How can we comprehend that which is incomprehensible? To “comprehend” means “to grasp mentally” or “to understand.” To know facts and to understand are really two different things. We can know that the earth is 93,000,000 miles away from the sun, but who can really understand the magnitude of that distance. If we were traveling at the speed of light (186,000 per second) we could reach the sun in a little over 8 minutes. Even though we might not be able to comprehend the distance of 93,000,000 miles, we can comprehend 8 minutes can’t we? Let’s broaden our travels a little. Instead of traveling to the sun, let’s travel across our galaxy, the Milky Way. Traveling at the speed of light, 186,000 miles per second, it would take us 100,000 years to take a trip across the Milky Way! Now try to get your mind around that trip!
Astronomers estimate that there are approximately 200-400 billion stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way. If we take the low number of 200 billion that is still an incomprehensible number isn’t it? Of those 200 billion stars there are only about 2,500 stars that are visible to the naked eye at any one time. Of those 200 billion stars in the Milky Way there are about 5,800-8,000 total stars that are visible to the naked eye period. 200 billion stars? That’s incomprehensible. The Hubble Space Telescope site estimates that there are hundreds of billions of galaxies in the universe. A German super computer simulation estimates that the number may be as high as 500 billion. The Milky Way that would take us 100,000 years to travel its length is just one galaxy among as many as 500 billion galaxies. We can’t even comprehend the vastness of the Milky Way so how are we to understand the possibility of 500 billion galaxies? Incomprehensible! We can understand all of the “facts” that I’ve just shared with you. We can memorize the numbers so that we can spout them off on demand, but to comprehend them, to truly understand what they mean, now that is an all together different reality.
When we consider the vastness and the magnitude of our universe it is truly incomprehensible, but I would dare say that there is still something far more incomprehensible and that is the love of our Savior. We talk about how much Jesus loves us, but do we really, can we truly, comprehend the depth of His love? Paul prays for the brothers and sisters in Ephesus that they might have “…power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge…” Let’s take a look at our Scripture for today found in Ephesians 3:14-19. Read more