The second verse of Edward Mote's hymn, 'On Christ the Solid rock I stand,"
is one of my favorites.
When darkness seems to hide his face, I rest on His unchanging grace,
In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil.
So vivid. So stirring. Christ is an anchor for our souls.
But what does that essentially mean? What is the basis of that promise?
It's taken from Hebrews 6:19-20. "We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor for the soul, a hope that enters the inner place behind the curtain where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a High Priest forever in the order of Melchizedek."
I see 3 ways here in which Christ is an anchor for our souls.
Christ is an anchor for our souls because he is a High Priest who has made a way to God's presence for us. The veil that separated an unholy people from a holy God has been torn in His broken body.
We have access to God's presence through Jesus' body, to find grace and mercy in storms of need.
Christ is an anchor for our souls because he is a High Priest who sympathizes with us and strengthens us in our weakness, having been tempted in every way, yet being found without sin. He lives to pray for us at His Father's right hand with priestly power to present us faultless to His Father on that Day!
And finally, Christ is an anchor for our souls because he is a High Priest in the order of Melchizedek. Melchizedek was the priest who blessed Abraham, confirming God's promise to bless him and make him a blessing to all nations. So the promise that is an anchor for our souls is not just a personal priestly promise. It is a commissioning promise.
It is a promise that God will lead us on a multiplying mission to all nations!
It is a promise, that when believed upon and obeyed, often brings its own storm to our souls.
The storm of commission includes the pain of sending/leaving people you love, the cost of giving of your best, the insecurity of unchartered waters, the cold wind of stretched resources, the icy fear of possible failure or rejection.
God's promise is that as we obey Jesus the Great Commissioner, we experience Jesus The High Priest, who calms our fears, undergirds our insecurities and strengthens our frailties.
Christ is the forerunner. He has fulfilled His mission and can now help us on the same journey.
Christ is not only a forerunner who helps us in the storm of temptation.
He is a forerunner who strengthens us in the storm of mission!
This is a sure and steadfast anchor for our souls.