Summary: One of the Things that I love about Jesus was that when He came, it was like He turned on the Lights, so all the people who had been living in this darkness, all the sudden they could see the truth for themselves....
Jesus ~ The Law with Flesh On
Pastor Glenn Newton 7-28-02
"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 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. 19 Anyone who breaks one of
the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same 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.” Matt. 5: 17-20
Can I ask you the same question that I asked the kids earlier? What is it that makes you
a Really Good Christian? Some one word answers if you will....
It seems like all of life for some reason can become like a competition, a game of sorts,
where everyone seems to be keeping score.
Do you keep track of who is driving the newest car in your neighborhood? I have
a neighbor who has a $100,000 motorhome with a garage that is designed specifically to
house it. His motorhome is worth more than the parsonage. But you know, I’m not
We don’t keep track of who wears the nicest clothes to church do we? You know
what, I don’t think we do for the majority of us, and I think that’s great! Don’t get caught
up in that.
Our human nature makes us competitors, or comparers, or score keepers. If you
can tell me how many services the person sitting across the room has missed in the last
three months...... your a score keeper. If you dare and watch to see who puts money in
the offering plate and who doesn’t, your a score keeper, and shame on you....
Pastor’s can get into this game easily enough. I have to give reports every month,
and at the end of the year. I happen to love working with numbers and tracking
attendance and setting goals and that kind of thing. But I could spend way too much time
comparing how we are doing this month compared to last year at this time, and two years
ago, et. Pastor’s also find themselves when they get together always finding a way to ask
the other guy how many did they have in church last Sunday....... It’s almost funny just
watching the creative ways they come up with to get that information.
I want to talk to you today about a very important teaching of Jesus that we find in
Matthew chapter 5. Jesus is speaking to the common crowd of his day, with some of the
teachers of law sprinkled in for sure, because they were always listening, trying to catch
him saying something that would go against God’s Word, which at that time was the O.T.
You need to understand that the common man and women who were there that day
listening to Jesus couldn’t read Hebrew, which by the way was what the OT was written
in. So these people were at the mercy, if you will, of the interpreters and the scribes of the
day. They had to trust what the Teachers of the Law was saying was really the Truth.
You can see the power the Pharasees had over the common people of the day.
One of the Things that I love about Jesus was that when He came, it was like He turned
on the Lights, so all the people who had been living in this darkness, all the sudden they
could see the truth for themselves.... Aren’t you glad that Jesus is the Light of the World,
and that He turned the lights on in your heart, so you could see the truth?
These Pharasees and the Teachers of the Law were continually accusing Jesus of breaking
God’s Law. Sometimes they accused Him of doing away with it altogether... Listen to
John 5:16-18 So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jews
persecuted him. 17 Jesus said to them, "My Father is always at his work to this very
day, and I, too, am working." 18 For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill
him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own
Father, making himself equal with God.
These Jews hated Jesus, why? Because He was turning the Light on to their little
man-made traditions and Powergame. He was exposing them as men who only cared