This is the first post in a series I’m doing of collaborations with some friends (some fellow bloggers and some not). In this post, I’m collaborating with a great friend of mine, Manda, and we’re sharing our thoughts with you on Hebrews 6:19-20 which says: This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. (NKJV)
Manda’s thoughts are…
Focusing first on Hebrews 6:19, I started thinking about what it meant when it said that our hope was an anchor.
The definition of hope is “a feeling of expectation or a desire for a certain thing to happen.”
Honestly, the more I thought about the verse, the more confused I became. I guess, maybe the thing is that it’s not that complicated. Our hope and trust in our Lord Jesus is an anchor.
Our souls need an anchor, something to keep them in place. When a boat is in the sea during a storm, the waves can toss it this way and that way and it can get lost and lose its direction. Life is kind of like the sea, I suppose, and our souls are the boat.
Without this hope as an anchor, we would lose our direction.
We would be tossed around, being pulled this way and that way by virtually anything (kind of like a little kid going “OOH, SHINY!”). Our hope in our Lord Jesus, our expectation and desire for his plans for our life, our desire for heaven, our true home, is an anchor, keeping us focused in the right direction and keeping us from being tossed around aimlessly in the great sea of life.
Melchizedek, as mentioned in verse 20, was previously mentioned in Genesis 14. Melchizedek was a priest and a king. In saying that Jesus has become a high priest forever in the order of Melchizedek, this verse is most likely saying that Jesus, like Melchizedek, is a priest and a king. A priest is someone who bridges the gap of communication between man and God. Jesus is both our king and our bridge to heaven and to the Father. Jesus willingly gave His life so that our sins could be forgiven, His love was so great for us that He willingly paid the ultimate price that we may be freed.
With a God like that and a love so great, there is, surprisingly, always hope.
Manda M. is a Christian girl in her teens who enjoys reading, writing, and psychology. Her favorite verse is John 16:33.
My thoughts are…
The world’s hope is not like a true believer’s hope. It’s not sure – in fact, it’s always changing. The world runs around, constantly changing and swapping what it puts its hope in, and never has a consistent hope.
This passage is saying that this hope that believers have is like an anchor. Anchors hold ships in place so they don’t wander off on their own. Jesus (our ultimate Hope) keeps us sure and steadfast so we don’t go wandering from this hope, to that hope, etc. He is our anchor.
We have something that is constant even when the world isn’t. Something that won’t ever fail us.
That something is Jesus. Even when there seems to be no hope at all, there is. Even when everything in your life seems to be crashing down, He can pick it all up and put it together. When you feel tempted to doubt anything, I want to encourage you to remember this verse, and that Jesus can give you hope even when there seems to be none at all.
Know there is a hope beyond what you may see in your earthly situations that is constant, sure, and steadfast.
I also want to share my thoughts on the last part of v. 20. Jesus has become our ultimate Priest. In the Old Testament, there were many different priests, many of them making mistakes and sinning again and again. But Jesus, on the other hand, when He came to earth and died (and rose again) become the Priest for us. He is our ultimate and perfect Priest, the only One that we’ll ever need.
Here are a few ways to apply Hebrews 6:19-20 to your life:
- When you’re tempted to doubt, meditate on Hebrews 6:19-20. I encourage you to memorize this verse. That way, God’s Word can overcome any fear you may be having and fill you with hope. Psalm 39:7 is another great verse on hope.
- Know that when the world is always spinning (literally!) and changing, God is still there, just as constant as He ever is and ever will be.
- Remember that you are a boat and hope is the anchor. When your situations are throwing you around, throw down the anchor of hope and remember Jesus is your ultimate hope (and priest!) which keeps you steady. You can call on Him at all times.
- Keep your focus and hope on Jesus and when you feel tempted to think about doubt, or any other things that aren’t of God, ask the Lord to turn your thoughts to Him and meditate on His truths.
What are your thoughts on Hebrews 6:19-20? How will you apply it to your life? Please tell me in the comments!
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