Friday, June 30, 2006


Matthew 5:17-20 Jesus, The Fulfillment Of The Law

“Don’t assume that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For • I assure you: Until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or one stroke of a letter will pass from the law until all things are accomplished. 19 Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches people to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever practices and teaches [these commandments]will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the • scribes and • Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

An egotisticaluniversity lecturer hired a fishing guide to guide him to fishing sites around Foster on the Lake. “You think you know fish? Do you know anything about Biology?" "Not really, sir." “That’s too bad, you’ve missed an important part of life.”
“Do you know anything about Geology?" "Not really, sir." “That’s a pity son. Do you know anything about Botany?" "Not really, sir." “That’s too bad. Do you know anything about history?" "Not really, sir." “That’s too bad, You’re not very well educated son.” "Too bad," the professor smirked, shaking his head. Then he suddenly sat up as a fish tugged at his line. But in shifting his weight, he rocked the boat too hard and it turned over, starting toward the bottom of the lake. The guide, with long, powerful strokes, started making his way to shore. He noticed the professor coming up for air and he shouted, "Professor, what do you know about swimming?" "Nothing!" the professor called out. "Too bad," the guide said, swimming toward shore.
You can know all sorts of facts, but if you don't know the Lord, it's all wasted. You can understand biology, but if you don't know the giver of life, you're still uneducated. You can comprehend geology, but if you don't know the Rock of Ages, you don't really know anything of impor­tance. You can know all about botany, but if you haven't met the Lily of the Valley, your knowledge is useless. You can know all the facts of history, but if you reject the cen­tral figure of history, your time has been wasted. The wise man who doesn't know God is ignorant. The strong man who doesn't know God is weak. The rich man who doesn't know God is poor. Only the Lord can fulfill all our needs and answer all our questions. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled" (Matthew 5:17-18). Jesus came to fulfill all things.
He Fulfills the Scriptures Prophetically
The Lord said He had come to fulfill the prophets. The historical figure of Christ is the secret to understanding the Bible. He is the key that unlocks every door to the myster­ies of God's Word. Everywhere you look in Scripture, you see the writer pointing toward Christ. In Luke 24:27, after His resurrection, Jesus appeared to two forlorn followers and began teaching them the secret to Scripture. "And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning him­self." The Old Testament points toward Jesus Christ. Every story and every event leads directly to the Savior.
In John 5:39, the Lord Jesus told His followers to "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." Of course, the New Testament had not yet been written, so Jesus is telling His disciples to explore the Old Testament writings, because they all point toward Him. Whenever you study prophecy, it is a study of the Lord Jesus Christ. In Acts 10:43, the apostle Paul said that all the prophets witness of Jesus. Any time you open the Bible, it is pointing toward the Lord. He fulfills the Scriptures. Christ is the seed of woman, and in Genesis 3:15, we are told He will one day crush Satan. In Exodus we find the story of the Passover Lamb, and Christ is the sacrificial Lamb given for us. In Leviticus we read of the high priests making sacrifices for the people, and Christ has become our High Priest, making the perfect sacrifice to atone for our sins. In Deuteronomy Moses prophesied of a prophet who would come that would be greater than himself. Jesus is that Great Prophet. In the book of Joshua, Joshua met the captain of the Lord's host. That man is Jesus Christ. The judges were leaders who delivered God's people, each of them typify­ing the Lord Jesus. Boaz, the kinsman who redeemed Ruth's inheritance, is a picture of Christ. So is David, the anointed one, and Jesus is described as being the Son of David. In 2 Samuel when the king is being enthroned, the entire scene is descriptive of the Lord Jesus. The books of Kings speak of the glory of God filling the temple, and the Chronicles describe the glorious coming king—both of these refer to Jesus, the King of Kings.
Ezra depicts Jesus as the Lord of our fathers, Job says clearly that the redeemer is coming, and Esther offers a picture of Christ interceding for His people. Christ appears time after time in the Psalms, including when David describes Him as "the Shepherd." Isaiah gives us the details of His glorious birth, Jeremiah reveals that He will be acquainted with sorrows, and Joel describes Him as the hope of His people. Amos tells us that Jesus is the judge of all nations, Obadiah warns of the coming eternal kingdom, Jonah presents a picture of Jesus being dead for three days, then coming back to life to preach repentance. Zephaniah says that He will be the king over Israel. Zechariah is the prophet who speaks of Jesus riding on a colt; Malachi is the one who calls Him the Sun of Righteousness. The entire Old Testament points toward Jesus as Saviour, and if you miss that, you've missed the entire point of the Scriptures.
If you take all the prophecies about the coming Messiah, you'll find that Jesus Christ fits them perfectly. No one else fulfills those prophecies. The Messiah had to be a man, had to be a Jew, had to be a descendant of David and of Noah's son, Shem. He had to come from the tribe of Judah and from the family of Jesse. He had to be born in the city of Bethlehem, to a young virgin, at a particular time. Peter Stoner, in his book Science Speaks of Probabilities, determined the possibility of any one man fulfilling eight of those prophecies. His reasoning claims that for any one man to do so would have the mathematical possibility of one in ten-to-the-seventeenth-power. Put another way, if you were to cover the state of Victoria two feet deep in 20c pieces, then add one gold coin to it and drop a blindfolded man somewhere in the state, he would have the same chance of reaching down and picking up the one gold coin as he would of meeting those eight prophecies. Jesus is the Messiah, the fulfillment of prophecy.
And He didn’t just fulfill 8 prophecies He fulfilled more than a hundred.
He Fulfilled the Law Personally.
The "Law" speaks of the righteous demands of God upon mankind. We have all failed His law. There is only One who completely fulfilled the law of God: Jesus. He kept the moral law perfectly, so perfectly that He could look His accusers in the eye and ask, "For what do you accuse me?" Sin is the transgression of the law, and Christ kept the Law perfectly. He obeyed in every point.
John 19:4 Pilate I find no fault in him.
Matthew 27:4 I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.
2 Cor 5:21 He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin.

He Fulfilled The Law Sacrificially
Jesus fulfilled the ceremonial law. All of those Old Testament laws pointed toward Jesus Christ. The taberna­cle was a depiction of His work. While the Bible describes the creation of a billion stars in just a few words, it takes over fifty chapters to describe the tabernacle. All that for a little tent in the woods. Why? Because the ceremonies that took place there offer a perfect picture of Jesus Christ. That's why the apostle John says that the Word was made flesh and "tabernacled among us." What took place in the tabernacle was a shadow of the One to come. We no longer need a high priest, for we have One in heaven. We no longer need a blood sacrifice, for Christ's blood has cleansed us from all sin. In His life, death, and resurrection,
He fulfilled the ceremonial law of God.
Hebrews 10: 14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are sanctified.
Jesus fulfilled the judicial law. God's law says that the wages of sin is death. Anyone who sins must surely die. And the Lord laid down a law which said that blood must be shed to atone for sin. Jesus fulfilled all that. The Old Testament sacrifices didn't save; they simply got the people ready for the sacrifice that was to come. The per­fect Lamb came, was sacrificed, and took away our sins.
In teachers’ college I had to study the Russian psychologist Pavlov who explored the concept of conditioned response. He put some dogs in a pen and rang a bell before feeding them. After a short while, the dogs would start to drool any time they heard a bell, for they had been conditioned to respond to bells by expecting food. In the same way, every Old Testament sacrifice was part of God's condi­tioned response for mankind. The sacrifices became like a bell, getting us ready for the Messiah. Now we are no longer under the law. Galatians 3:13 says that Christ has "redeemed us from the curse of the law." He took my sin and paid my debt. God doesn't simply overlook my sin; He sees that my debt has been paid.
He Fulfilled the Law Practically
Jesus Christ fulfilled the moral law, the ceremonial law, and the judicial law of God. Therefore He is qualified to be called Savior of the world. Christ is the end of the law. According to Romans 10:4, He has become righteousness for everyone who believes.
He Fulfills the Word of God Perfectly
Jesus promised that not one "jot or tittle" would pass away until He fulfilled the Word of God. He starts that verse by saying, "Verily, I say unto you ..." which is a way of putting an exclamation point in the front of a sentence. He means what He is about to say. There is no stutter, no stammer, and no equivocation. Jesus promises that nothing in the Bible will fail before He fulfills it.
The jot and tittle are the smallest markings in the Hebrew alphabet. One is a little subscript, the other just a point. It's not just the big promises that are going to come true, Jesus says, but even the smallest markings. Nothing will fail before He fulfills the Word of God.
Jesus believed in the inerrancy of Scripture.
Jesus trusted in the infallibility of Scripture.
Jesus believed in the immutability of Scripture
. If you consider yourself a follower of Christ, His view of the Bible ought to be your view. Jesus and the Bible rise and fall together. Critics who have tried to attack the Old Testament are attacking our Lord, since Jesus is the very embodiment of the Scriptures. If the Old Testament has errors, then Jesus must not be Christ. For you see, if the Old Testament has errors, Jesus didn't know about it. He therefore would not be omniscient, so he could not have been God in human flesh. If the Old Testament has errors and Jesus knew but lied about it. He is a fraud and not wor­thy to be Messiah. Jesus believed the Bible to be the Word of God. Its authority and Christ's authority stand together. When you accept the authority of Jesus, you must also accept the authority of the Scriptures. The Bible is His book, and He claimed that it would never pass away until all had been perfectly fulfilled.
I know that Jesus is the Christ, because the Bible tells me so. I know He is coming back, for I am promised it in the Word of God. One of these days the heavens and the earth will pass away. But God’s Word will never pass away.
Psalm 119: 86 All Your commands are true 89 Lord, Your word is forever; it is firmly fixed in heaven.
89 For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
Jeremiah 33:20 Thus saith the LORD; If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season; 21 Then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne;
His Word is fixed. Are you looking for an anchor for your soul today? God’s Word presents to you the Great Fulfiller. The Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the great fulfiller. If you have a longing in your heart today, Jesus can fulfil it. If you are searching for meaning or happiness, you’ll never find it outside of Christ.
19 Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches people to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever practices and teaches [these commandments]will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
This speaks of the Imputed Righteousness of Christ.

This speaks of the Imparted Righteousness. Yiur life should be becoming like the righteousness Christ has imputed to you. Here is the standard! Jesus not only saves us from the penalty of our sins, but also from the power of our sins. He anticiaptes we shall become like Him.
Romans 8:1-4 says There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
This is God's goal for you.. not only to be freed from sins penalty , but also its power. You have not only the righteousness of Christ accounted to you, but your life is becoming righteous as His Spirit works in you.
Now,if that's not happening, its because you are not really His! You hve not allowed Him to be your Saviour from sin!

He came To Fulfil. The whole of Old Testament History pointed forward to the Fulfiller.
He Fulfills the Scriptures Prophetically You’d be a right nong to miss what God has so clearly set forth in His Word. God wanted it plain, so over an over and over again in the Old testament scriptures he puts signsa that pointed to this One Person. The Lord Jesus Christ. Have you gone to Him who is so clearly marked out for you?
The whole of History points to the Fulfiller.
He Fulfills the Scriptures Personally Never has anyone been able to find Jesus guilty of one sin! No one has ever pointed to one sinful thing Jesus did! He was not like us! This marks Him out as the Messiah! This marks Him out as the Perfect sacrifice for your sins! You’d be a real nong not to go to this Saviour, for He is the only one who could ever die for other people’s sins. He only was righteous enough! Everyone else that has ever lived had to die for their own sins. There was none other good enough to pay the price of sin, He only could unlock the gate of heaven and let us in!
He Fulfills the Scriptures Sacrificially The whole of your heart looks for Fulfilment. Do you have a whole in your heart from Guilt? He alone can bring forgiveness of your sin. He fulfilled the Law personally for you!
If Jesus has died for your sin, since He has died to take away all yor sin. Because He is the perfect sacrifice for all your sisn, why not let His forgiveness flow into your heart? Why don’t you let yourself know that you are pardoned healed restored forgiven!
He Fulfills the Scriptures Perfectly The Lord Jesus didn’t take away the Word of God. He brings us to understand it. He lets us see in it the Perfection of His holiness. He lets us see in it, the Perfection of its truth. He lets us see in it, the Permanence of God’s Word. Why wont you live by it? Why wont you bring your life under its rule? Why wont you read God’s Word for yourself? Do you have a whole in your heart because of lack of purpose? Well no wonder! You have left yourself absent from the Only One who could give meaning and purpose for your life! The only way your life can have purpose is if you are living your life according to the Divine Purpose of the One who created it! You’d be a real nong not to live under His Word! Why don’t you give your life back to the only one who can bring fulfilment to your life?

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