Christopher Columbus – The Christ-bearer

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Christopher Columbus – The Christ-bearer

Long before there was an America, God engraved its location on the heart of one man and gave him a mission to carry the gospel there.  That man was Christopher Columbus, whose first name means “Christbearer.”  Here we will shed some light on Columbus as a God-fearing man, something which the secular historians have ignored entirely.

His real name and details of his life are disputed by historians.  But what is known for certain is that this man of Italian descent, born in the Republic of Genoa, in what is today northwestern Italy, became a seafarer at an early age.

He is said to have likened himself to the patron Saint Christopher, who, legend says, carried the Christ child across treacherous waters.  In the same manner, Columbus would eventually carry the gospel of Christ across unchartered waters.  Writing in his Book of Prophecies, composed following his third voyage to the New  World, Columbus describes how his journey of discovery began:

I prayed to the most merciful Lord about my heart’s great desire, and He gave me the spirit and the intelligence for  the task:  seafaring, astronomy, geometry, arithmetic, skill in drafting spherical maps … It was the Lord who put into my mind, the fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies.  All who heard of my project rejected it with laughter.  There is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit, because He comforted me with rays of marvelous illumination from the Holy Scriptures … The fact that the gospel must still be preached in so many lands in such a short time, this is what convinces me.

In his log, Columbus wrote that the reason for his voyages to new lands was to “bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the heathens.”

Before embarking from Spain on August 3, 1492, Columbus and his crew took Communion.  He then ordered the sails to be set in the Name of Jesus.  One month, two months, the miserable voyage stretched beyond what anyone had expected.  But Columbus continually reassured his crew that land was near.  Finally, on October 12, the crew touched the warm soil and beheld the wonders of the New World!  Columbus named the first island San Salvador, meaning “Holy Savior.”  He prayed, “O Lord, Almighty … blessed and glorified be Thy Name, and praised be Thy Majesty, which hath deigned to use us, Thy humble servants, that Thy holy Name may be proclaimed in this second part of the earth.”

Columbus would make three more voyages across these waters, giving each new island a religious name and ordering a huge cross erected – calling the land for Spain, but “principally for a sign of Jesus Christ our Lord, and in honor of Christianity.”  A fourth voyage, to make way for the liberation of Jerusalem, ended in disaster and Columbus never saw his ultimate dream fulfilled.

Christopher Columbus knew God had a purpose for him and fearlessly answered the call, even when it looked impossible.  His thoughts on this still speak to us today:  “No one should fear to undertake any task in the Name of our Savior, if it is just and if the intention is purely for his holy service.”

He was the “Christbearer” to the New World.

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