Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own shadow. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Like any good movie, God’s unfolding story contains foreshadowing. The first foreshadow of His grace came right away, in Genesis 3:15, when God told Satan,
“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
This was the first hint of the Gospel ever. This was a foreshadowing of the cross where Satan gave Jesus a hard shot, but in the end Christ crushed Satan.
Another foreshadowing took place when God exchanged Adam and Eve’s fig leaves for permanent skin garments to cover their nakedness—and He had to kill an animal to do that. It was the first physical death in the history of the world. God showed that through the death of an innocent One, He will put a new garment on you. It’s a theme we see throughout the Bible. Take Zechariah 3:
Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.” Then I said, “Put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the Lord stood by. (Zechariah 3:3-5)
Zechariah, talking about more than clothes, explains how God is going to do this:
“‘… I am going to bring my servant, the Branch. See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua! There are seven eyes on that one stone, and I will engrave an inscription on it,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day.’” (Zechariah 3:8-9)
Wow. That’s pretty clear! And the coolest part? You can experience today what He foreshadowed in the past. No more shadows needed. The light of Jesus has caught up with the foreshadow of prophecy and you can live in its brightness today!
My Lord and my God, I praise You, Jesus, for Who You are and what You have done. You have taken off my filth and clothed me with clean, fine garments. What can I do except lift empty hands in thanks and praise to You today? Amen.
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