The Forerunner

To be honest, I’m not much of an adventurer. Not too jazzed by the thought of being an explorer . . . of walking into a place or situation totally unfamiliar to me . . . of the thought of “boldly going where no man has gone before.” Not me. I prefer to have someone else have been there, done that . . . to have had a scout go on ahead and then prepare me for what lies ahead. Maybe that’s why I was grabbed by something I read this morning concerning Jesus . . . maybe that’s why my soul is stirred as I consider that He is my Forerunner.

We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a High Priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:19-20 ESV)

The writer to the Hebrews says we have an anchor for the soul . . . a sure and steadfast anchor . . . an anchor built upon the promises of God . . . a God who cannot lie . . . a God with an unchanging purpose (6:13-18). We have His word . . . and His word is sure. That anchor is the hope of one day “entering into the inner place” . . . the place behind the curtain, a reference to the tabernacle of old where the inner curtain cordoned off the Most Holy Place . . . the place where the glory of God dwelt . . . the place where only the high priest could enter, and that but once a year to offer atoning sacrifice.

But our anchor for the soul is the promise of an immutable God that we too can enter the inner place. But I’m not much of an explorer . . . and, after all, who do I think I am that I should presume to enter such a holy place?

Actually, it’s not about who I think I am . . . but the conclusion I have come to, by faith, as to who Jesus is.

I believe the testimony of God’s inspired word . . . that Jesus was the incarnate Son of God . . . that, in freely submitting to His enemies, He fulfilled God’s plan that He should be the Lamb of God come to take away the sin of the world . . . that, on the third day, He rose from the grave as Victor over sin and death . . . that He ascended back into heaven . . . and, as such, He has become the Forerunner into “the inner place behind the curtain.” He is the “scout gone ahead” for all who believe and have owned Him as Lord and Savior. As such, even now, He intercedes for His people as the eternal High Priest.

Therefore, while I might be anxious about adventuring to many places in this world, there is an amazing calm about someday traveling beyond this world. I don’t know all that it will entail, but I do know the One who has “run ahead” . . . who has gone before . . . who, is even now, preparing a place for me (John 14:1-4).

A sure and steadfast anchor for the soul . . . a Savior who leads the way . . . a Forerunner into the holy of holies that I might one day follow.

All by His grace . . . all for His glory . . .

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