A biblical reflection about the Law and Jesus’ fulfillment of it
Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
What does the law have to do with us?
Jesus tells us that He didn’t come to abolish the law. Many Christians miss this point. They conclude that Christians are no longer under obligation to the law. Jesus contradicts this view.
In the same breath, Jesus tells us that He came to fulfill the law. He fulfills the law by providing His perfect interpretation of it. His most important interpretation is His summary, to love God with all your heart and to love your neighbor as yourself (Mt. 22:37–39).
To break the law is sin. As Paul tells us sinners will not enter the Kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:9–10). Our sins are forgiven because of Jesus’ sacrifice. It’s okay to make mistakes and ask for forgiveness. We need to understand we are at God’s mercy.
Why should we obey the law?
To obey the law shows intelligence and wisdom; because obeying the law brings us to everlasting life. Jesus promises a great reward in the Kingdom of God for those who obey the law.
Obeying the law is a small price to pay for this great reward. The most amazing thing is the law is a benefit to us. To follow the law is to lead the best possible life on Earth.
Where do we go from here?
First, we are all called to obey. It can be a struggle to obey the law. Finding a good confessor and making regular confessions will help you greatly. This process will help you to self-reflect on your habits and be able to identify temptation when it comes along.
Second, we are called to teach the law to others. We can start in our own families. Teaching our children, our family, and our friends. After you are well versed in the law consider becoming an evangelist or catechist. Teach other’s the way that God has provided to us.
Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life; you have the words of everlasting life.
(Jn. 6:63c, 68c)
Dt. 4:1, 5–9
Ps. 147:12–13, 15–16, 19–20