“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” (Matthew 5.7 NIV).
As the Bible chronicles Jesus’ ministry on earth, it becomes increasingly clear that He does not obey all of the commands of Moses that are supposed to keep the Jewish people holy. He touches dead people, doesn’t always wash His hands before eating, performs miracles on Sabbath, etc. In all these incidences, Jesus allows His love to usurp the Law, and many of the Pharisees call Him on it. But what the religious leaders did not recognize is that Jesus fulfilled the law, so God’s love could pour out. The Law has been fulfilled and lifted through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ on the Cross, and now we are free to love others with God’s heavenly compassion. We have been made holy and blameless in God’s eyes, and we are now His righteousness through Jesus Christ. There is no more struggling to be holy because God’s grace has completely fulfilled the law. We no longer have to choose between justice and love, because justice has been achieved through Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross. The love of our Heavenly Father can now push to all the four comers of the earth without compromising His Holiness. Because Jesus fulfilled the Law, the greatest commandment to love God and others is easier than ever.
“Jesus replied: ‘”Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22.37-38 NIV).
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