Saturday, February 23, 2008

The earthly, a shadow of the heavenly

Hebrews 8: 1-5; 10: 1; Colosians 2: 17.
I took this photo while standing on a roof in Florida. The photo gives the image of heaven and earth in harmony, which to me is a "Thy kingdom come" prayer. The trees and clouds seem to be performing a duet, and the top of the tree line seems to mirror the lining along the top of the clouds. I was also struck by the obviously bright light of the sun that is hidden behind the clouds. It is as if the trees shaded in darkness are reaching up to touch the glory of the sun whose rays and beams are breaking past the clouds.

The trees mirroring the clouds remind me that the earthly tabernacle and its rituals were only shadows of the true, which is the heavenly. The same is true for our existence. The earthly is only a shadow of the heavenly. The glory and beauty that is ours in eternity will be so much more wonderful than we can imagine now. The apostle Paul spoke of being caught up into paradise and hearing and seeing things that are inexpressible. Jesus told the thief on the cross, "Today you will be with me in paradise." Look up for your redemption draws near. The Bible says He will come in the clouds, and every eye will see Him.
This life is not all there is. For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
"Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name given among men by which we must be saved."  Acts 4:12.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Feed us, brother!