We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
During the 1st century, the cross was not the symbol of Christianity... it was the anchor. The cross reminded the early Christians of the horrible way that Jesus died, so they preferred to put plenty of distance between them and the image of a cross.
However, the anchor, because of its great importance in navigation, was regarded in ancient times as a symbol of safety. Just think about what an anchor does... it prevents a boat from being tossed about by rough seas. And these days, who hasn’t been trying to navigate the rough seas of anxiety and confusion and caution brought on by the pandemic?
Who hasn’t been set adrift by uncertainty?
Many of the original apostles were fishermen who would have been all too familiar with the properties, use, and necessity of an anchor. At the same time, they grew in faith and love for the necessity of Jesus.
An anchor holds a boat in place... just like Hope holds our faith in place. Faith in Jesus and his arrival.
We and the apostles are in the same boat together... each of us with the promise of Hope as our anchor.
This Monday Minute is from Deacon Andy Neu, currently listening to "Peace Be Still" by Hope Darst. Listen in at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8Ys2fa7jZk