Columbus Day 2017 – Why do we commemorate the man?

Christopher Columbus – What’s in a name? Lots! His name means “He who holds Christ in his heart”.

A number of ill-informed stories have been written about this man. But, it is his diary that reveals why he ventured west across the Atlantic Ocean.

Columbus wrote about his motivation to sail west in his diary, “It was the Lord who put it into my mind…”

He based his belief in a spherical Earth on Isaiah 40:22.

God sits above the circle of the earth.
The people below seem like grasshoppers to him!
He spreads out the heavens like a curtain
and makes his tent from them.

He was the first Christian missionary to the western hemisphere.

On Monday, October 9, 2017, we honor Christoper Columbus. To be sure, the militant atheists will decry the day and demand our silence. Psalm 2, verse 1 asks, “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?”

What was significant about the date Columbus set sail out of the port of Palos? It was the last day Jews could be in Spain. That same day a ship of Jews departed from the nearby port of Cadiz.

Columbus wasn’t Spanish. He was Italian. From my own research, I have come to strongly believe he was a Jew who became a believer in Yeshua HaHaMashiach, [Joshua (YAHWEH is salvation) The Anointed One] – Jesus the Christ.

In 1934, the Knights of Columbus persuaded President Franklin Roosevelt to declare this federal holiday.

We continue this tradition to honor Christopher Columbus on Monday, October 9, 2017.

John White
Rockwall, Texas