Life with Christ Is Endless Hope
Without Him, It is a Hopeless End
When we do not entrust ourselves in the care of Jesus, we face an eternity of hopelessness. For those who believe, God promises heaven. Those who make the opposite choice find themselves facing an eternity of hell. They are and shall be separated from all that is good.
God’s desire is that you live your life through Him now. The hope He offers is eternal. This hope is found in a secure relationship with Him. In order to understand the security of the anchor in Jesus, we need to understand the different types of anchors. Ships at sea cannot survive the most severe of storms without an anchor. With Jesus, you are eternally anchored–no matter what the storm winds bring. Being anchored on the “sea of life,” though battered and bruised, you will remain secure. This discussion will deal with five different anchors.
#1 The Mushroom Anchor
-mostly used for smaller vessels such as rowboats and canoes
-least efficient as an anchor–has no arms
Jesus is our anchor. The mushroom anchor is used for smaller watercraft. Jesus stabilizes us as we move through the “smaller,” more minor problems of everyday living. We remain steady with people who choose to gossip and gripe. People who lie and are lazy. They pout and are petty. Some are nosy and annoying. Jesus anchors us when we have frustrating friends, problems with pets, worry at work, etc.
Remember the fishermen who had fished all night, but they caught nothing? Jesus tells them “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets” Luke 5:4-5. Jesus honors their obedience by filling their nets with more fish than they can handle.
Jesus proves Himself our personal anchor
He is there for everyday trials of life. Note the following scripture:
Luke 5:6-7 (NASB)
(6) When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break; (7) so they signaled to their partners in the other boat for them to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink.
#2 The Fluke Anchor (for example, the “Danforth Anchor”)
-Lightweight…with high holding power
-Buries into the water bottom working best in sandy, muddy, or clay bottoms
Jesus is our anchor.
Jesus stabilizes us with a powerful hold…and a sense of peace. Jesus is strong and steady. His presence brings us peace–”lightness” even in the heaviest of circumstances…the death of a loved one…a devastating diagnosis. When you and I are struggling with ourselves and questioning our decisions…when we have unforeseen challenges and changes…when we are doubting who we are and doubting Who He is, Jesus anchors us with His power and peace.
Jesus sends His apostles to the other side of the lake. He prays while they travel to the other side. In the middle of the night, Jesus walks toward the boat–on water. Peter, being astonished, wants to join Jesus on the water. Jesus tells him to come. Peter steads out and begins to walk. His faith weakens, and he begins to sink because he does not walk in faith. He is walking by sight. He sees the tumultuous waves. He cries out for help from the Lord. Jesus reaches out to rescue him.
Jesus proves Himself our personal anchor. When we look at life from our limited finite point of view, we cannot see the same way God looks. He has unlimited infinite point of view. When doubt begins to dominate and faith begins to fail.
Matthew 14:28-32 (NASB)
(28) Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” (29) And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. (30) But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” (31) Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and *said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” (32) When they got into the boat, the wind stopped.