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Saturday/Sunday: March 7, 2019

Jesus, the Fulfillment of the Torah

“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.” (Matthew 5:17)

Jesus states that He hasn’t come to abolish, or, do away with the Law or the Prophets, but to fulfill them. We can read how Jesus fulfilled prophecy. His first coming, the virgin birth, being born in Bethlehem and being anointed with the Spirit of the Lord for His ministry all speak to this. But what does it mean to fulfill the Law?

If you remember a few days ago, the Law has two main parts. Part 1 of the law is the do’s and don’ts, the 10 Commandments, or, how to live right by God and others. Part 2 of the law was the sacrificial system which was God’s way to make things right between Him and others when Israel fell short of part 1.

Jesus is the only man who has ever lived the perfect, obedient life to the law that God has required of all men. Every “do”, Jesus has done and done perfectly. Every “don’t”, Jesus did not do. Jesus completely fulfilled all the righteous requirements of the law.

But remember, there are two parts. The sacrificial system, the way to be made right with God and others, was accomplished by animal sacrifice, which was an offering to God for forgiveness. In Hebrews 9:22 we read, “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”

The primary sacrifice was the Passover before the exodus from Egypt. An unblemished male lamb was sacrificed and its blood wiped on the doorframe, so that the angel of death would pass over the home, protecting the first-born son from death (Exodus 12). When Jesus came on the scene, John the Baptist proclaimed, “behold, the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (John1:29). Jesus fulfilled the Law though a perfect life, and then as the unblemished lamb sacrificed for us.

Question: What does it mean to you that Jesus fulfilled the Law?

Challenge: Contemplate Hebrews 9:28.

Prayer: Jesus, Help me in my waiting. Don’t allow my faith to decrease.

Tony Graffanino, Chapel Leader -- White Sox Spring Training

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