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Advent 2020: Shadows Revealed

Our High Priest in heaven.

Jesus came to be the entirety of God’s Word in the flesh (John 1:14). He came to show us the heart of the Father (John 14:7), whose whole law is the way of love (Matthew 22:37-40).

By being in the Word — learning to live, exist, and move in the Scriptures — we come to know Jesus more fully and begin to reveal the one true God to others through our lives. The spiritual roadmap outlined by John Piper in the first devotional of Joy to the World — Meditate. Examine. Build. Be. — helps us flesh out what it means to fulfill our role as a disciple of Jesus on earth.

As we continue our Advent journey, consider how the four steps work together to make the life of Christ real in you.


Read December 12: Replacing the Shadows

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Reflect.

What did you learn from today’s reading?


The Old Testament Tabernacle and priests and sacrifices were shadows. Now the reality has come, and the shadows pass away.

John Piper, Joy to the World

What comes to mind when you think about shadows? How would you tell someone who didn’t know what a shadow is?

The Old Testament temple was but a shadow of God’s holy throne room in heaven. Its system of laws and sacrifices foreshadowed the means of entry into His presence.

Jesus came to make the way for us to enter the real deal while still on earth. God has given us a door into heaven, direct access to His throne room, through faith in Christ’s death and resurrection by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Consider today if you are currently living in the shadows or if you have entered into real life with Christ. What aspects of your faith are still shadows of what is truly available to you in Jesus?

Ask God to show you how to sweep away the shadowy parts of your faith and replace them with the reality of Christ, here and now.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.
2Corinthians 5:17 ESV

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