The Son of God and black holes

GRO J1655-40, a black hole of about the same mass as a star. The companion star is being slowly devoured by the black hole

At the risk of sounding blasphemous, Colossians 1:19-20 makes me think of Jesus as being a bit like a black hole.

In astronomy, the idea of a black hole is that an extraordinarily large amount of matter (such as a giant star) collapses into an almost infinitely small space, generating a massive gravitational field that nothing can escape from. Similarly, when an infinite God wraps Himself in all His fullness into a single man, we have a very similar idea. (So we don’t need to be afraid of modern physics and very clever scientists – God has already “been there, done that“!)

For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
(Colossians 1:19-20 ESV)

Having already enfolded Himself, the infinite, eternal One, into a couple of cells in Mary’s womb, He grew as a child into a man and every action of Jesus was an action of God. So when Jesus submitted to the nails on that cross, it was God’s blood which flowed! In that act all things were reconciled in Christ to God.

Notice also that God was pleased to do this – God did not grudgingly redeem your soul

Lensing by a black hole. Animated simulation of gravitational lensing caused by a Schwarzschild black hole going past a background galaxy.


Image of black hole and companion star: Hubble space telescope
Image of black hole lensing: Wikimedia Commons