by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
Sometimes we have a tendency to look at worship in this world as “real” and that in heaven as more “unreal” when it is actually the opposite.
The writer of Hebrews reminds us of the contrast between the “shadow and the substance.” The Scriptures are filled with “shadows of the real thing.” The Lord instructed Moses to make a tabernacle for worship “exactly like the pattern I will show you.”
We learn later that this model, this pattern, is a shadow of the heavenly sanctuary. As we worship, we need always to remember that what we are doing is a rehearsal if you will, of what happens in heaven. Worship on earth is, after all, one of the very few things we will do on both earth and in heaven.
The shadow, while appearing so real on earth, becomes substance in heaven. We see through the glass dimly, but then face to face. This awareness helps to keep today in perspective.