希伯来书：6: 18-20: 18藉这两件不更改的事，神决不能说谎，好叫我们这逃往避难所、持定摆在我们前头指望的人可以大得勉励。19我们有这指望，如同灵魂的锚，又坚固、又牢靠，且通入幔内。20作先锋的耶稣，既照着麦基洗德的等次成了永远的大祭司，就为我们进入幔内。
Hebrews 6: 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hope is so important because without hope, there is only despair. People lose hope in this life because they put their anchor, their trust, in the wrong things. People who think that their success in life is their hope will despair when old age comes and takes their hope away. In a sermon I heard by Tim Keller, he told of three famous entertainment stars who ended their lives by committing suicide. At one time in their lives, they were the “talk of the town.” Everyone wanted to be seen with them. They moved from one success to another. Until they didn’t. Until they became just so-so. They ended their lives in despair because the anchor of their soul was placed on things that can’t last, things that perish, spoil, and fade (1 Peter 1:4).
God has given us an anchor for our soul in Jesus, a hope that will never perish, spoil, or fade. The hope we have is spending all eternity in heaven, where I will be content to just be a saint in God’s kingdom forever. No more hopes dashed in front of my eyes. No more wasting away of my bodily strength by old age. Just a saint, as if anything could be better than that. No more taking joy in those things that are like a balloon in a child’s hands that will always burst or deflate. No more being buoyed up by the adulation and adoration of fans. No more reliving my glory years. No more hoping that old age won’t catch up with me. I’ve got heaven to look forward to.
Why? Because Jesus is my anchor behind the veil that separates this world from the next. He has already entered that Most Holy Place, where he rules all things for my good and intercedes for me daily before the throne. The glories of this life will always fade and disappoint. The hope of heaven never will. As believers, we already have one foot up in heaven, because our hope is sure, anchored in Christ.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for giving me hope beyond this life and being the anchor for my soul. When life becomes disappointing and I am tempted to despair, then lift up my soul with the sure hope that I have in you. Amen.