You’ve got mail – a message from space

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Have you ever sent an e-mail to another planet? Or have you perhaps text-messaged someone in the next galaxy? Sound odd?

Well, that’s what a group of astronomers have been attempting to do for more than 40 years!

Their idea first took to the sky in 1973. In that year, the Pioneer 10 space probe made history. It became the first object from the earth to travel beyond the boundary of our solar system. In doing so, it also became the first e-mail in space because riveted to its side is a metal “attachment” sent from scientists on planet earth. It is a drawing of a man and a woman (the man is waving “hello”), a star map describing the location of our solar system, and a diagram which shows that we humans live on the third planet from the sun.

In the event that Pioneer’s message gets lost, two other spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, have also since left our solar system with their own attachments. Each carries onboard a special holder containing video disks. Recorded on the disks are messages from some world leaders. To show what Earth is like, there is music from several countries and pictures from all corners of our globe. These disks were nicknamed “Earth’s Greatest Hits”.

When God created the vast masterpiece in our night sky, He sent us a message that is received on earth 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It reaches every address.

The planets and stars all speak about God’s power and presence; but many people do not want to be accountable to their Creator. It’s like they don’t want to know Him. Instead, they are busy looking for something else.

How about you? Do you know that God has sent a message to you? That message says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). God loves you so much that He sent the Lord Jesus to die on the cross to take the punishment for your sins. Trust Him and you will receive everlasting life.

“The gospel of Christ, …is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). This is the greatest message that has ever been sent!

International Bible House

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