Hebrews: Who is Jesus? | Day Five
Hope and Anchor of Our Souls | By: Kate Downing
“We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.” - Hebrews 6:19-20
We’ve reached the last day of our first week studying Hebrews! Take the next three minutes to thank the Lord for the things He has already taught you about Himself this week. Ask Him to continue to speak to you today about who He is.
Read Hebrews 5:11-14. Yesterday, we read about Jesus being our understanding high priest. These verses are a continuation of this teaching but shift the focus from the identity of Jesus to the need for His followers to understand who He is.
The author uses milk and solid food to illustrate an important principle in these verses. What point is he making in these verses?
APPLY: Circle the type of food that best represents your maturity when it comes to understanding who Jesus is:
Milk Mashed up Peas Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Steak
Read Hebrews 6:1-3. What does the author urge his readers to do in these verses?
Read Hebrews 6:4-8. We learned earlier in the week that Hebrews was written to Jewish Christians struggling in their faith. The verses we just read were written to help them distinguish between those who had true faith in Jesus Christ and those who simply claimed to have faith in Him. Those who merely claimed faith would soon return to their old Jewish rituals in an attempt to gain favor with God. The author made it clear that these people had never truly put their faith in Christ. At the same time, he warned true believers not to allow fear to creep in, cause them to doubt their convictions, and convince them that they too must go back to their old Jewish practices. Faith was enough and they had to start moving forward to maturity!
Read Hebrews 6:9-12. Here the author assures his readers that He trusts that they have genuinely placed their faith in Jesus Christ and are therefore his brothers and sisters in Christ.
What does the author give as evidence of their faith in Jesus (v. 10)?
What does he caution his readers not to become, and what does he encourage them to become in verse 12?
What does it mean to become sluggish in your faith?
List some characters in Scripture who practiced faith. What does it mean to become an imitator of these people?
Read Hebrews 6:13-20. Why did God swear by Himself when he made the covenant with Abraham (v. 13)?
What does verse 18 tell us about God’s trustworthiness?
The Holy of Holies was the most inmost section of the Temple into which the high priest would enter to make sacrifices to God on behalf of the peoples’ sins. The entrance into the Holy of Holies was closed off from anyone but the high priest by a thick, heavy curtain. When Jesus died on the cross, that curtain was physically torn from top to bottom (Matthew 27:51) symbolizing the fact that Jesus’s death paid the ultimate sacrifice allowing each of us access to the throne of God. Since hope is not a physical being that can “enter into the inner place behind the curtain” (vs. 19), it is used here as a description of Jesus Christ.
How is Jesus our hope?
How is the hope Jesus offers an anchor to our soul?
APPLY: When have you needed hope? When was the last time you longed for a light at the end of the tunnel?
Jesus is just that! He is your hope today! He is what gives security to your life (the anchor of your soul). But, you must press on to maturity in Him in order to experience the assurance found in Him. Don’t allow sluggishness to keep you from experiencing the hope of Jesus!
Spend the next few minutes asking God to help you understand Him as your hope. Ask Him to help you understand the longing for hope He has placed inside of you that can only be fulfilled by Him. Finally, ask Him to help you press on toward maturity in your relationship with Him!