In today’s volatile political climate, the last thing anyone needs is more commentary, so be assured, this is not another partisan political post. Bear with the illustration for a moment to get to the deeper application.
This is one estimate of the National Debt of the United States of America. Precise numbers are difficult to pin down due to different accounting practices and that the debt is growing rapidly, but I’ll just use that figure for the sake of this illustration.
14 trillion dollars! That’s a lot of zero’s on the end of that figure. In fact, so many that it’s really hard for anyone to truly grasp just how vast it is and how much of a disparity there is between national income and spending.
But I recently came across a social media share that makes this picture easier to understand by simply reducing the numbers in scale.
Take a second to look at this.
|US Tax Revenue||$2 170 000 000 000|
|Federal Budget||$3 820 000 000 000|
|New Debt||$1 650 000 000 000|
|National Debt||$14 300 000 000 000|
|Budget Cuts||$38 500 000 000|
Now remove eight zero and think about this as more of a household budget:
|Annual family Income||$21 700|
|New debt||$16 500|
|Credit Card Debt||$143 000|
That makes things much more clear, doesn’t it? I don’t really know if these numbers are a completely accurate representation or not, but the point I’m trying to make is that when you reduce the size of this massive number and then give it a common, familiar frame of reference, it becomes much easier to grasp and understand.
Did you know that’s very similar to what God did by sending Jesus to earth? The mind of man is finite. Limited. Imperfect. So even when we try, we are unable to grasp Someone so large and complex as God. He is so far above our limited experience that we can not understand Him, so majestic that we can not behold Him, so enormous in scope of His power that we can not approach Him.
That was until the incarnation. When Jesus took on human flesh, and was born into this world, it, in effect, “reduced” the “size” of God and put Him into a frame of reference that we could more easily understand.
The Apostle John understood the ramifications of Christ’s appearance on earth and said told us that:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:1,14
And many years later he wrote to new believers about his personal experience with Jesus.
“We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.” 1 John 1:3
John’s eyewitness account went beyond simply identifying Jesus as an historical person, and described this man with whom he had personal experience was none other than the Author of eternal life. (1 John 1:2)
The entrance of Christ into the world altered humanity’s concept of God as being so vast and complex as to be unknowable and instead, helped us see Him as close… as One who, through faith, can be known and loved. (1 John 1:3)