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Bro. S. SELVAMANICKAM The world is like ocean. It is full of dangers. The life of a man is like a ship sailing in the ocean. Any time one can expect a storm, whirlwind or gale in the ocean. To protect the ship from such dangers and provide direction to the ship an anchor is provided with every ship. ³This hope we have as an anchor for the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered even Jesus´ (Heb. 6:19, 20).
Jesus is the anchor of the soul
An anchor is very essential to a ship during the voyage. If there is no anchor the ship is bound to be destroyed in wild sea. Similarly a man without hope living in sin is like a ship without an anchor; he has no safety or security; has no aim. But God in His immense love promised an anchor for the soul to such person. Yes, He is our Lord Jesus Christ- the seed of a woman (Gen. 3:15) - the seed of Abraham (Gen. 22:18, Gal. 3:16). He is the anchor for our souls. ³For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.´ (Jn. 3:17).
Anchor is made of Special Iron
The anchor has to be in sea water for a long time. So it has to be made of a metal which does not corrode and lose its strength. Similarly our Lord Jesus also was sanctified by the Father and sent into this world (Jn. 10:36). Christ Jesus was holy even in his conception (Mt. 1: 8, 20, Lk. 1:35). His entire life was without sin and in Him there was no sin. (1 Jn. 3: 5). ³Which of you convicts Me of sin?´ ± So saying Jesus challenged His enemies (Jn. 8: 46). Though the anchor is in saltwater it does not corrode. Similarly our Lord Jesus. Though He was in the world, the world was not in Him. He was holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners and has become higher than the heavens (Heb. 7:26). This Jesus is the anchor of our souls.
How was the anchor made?
The chosen metal will be tried in a furnace before being melted and beaten to form. See our Lord Jesus. He had to pass through the furnace of temptation. He was beaten; He was bruised; He was broken (Ref is 53rd chapter). ³For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by Him are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering ´ (Heb. 2:10) Jesus is the anchor of our souls.
The voyage will not commence without an anchor for the ship
No anchor-no journey. Unexpected dangers will be foreseen during the voyage. To protect the ship from danger and destruction an anchor is very essential. Yes, Jesus is the beginning and the end. He is the author and finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:1; Rev. 1:8). The journey will not commence without Jesus. Without Jesus you cannot reach the destination.
Anchor Saves the Ship
During a gale and in turbulent waters the anchor protects the ship from wreckage. Te captain may be an expert and the parts of the ship may be strong enough. These factors cannot save the ship from danger. An anchor alone saves the ship. Christ Jesus is the only savior. No salvation apart from Him (Acts 4:12).
Anchor offers firmness to the ship
The anchor alone keeps the ship stable even in the midst of a storm. In the same way, Jesus alone gives rest and peace (Mt. 11:28; Jn. 14:27). Apostle Paul is an example for this. He describes all his sufferings in 11 Cor. 11:23-31. In all his persecutions and perils he was joyful and at peace. How? It was because of his master Jesus, the anchor of his soul. Since many do not have this anchor their life is miserable in the midst of peril and persecution.
Anchor is always in the water to help the ship
The anchor is hidden inside the water to provide safety and security to the ship. Similarly our Lord Jesus ³entered the inner sanctuary behind the curtain´ (Heb. 6: 20) on our behalf. So we have safety and security on our journey in this world. Let us each one find Christ Jesus as the true anchor for our souls.