19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil,
and which enters the Presence behind the veil,
The “veil” was the curtain behind which only the High Priest entered into the Holy of Holies once a year. The veil is what separated the Holies from the Holy of Holies, the very presence of God; it is the place where God dwells (Lev 16:2). Jesus entered the very presence of God in His humanity as our High Priest. The Holy of Holies in the temple was a faint reflection of the presence of God.
Our great High Priest entered the very presence of God on our behalf. His presence there assures us that we will be there too. Our hope rests in the very presence of God (“behind the veil”).
Our hope is a guarantee that we will be accepted in the presence of God.
The place where an anchor holds is important. If it is fixed in the right location, then it will hold the ship steady. Christ placed our anchor in heaven. He is there as our High Priest representing our cause. Our hope in Him cannot drift from its purpose. Hope penetrates through the curtain; Christians now enter where Jesus has gone—into the presence of God. Christian hope is unwavering because God does not lie.
Priscilla J. Owens:
We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll;
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.
The anchor of our soul is fixed not in a sea but in heaven itself. This is where our “forerunner” went (He 6:20). The high priest could not take others into the Holy of Holies, but our High Priest will take us to glory, the heavenly sanctuary.