Adapted from John Piper at:
Genesis 1:27 — God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
God made humans in his image so that the world would be filled with reflectors of God– ‘images’ of God. There are on this earth seven billion ‘living statues’ of God, so that nobody would miss the point of creation, and nobody should miss the point of humanity. God — knowing, loving, revealing God — is the point of everything. The angels sing in Isaiah 6:3:
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!
It is full of billions of human ‘image bearers.’
But not only humans. Also nature! Why is there such a breathtaking world for us to live in? Why is there such a vast universe?
I once read that there are more stars in the universe than there are words and sounds that all humans of all time have ever spoken. Why? The Bible is crystal clear about this:
Psalm 19:1 — The heavens declare the glory of God.
It is often asked: “If earth is the only inhabited planet and man the only rational inhabitant among the stars, why is there such a large and empty universe?”
The answer is: It’s not about us. It’s about God. And that’s an understatement.
God created us to know him and love him and show him. And then he gave us a hint of what he is like — the universe.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Him above the heavenly host
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
–Thomas Ken, 1637-1711