The Cape of Good Hope

March 28, 2024 | Read Time: 1 min

By: Rev. Mark Sorensen

Since the children are made of flesh and blood, it’s logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death. By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil’s hold on death and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death. – Hebrews 2:14-15 (MSG)

At the southern tip of Africa, you will find a small cape sticking out into the south Atlantic Ocean which, not too long ago, caused many sailors great anxiety. Because of its awkward placement, many sailors who attempted to sail around it were lost to the elements and choppy seas – waves, winds and storms. Because of this, the region was aptly named the Cape of Storms.

That is until a Portuguese captain decided to find a better and safer route through. The captain’s mission was deemed a success when he charted an easier course allowing his countrymen a safer path. Because of his efforts, the area was renamed the Cape of Good Hope.

Friends, it’s Holy Week.

What begins the week – palms, praise and shouts of “Hosanna” as Jesus rides into Jerusalem – very quickly turns into a last supper, a betrayal and an arrest in the garden, which leads to Golgotha with shouts of “Crucify!”

Yet, the story doesn’t end with Good Friday.

On that night, as author and writer Bob Goff so beautifully put it, “Darkness fell, His friends scattered, hope seemed lost – But heaven just started counting to three.”

Through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, we are no longer subject to the storms of this life because Christ has made a way through. That’s the beauty of resurrection.

Easter Sunday reminds us all that Christ has charted a safe course through the stormy waters of death, and in that, there is certain hope for us all.

Hope to see you all this Easter!