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.
I see this Scripture repeated alot, but there has always been one thing that baffles me in all my years of conversing with believers. Most do not understand or comprehend the Shadows of things to come. Yes Jesus came and is coming back. But how can one understand the multiple things and aspects of Jesus without being made witness to the revelations the shadows reveal about the character and works of Jesus.
Relating to Jesus is no different than any other relationship. It is a relationship that takes time to learn and relate to a person. Jesus did not give us all the shadows for us to just throw away, but learn. What is a burnt offering and how is it applicable to Jesus and believers? What about the grades of the burnt offering? What does the bull, lamb, goat, and turtle dove teach me? Yahweh did not just give the grades without reason of purpose. I am to learn and know that the bull reveals my manner of work ethic on my mutual yoke with Yeshua.
Jesus is said to be our sin offering and yes He is. However, He is also our burnt, meat, peace, red heifer, and trepass offering as well. Each one of these offerings provided a different work in the Yahweh's satisfaction being met. They also set examples of what is expected of our conduct as we immitate Jesus in our service towards Yahweh and others.
It is not that we can be the shadows or accomplish anything with the ritual. It is the spiritual principles the shadows reveal that we have to come to know and immulate. We are told to deny ourselves, pick up our own cross, and follow Jesus. Learning the shadows is the only means forward.
Yes Jesus is the light, but a blinding light to those who have not yet learned their Lord.
How so much power has been lost from Christianity because the shadows have been stripped away. Now we have the light indeed, but do not comprehend it. What we are left with is religion without power.