What do a ladder and an eagle have in common? How about a fig and Jonah? What could iron and breath possibly have in common? The answer? The same thing that light and an apple tree have in common. Huh? Well, all of these somewhat randomly selected items have one major commonality: CHRIST!
Christ is the reality of all positive things in the universe. The Bible is full of examples, both physical and spiritual, of which Christ is the reality.
In Colossians 2:16-18, we see an important principle concerning things mentioned in the Scriptures: let no one therefore judge you in eating and in drinking or in respect of a feast or of a new moon or of the Sabbath, which are a shadow of the things to come, but the body is of Christ. Let no one defraud you by judging you unworthy of your prize.
The Bible is full of shadows: things that point to Christ. To pay attention to the shadow is to be defrauded or to miss the experience and enjoyment of Christ. Why would we pay attention to the shadow we have the Person that cast the shadow.
In John 5:39-40, the Lord warned us of a very probable scenario: to read the Bible and miss the Lord Himself. Christ is the reality of all positive things. The Bible is filled with things of which Christ is the reality. Let’s consider a few.
Bread: In John 6:35, the Lord said plainly: I am the bread of life. Have you ever considered that when you eat bread, Christ is the real bread? When we eat Christ as our bread, we live because of Christ as our bread (John 6:57).
Clothing: In Galatians 3:27, we are told that when we were baptized, we have put on Christ. Clothing is for covering, protection, warmth, and beauty. Christ is all these things.
Light: In John 8:12, Jesus said, I am the light of the world. Not only did the Lord Jesus Himself say this, but even John the Baptist testified that in Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. When we walk into a dark room, we need to turn on the light in order to see. Did you realize that the real light is Christ?
We could go on and on. So, actually, that’s our plan! In the months to come, we’ll be launching a new Truth and Experience series of blog posts: Christ the Reality. Be sure to subscribe by email to receive fresh enjoyments of everything that Christ is to us!