1961年，前蘇聯的太空人Yuri Gagarin 尤里.加加林，搭乘蘇聯製造的太空船，從外太空平安地回來地球上時，據說，他說了一句支持當時蘇聯無神論的政策，譏笑信仰基督教的。有人說，加加林說他在太空的時候，沒有見到上帝。
See God at Christmas
In 1961, when cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin of the then Soviet Union, returned safely to earth, he made a statement which supported the policy of atheism held by the Soviet Union and made fun of Christianity. Gagarin said that he did not see God while he was in outer space. Since this statement sustained atheism and opposed theism, many people in the Soviet Union thought it was very humorous. The international media seized upon Gagarin’s statement also and communicated to the entire world that the cosmonaut had demonstrated that there was no God in outer space.
Today, let me ask you a question. Have you ever seen God? We observe Christmas each year on the twenty-fifth of December. What is Christmas? Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ. God, the creator of the universe, entered the world by taking on human form and being born of Mary, a virgin.
The writer John expressed the birth of Jesus, “the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). The infant grew up and began to preach the gospel, to heal, to do good and to save. Those who saw Jesus, saw God.If we were to ask John, “Is there a God?” John would answer, “I have seen Jesus, and so I have seen God.”
Perhaps you would like to ask me, “But all that happened two thousand years ago. We live today and we want to see God today, sowhere is God?” The answer is Jesus Christ and all that he is: love, meekness, salvation, truth, his example and his cross. All of these exist until today. Even though you cannot see the physical Jesus, he remains present through the Bible, his words, his teaching, his truthand his precious blood.
Let Jesus speak to you when you read Matthew; his gentle voice will whisper into your ears. See Jesus when you read Mark. Watch him assist and heal people; be moved by his “love others as you love yourself” attitude. Read in Luke where Jesus forgave sins and see what a great man Jesus was. Study John’s account of the suffering and death of Jesus on the cross. The love of Jesus will manifest itselfbefore your eyes.
In other words, if you or if cosmonaut Gagarin or if anyone else wants to see God, one need only to open his Bible and see Jesus. Jesus Christ loves us always; he is the God who was and who is and who will ever be.
May this God bless you and may your Christmas be a time to love both God and your fellow man.