17 “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.”
Jesus is such a boss. I love when He makes powerful statements like this one. “I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” The Law was everything before Jesus arrived. People used the Law as rules and guidelines on how to live life and make it to Heaven. It was all they knew and it was their only hope.
They believed if they upheld the law and followed the rules that they would find favor with God. Jesus walks in and says, “Uhm, hey guys don’t worry about this whole law thing, I got this.” Eventually walking to his death on the cross where he died for all of eternity. Gosh Jesus knew this was his destiny. I have to imagine at least. Jesus was the only person to every perfectly uphold the law and never sin.
We can’t uphold the law. Some of us can hardly brush our teeth consistently. I brush my teeth don’t worry mom. On a serious note, I sin every day, we all do (Romans 3:23). Jesus isn’t pumped about it, but He forgives us. He loves us. Think about it like this…
Jesus knows your past, He knows your present, and He knows your future. If Jesus knows the sins you have already committed and the sins you will commit and still loves you, what does that say about Him? He is in relentless pursuit of our hearts. I want someone like that in my life. Someone who doesn’t judge me off of one mistake or one screw up. My prayer is we can start seeing others this way. I pray we can start seeing others for who they are becoming, not who they were, or even who they are now.
Do I try to follow rules or follow Jesus?
How can I start seeing others how Jesus sees them?
Dear Lord, help change our hearts. Mold them carefully to look more like yours. We know when this happens we will begin to see change in the lives of those around us. Thank you for allowing us to put our hope in you. You are the MAN! I love you. Amen.
Have a great week!