My thoughts today bring me to one of my favorite and most encouraging verses in the Bible. “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and steadfast, which reaches inside behind the curtain” (Hebrews 6:19).
Let’s begin with the concept of hope. As the author of Hebrews has stated, we can face life and all that life brings with hope. Hope, biblically speaking, is living with confidence and certainty even during uncertain times. We can do this because our confidence is based not on our present circumstances, but upon God’s promise. These promises are sure because God cannot lie (6:18). He is trustworthy, reliable, dependable, and faithful. It is for this reason that Paul refers to Jesus Christ, our Hope, in his first letter to Timothy (1 Timothy 1:1). Promises are only as good as the person who makes them. So, in essence, our hope isn’t even based upon the promises. Our hope as Christians is embodied in a Person, our Lord Jesus Christ. This is why the author not only pictures our hope as an anchor, but he also reminds us that our hope can be traced to and founded upon a Person. That’s why we read at the end of verse 19 and through verse 20 these words, “which reaches inside the curtain, where Jesus our forerunner entered on our behalf, since He became a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.”
Do you see it? Our hope reaches where Jesus is. Though there is much in the form of Old Testament imagery here that we could discuss, I want to limit our minds’ eye to the simple picture of our hope being traced to and connected to a Person. That Person is Jesus Christ! Is our hope in Jesus? If we are going to navigate life successfully, especially when storms come into our lives unexpectedly, we must be grounded and rooted in Jesus Christ. “Therefore, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him and firm in your faith” (Colossians 2:6-7). Christ is our hope. We have not a speck of hope apart from Him. Our hope isn’t something that’s vague or abstract, but very real. It’s as real as Jesus Christ is alive and ruling the universe right now at the Father’s right hand.
In secular use, the word “hope” carries no guarantees. In Jesus Christ, everything that He has promised is guaranteed. Without Jesus the future will be fearful. With Jesus the future is our friend. For no matter what our future is or where it takes us, Jesus our Hope will be there with us. We never walk alone even through the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23:4).
Why is hope so important? When we lose hope, we lose joy in the present because we have no confidence for the future. Hope is a confidence that God is in control, and we have nothing to fear. Hope in Christ Jesus is your only sure hope. You will not be disappointed in this life or the life to come when hope becomes reality.