30
Jun
14

He Kept Them Perfectly

In Luke 16:16-17, Jesus talks about the good news of God’s Kingdom being proclaimed, but says that the good news doesn’t mean that the Law was going away.  The Law and the Prophets (the totality of the Old Testament Scriptures) were proclaimed until John the Baptist came on the scene.  Jesus makes it clear that His message of good news did not mean that the Law and the Prophets were null and void.  Rather, He had come to fulfill them.
That’s exactly what He did.  He kept the Law perfectly as no one else had been able to do.  He fulfilled the Law blamelessly and without blemish.  This is why He could be the perfect human sacrifice Who could take away the sins of the world.  Jesus kept the Law and fulfilled the Prophets and when He died, He ushered in an age of grace.  This age of grace in which we now live means that we can come to God just as we are.  It means that God’s favor has been bestowed on all people and we can have the promise of forgiveness and the hope of eternal life by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  Jesus fulfilled the Law and the Prophets and when He said, “It is finished” and breathed His last, it meant that His mission to fulfill them had been completed.  We are not under Law, but rather we are under grace.  This does not mean that we have a license to sin, but rather it means that we have a different purpose in keeping God’s commands.  We keep His commands because we love Him, not because we are terrified of Him.  God is not “out to get you” other than He is out to get you into Heaven and He chose the means to do that by putting on human flesh and fulfilling the Law Himself.
Luke 16:16-17 (NIV)
16 “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing their way into it.17 It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.

 

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