Most of my yard is situated in the shade. The trees give a wonderful covering and protection from the harsh rays of the sun. The grass and trees need full sun to thrive, but there are many plants that need the light filtered so they are not burnt by the overpowering sunlight. The area under the shade is more humid because the sun doesn’t dry it out as fast, so my plants like the orchids and bromeliads thrive in this type of environment. These types of plants would dry up and wither in the full sun. We are like the orchids and bromeliads and Jesus is like the trees, our protection from the full sun and mighty power of God. In the Old Testament, God warned Moses that no one has seen His face and lived, so He had Him hide in the cleft of a rock as He passed by. He needed to be shielded from His power. Jesus acts as the shield or covering between us and God. He is our high priest. Like the trees that shade my garden, Jesus filters the light of God’s glory as a protective barrier, and we thrive under His care.
Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. Hebrews 7:25-26