My twin sister, Christina, wanted to match outfits for her surgery and the days of her healing. We really didn’t dress alike as twins growing up. Only on picture day or special occasions did our mother match our outfits. Today, matching our clothes is just a fun demonstration of how close we are as twins. If I find a shirt that I really like or that reads something cute, I’ll buy two of them–one for me and one for my twin. I feel like the small gestures in life do an amazing job at symbolizing bigger, abstract truths.
People wear black when they mourn. Wear their favorite jersey on game day. Go barefoot to demonstrate the need of the poor. And wear a cross around their neck to show their faith. These are simple symbols that carry meaning for many people. These are the metaphors of life. Metaphors compare two unlike things together to make a point. The Bible is full of amazing, beautiful metaphors that help us understand spiritual truths that may otherwise be beyond our comprehension.
In the Bible, the Bread is Jesus’ body broken for us, so that His Blood (wine) could spill onto the earth. The Blood is the essence of God, mixed in earth (flesh) and poured out onto humankind, so we could be reconciled (brought back) to a Holy God. Such a beautiful metaphor, the bread and the wine, but so under appreciated and/or distorted in a world that has lost touch with their Creator.
We have one way to come into the presence (heaven) of a Holy God, and His name is Jesus Christ. Our God allowed Himself to be born into a world that would crucify Him all because He loves us so much. He gives us this extension of love not because we are good enough, but because He is. No matter who we are, what we’ve done or where we are at, God wants us to come to Him. And the only way to God is through Jesus. You can read more about the Blood and Body of Jesus in my book, Our 6, His 7: Transformed by Sabbath Rest. God literally spilled the book into my heart, and I wrote it in 10 days.
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14.6 NIV).
If would like to know more about how my twin and I landed on the Season 5 Premiere of Botched, you can listen to our Interview with Teresa Ann. Also, I have written a book, Following God Across the Page, that details my sister’s near death car accident and our time with Dr. Nassif on Botched. You can win a signed copy of this book in the link below.