Fifty years ago today, on Christmas Eve, 1968, three astronauts—William Anders, James Lovell, and Frank Borman—orbited the moon on the Apollo 8 mission. They sent back a Christmas broadcast to earth that was heard by millions around the world. And their selected message paid tribute to the one who deserves all the glory and praise for what he has made—our Creator.
They read from God’s Word—Genesis chapter 1. Sadly, I very much doubt if that mission were to occur today, the astronauts would be allowed to read the Bible as they did back then. And if they did today, I’m sure atheists’ groups would threaten to take them to court. We’ve seen the atheist religion imposed on so much of our culture since 1968.
Our friends over at Illustra Media and the John 10:10 Project have put together a short video featuring the original recording of the astronauts’ greetings from lunar orbit. They’ve graciously given me permission to share this video with you, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 8:
I hope this Christmas you will take time to reflect on the One who made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them and give him glory and praise.
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,
This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.