, all the other fundamental forces of nature are likewise forces that originate with Christ and His sustaining direction of the old creation.
Thank you, Jesus for holding us in place, from the depths and breath of the universe to the tiniest atom within us. Without your powerful holding force, none could survive. You are truly the Lord of Lords and King of Kinds and deserve all of our praise! In Your Name, Amen.
“11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”” Revelation 4: 11
(Scientific information pulled from the article: What Holds The Earth Together by by Lambert Dolphin (1997))