HOST: Michael Whitworth
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus came to fulfill the law and the prophets. It is a concept that the Jews of Jesus’ day had a very difficult time coming to terms with. They failed to understand that the old law was never intended to be permanent. God designed it to be a temporary law to fulfill a specific purpose—to preserve God’s people and prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah when the time was right. Jesus came to fulfill the prophecies and bring to fruition all of the spiritual promises of God. Though you and I never lived under the old law, the fact that Jesus came to fulfill that law is also very meaningful to us. In fulfilling the law and prophets, Jesus also brought to completion God’s plan to bring redemption and salvation to everyone, including you and me. We have the great advantage and wonderful blessing of having God’s plan for redemption revealed to us through Christ and becoming partakers of the saving grace of God through the precious blood of His Son. Thanks be to God, and to Him be all the glory!
Why is it so important to us that Jesus fulfilled the old law?
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