How Great is Our God!
“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11, July 20, 1969
As mankind celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar Mission, I learned something I had not heard before about the two brave men who were the first humans to walk on the moon.
Yes, it was an incredible feat to defy the earth’s gravity and go where no man has ever gone before. Books, articles, videos, podcasts…all revel about the technology that “man” harnessed to venture into space. But seldom is God included in the picture.
What I discovered is that Buzz Aldrin (who is still living) and Neil Armstrong were men of devout Christian faith, and despite the glory lauded upon them as the first humans on the moon, it could in no way outshine the greatness of their God.
According to reports, Aldrin made a public statement after the Eagle landed asking listeners to pause and give thanks in their own way. When radio communication with earth ended, he gave thanks in his way by taking communion and reading from the Gospel of John. On the moon.
“In the radio blackout, I opened the little plastic packages which contained the bread and the wine. I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me. In the one-sixth gravity of the moon, the wine slowly curled and gracefully came up the side of the cup,” said Aldrin, in an interview years after the landing.
Shortly after the accounts of Aldrin came to light for me, yet another revelation of an American space hero surfaced. Armstrong, the Apollo 11 crewmember credited with “the” quote that is synonymous with the moon landing, was heard making a statement more profound than what he said in 1969. On the moon.
In the early 1990s, Armstrong purportedly visited the old city of Jerusalem and toured the city with a noted archeologist. The man who walked on the moon wanted to know if Jesus walked in the same area.
“So Jesus stepped right here?” asked Armstrong.
After his question was confirmed by the archeologist, Armstrong said, “I am more excited stepping on these stones than I was stepping on the moon.”
The holy moments of the moon landing and bits and pieces of the astronauts’ faith shared during this 50th anniversary, week-long moon landing celebration floods me with emotion. Not of the greatness of man, but how great is our God.
Three-In-One, Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Christ Jesus. Father. Jehovah. Yahweh.
Creator of the moon. Creator of man…Creator of the universe
“I am the vine, you are the branches. Whosoever abides in me will bring forth much fruit. Apart from me, you can do nothing.”
Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11, July 20, 1969
The Gospel of John: 15:5, the Holy Bible
You give life, You are love You bring light to the darkness You give hope, You restore Every heart that is broken Great are You, Lord - All Sons and Daughters
Contributed by: Donna Martin, Director of Stewardship Services.