The vast majority of us have grown up in churches or denominations where we have been taught how to live the Christian life by following outer precepts, rules, laws and ordinances. We have been told that if we are to grow spiritually we have to pray more, read the Bible more often and participate in a vast variety of the church’ activities. The message which has been hammered into our heads is that we somehow are responsible to live the Christian life. The law points its finger at you and says you have to do it, but as we all know it won’t lift a finger to help us in accomplishing its biddings.
This, my friend, means that the government has been laid on your shoulders. It is tempting to blame our leaders or the churches for this predicament we are in on account of that this burden it too heavy for us. The record relates that is was Moses who led the Israelites out of Egypt. If we keep in the back of our minds that Moses represents the Law we come to understand that God purposely employs the Law in order to lead man out of Sin, which is Egypt. As Moses we have tried to conquer sin in our own powers. When we thought we had killed the Egyptian a host of others began their pursuit of us. We swiftly recognize that sin will easily overpower us if we do not flee into a safer environment.
Led by the law, that is, a conviction of sin we follow the law (Moses) through the Red Sea into Jesus. Behind us lies the Egyptian army drowned by the water. The power of Christ which far supersedes the power of sin has set us free from sin, that is, Egypt, or Satan if you will. The different sins which reigned in our members represented by the members of the army are conquered by Christ. They no longer have any dominion over us. But, where does Moses lead us? Into the wilderness! The law has fulfilled part one of its mission, and from now on we are directly led by God, by a cloud during the day and all night by a pillar of fire. Off course God was in the law as well, but we didn’t see Him. The scriptures plainly confirm that the law was our taskmaster to bring us unto Christ (Gal 3:24).
Here we are rescued by God, but what does He do? He leads us into a desert of dead works. Moses, that is, the law is still in our midst while we are led towards the Promised Land. As our uncontested leader Moses walk with us while we struggle towards a destination which seems rather dim. In the midst of our travails God is faithful and sustain us through many miracles. During the weary march we discover that something new is inside us. A new life, a new love and completely new interests begin to color our lives. What is going on? God is molding and conditioning us towards entering the Promised Land into which Moses (the law) is denied access. However, before we can enter there is one thing which is absolutely necessary. We have to transfer the government which was on our shoulders to Christ, for the government shall be upon His shoulders (Isa 9:6).
This is indeed a critical moment for us. If we despite the conditioning harden our hearts and recalcitrantly refuse to transfer the government we are destined to continue the wilderness walk, and Christ is impeded from being formed in us. This false self which came to be our only point of reference after the fall refuses to admit that it is a falsehood. To enter the Promised Land denotes that slowly but surely the union life or exchanged life becomes our new point of reference. In the wilderness all we could see was separation. The illusion that we have the government on our shoulders is what the Bible calls the flesh. To walk after the Spirit is simply to have transferred the government to Christ.
All these shadows or images point to a continuous expansion of our consciousnesses. It is in God that we move, live and have our being, so we have been in Him from the outset, even when we were in Egypt. We were in Christ even when in the wilderness. However, it is when we cross the threshold to the Promised Land that the tremendous fact that we are joined one Spirit with the Lord is revealed to us and becomes our rest. It is by faith and by an expansion of our consciousnesses that we move into Christ – we move into the Sabbath, our day of rest. He is our undeniable rest, because the government shall be on His shoulders.
In this place of infinite joy, freedom and love we adamantly refuse to let anyone cage us in again by a set of rules or laws, or manipulations or other suppression technics. With the wisdom of the Lord we will oppose those who have hardened their hearts, and as a consequence call us fanatics. With His love that is poured into our hearts we will patiently and love-kindly lead those who are on the threshold into the Promised Land. As the Spirit leads we will comfort, extort and teach them, and more than once we will invigorate their faith. Shoulder to shoulder we will defend our faith by words the Spirit gives us. The truth is: We are the lights of this world manifesting the pearl of great price!