VOYAGER 2 – An Amazing Journey to the Planets and the Stars

This week we got a glimpse of man’s amazing genius and ingenuity, amidst the doom and gloom being broadcast in our daily news bulletins. We see on the one hand a picture of man’s gift of creativity, and on the other hand man’s greed, selfishness, pride and depravity.

Personally I was blown away as I stopped to consider again the achievements of the Voyager 1 and 2 space craft teams, as they announced that Voyager 2 had now joined it’s sister craft Voyager 1 in interstellar space. Voyager 2 launched away back in 1997, is the only spacecraft to have spectacularly photographed Uranus and Neptune, two planets on the outer edges of our solar system. The photograph above issued by NASA gives some of the mind-boggling statistics. 

NASA scientists predict that travelling at 38,000 miles per hour Voyager 2 will go by the brightest star in the winter night sky – Sirius, the ‘Dog Star’ at a distance of 4.3 light years, in 296,000 years time! These predictions are only possible because of the fine-tuning of our universe.

  Genesis 1.27 says ‘so God created man in his own image,                                         in the image of God created he him’

Man’s fallen nature of course is self evident in our daily news bulletins. When man has such creativity and abilities we are compelled to ask the  ‘why’ questions. Why is half the world starving and without clean water when there is enough for all?   Why do the rich get richer and the poor poorer? Why the wars and fighting? Why the abuse of men, women and children? Why a lack of education for countless thousands? And so we could go on. ! Genesis reminds us that there is rebellion around, which the Bible calls SIN, and the letter ‘I” is at its centre, as Frank Sinatra once sang ‘I did it my way’! Not God’s way MY WAY! I think we can all relate to that?

I was interested to read that voyager 2 carries a recording of the human voice as it travels into interstellar space! This Christmas we are reminded again of the message coming not from us, but to us from the God who created the heavens! ‘Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour who is Christ the Lord’ Oh how the world needs a Saviour, oh how I need a Saviour  – Jesus Christ the Lord. He did not come to judge, but to save!

Don’t miss the voice from heaven this Christmas                                                     but find this unspeakable gift, A Saviour in Jesus

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I'm am a married man, a father, grandfather and great grandfather who has been married to Muriel for 62 years. I have worked as an Engineer in the Sugar Business, and as a Manager in the Relief and Development sector. Firstly however, I'm a follower of Jesus Christ and this fact has shaped my life and work.

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