This week I had the opportunity to visit the Creation Museum.

We arrived in Kentucky on Tuesday afternoon and spent our first evening enjoying Christmas Town, which is a non-admission event every Christmas season that includes drama presentations, the outdoor botanical gardens decorated with Christmas lights, and a live nativity. We were able to watch two of the (excellent) dramas, which were about half-hour monologues: the first was a "temple guard", who recounted his from-a-distance involvement with Christ, from hearing of a King being born to hearing of Him during His three-year ministry, watching His crucifixion, and meeting Him in person after the Resurrection, and the second was Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist. We saw a special planetarium show on the Christmas star. After eating supper at Noah's Cafe, we walked through the live nativity, via the gardens, and at one point stopped to watch a third drama, a wise man. 

The next morning we got to the museum when it opened at ten. We saw the "regular" planetarium show, Created Cosmos, which was a really incredible depiction of the scale of the universe . . . this was humbling and admittedly made me feel pretty small, but at the same time awe-inspiring and reflecting the glory of God. (Just think about it: "and He made the stars also"!) Then we walked through the museum exhibits, virtually the history of the Bible condensed into 7 C's (creation, corruption, catastrophe, confusion, Christ, cross, consummation), with the first four being the emphasis of the exhibits themselves and the last three examined in a movie presentation, "The Last Adam", which was, in actuality, a gospel presentation. We also watched a movie in the special effects theater, which was humorous and cute, yet a factual basic examination of Creation and Evolution.

I don't say "opportunity" lightly. 

The Creation Museum was a really neat place to visit, and I was impressed. It is state-of-the-art. It is refreshingly unashamed in proclaiming truth . . . the inerrancy of Scripture and, more generally, a Christian worldview. But what was especially significant to me was how the museum not only made a case for Creation, but also made a case for Christ. The gospel was woven into every drama, every exhibit . . . sometimes subtly, sometimes directly. We are broken, separated from God because of sin. God broke into our world, sent His son, Jesus . . . Emmanuel, God with us . . . made a way for our redemption. Christ, sinless, spotless, perfect sacrifice, took the just wrath of God for the sins of the world, paid in full, and rose again in victory over death and sin. His gift of life is offered to all who receive . . . non-admission life to enjoy on this life and for eternity with God, in restored fellowship through Christ, daily being changed to become more like Him and obedient to His commands and His will.
For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.      
      ~ 1 Corinthians 15:21-22 [emphasis mine]

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