I heard a great explanation early this morning that I thought I would share with you today. Have you ever been a little confused about the whole Old Testament Law versus grace discussion?
In Matthew 5:17 Jesus said…
“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.”
The reason that this is a particularly interesting topic to me is because there is a church not far from ours that believes and teaches that there are aspects of the Law that we as Christians should adhere to very closely. They believe that if you do not keep the feast days as well as the Sabbath regulations then you cannot please God. In essence they have combined Christianity and Judaism.
So which is correct?
Are we still bound by aspects of the Old Testament Mosaic Law? What did Jesus mean when he said that he was not getting rid of the law but fulfilling it?
Here’s what I believe.
Consider a mirror. In fact, Jesus even used the metaphor of a man looking in the mirror one time. In reference to your face being dirty, you go to a mirror to find out. You look in the mirror and it reveals to you the dirt on your face, but you don’t use the mirror to get clean. In similar fashion the law can point out what sin is, but it can do nothing to remove that sin. Jesus does that and that is what he meant when he said that he was fulfilling the law and one who is clean has no need of the codes and ordinances of the law!
It feels great to be clean doesn’t it?