Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Fw: Anchor of the soul

Hebrews 6:19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf,
The "inner place behind the curtain" was the place where God actually dwelt in the Tabernacle as the people of Israel moved through the desert for 40 years and later in Solomon's Temple.  Only the high priest could enter that place and only once per year would he enter to offer sacrifice for the sins of the people of the nation (on Yom Kippur).  Known as the "Holy of Holies" it meant being directly in the presence of God.  When Jesus died and said "It is finished", the earth shook and the veil tore from to bottom in the temple, signifying that the way was now open for all who would believe to come directly into the place where God is.
The writer of Hebrews is describing this reality...that those who have realized that the loving sacrifice that Jesus offered of Himself on the Cross opened the way and that His resurrected life confirmed that victory, have absolute assurance that they, also, will one day be directly in the presence of God.  This sure hope is a "steadfast anchor of the soul".  An anchor in Heaven will not shift or be lifted from its place.  Today there are millions who have their anchors securely in place...the anchors of hope.  Our faith is the anchor chain and it cannot be broken.  Jesus has gone ahead to watch over each anchor placed in Heaven's sand.
Rob Smith

"Death is inevitable.  Life is a choice!"

John 11:25
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live."

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