We have this hope as an anchor for our lives, safe and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. – Hebrews 6:19 (HSCB)
This short verse has had a powerful impact on me. I recall using this verse in every family member’s memorial serve that I’ve preached. And that has been a lot of funerals.
The first thing I saw in this verse is that we have hope. As Followers of Jesus, we have hope in the middle of what seems to be loss. I’ve offered this thought as well - If the person who passed away knew Jesus as Savior than we know we have hope. We know that one day we will see that person again in Heaven.
Every family needs an anchor, just like every soul needs an anchor. Every family must be able to cling to the promise of Jesus. In times of joy. In times of sorrow. We need the anchor of hope.
Why do we need our family to hold true, like an anchor? Because every family is dysfunctional in some way! There must be something that is rock solid that anchors the good, the bad and the ugly of our families. At weddings and funerals, you see the best and the worst of family. When you step out of the light that shines on our best moments of family, there must be something that anchors us from washing away.
The great thing about having hope in a difficult time is that it holds us steady. This verse also talks about our hope being like an anchor. When we have the hope of heaven, it anchors us. Even though we experience emotions of joy, loss, sorrow and hope...hope is that power of the Gospel.
Whether your family is ideal, or less than ideal, you can find hope when your family chooses to anchor itself to Jesus, the hope of the whole world and the Savior of all mankind. When we put our hope in Jesus we don’t have to have the perfect family, we can be sure to have a forgiving and forgiven family! This is the hope of glory for every family, so drop your anchor of hope in the Hope of Glory, the Lord Jesus