What if there were a theory that explained everything — the universe, human life, where we come from, and where we are going?
Stephen Hawking, the famous English physicist and cosmologist, dedicated many years of his life to the answer to that question. He believes that there is such a theory — that an equation in physics can explain everything about the universe. The film, The Theory of Everything, depicts some of Hawking’s quest to discover such an equation. Hawking went on to develop the Big Bang theory about the creation of the universe as well as theories that explained the beginning of time. He also went on to write the best selling book, A Brief History of Time.
However, the film also depicts something that is not as easily definable, but that is far more important — his relationship with his wife, Jane, and her unyielding commitment to him and her amazing love for him even though a disease called ALS was ravaging his body, causing it to fold in on itself, and rendering him unable to do anything beyond speak and think. While most of us probably could not grasp complex theories of how the universe and time came to be, we can understand — although we may not be able to define — how love works. Their love for each other is what kept Stephen and Jane together for many years despite the hurdles they had to overcome.
Virgil said, “Love conquers all.” Robert Browning said, “Without love, our earth is a tomb.” Mahatma Gandhi said, “Nothing is impossible for pure love.” The Bible says, more importantly, “God is love.”
Sadly and unfortunately, Stephen Hawking says he does not believe in God, and therefore he does not believe in God’s love even though he has experienced it through his wife Jane who is a Christian. “God is love.” “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
One of the reasons why we are doing this podcast today is because this preacher has gained a new love and respect for Stephen Hawking, and it is my prayer that he would humble himself and believe in God and trust His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is my prayer that he will receive this message that God is love and accept the fact that he has experienced God’s love through his wife, Jane.
If you will, Mr. Hawking, I have a theory. My theory is that God gave you a mind that He has not given many others. I believe God made you to show the world scientifically, through the so-called Big Bang theory, that indeed God made the universe. He made you to confess that to the world scientifically and mathematically. But when He saw that you were refusing to do that, He loved you so much that He allowed your body to be crippled, but He kept your mind intact because He saw that you were not going in that direction. He gave you a most loving wife. Most husbands would appreciate just ten percent of the love that that Christian lady, Jane, showed you. He did everything, and He is doing everything right now. He has spared your life when you know you should have been dead long ago. You have been living on nothing but love. God loves you, Stephen Hawking, and He wants you to believe in Him. He wants you to trust Christ as Savior before you die lest you go to Hell. And He wants you to confess to the world that He created the universe.
The Bible tells us of one demonstration of love that exceeds all others. In the Gospel of John it reads, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” It is a brave and selfless thing for someone to choose to live with, love, and care for someone who cannot take care of himself. You might never imagine that someone would do such a thing for you. And, indeed, with the selfishness that is common in human nature, you would be hard pressed to find someone willing to do such a thing. But there is someone who has already done that and so much more for you.
On this side of eternity, brilliant minds will always wrestle with the big questions of the universe: how it came to be, how long it has been in existence, and what the future holds. But, the one thing we don’t have to wonder about is God’s love for everyone in the universe. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came to earth to take upon Himself the punishment we deserve for our sins. Romans 5:8 tells us that “God commendeth [or showed] his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
We all are sinners. One of the reasons why I found a new love and respect for Stephen Hawking is because he is a man’s man. Even though crippled, he understood what all real men understand — that women are beautiful. He loved women. He loved his wife Jane. And, sometimes, as depicted in the movie, he sinned like most of us men sin by lusting for women. He never lost that even though he was crumpled up in a wheelchair. The Bible tells us that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Because of our sins, we are destined to experience the punishment of sin which is physical death and eternal separation from God in a place called Hell.
However, because of God’s love for us, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, who willingly laid down His life and took the punishment we deserve. Jesus Christ experienced death and separation from God so that we would not have to. Now, He invites everyone to simply believe on him for salvation.
Jesus Christ has opened the way of everlasting life for us because of His death on our behalf. He wants to begin a relationship with you. The decision you must make is whether or not you will accept the gift that He has given — the Bible says” believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”
Yes, Stephen Hawking, in his wheelchair, can trust Jesus Christ as his Savior right now, and it is my prayer that he would do so as his wife did so many years ago.
If you want to do that today, simply believe in Jesus Christ, that He died on the cross for your sins, that He was buried, and that He rose from the dead by the power of God, and he will save your soul right now.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Are you ready to call on Jesus Christ right now and let Him know that you believe in Him and that you want to begin a relationship with Him? Then please pray with me the following simple prayer.
Holy Father God, Creator of the Universe, the Lover and Owner and master of Everything, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today and forever so that I can have your peace and assurance about my life today and my eternal future. Amen.
Now, everything is yours through Jesus Christ
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”.
Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!