Get out of the shadow

Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. —Colossians 2:16-17 ESV

Rules, rules and more rules. Paul says all these legalistic things are just shadow. A shadow is not reality but anticipates the arrival of somebody. That Somebody is here. We don’t need the shadow. We do not need to be content to live in the shadow of religion where fear lurks and inhibitions abound. Paul says, get out of the shadow, reality is here.

  • Why do we take rules about what to eat and drink so seriously when the One foreshadowed by Israel’s manna is the True Bread of Life?
  • How can the observance of a ritual ceremony like Passover (a shadow) be considered a means to spiritual perfection when our Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ has been sacrificed already to take away our sin?
  • Why should we demand obedience to the laws of the Jewish Sabbath (a shadow), when the Bringer of eternal rest has already granted that to us?