I Have an Anchor – A Joint Post
We have this hope – like a sure and firm anchor of the soul – that enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. Jesus has entered there on our behalf as a forerunner, because He has become a “high priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 6:19
It was a room so holy it could only be entered once a year. The high priest did so trembling, carrying blood from the animal he had sacrificed for his own sins and those of the people. If he didn’t get it right, he’d be struck dead as he passed behind the curtain of the Holy of Holies, the place where God Himself dwelt. So why did a mere man take the chance?
The answer is in Hebrews 9:7. Inside the Holy of Holies, the high priest offered the blood “for the sins of the people committed in ignorance.” So once a year, all their sins – not just the ones they could think of and offer a sacrifice to atone for – but all of them, were covered.
This is what Jesus did for me. He covered all my sins, not just one day out of 365, but every day, for all of eternity. And that hope is my anchor. Storms of life may toss me, make me sea sick, fill my mouth and nose with salt water, but I know my sins are forgiven and a better life is waiting for me. On calmer days, I may just be pushed by the tides of busyness, every-day stress and distractions, but even still my hope anchor holds firm. None of it can move me from my center – my forgiveness, my sure hope of a better future.
People speak of hope as if it were a wish upon a star. A flimsy, far-off desire that is more impossible than probable. Heaven would be that, if it were not for this once-for-all sacrifice of Christ.
Biblical hope is not this fairy-may kind of wish. It is being sure of what is not seen because of the promise of God. This hope is sure. It is solid. This is the kind of hope that leaves all known comforts behind. The kind that counts everything else as loss in order to cling to its promise.
Hope in anything else may be like chasing rainbows, but hope in Christ? It is the anchor in life and in death. An anchor that, come storms and high seas, will not fail.