God’s Word has a simple gospel message; “I, God created the heavens and the earth” and since the creation of the world My invisible attributes can be understood by just looking at My creation. Yet, for Stephen Hawking, who died today and saw and studied the stars and the universe; he missed the most important clue. Hawking saw the evidence before him but said:

“God may exist but science can explain the universe without the need for a creator.”

Another man also died this past week: Billy Graham. He preached the simple gospel message for 60 years. Because of his message of God’s love, many believed and their lives were eternally changed. 1Timothy anchors that idea. Christ the Savior was revealed to us in his incarnation and proven to be who He was at his resurrection. He was seen by the angelic host at his birth, his temptation and at his ascension and it all began in Genesis 1:1 “God created the heavens and the earth.” This is the evidence that requires us to take a step of faith and believe.

Hawking chose to reject, Graham chose to believe.

Hawking sadly now knows the truth of the simple gospel message and yet it is too late just like the rich man in Luke 16. We determine our destiny now not after we die. Graham knew and now knows God is who He said He was and is with Him in heaven. Graham saw and believed the evidence; Hawking saw and rejected the evidence.

Truly, the psalmist words of Psalm 19 are before us and we should take heed:

The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky displays his handiwork. [Ps 19] therefore if we reject this evidence we are without excuse. (Rom 1:20)

How about you?


The NT gospels share with us about the ruling religious leaders who walked about Jerusalem telling others what to do but never doing it themselves.  Yet there was one, a member of the ruling council and “the” teacher in Israel who came in humility wondering and walked away with more questions than answers. His answer was found at the foot of the cross. We all come “at night” for we are all in spiritual darkness and it is only when the Holy Spirit pricks our hearts that we move from being onlookers to seekers that we find the answers to our questions.  We, like Nicodemus, must take that first step.

So what did Jesus and Nicodemus talk about in that late night discussion? They talked about the wind and the new birth and in that discussion Jesus shared God’s plan for mankind. God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that men may not perish but have eternal life. For Nicodemus, it was a life-changing experience for, in the end, we find him helping bury the body of “his” Master after the crucifixion. Just as Nicodemus moved from spiritual darkness to light, it can be for you as well.

He had the scriptures and the visual evidence about him in creation, yet needed that personal encounter with the Master Rabbi. That is where we all must begin.

Are you where Nicodemus was? Come and see, come and taste and receive eternal life.