O Captain! My Captain (1)

Fix your thoughts on Jesus.
—Hebrews 3:1

The Hebrew writer describes Jesus as the captain of our salvation, “bringing many children to glory” (Heb. 2:10).

Walt Whitman’s O Captain! My Captain! was a tribute to Abraham Lincoln and a celebration of the end of the Civil War:

O Captain! My Captain! Our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting …

The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won …

The words remind us of Jesus, our captain, bringing an end to our earthly struggles, the victory won. The captain of our salvation has one aim … bringing us, God’s children, to glory.

O Captain! My Captain!                            (to be continued)

He came to our home so that we
might finally be brought to his.

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