Summary: A look at why Jesus came to earth in His own words
become conscious of sin.”
The Law was perfect (complete) for what God intended it to do. Ps. 19:7a – “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul.” Jesus recognized this fact and even stated the difficulty in overturning or doing away with the Law in vs. 18 of our text: “I tell you the truth, 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.” The phrase “smallest letter nor the least stroke of a pen…” is translated in the KJV as “jot and tittle.” It’s a reference to the vowel and accent markings for the original Hebrew of the Old Testament.
The Law was designed to be temporary – at least its ritual sacrifices and religious observances were temporary. Jer. 31:31-33 – “‘The time is coming," declares the LORD, ‘when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,’ declares the LORD. ‘This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,’ declares the LORD. ‘I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.’ ” And Heb. 10:1-4 – “The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—
not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after
year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. If it could, would they not have stopped being offered?
For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins.
But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins, because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to
take away sins.”
In light of that biblical information, the question remains: How did Jesus fulfill the Law and the Prophets? Remember Webster’s definition of “fulfill”. It means “to carry out something promised; to do something required; to satisfy a condition; to complete.”
First, He fulfilled the Law’s purpose of demonstrating God’s standard of righteousness. Jesus’ perfect life showed us how sinful our lives are. 1 Pet. 2:21-23 – “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. ‘He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.’ When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.”
Second, He fulfilled the Law’s penalty by giving His life as payment for our sin. 1 Pet. 2:24 – “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.”
He fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies concerning His first coming. Science has developed a method of studying odds. It’s called the science of compound probabilities – a mathematical study of situations and the odds of possible outcomes.