OK, stupid title. Just playing off the somewhat old adage of “If you had a direct confrontation with a Mack truck, do you think you would look different? Is Jesus bigger than a Mack truck?” I don’t think I need to explain that any further.
About a week ago, a good friend suggested I read the book “#The Explicit Gospel” by Matt Chandler. So before my flight to Nashville this week I grabbed it at Amazon and downloaded it to my Kindle app. Bam… set to read on the plane segments. This is one of those books that will be a little controversial, a little confrontational, and probably a little bit in your face. But then, “The Explicit Gospel” is presenting the Gospel and the Gospel is all of those things and more.
I don’t want to rehash Pastor Chandler’s book (I encourage you to read it for yourself! It’s worth the time.), but I do want to focus a bit on how he presents God in the first chapter of the book. Sometimes we put God in this nice little box that fits into our life so we can go about our daily routine and not be interrupted by Who He is. But, that is not the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. That is not the Creator of all that is. At some point during my reading of that first chapter, I was reminded of a cute little joke about some scientist who had come to challenge God saying they could create life just like He did. So God accepted the challenge. He met the scientists, bent down and picked up some dirt and formed it into a man and breathed life into him. God said, “OK, your turn.” The scientist began to dig up some dirt and God said, “No, go make your own dirt.”
God spoke creation into being. He didn’t create from things that already existed. He created by the power of His Word! When I do a little research with my favorite friend Google and look up “How many galaxies are there?” The most common answer is 100-200 billion (yes BILLION) galaxies — each with 200 to 400 billion stars — and some super computer model has estimated that there are 500+ billion galaxies out there. Then I think about the Word and God knowing each star by name. I can’t get my head around that math. So, Pastor Chandler mentions the vastness of the universe then takes things down into the micro level. Colossians talks about Christ, in His being, holds us together (go google Lou Giglio and Laminin for some more science fun). The point is, God knows every cell of our body; He numbers the hairs on our head (thankfully at 50, I still have most of mine).
When I put these two thoughts together, the trinity, the persons of God are more incomprehensible than I can begin to image — thus wrapped in the scripture (Isaiah 55:9) “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” I can’t even begin to comprehend His being. He is so big that he encompasses the billions of galaxies, knows each of the billions of stars in the billions of galaxies by name, holds me together by His being, and knows every cell in my body and numbers the hairs on my head. He is able to know and comprehend the largest of large, but hold together the very cells that make up my earthly body. No words can begin to describe that. No thoughts can begin to come close to understanding that.
He created THIS for His glory. So yes, without bringing the Gospel any further into this discussion (God willing, I will be doing that in the coming months. I need to start writing again.), to answer the question, God is bigger than a Mack truck and we can’t walk away from an impact with Him and not leave looking different, being completely and utterly changed.