" When the fullness of time came God sent His Son."
God sent His Son to earth to show us the way to heaven and to give us hope.
On the southernmost tip of Africa there is a cape which juts out into the ocean. It is now called the Cape of Good Hope. But that was not always its name. Centuries ago the sailors who sailed the Indian Ocean were afraid to sail around it. The seas were so rough, the waves so high, and the wind so strong that they called it the Cape of Tempests. The first man to sail around it safely was the great explorer, Vasco da Gama. He took his ship through the boiling seas and swirling winds and brought it safely around the Cape of Tempests. Others took heart from his example and followed him, Vasco da Gama changed the name from Cape of Tempests to the Cape of God Hope.
Just as the sailors took heart from the example of Vasco da Gama, so we should take heart from the example of Christ. God knew that the sea of life was hard and dangerous to sail upon. He knew that men would be afraid. He sent His Son to show that it could be done. He sent His Son to give us good hope.
Youth is filled with hope and looks toward the future always. A young boy was once asked, "Have you lived all your life in the city?" He replied, "Not yet." Youth looks forward. Because God sent His Son to show us the way, youth can look forward with hope.
We say to ourselves, "The way is hard and long." But if we look we can see the marks of Christ's bloodstained feet showing us the way. That should give us good hope. We say, "I have so much to learn and so little time to learn it in." We can hear Christ saying, "Learn of Me, for I am meek and humble of heart." That should give us good hope. We say, "I don’t feel like trying any more." We can remember that he fell three times under His cross and got up again. We can remember that He did that to give us good hope. There is no time in our lives when we cannot look at Christ and say that He showed us the way. He showed us the way through the storm and the waves and the wind and the danger. He showed us the way safely past the Cape of Tempests. Because it has been done, we know it can be done. That should give us good hope.
~ Heirs of the Kingdom, Imprimatur: 1949 ~