Just as a magician chooses to reveal something only when he wants to reveal something, we tend to “put on a show” with our lives and not be identified in the freedom of Jesus Christ. We make it seem like everything is ok, but it is just an illusion, we put on a fake smile or live in a false identity. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians that we are new creations, “the old has gone, the new has come.” We can live in freedom if we stop living the illusion and be identified in Christ. Everyone feels shame. Everyone has something they are trying to hide. In our sin, hurt, sadness, shame, etc. we try to cover ourselves to hide from the world. But God has us covered by the blood of his son Jesus. We don’t have to hold on to our shame and live the illusion any more.