Can You See The Light?

An artist’s impression of Betelgeuse and the plume of gas around it.

The super giant star Betelgeuse captures the attention of astronomers around the world. It’s a big deal to those who study this magnificent heavenly body.

Where is it? You can see it in the nighttime sky without aid of a telescope. Find it in the constellation Orion.

How big is it? Its outermost shell of Betelgeuse has a radius of nearly 7.5 light-years, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica.

In order to get a sense of proportion, let’s look at our solar system.

The Sun’s gravity dominates local space out to a distance of about 2 light-years, or almost half the distance from the Sun to the nearest star: Proxima Centauri. Believe it or not, any object within this region would probably be orbiting the Sun, and be thought to be a part of the Solar System.

…. At those distances, it would take you 19 million years to complete the journey to the edge of the Solar System. Even NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, the fastest object ever launched from Earth would need 37,000 years to make the trip.

Universe Today: How Big Is The Solar System?

The image of Betelgeuse you can see tonight is the way Betelgeuse was 642 years, 6 months ago. So, why are so many excited about this star?

A Star Is Born

There is an even more impressive light. One that captures my attention without so much as a glance at the nighttime sky. This light appeared 2,020 years ago.

I suppose you can think of the story of Jesus as God’s Quick Start Guide to the universe.

The Creator of the universe says of himself, “…My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.”

Jesus Christ, supernaturally born of a virgin, imbued with supernatural intelligence and wisdom, is the ‘star’ of the story of our universe. Jesus is the Light of the World, the head of all human authority on earth.

Long before He manifested himself as a human on earth, He created the universe in which the super giant star Betelgeuse is but one tiny component.

Jesus Christ is truly the ‘star’ that is visible at all times because He is the Light of the world.

There is much to know and understand about the Kingdom of God, far too much for a quick start guide to cover.

You are invited to learn about God’s plan for you and for the world through the in-depth teaching from Gateway Church. Perhaps you live near one of our many campuses. In fact, Gateway Church services are available throughout the world via the internet, live and archived teachings.

Jesus changed this writer’s life in August 1974. If He can change this man, He can change anyone.

Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life].

Forgiveness of sins, assurance of eternal life, and hope.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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