Hello, today we were so tired of going to churches that aren’t filled with the Gospel, that our family just had worship together. We read in Mathew 5:17-20 which says,
““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. 18 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. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Jesus is saying that He hasn’t come to abolish the law and the prophets, but yet to fulfill them. The prophets (or Old Testament) prophesied about a savior who was to come, and be crucified. Jesus was going to fulfill that, and the Law! He was going to perfectly obey the law! And He did! He lived up to the standards of the law, and then He fulfilled the prophets and died in our place on the cross! He saved us from sin!
We couldn’t do it of ourselves. We could fulfill the law and the prophets, the bar was just too high for us. But, Jesus did for us, and we were in Him. So, God sees it that we measured up. He sees us as perfect, because He looks through Jesus’ blood. In the Old Testament, covering the Ark of the Covenant, was a mercy-seat. And God looked through the mercy-seat, which had blood on it. Now, He looks through the blood of Jesus at us, and He sees us as His children. Praise God!
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for sending Your son for us. Thank You, Jesus, for loving us so much, and for fulfilling the law and the prophets. Thank You for all that You’ve done for me, Lord. Please help me to spread the Good News of the Gospel all over. Please help me to praise You more. Please help me to always give thanks for what You’ve done for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland