We need to get this straight: The sun doesn’t care for us nor does the rain! The moon has absolutely no interest in our romance, the stars don’t care whether you’re devastatingly lonely or your senses are filled at the thought of someone who loves you. The fire that welcomes and warms you on a bitterly cold evening will burn and destroy you and all those you love more than you love yourself and the water that marvelously quenches your thirst when your throat has turned to dust will ruin everything you’ve built or suffocate all you love.
It is living self-conscious beings that invest these mindless, purposeless things with ‘meaning’ and loveliness, making them sources of joy, comfort and life and they can only do that because….
Jesus in Matthew 5, with His own agenda, makes it known that the sun and the rain are God’s gifts to the human family. Paul in Acts 14:16-17 follows the Lord Jesus. In Matthew 11:25 Christ claims the endless dark passages of space, the massive quasar clusters, the supernovas, the immense galaxies and numberless stars—the entire mindless universe belongs to His Father who is the Lord of it all. It is God, the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ who gives meaning and purpose to everything—including humankind.
Humankind rejected God and began to worship these created things and finally came to worship humans—the humans God gifted with healing skill, creative capacity, intellectual brilliance and the sources of joy and gladness (Romans 1:18-32; Acts 14.16-17; 17:24-31).
It would thankless insolence to dismiss all those humans (Christians and non-Christians) who devote themselves to the blessing of fellow-humans (an insult to God and to those devoted people) but no one! nothing! is to be worshiped but God whose self-revelation and purpose is seen in the Person of the immortal and glorified Jesus Christ, the Son of Man who shows us what God has purposed for all who will trust themselves to Him. (See Revelation 19:10; 22:9)
On a coming day, the creation will be glorified, and freed from the futility to which it has been subjected. The jury is still out on what precisely that will mean (1 John 3:1-2; Philippians 3:20-21; Romans 8:18-22) and it will be the home of glorified, deathless humans who will live in ceaseless adventure, joy righteousness as God’s companions.
A new world and a new humanity is coming and Jesus is the model and assurance of that as both the Son of God and the Son of humankind.