Wednesday, October 2, 2019

His Story - 2 - "The Second Man"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe… 

(another repeat, this from 2011, which  addresses a fascinating aspect of God's involvement in history, or rather, His Story.  This one relates to the first landing and spacewalk on the moon in 1969.  Thanks to our dear friend Jamey for inspiration on this one)

His Story

2 - "The Second Man"      

       Many of you may have read the Internet story about Astronaut Buzz Aldrin partaking of the Lord's supper on the moon.  This intriguing event bears fascinating Biblical significance when you consider that Commander Aldrin was the second man to ever walk on the lunar surface. 

    "And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven" (I Corinthians 15:45-47). 

    In Scripture, Adam and the Lord Jesus are representative federal heads of two races.  The first man Adam is the physical, earthly father of every human being ever born (other than Christ).  The Apostle Paul declares Adam to be an "earthy" man, that is, his disobeying God plunged Adam and his race into a carnal existence in which the natural rather than the supernatural comprises the source and environment in which we are born and exist.  "Dust thou art" (Genesis 3:19). 

    Conversely, the Lord Jesus is "the second man," or "the Lord from Heaven."  His Father is God, and while He possessed a tangible physical body, He spiritually lived by the power of Heaven as He trusted and submitted Himself to His Father.  Those who trust in the saving grace made possible by Christ's death and resurrection are born into the spiritual race of this Second Man, becoming themselves heavenly constituted and empowered.  "Ye are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you… God hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:9; Ephesians 2:4; 6).  

    History records that Buzz Aldrin could have been the first man to set foot on the moon, and desired to do so.  However, the positioning of Neil Armstrong and Aldrin in the Apollo 11 space capsule made it easier for Armstrong to exit the vehicle first.  Thus, Aldrin became the second man rather than the first man to walk on the moon.  Moreover, by partaking of the Lord's supper, the second man to set foot on the moon honored the Second Man who created the moon (Genesis 1:16; John 1:10).   Aldrin's sublime act of devotion means we may never view the moon in quite the same way.  "Praise ye Him, sun and moon" (Psalm 148:3). 

    Those who don't see God working in the annals of time are simply not looking.  History is His Story.  If our eyes are open, light will fill our being in such measure that we will often find ourselves bowing head and heart to give thanks for so present and dynamic a Lord.  Be it on earth, or moon, or some far away galaxy beyond our physical vision, God is at hand... 

"If I ascend upon into heaven, Thou art there."
(Psalm 139:1)

Weekly Memory Verse

    "O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, because His mercy endureth forever."
 (Psalm 118:1)



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