Thursday, July 9, 2015
An Anchor of Hope
Hebrews 6:19 We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus, a forerunner on our behalf, has entered, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
The writer to the Hebrews is challenging the believers to grow in their faith, and in doing so to cling to the incredible hope found in Jesus, the Messiah. Jesus is a “high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” He comes to us from outside the natural order and leads us into life in the kingdom. He has done this and already we are able to live in the kingdom and anchor our hope in Jesus.
We need to anchor our hope in Jesus Christ. Hope in Christ will not allow us to be carried back and forth by the storms. There are plenty of storms that bring with them agitating winds, but when the anchor is in Christ, the boat does not sink.
The Church has weathered many a storm and yet has not sunk. We are invited into this hope, the hope that anchored deeply on Jesus, our Messiah. He is the Son of God and intercedes on our behalf to the Father. He provides us access into the very presence of God and a life already in the kingdom.
When we become overly distracted by the storms, we forget about the anchor. The storms simply become a distraction from what is really important. Jesus, our Messiah -- he is the one on whom we are to focus. This was the call for the Hebrews, and for us today. Continue growing in your faith until you are firmly anchored and focused on following Christ.
This is our hope, that we are citizens, not of this world, but of the Father’s kingdom. We are invited to follow him into the kingdom, behind the curtain, and live in the hope of what is and what is to come. This hope is never deterred by the storms of the world.
Let the storms rage as we remain anchored to the hope we have in Christ.
Lord, thank you for the hope you provide. Amen.
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