We read in Matthew 5:17 Jesus said,
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. I am not come to destroy but to fulfill.
Once in a while, in your journey of faith in the Lord, you will surely experience self-righteousness. You suddenly feel you have such a high level of holiness and spirituality, that everything you speak you will spiritualize it. You spiritualize every conversation possible and perhaps even try to impose your behaviour on other people.
This is exactly how the Pharisees behaved and Jesus is constantly highlighting their hypocrisy. The law that Jesus bring about is about the heart, motive and intention.
Thou shall not murder, but the moment you wish something bad like cancer or accident to happen to someone you despise or hate, you have already committed murder. Thou shall not commit adultery, but the moment you have lustful thoughts of your colleague or neighbor, you have already committed adultery in your heart.
Those of us who think we can be righteous by ourselves, you will be in for a surprise. You can never achieve it if you go on boasting like the rich young man in Matthew 19:16-24.
We look to Jesus as our righteousness. Seek His kingdom first and His righteousness and not our righteousness. For when we stand in His righteousness, where we depend on him 100%, even though we fall, we still can come boldly to His throne of grace. Faith comes by hearing and hearing from the word of God or to be precise from the word of Jesus Christ. For without faith it is impossible to please God.
So what is it that Jesus was to fulfil the law? The law in this verse means the law that Moses gave to the Israelites when they came out of slavery in Egypt and wandering in the desert until they managed to enter the Promised Land through Joshua.
Let’s look at one of them.
Deuteronomy 21:23 His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury that day; for he that is hanged is accursed of God.
Do you know that the time when Moses wrote this, it was about 1500 years before the time of Jesus and at that time crucifixion was not even invented? It was invented by the Persians 300 to 400 BC but was perfected by the Roman Empire where they use it as a slow and gruesome way of torturing a person to death.
The tree in Deuteronomy is a picture of the upright wooden cross and the hanging is how Jesus was nailed on the cross and being hanged on it. For cursed is the one who is hanged in such manner.
You see, Jesus fulfilled this law by being a curse for us. His death on the cross have redeemed us from the curse of the law by being made a curse for us, so that we can receive the opposite of curse which is blessing and favor.
Galatians 3:13-14 Christ hath redeemed us from the the curse of the law; being made a curse for us: for it is written. Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree.
That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Christ Jesus.
Now you know how to claim your blessing by faith. It is all because of Jesus.
Start confessing that the blessing of Abraham is upon me and abide in this promise that Christ has indeed taken every curse out of you by absorbing the curse on Himself.
Then what does it mean in fulfilling the prophets? Let’s take a look at one of it.
Psalm 22: 1 My God, my God why hast thou forsaken me?
Does this sound familiar? Have we not heard it somewhere in the New Testament?
King David prophesied this 500 years before Jesus was even crucified, for Jesus came to fulfil this cry of despair and helplessness by being a perfect sacrifice for our sins to be forgiven.
Jesus always addressed God as His Father and it was the first time where He could not because He has become a sacrifice by absorbing once and for all the sins of mankind 2000 yesteryear ago and the sins of the future of mankind until the day He comes again. He became cursed and despised.
Matthew 27: 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say,My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
My friends in Christ, it is Jesus who was born with a mission to fulfil all the law, prophecy and the instructions of the prophets. For He was born sinless and knew no sin as He did no sin.
God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. For we are the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ. When we believe in His word by faith, let there be no ifs and no buts.
May the grace and peace of our Lord God be multiplied to every reader of this article.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
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