This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek. –Hebrews 6:19-20 NLT Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. – KJV [Now] we have this [hope] as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it—a hope] that reaches farther and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil, Where Jesus has entered in for us [in advance], a Forerunner having become a High Priest forever after the order (with the rank) of Melchizedek. – Amplified Bible We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek. – The Message
This verse came to my memory a couple of weeks ago, when I saw an anchor and knew the Bible talks about God as our anchor. It had always been such a tangible reminder to me regarding how God is always there, for us to hold onto in all the storms of life, if we just Trust him and believe in him. Both small and large sailing vessels; even ships use an anchor to secure their boats, either when they arrive at a destination where they want to stay or to ride out a storm, when they are too far from shore. Once the anchor is secured, the vessel will not go anywhere. The anchor keeps the vessel in the same location, not allowing it to drift off course, even during extreme turbulence. If you tried to just drift with the tides during a storm, you most likely would end up way off of your intended course or destination. In this message, hope is linked to the anchor, they are symbiotic; You cannot have hope without the anchor and you cannot hold onto or trust the anchor without hope. Those who drop the anchor expect it to keep them secure and on-course. I had not remembered the following verse. But what a message it tells, regarding how Jesus, our high priest, made entry, he was the trailblazer for those who follow him, to enter into the holy of holies, the place where God dwells. Weeks before I had been telling God that I didn’t just want to enter the inner court, but that I wanted to stay there… IN HiS Presence!! How do we get there? We get there by fully trusting on God in all situations and by having a desire to know him as intimately as possible. It is by reading the word and allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal its meaning and truths to us. God has already opened the door by Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, all we have to do is to enter.