Paul talks about the law (rules and regulations, holy days, dietary requirements etc.) being a shadow of things to come, and tells us that the thing to come was Jesus.
When Jesus came the law was no longer required.
Man could now come to God, could be set free from sin through trusting in Jesus, rather than their works of law.
Some people in the church today however are still looking at the shadow as a means to try and reach God.
They strive and work in order to be good enough, thinking this is what God wants from them.
This is not what God wants from us; in terms of “work” He wants us to believe on Him whom He sent (John 6 v 29).
Our “work” now is to rest in Jesus and to trust in Jesus.
If a person was standing in front of you yet you were paying attention to his shadow and talking to his shadow, that person would think you were incredibly rude or incredibly stupid.
I wonder what Jesus thinks when we look to His shadow rather than looking to Him.
In another part of Scripture the law (using our own works and efforts to try and reach out to God) is said to be a schoolmaster, here to point us to Jesus (Galatians 3 v 24).
Once Jesus is here there is no need for the schoolmaster.
If Jesus is your Lord and Saviour your days of effort and works trying to reach to God should be over; God has reached out to you through Jesus and now your ”job” is to rest in Him.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that Jesus is my Sabbath rest, and thank you that He complete the “works” required so that I do not have to”.
Colossians 2 v 17…..Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ