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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

The Cross in Our Bodies

A friend sent me this amazing story today... I don't know who it is originally from, and I don't know anything about Louie Giglio, but when I read it I knew I had to share it with you.


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This is a pretty neat story and an interesting thing that few of us know. It's brief, so please read. (FROM A DOCTOR)

A couple of days ago I was running (I use that term very loosely) on my treadmill, watching a DVD sermon by Louie Giglio... And I was BLOWN AWAY! I want to share what I learned....

He (Louie) was talking about how inconceivably BIG our God is... How He spoke the universe into being... How He breathes stars out of His mouth that are huge raging balls of fire.. Etc. Etc. Then He went on to speak of how this star-breathing, universe creating God ALSO knitted our human bodies together with amazing detail and wonder. At this point I am LOVING it (fascinating from a medical standpoint, you know.) . And I was remembering how I was constantly amazed during medical school as I learned more and more about God's handiwork. I remember so many times thinking..'How can ANYONE deny that a Creator did all of this???'

Louie went on to talk about how we can trust that the God who created all this, also has the power to hold it all together when things seem to be falling apart..how our loving Creator is also our sustainer.

And then I lost my breath. And it wasn't because I was running my treadmill, either!!!

It was because he started talking about laminin . I knew about laminin . Here is how Wikipedia describes them: ' Laminins are a family of proteins that are an integral part of the structural scaffolding of basement membranes in almost every animal tissue' You see.... Laminins
are what hold us together.. LITERALLY
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They are cell adhesion molecules. They are what holds one cell of our bodies to the next cell. Without them, we would literally fall apart. And I knew all this already. But what I didn't know is what they LOOKED LIKE..

But now I do. And I have thought about it a thousand times since (already)....Here is what the structure of laminin looks like... AND THIS IS NOT a 'Christian portrayal' of it.... If you look up laminin in any scientific/medical piece of literature, this is what you will see....








































Now tell me that our God is not the coolest!!! Amazing. The glue that holds us together.... ALL of us..... Is in the shape of the cross. Immediately Colossians 1:15-17 comes to mind.

"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible And invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or A uthorities; All things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him All things HOLD TOGETHER." (Colossians 1:15-17)

Call me crazy. I just think that is very, very, very cool. Thousands of years before the world knew anything about laminin, Paul penned those words. And now we see that from a very LITERAL standpoint, we are held together... One cell to another.... By the cross.

You would never in a quadrillion years convince me that is anything o ther than the mark of a Creator who knew EXACTLY what laminin 'glue' would look like long before Adam breathed his first breath!!

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Now for the prof test... Google the word "Laminin" and see what you find.

Grace for the Journey,
Greg

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi GRED ALFORD,

I enjoyed reading your article on the ‘Cross-shaped’ laminin structure, especially that part: “You see…. Laminins
are what hold us together.. LITERALLY
.
They are cell adhesion molecules. They are what holds one cell of our bodies to the next cell. Without them, we would literally fall apart. And I knew all this already. But what I didn’t know is what they LOOKED LIKE..”

There is a verse I’m sure you know already that corresponds beautifully. It is found in the first chapter of Colossians, verse 17:

” He Himself is before all things,
and by Him all things hold together.”

Your post reminded me of that verse so much.

Greg Alford said...

Anonymous,

Thanks for your comment, and for the verse... Truly "by Him all things hold together."

In some cases the Word of God has layers of meaning... there is of course always the spiritual meaning of the text, but then sometimes a discovery comes along and reveals a very literal/physical meaning also; as this verse does.

The closer we look at all of creation the more we see the Creator... for as Paul says in Acts chapter 17:28 "For in him we live and move and have our being."

I will not re-preach my recent sermon on this verse here... but that is truly a fascinating statement that Paul is making about the nature of God and the relationship of the creation with the Creator.