Why Does the Moon Not Crash to the Earth?

This was a question we asked this morning during our family devotion time. Our three-year-old has already learned that 80% of the time you can answer “God” and be right (we’re working on that one). But she did. And she’s right.

The apostle wrote in Colossians 1:15-17:

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Is it gravity? Yes. Is it the pull of the earth’s magnitude? Yes. But ultimately, the moon does not crash to the earth because the Son holds all things together in His infinite creative and sustaining power. But it’s more than that, too. If you suddenly removed Jesus from the equation of the universe, the moon wouldn’t crash to the earth; the moon would be obliterated. So would the earth. Everything would implode on itself.

If in Him all things hold together, then “all things” includes not only the orbit of the moon or earth; it includes those bodies themselves. And our bodies. Every blood cell, every molecule, every atom. We are held together by the sustaining power of Christ today.

I suppose, then, Andi’s answer was very, very right:

In the end, the answer is God.

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1 Comment

  • Jana says:

    She does have one up on Joshua’s repeated sea monster answer. I’m excited to see how God is going to redeem all their creativity. So fun to watch!

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