Shadow of Things to Come – Pt. 1

In the next several weeks we are studying the Old Testament feasts and how they point to Christ.

The young Christians in the Church of Colosse were being tempted to add works to their salvation, the freedom found in the grace of the gospel of Christ. These works included observing Jewish feasts and celebrations found in the Old Testament. Paul wrote to remind them of the nature of their salvation and King compared to the nature of those OT observances. He writes “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” (Col. 2:16-17).

Although the shadow says much about the object, rarely are the two confused. However, Judaizers in Paul’s day were confused about the nature of the Jewish feasts. These feasts should direct attention to the arrival of the Messiah.

This week we study the Feast of the Passover and Unleavened Bread. We worship in delight that God provided the perfect sacrificial Lamb, Jesus Christ, who takes away our sins.