So, what did Jesus say about the law? It’s really clear in Matthew’s Scripture from chapter five.In these verses from the New Testament Book of Matthew.
Jesus specifically states that He is not suggesting that His followers break the prophetic laws (ten commandments and others).
As we have learned from the Scripture reading below, Christ did not come to break the laws – He came to fulfill them.
Christ Explains Himself – What Did Jesus Say about the Law?
“Do not presume that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill.
For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke of a letter shall pass from the Law, until all is accomplished!
Therefore, whoever nullifies one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
“For I say to you that unless your righteousness far surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:17-20
Jesus and the Law
The ten commandments play a major role in the Old Testament. But, as Jesus stated above, these laws still equally apply today.
These verses reveal more than just what the law says about Jesus. They reveal who He really is, God in the flesh.
John 1:1-3 states:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him not even one thing came into being that has come into being.”
Some of those in the crowd were experts at telling others what to do, but they missed the central point of God’s laws themselves.
It’s more important to obey God’s law than to explain it, according to Jesus (Matthew 5:19).
What about Us? Are We Salt and Light?
God’s laws are much easier for us to study and tell others to obey than to actually follow them.
Jesus commanded us to be the salt of the earth and light to the world.
But how are we supposed to be the “salt and light” Jesus commissioned us to be if we are seen as lawbreakers of the 10 commandments?
How are you doing today at obeying God? Yes — Me Too!
Love in Christ
If you would like to learn more about the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to read John 3:16.