Digging Deeper – November 2, 2018
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2
“We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”
Hebrews 6:19-20 ESV
ANCHOR IN HEAVEN
“There is a nautical term used in the sailing world today that I want to tell you about. It is called ‘kedging.’ A kedge anchor is used when a ship is grounded or found in turbulent seas. Sailors will row the kedge anchor as far as they can from the ship in the general direction they wish to move to. They drop the kedge anchor into the sea. Once the anchor finds purchase on the bottom, the sailors on board begin to operate the winch and pull their way towards the anchor. This is know as kedging. We don’t normally think of moving towards an anchor. The anchor represents the past. It holds us back. Sometimes, however, the anchor is our future. We move towards it. In especially turbulent times, we need to pull ourselves into the future with the anchor.” (Philip Harrelson)
The author of Hebrews writes that our reliable anchor of hope is the access we have been granted to God because of the finished work of Jesus on the cross. The “inner place behind the curtain” symbolized the opening of the presence of God to mankind through the sacrifice of Jesus. Jesus is the “forerunner” and has led the way to heaven for His followers. Jesus is our anchor seated in heaven pulling us toward our heavenly home.
A cheerful older Christian was asked the secret of his triumphant attitude. He said, “I’ve read the last book of the Bible, so I know how the story ends. I’m on the winning side!” We have a high priest within the veil. He has promised to save all who take refuge in Him. When the storm rages let’s continue to pull toward our anchor in Him. Revelation 22 is the end of the biblical story. Take some time to read Revelation 22 today. What hope do you see in that chapter?