Shadows to Realities

The stained-glass windows at Immanuel Lutheran Church depict the story of God’s salvation for us in Jesus Christ that spans from Genesis through Revelation as proclaimed in the Scripture, Liturgy, and Hymnody. The series entitled Shadows to Realities was created by Rev. Dr. Adam Filipek and designed by Darla Rufer from Stained Glass Overlay of Red River Valley. The name is derived from Colossians 2:17, where St. Paul speaks of the Old Testament festivals as “shadows” whose “reality” (substance or fulfillment) is Christ. Again, in Romans 5:14, St. Paul writes, concerning Adam, that he is a “type of the one who was to come.” Consequently, each window is divided into two distinct parts. The Shadow appears on the left, and the reality/fulfillment of the shadow, Jesus Christ our Lord, appears on the right. In this way, we see clearly that both Old and New Testament were “written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31, ESV)

The Promised Seed

The Only Son

The King

The True Israel

The Presence of God

The Lamb

The Savior

The Second Adam