My Anchor within the Veil

chain_2152701I love the metaphor of Jesus as an anchor. Sometimes I can almost physically feel it. On days when it seems as though the world is falling down around me, I remember Him as my anchor and I feel a certain strength through my core; a grounding in my feet.

About a year ago, I was introduced to the song Cornerstone by Hillsong United. (You can listen to it here)

One of the lines of the song says ‘My anchor holds within the veil.’ Had it not been explained to me, I don’t think I would have grasped the significance of the lyric.

In Jewish history, before the time of Christ, a veil separated the Holy of Holies (the dwelling place of God) from the rest of the temple. Only the high priest was allowed to go there to sprinkle the blood of atonement on behalf of the people.

Significantly, at the very time that Jesus died on the cross, that veil was supernaturally torn in two.  No longer was it a priest who had to represent the people, but Jesus, our Great High Priest, made a way for each of us to ‘boldly come before the Throne of Grace.’

Jesus is our anchor, holding fast our access beyond the veil. He gives us a constant, grounded connection to that most holy place. He is an anchor that cannot be moved. He is our security that we, when faced with a Holy God, will stand.


19 comments on “My Anchor within the Veil

  1. daniellajoe says:

    Amen!! Jesus Christ is Lord!! 🙂

  2. I’m listening to that song right now! Definitely one of my favorites.

  3. journeyofjoy says:

    “He gives us a constant, grounded connection to that most holy place” powerful words. I listen to the song “the anchor holds” on my way to work almost everyday. I LOVE those words (though the ship is battered and the sails are torn… the anchor holds) in spite of the storm.

  4. I don’t know if I have ever heard that before. You explained it well! Now when I hear the song I will know what it means.

  5. Always a perfect reminder. 🙂

  6. April says:

    Hebrews 6:19 and Anchor is my verse for 2015. I enjoyed your reading your post! I’ve been writing an anchor series and appreciate your writing also.

  7. Hi there,

    I found your post because I was looking for the meaning of that line, “my anchor holds within the veil”. It always confused me because the veil is what separates us from God, which is why it was torn in half when Christ died. Why would it hold in the veil? Should it not say “beyond the veil”?

    • sarsrose says:

      Hey! Thanks for visiting my blog.
      I think that whoever wrote the song did definitely mean ‘beyond’ the veil as you say. I’ve always interpreted their use of ‘within’ as ‘within’ the inner sanctuary (the Holy of Holies) which as you say, was behind the veil.
      I wouldn’t imagine anyone intended it to actually be interpreted as within the actual fabric of the veil, but rather within the area the veil covered. Hope that helps. Probably just a language technicality. In this case within can also mean beyond as it is an enclosed space I think.

  8. Royal S. says:

    It is the rock that holds my faith.

  9. tinzzel says:

    Reblogged this on deus lux mea.

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  11. costa k says:

    just stumbled across this post whilst prepping a sermon on this passage.

    love how you wrote “i can physically feel it”. such a powerful encouragement of hope and determination.

    thanks for encouraging me!

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