The Real Thing…Not a Shadow

Can you remember all the way back to being a kid? Remember going to the grocery store with your mom? Suppose you and your mom got separated in the grocery store, and you started to get scared and panic and didn’t know which way to go, and you ran to the end of an aisle, and just before you started to cry, you saw a shadow on the floor at the end of the aisle that looked just like your mom. That would make you really happy and you would feel hope. But which would be better? The happiness of seeing the shadow, or having your mom step around the corner and it’s really her!?
That’s the way it is when Jesus comes to be our High Priest. That’s what Christmas is. Christmas is the replacement of shadows with the real thing.
Look at Hebrews 8:1-2. This is a kind of summary statement. Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a minister in the sanctuary, and in the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man.
The point—the main point of it all—is that the one priest who goes between us and God, and makes us right with God, and prays for us to God is not an ordinary, weak, sinful, dying, priest like in the Old Testament days. He is the Son of God—strong, sinless, with an indestructible life. Not only that, he is not ministering in an earthly tabernacle with all its limitations of place and size and wearing out and being moth-eaten and being soaked and burned and torn and stolen. No, verse 2 says that Christ is ministering for us in a “true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man.” This is the real thing in heaven.

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