Have you ever taken time to actually gaze upon a diamond?

Millions of diamonds have been worn on the fingers of newly-wed brides, and millions more have bedecked the wardrobes of kings and queens throughout the centuries.

But did you know that diamonds are “graded” for their gem-like quality?  Each gem is graded according to their “cut”, “color”, “clarity” and “carat weight”. Not all gems are equal … but they all have value and are beautiful to behold!

One of the most important attributes of a diamond is how it is cut. A diamond has many “facets” cut onto its surface in order to best amplify the “attributes” of its color and clarity contained within it. A well-cut diamond will literally shine with a unique “brilliance” as it moves through the light. The rays of its inner beauty emanate from its core for all to see. The more perfectly a diamond is cut, the more its indwelling brilliance will shine forth.

Another interesting aspect of a diamond is the uniqueness of its own creation. Diamonds are produced naturally in the Earth under tremendous pressure. So, during that process, each diamond develops its own distinct “personality”. In fact, gemologists have never found (on an atomic level) a “perfect” diamond. Diamonds always possess characteristic “imperfections”, arising from the circumstances of their own crystal growth under pressure that allow them to be distinguished from each other!

Now consider the stars in heaven. Have you ever seen the Milky Way on an absolutely clear night in a place far away from the visual distraction of city lights? The view is magnificent!

And that’s just our own galaxy. There are literally trillions of galaxies in our Universe … each different in size, beauty and brilliance. And God calls them all by name. In fact, astronomers have just discovered a celestial body they believe is made up of a diamond-like material. The whole thing is a great big diamond travelling through space reflecting the glory of God!

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” (Psalms 19:1)

And “…there is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.” (1Corinthians 15:41)

But “so also is the resurrection of the dead” (1Corinthians 15:42)

“It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.” (1Corinthians 15:43)

“And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever.” (Daniel 12:3)