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Summary: Jesus had just talked with the disciples about being blessed and also about being “Salt & Light”. He now felt the need to address the elephant in the room… The elephant was the question that kept coming up, “What about the Law of Moses?”

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Matthew 5:17-20

Introduction:

1. Jesus had just talked with the disciples about being blessed and also about being “Salt & Light”. He now felt the need to address the elephant in the room… The elephant was the question that kept coming up, “What about the Law of Moses?”

2. Jesus begins by clarifying His relationship with the Law of Moses and the Prophets...

I. “JESUS DID NOT COME TO DESTROY THE LAW BUT TO FULFILL IT"

A. JESUS’ PURPOSE WAS TO "FULFILL" THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS…

THE LAW & THE PROPHETS FORETOLD THREE MAJOR EVENTS

1. FORETOLD THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH (Christ)

¥ There are approximately 330 prophecies in the Bible concerning Christ, the Law and the Prophets (For example, Deut 18:15,18-19; Is 53:1-12)

2. FORETOLD THE COMING OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD

¥ Jesus was also preaching that the fulfillment of that prophecy was now at hand

Mark 1:14-15

14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,

15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

3. FORETOLD THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NEW AND A BETTER COVENANT FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD CALLED… GRACE

Jeremiah 31:31-34

31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:

33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

¥ The New Covenant is here! He 8:6-13

B. UNTIL THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS WERE FULFILLED, JESUS TAUGHT THAT…

¥ The Law would remain - Mt 5:18

¥ How a person responded to the Law would still affect their place in God’s Kingdom - Mt 5:19

¥ This truth shines the light on the necessity of His COMING, DEATH, BURIAL & RESURRECTION, and His ASCENSION and EXALTATION to God’s right hand!

SOMEONE HAD TO BE IN PLACE TO APPROPRIATE GRACE

II. Question: DID JESUS FULFILL THE LAW?”

A. If He DID NOT… then He failed - Mt 5:17 and we are still under the Law in its strictest forms! - Mt 5:18-19 (including stoning rebellious children, seeing women as property, not eating pork or duck, practicing circumcision…)

B. If He DID… then He accomplished God’s purposes and we should not be surprised to find a NEW Law or Covenant (based on Grace) governing God's people today.

John 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

C. My Answer: (This answer is based on Three Biblical Observations…)


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