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    What is the meaning of Matthew 5:17?

    Lou Newton, former Steel Mill Crane Designer and Physics Teacher

    Matthew 5 NIV

    17 “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.

    Well Jesus stated this very clearly. He did not come to abolish the law; He came to fulfill the law and the Prophets.

    The law was but a shadow of the reality. The reality was Christ.

    Take the law of the Sabbath:

    Colossians 2 NIV

    16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.

    God gave Israel a day of rest He called the Sabbath. But that was NOT the reality. That was but a shadow of the rest that God gave His people who could trust in Him to save them instead of trying to be saved by obeying laws.

    Christ is the real Sabbath. We can rest in Him 24 -7, not just one day a week.

    The law stated that sin had to be paid for by a blood sacrifice. Certainly the blood of animals can not pay for sin. Jesus was sinless and did not deserve to die. So when He died for our sin it was paid in full. Justice demanded that someone die for every sin. Jesus died and paid that price so we do not have to.

    Hebrews 10 NIV

    Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All

    10 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. 2 Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. 3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. 4 It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

    5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:

    “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
    but a body you prepared for me;
    6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings
    you were not pleased.
    7 Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—
    I have come to do your will, my God.’”

    8 First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. 9 Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

    11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

    15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:

    16 “This is the covenant I will make with them
    after that time, says the Lord.
    I will put my laws in their hearts,
    and I will write them on their minds.”

    17 Then he adds:

    “Their sins and lawless acts
    I will remember no more.”

    18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.