Our Bible Journaling Scripture today is Hebrews 6:19-20, “This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.” The writer of Hebrews is talking to the Hebrew Christians, those who were brought up in the Temple hearing the scrolls of the Old Testament, living under the law, and who have now found Jesus as their Messiah, and have become Born-Again Believers.
They were used to going to the High Priest every year to have sacrifices made for them for their sins. Only the High Priest could go behind the veil that separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the Temple where the Spirit of God resided, and he could only go before God once a year. He had to purify himself before entering to give sacrifices, as a symbol of the perfect sacrifice. When Jesus died on the Cross, the veil was torn in two, giving access to God to everyone. They, and we, no longer need a High Priest because Jesus is our High Priest.
The writer of Hebrews explains about how Jesus is our High Priest, after the order of Melchizedek, a perfect High Priest. Melchizedek was the King of Salem and a High Priest. Genesis says that “He was a priest of God Most High.” (Genesis 14:18 ESV) He came before Abraham and offered blessings from God, after Abraham won a battle over the kings who had taken his nephew, Lot. After Melchizedek blessed Abraham, Abraham gave Melchizedek a tenth of all he had. The writer of Hebrews tells us of Melchizedek, “There is no record of his father or mother or any of his ancestors—no beginning or end to his life. He remains a priest forever, resembling the Son of God.” (Hebrews 7:3 NLT) According to Biblestudy.org., “Melchizedek is more of a title than a personal name. The title comes from two Hebrew words, the first being melek meaning “king” and the second which is tsedeq or “righteousness” (Strong’s #H4442). In Genesis 14, this person is labeled a priest and the king of Salem (the word Salem means “peace”). This makes him both the King of Righteousness and Peace (Hebrews 7:2).”
Jesus is our High Priest after the order of Melchizedek, offering Himself as a sacrifice for our sins, once and for all. Whereas the High Priest of the Temple had to make sacrifices once a year for the sins of the people, Jesus offered Himself as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins, and only needed to die once, and the work of forgiving our sins was finished by His death, burial, and resurrection. That is our hope! It anchors our faith in the one and only living sacrifice, our High Priest, Jesus Christ!
As with a boat that needs to have an anchor to keep from beating itself against the shore in a storm, so we need an anchor for our souls when we go through the storms of life. Jesus and His sacrificial death is that anchor. Hope in the finished work of Christ keeps us looking forward toward our eternal reward, and also helps us in the here and now. It keeps us rooted in our faith, strengthens us in our daily walk with the Lord, and helps us during difficult times. It also gives us access to God when we need to come before Him with our heartaches, our joys, our accomplishments, and our failures. We no longer need to rely on a human high priest to go before the Almighty God, we have access to God directly! All because Jesus made a way for us through His sacrificial death on the Cross. That is a hope that we can hold onto! It is a hope that anchors our souls!