TIME FOR “TYPE”
Looks like Easter Tuesday gives us: fun with types!
The Octave of Easter gives us Time to work out and enjoy some of the meanings of Easter. In lessons for today we are given many thoughts about the Types that were fulfilled by the death and resurrection of Jesus.
A Type? There are several definitions of the word, but the most wonderful, the most useful to us is this: a type is a person, thing, or event that really exists (or existed) that prefigures a future person, thing, or event of greater significance. . . .
Well, let’s just say a Type is like a beautiful door:
At first, when you’re new at this, you realize that words can have two meanings: one is the plain meaning the word signifies (and all the things it calls to mind, in context and experience and definition).
There are Easter Words like Passover and Passage and Egypt and slavery and Israel and lamb and sacrifice and blood and freedom. . . .words that tell the historical story.
Words that are openings (like a door) to rich and beautiful meanings. And then — you’re invited — you can ENTER through the door, and you look all around —
You are welcomed in to a beautiful beginning, and you can look all around, get a feel for the place, and get a clue that there is splendor and glory that is waiting for you.
You will find that those original words of that historical story have a deeper significance that can be matched to the real things they signify: Pascal Time (Passover and Passage out of Egypt); and the World we live in (signified by “Egypt”); and Mankind (signified by “Israel”); Pharaoh, who points to the reality of Satan; and the lambs which are fulfilled in The Lamb of God; and sacrifice, the willing Self-Sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross; and the blood from the lambs, the Blood of Christ whose death really does save us . . . .
So much to think about!!! We can’t just stay in the foyer!!! Deeper understandings await!
The interior of this beautiful home made for you is huge! There are rooms and rooms and corridors to explore off the main hallway.
Choose a word from the story of the Israelite in Egypt, or their eventual and inevitable slavery and their cries of discontent and hopelessness; or the story of God sending Moses and preparing him in his childhood and manhood and his finally saying yes, he is willing; the Pharaoh with the ever-hardening heart; the mastery of the God over His creation manifested by the Plagues; release; the night of the Passover —
And this points to all the elements of the Gospel story: the Son of God was sent to “seek and to save them that were lost” and to die for them, to Redeem the people of earth — and the motivation was the Love of God for us – and that never goes away . . . .
On and on – you will never exhaust the details or tire of the story. Again, the words used in telling the story are Types of the Gospel Story of Christ’s First Coming. You won’t run out of rooms to visit!
Many place during this Easter Week to sit and rest and contemplate –satisfying, welcoming, comforting, the whole Gospel story belonging to you . . .
Just give yourself some time, just choose a door, a word to begin with:
Easter Week is only one Octave of days!