January 27: Jesus Meets the Law (Matt 5:17-20)
Matthew 4:17-20 “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.”
In our passage Jesus upholds the continuing validity of the Old Testament. He promises that not a jot or tittle will pass until all has been accomplished. And yet Jesus on his own authority is going to give a fuller and more complete understanding of the Old Testament: “I have not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it.” Through his life, burial and resurrection he will bring to completion all that God intended as revealed in the OT. Jesus’ Bible was the OT and for the Christian today he continues to read and consider and meditate on the truths as given in the OT. Do you typically avoid the OT because you find it to be hard to understand? Do you consider it to be antiquated and obsolete now that Jesus has come? Prayerfully seek God for grace to return the OT with an eye toward Christ as the fulfillment of the law.
Review and Apply
- Express your greatest struggle in reading the Old Testament.
- What does Jesus mean when he says, “I have come to abolish the law”?
- What does Jesus mean, “I have come to fulfill the law”? How does Jesus fulfilling the law change the way that we interpret the law?
- How does coming of the Holy Spirit affect our ability to keep God’s Word?
- What does Jesus mean by saying, “Your righteousness must exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees”?
- What commands have you relaxed in your personal life and why?
- How does a Christian who is not “under the law” live “according to the law”?