Millions look to the sun instead of the Son
Today is a historic day in Kentucky, the solar eclipse will happen for approximately 2 and 1/2 minutes today. The event has caused schools to close, tourism to expand and has driven the special eclipse glasses market to hit an all time high. Today many Americans wait with bated breath for an event that has not happened in the United States in 38 years, and will not happen again in this country until 2024: a total eclipse of the sun. From Oregon to South Carolina, viewers will watch the moon pass before the sun completely in “the path of totality.” Some have driven hundreds of miles to see it, and stand ready with their special solar-eclipse glasses.
Although this sight is beautiful in many ways, for me there is something unsettling about the masses of people looking toward the sky and missing the true Son. This is not surprising, scripture shows us that people have missed the Son many times before and will do so again.
Consider the verses of the prophet Isaiah in 53:2-3 ..."He did not have an impressive form or majesty that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering who knew what sickness was, He was like someone people turned away from; he was despised, and we didn't value Him." CSB
Let the total eclipse be a great pointer today. As the moon covers the face of the sun, let it remind you of Christ’s humiliation on our behalf, and of his death on the cross for us (and that death could not hold him for long!), and of our unshakable, utter security in him.