Jesus came to fulfill the law, not destroy it!

“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:17-20

Some in Jesus’ day misunderstood and thought that Jesus was trying to throw out all that is taught in the Old Testament Scriptures because He offered forgiveness and life though faith in His name. Unfortunately, some today assume that Jesus’ teaching does away with the Old Testament and makes these Scriptures obsolete and unnecessary for Christians. Many even believe and teach that one can be a Christian and disregard some or all of what the Bible teaches. This couldn’t be further from the truth!

It is as Jesus said: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot [the smallest Hebrew letter] or one tittle [the smallest part of a Hebrew letter] shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”

Thus, Jesus went on to say: “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

Jesus came to keep every commandment of the Scriptures perfectly for us. He regarded the Scriptures as the very Word of God and was obedient to every teaching of the Law and the Prophets! He fulfilled all and regarded all as absolute truth. And Jesus, as prophesied by the Law and the Prophets (the Old Testament Scriptures), took our place under God’s law and took the guilt and punishment of our sins upon Himself, that we might have forgiveness and life through faith in Him and His blood shed for us upon the cross.

Thus, it is a grave offense to break even the smallest commandment in the Scriptures and teach others so. How can one who follows Jesus disregard what He lived and died to fulfill! And, as a study of the Scriptures will reveal, the righteousness which God demands is far greater than the outward righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees. In fact, it far exceeds the righteousness of those churchgoers of our day who depend on their own righteous works and deeds. The Scriptures demand perfect righteousness of heart, soul and mind. The Scriptures demand a holy life in thought, word and action. Jesus fulfilled the righteous demands of the Scriptures for us, and these same Scriptures offer to us the imputed, perfect righteousness of Messiah Jesus – they declare Christ’s full atonement for our sins and the acceptance and pardon of a merciful God for Jesus’ sake!

Dear LORD Jesus, holy Son of God and true man, our Savior, thank You for fulfilling for us the perfect righteousness taught and demanded in the Holy Scriptures, and thank You for bearing upon the cross the full and just punishment for all our sins and then rising again to grant us forgiveness and life – perfect righteousness – through faith in You. Amen.

[Scripture from the King James Version of the Bible]

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  1. jesus is the answer no one or nothing save me but jesus ..the lord healed me.. jesus change my life.. what the law could not do . jesus did.. he gave his life for me.his love. his grace. his mercy.his blood,,came to earth not to comdem but to save me and is waiting for me..