Hebrews 6:19 to 20 (NIV) ~ We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf.
The King James Version of the Bible, in this portion of Scripture says, “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; whither the forerunner is for us entered.” So now, we see a picture of Jesus not only being our Anchor, but also our Forerunner.
When the book of Hebrews was written, lighthouses were not yet invented, so within each boat the crew had a member called a forerunner. Sometimes, as the ship approached land, a sea mist would cloud the vision – this sea mist was called the veil – and those who were guiding the ship could not see the rocks or sand bars, let alone the shore because of the veil. So, the forerunner would tie a rope around his chest and swim through the veil (the sea mist) and reach the shore. It was there that he tied the rope to a rock to use as an anchor, and from there he would guide the ship passed the danger to the shore where it found a safe haven.
There is beautiful old gospel song written by Priscilla Jane Owens (1829- 99), with this testimony about Jesus as our Anchor:
We have an Anchor that keeps the soul, steadfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fasten to the Rock, which cannot move, grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love.
My friend, Jesus is our Forerunner who went through the Veil on our behalf. He is our Anchor on the shores of heaven, steadfast and sure. He is our Rock who will not let us go, holding us safe and secure. He went through the Veil on our behalf, and from there He is holding our rope and guiding us through the sand bars, passed the pits and the dangerous, jagged rocks. He is now standing on the shores of heaven itself, guiding us, helping us all the way until our “ship” reaches the crystal sea and to the very shores of heaven, our home, where we will find Jesus waiting for us with a smile, ready to say those wonderful words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord.”
God bless you my friend, Matthew.