Read: Acts 5:12-16
“People brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by.”
Peter and the apostles were causing quite a stir. There were great works of healing happening, followed by teachings about Jesus in the temple courts. Crowds gathered. Thousands were becoming believers. Those in power were growing angry, fearing a mob. This little band of leaders was beginning to loom quite large and become quite the attraction. Why were so many people flocking to them? For many, the teachings were powerful and the news of Christ had drawn them. However, certainly some just wanted to be under Peter’s shadow and came solely for the promise of being healed or blessed in some measure. Some things to consider:
We must remember, a shadow only exists because there is a greater light. A person can only speak the words of God and do the works of God with real power because they stand under the light of the world: Jesus.
“Beware that you do not lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.” - Aesop
Colossians 2:17 says that temporary religious experiences of life are only shadows of greater things to come but it is Jesus who is the fulfillment. Sometimes we spend so much time grasping for our miracle, our blessings and the fulfillment of our emotional and physical needs and yet that fulfillment is elusive.
Like Peter Pan trying to catch his shadow, we try to wrap our arms around these things we think will fulfill us and yet, soon enough, these things we seek leap out of our grasp. But the real substance, the reality that truly brings life and can meet these ever-elusive needs, is the light that casts the shadow.
Lastly. Be a shady Christian. As Jesus becomes the light of our life, let us reflect, under his leading to bring comfort and healing to others. As we love others because of God’s love for us, let us point them to the source from whom that comfort and love comes from.