Christ Fulfills the Law – Matthew 5:17-20

Today is Wednesday, May 27, 2020, and I am Pastor Kim Alexander and you are listening to COVID-19 Connection Series # 58
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Bible Quiz Time:

Q: How did Moses’ mother save him from the Egyptian soldiers?
A: Put him in a basket in the river.

Q: What did Moses do after he killed an Egyptian?
A: Ran away into the desert.

Q: Through what did God speak to Moses in the desert?
A: A burning bush

Q: When Moses confronted the Pharaoh, what did his staff turn into when he threw it on the ground?
A: A snake

Q: What did Moses say God commanded the Pharaoh to do?
A: Let the Israelite slaves go free.

Q: How many plagues did God send on Egypt?
A: 10

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  • Men’s Bible Study start up
  • Cup of Grace Ministry
  • E.L.P Ministries
  • Heal our nation/guide our president

Today our WORD from the Lord comes from Matthew 5:17-20

 17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

I want to have a Word with you about Christ Fulfills the Law.
 
   I. Scripture shall not be destroyed – 5:17

   “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.

   I am sure that you are aware that all of the Old Testament points to Jesus Christ – that is the point of the 39 books of the Old Testament. Jesus didn’t come to destroy the Law or the Prophets (books of the Old Testament), no, He came as the fulfillment of everything that was written.

  • People will seek to destroy God’s Word.
  • Jesus will fulfill God’s Word
 
   II. Scriptures shall all be fulfilled – 5:18

   For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

  • What is a jot?
  • What is a tittle?

   As long as we have a heaven and an earth God word will continue to be fulfilled – this is a promise. When this heaven and this earth pass away, then and only them shall all of God’s word will have been fulfilled.   I have read that over 333 prophecies were fulfilled at Christ’s first coming. They were fulfilled down to the very city where Jesus was born (Micah 5:2). Well, there are still hundreds of prophecies that still must be fulfilled for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. And we are promised that not one jot or tittle will not be left unfulfilled.   Today we would say that every “I” will be dotted, and that every “t” shall be crossed. Yes, all of God’s Word shall be fulfilled. What God says, He does!

   III. Scriptures is to be obeyed – 5:19

   Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

  What do we learn from this verse?

Commandment Breakers or Commandment Keepers?

A. Judgment
  • Judgment against those who break the least of these commandments.

   Do you obey God’s Word, or do you obey your own rules that you have set for your life? There is a judgment awaiting those who break God’s Word.

  • Judgment against those who teach others to break these commandments.

  I have heard, “Shared misery loves company”.  Well, the same is true with sin. People living in sin do not like to sin alone. They desire company. Paul wrote, “Do not be deceived, bad company corrupts good morals” (I Corinthians 15:33).

   I always tell young people to “choose your friends carefully as they will determine the direction and the quality of your life.”
 
   B. Reward
  • Reward for those who keep the least of these commandments.

   If you and I are faithful to keep God’s commandments we shall be rewarded. Not to mention we shall have a clear conscience. There is nothing sweeter than having a clear conscience.

   Jesus taught in John 14:15, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” And in John 14:21a he states, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves me.”

   Note: Do we have to be promised a reward to keep God’s commandments? Apparently, we do!

   Do people reward their children for keeping their earthy commandments? They do!   

  • Reward for those who teach others to keep the least of these commandments.

   Not only do bad people like to share sin, but God’s people who obey His commandments like to have others around them who are keeping God’s commandments. Perhaps this is what the preacher meant when he penned, “As iron sharpens iron so a man sharpens the countenance of his friends.” (Proverbs 27:17).

    Be a teacher of what is right, and God’s Word is always right.

   IV. Scripture and God’s righteousness – 5:20

   For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

   The scribes and the Pharisees had a self-righteousness. Anyone can actually exceeds their righteousness by placing their trust in the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

   People will not get to heaven in their own self-righteousness. I cannot think that I am better than how the Scripture presents me. I am a sinner in need of a Savior. I will not go to heaven based on my own merits. No, I need to trust in what Jesus Christ as done for me. I trust in His shed blood for the forgiveness of my sin against a holy God.

   Read: 2 Corinthians 5:21 – For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

   My righteousness than is not my righteousness, but the righteousness I have in Jesus Christ.

   Lessons for Learners:

  1. All of Scripture shall be fulfilled.
  2. All of Scripture – every jot and tittle of God’s Word shall be fulfilled.
  3. All of Scripture is to be obeyed.
  4. All of Scripture commandments are to be obeyed.
  5. All of Scripture points us to the righteousness found in Jesus Christ.

Remember, I’m in touch so you be in touch.

And as Dr. Robert Cook from the King’s College used to say, “Walk with the King today and be a blessing.