Have you seen any carbon today?
You have; but maybe you just didn’t realize it. Carbon is a chemical element that is present in every life form. Bacteria, insects, fish, cows, elephants and humans all have carbon as a major element in their make-up. We also see it in diamonds and other rocks, sugar, gases, coal, and metal. It is the 4th most abundant element in the universe. It is one of the most common things found in every form of matter. It is safe to say that without carbon nothing would exist.
However, while it is now abundantly clear how important and common carbon is to everything we know, at one time no one knew anything about it. Before the age of modern science, people lived in general ignorance of this fascinating chemical element.
This reminds me of a Bible verse about another “C” word without which nothing would exist in our universe. Paul says…
“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” (Col 1:16-17 nkjv)
Of course, he is speaking of Jesus Christ. Notice that Jesus was not only instrumental in creating everything; but that even now “in Him all things consist”. It is because of Jesus that the earth, solar system, universe, kingdoms, presidents, laws, governments, life, food, books, education, oceans, iron, bears, limestone, love, and squirrels exist or have any purpose. That is such a seemingly unrelated list of things; but in a very real way, because of Christ they exist and have purpose.
Were you aware of this? Just like people not recognizing the existence of Carbon even though it was in everything they saw every day; many people are not aware of the importance of Christ to everything.
John said,“He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.” (John 1:10 niv)
He is just as real as carbon, and more so, because He made carbon! Jesus, the son of God, is critically important to everything we see and know. His desire is to give “life” to those who believe in Him. To learn more about Him read the book of John in the Bible.