“…fixing our eyes on Jesus…” ~ Hebrews 12:2
Today is Groundhog Day in America. We wait to see if a certain groundhog sees his shadow. If he does, it’s six more weeks of winter; if he doesn’t, we’re in for an early spring. Accurate? Depends on who you ask. You ask the groundhog, and he’ll tell you he’s 100 percent accurate. You ask actual weather people, or even historical weather patterns, and you’ll find he’s more around 80 percent accurate.
But what’s the point? We’re focused on his shadow.
God the Father has provided pictures, or shadows, of His Son, Jesus Christ, throughout creation. The sun itself is a picture, or shadow, of Christ, as He is the reality of the Light of the world (John 8:12; 9:5). I’ve written a whole blog post on how coffee is a shadow of Christ. These are just two quick examples. There are myriad others.
It can be a lot of fun, and extremely eye-opening, to see Christ in so many things. The danger comes when we focus too much on the shadow, or picture, itself. Christ is the reality of the sun, but if we worship the sun, we’re only worshiping the shadow. A shadow does not carry substance. To worship, or attempt to draw life from, something that has no substance, no true life within itself, is to set up an idol, a false god. We’re not drawing from the source that casts the shadow. Christ is an infinitely vast source. He will never run out. He’s the true vine in which we are to abide and draw our life (John 15). The food we eat is just a shadow of our true food: Christ (see John 6).
Now that we see the shadow, let us look to the source. Let us be consumed with Who is casting that shadow. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus.