This is Earth and the moon as seen through Saturn’s rings. It is a stunning photo which was recently taken by the Cassini spacecraft as it makes its final laps around the gas giant before it end its mission. I love this photo because somewhere in the pale blue light are you and I us looking back. Some astronomers take the opinion that this shows just how insignificant we are in the grand scheme of things. If you carry the thinking out to its logical conclusion, life is relatively meaningless in light of scale of the universe and the tiny plot of land we exist in.
I tend to look at it from a different perspective. It occurred to me that we could not ponder the massive scale of the universe and the relative smallness of our planet without having an outsider perspective, something to beam back the photo. In order to make the observations, we had to have something send us the data to make the conclusions. The Cassini spacecraft was made to send back the images to show us the mystery. We could not know the magnitude of our own solar system without that outsider perspective.
You see that is how I look at Jesus. We on our own could not fathom God or grasp His grace and love towards us on our own. While our faulty observations could give us an idea, we could not begin to understand the enormity of God or observe what He is like. Jesus gives us that outsider perspective. He shows us what God is like. God is like Jesus. He takes the image of all who God is and beams it to us in the person of Christ.