Have you considered the fact that Jesus, our great Savior and Redeemer, is also our forerunner? Do we dare believe this—that He is our forerunner and we can follow Him?
We can read about this in Heb. 6:17-20. The author of the letter describes how Jesus, as our forerunner, entered the sanctuary, fixing the anchor of hope firmly and securely inside. He uses an example from the Old Testament to explain this. In the temple, a veil hung over the entrance into the sanctuary, where only the high priest could enter once a year to make an offering. This is an image that foreshadows the work Jesus did!
A new and living way
In Heb. 10:20 it is written: “…by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh”. For Jesus, the “veil” that barred the way into the sanctuary was His flesh—His human nature. His goal was to enter the sanctuary where He would find eternal redemption for mankind.
Tempted in all points
After Jesus was tempted in all points during the course of His life, without falling in sin, He cried out on the cross on Calvary, “It is finished!” Then the veil was torn asunder, and the new way was opened for us! This is why it is written in Heb. 10:19: “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus”. We can follow Jesus with boldness on this new and living way because He has given us the Holy Spirit—the same Spirit that gave Him the power He needed.
His way—our way; His life—our life
Now Jesus’ life can be our life! We are tried just as He was tried, but we can follow Him by sacrificing our own will in the power of the eternal Spirit, just as Jesus did! (Heb. 9:14). You might ask, “Does my own will need to be sacrificed as well?” My question to you is this: What good has it brought you? Be honest! Hasn’t it often brought you into thoughts of envy, impure thoughts, a selfish ambition, suspicious thoughts, and perhaps even hatred and strife? But what is it like where the anchor of hope is fixed? There you will find the fruits that are known as “the fruits of the Spirit”: Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness and self-control. (Gal. 5:22). Isn’t Jesus’ way well worth following?