“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.” Hebrews 6:19-20
The first-century symbol of Christianity was an anchor, not a cross. Pictured on the epitaphs of first-, second-, and third-century believers, it symbolized the hope they had in the life beyond because of Christ. If you look closely, however, you will notice a large portion of the anchor is made up of a cross. Strangely enough, while chips have changed dramatically since that time, the anchor used today has pretty much remained unchanged from ancient times.
The writer of Hebrews tells us, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (13:8). Much like the anchor.
Life changes from day to day, and turmoil and tempests come with no warning, but Jesus Christ never changes. You can count on him to hold you steady no matter what the storms of life throw at your boat. He will hold you secure until the billows have calmed and the skies have cleared.
The cross has always been the anchor of hope for those who believe. When tempests in life shake your boat, put your hope in the eternal life offered through our anchor, Jesus Christ.
–from The 31 Day Believe Devotional by Randy and Rozanne Frazee