Filling the Universe

Jonathan Brownson

READ : Ephesians 4:1-16

He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to

fill the whole universe. (v. 10 NIV)

According to scientists, approximately 13.7 billion years ago, the universe was an
unimaginably tiny mass that was both hot and immeasurably dense. The “Big Bang Theory”
states that this mass began a violent and rapid expansion that created the universe. Even
today the universe continues to expand.

According to the writer of the Gospel of John, “In the beginning was the Word, and the
Word was with God, and the Word was God” (1:1). The “Big Bang Theory” may describe how
everything got started. John’s Gospel describes who got it started. Christians believe
that behind the Big Bang stands a bigger God. God speaks all of creation into being
through the Word — Jesus.

Jesus creates the whole universe. Then Jesus fills the whole universe. According to the
apostle, that is the purpose of Christ’s ascension (Eph. 4:10). Now Jesus calls us to be
witnesses to the “ends of the earth.” And what if in the next life we are to be
worshippers to the “ends of the universe”? What if there is no end to Christ’s ascension
and the universe’s expansion? What if heaven will be an ever-expanding worship sanctuary,
a place of ever-widening love, joy, and peace, a sphere of ever-growing exploration and


Jesus I don’t know how you fill the whole universe. Help me join you in it,

though, just by filling my room with your praise, then my house, then my neighborhood,

until the whole world is full of your glory.