Matthew 5:17-18 NIV 2011
“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 tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”
Matthew placed Jesus’ words as part of his introduction to the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus shared with those gathered the Beatitudes, being Salt and Light and finally got to the meat of why He came. The Law referred to the first five books of the Old Testament, which the Jews call the Torah. “The Prophets” includes the rest of the Old Testament. Jesus clarified the law applied externally as well as internally. Psalm 119:73, “Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands.” God sent Jesus to fulfill the Law.
Jesus used God’s Word to prove He was the promised Messiah. As believers, we have God’s Word in our language and in as many translations as we choose to read. We have the New Testament, the Good News of Jesus Christ, the part of the Old Testament the Jews missed. The Law reveals none are able to obey them all without fault. Daily looking to the law as my moral compass, I follow Jesus because He fulfilled God’s Law.
How do others know we are following Jesus?
Faithfully sharing Jesus’ Light,