“For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality” (Colossians 2:17, NLT).

For many people, it’s easy to get bogged down with rule-keeping. Some churches get so hung up on rules, they lose sight of the people they are supposed to be serving. For many years, I thought the laws were all that mattered. They were more real to me than Jesus.

But the laws and rules are only shadows. They are like cardboard people and fake furniture on a stage that are only revealed when the lights come up. Jesus is the bright light center stage, whose illumination shows everything else to be shadows. All the laws and rules fade to black in the face of Jesus, our reality.