I am not a photographer, but I know a few people who are. Many of them tell me that their passion for photography is fueled by their desire to capture the beauty of reality, and bring it into focus. A ‘picture’ from a camera is literally a snapshot of light. Sometimes a camera is needed to bring this reality into focus, out of the shadows. Shadows can have a tendency to distract us from reality.
Jesus Christ is true reality. Everything else is simply a shadow. These are His words, not mine. Consider this ‘bombshell’ of a statement that Jesus made about Himself.
…I am the way, the truth, and the life…(John 14:6, NASB)
This might seem like a harmless religious statement. We see the word ‘truth’, and many of us automatically think of words like ‘fact’, or ‘law’. Did you know, however, that the same word that is translated ‘truth’ can also be translated as ‘reality’?
That puts things into perspective a bit for me. Jesus Christ didn’t just say that He is a simple ‘fact’, He said that He was *reality* itself!
This man is certainly not lacking in fortitude and self-confidence. He knows who He is. The descriptive word choice that He used to describe Himself (reality) is simply breathtaking.
Most of the world has been deceived into thinking that the shadow world is reality. It is not. It is simply a shadow. He (Christ) is ultimate reality. When we take our ‘cameras’, capture an image of light, and peer into this new reality, we will find that the distractions that are found in the shadow world dissipate. The temporary distractions that have kept us separate from one another in relationships, and blind to the reality of light (Christ), simply come to an end.
In the shadow world, space and time keep us separate from one another, but ‘IN’ reality (Christ), they are overcome by the limitless parameters of the Spirit.
In the shadow world, our security is tied to all that can be shaken (the world & its systems), but ‘IN’ reality (Christ), we stand secure.
In the shadow world, hierarchy, fear, & accusations, keep us distant from one another, but ‘IN’ reality (Christ), we are known only by His righteous identity.
There is coming an age when the reality of light (Christ) will completely overtake the shadow world. The good news, however, is we don’t actually have to wait until that day arrives in space & time to start living in this new reality. Thankfully, we have been given supernatural ‘cameras’ that enable us to capture images of light from this new reality even while we are still functioning in the ‘shadow world’. The light (reality) is literally breaking into the shadows and is making all things new. We now have the ability to see the light, and live from the life that comes from this light. We can now take out our ‘cameras’ and start clicking away!
I could go on and on about this, but Brooke Fraser has a beautiful song / video about this that explains it so much better than I can. Please take a few minutes to watch this video.
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