Matthew 5:17-37: Putting it All Together
If we find ourselves confused when we look to God’s Law for direction, we must consider Jesus as the Living Law of God.
I’m not here to demolish but to complete. I am going to put it all together, pull it all together in a vast panorama.
If we find ourselves confused when we search to God’s Law for answers, we must consider Jesus as the exemplar of all creation.
God’s Law is more real and lasting than the stars in the sky and the ground at your feet. Long after stars burn out and earth wears out, God’s Law will be alive and working.
If we find ourselves in pain when we look to God’s Law for solace, we must consider Jesus as God’s answer to the corruption the world gives us.
Take God’s law seriously, show the way for others, and you will find honor in the kingdom. Unless you do far better than the Pharisees in the matters of right living, you won’t know the first thing about entering the kingdom.
If we find ourselves anxious about God’s Law and its consequences, we must consider the integrity and authenticity of Jesus.
You don’t make your words true by embellishing them with religious lace. In making your speech sound more religious, it becomes less true. Just say “yes” and “no”. When you manipulate words to get your own way, you go wrong.
If we find ourselves at peace in giving ourselves over completely to God’s Law, we realize that we have put it all together.
When we compare differing translations of these verses, we begin to synthesize Jesus’ message to bring it into our hearts . . . we begin to put God’s message together.