Science proudly demonstrates for the Westinghouse Company a new lamp that "rivals the beams of the sun." The demonstrator explained that the temperature at the sun's surface is about 11,732 degrees Fahrenheit, while the new lamp reaches 25,232 degrees Fahrenheit. That, however, as scientists know, is a long way from the sun's best temperature.
According to Sir James Jeans, there prevails in the depths of the sun, temperature of "forty million degrees centigrade," which is considerably higher than any man-made temperature. If you came within one thousand miles of a five-cent piece, with a temperature of forty million degrees centigrade, you would be burned to a cinder; hard to believe but true.
Some simple science! How far away is the sun?
It is so far away a train traveling a mile a minute, or sixty miles an hour, day and night, would take 175 years to reach the sun. Even the sun's light, which travels 186,000 miles a second, takes about five hundred seconds, or a little more than eight minutes, to reach the earth. The distance to the sun is 93,000,000 miles but the distance to the nearest star is so great that it takes four years for its light to reach the earth.
How big is the sun? The sun is so big that it could contain the earth and the moon without cramping that satellite's swing around its orbit. The moon's orbit is about 500,000 miles across. This will give some idea of how big the sun is when we say its diameter is 865,000 miles. This is more than one hundred times the diameter of the earth. It would take three hundred earths to make a narrow belt around the sun's equator. A train, traveling a mile a minute around the sun's equator, night and day, would take five years to make the trip back to the starting point. At three cents a mile, a ticket for a trip around the sun's equator would cost $78,840.
But, "If you would ride from the earth to Alpha Centauri, the nearest fixed star, on a train going at the rate of a mile a minute, you would reach your destination in forty-eight million years. At the rate sound travels, if a song were to be sung on Alpha Centauri it would be three million eight hundred thousand years before we could hear it. This neighbor of ours is thirty-five trillion miles away. A spider's thread from a cocoon reaching to it would weigh five hundred tons.
"Our earth, in its revolutions on its axis and its trip around the sun and outward into space, makes a journey of nine hundred and eighty-four million miles a year; but the old clock never varies; there is never a jar or tremor, and we are back again on the hundredth of a second. Do you know it would have cost me one billion five hundred million dollars if I had had to pay my way so far at the rate of two cents a mile during my journey of seventy-five years?" To ride from the earth to Alpha Centauri would cost seven hundred billion dollars.
But Jesus who is the Sun of righteousness with healing in his wings (Malachi 4:2), is "not far from every one of us" (Acts 17:27).
Through Jeremiah, His prophet, God says: "Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord" (Jeremiah 23: 23,24).
This great God says: "Thy Lord is nigh unto them who are of a broken heart" (Psalm 34:18). James in his epistle writes: "Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you" (James 4:8).