Matthew 5:17-19 – “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. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
It is in this sense that Jesus came not to abolish the law, but to bring it to completion. Jesus came that we might have life to the full. Such communion with God can only come when we are in harmony with his will as revealed in the commandments.
The Book of Sirach emphasizes that the law sets a choice before us. “Man has life and death before him; whichever a man likes better will be given him.” Fidelity to the law was never a matter of outward compliance. It was the choice of life or death. Jesus, as the Way, the Truth and the Life, is the fulfilment of that law. In him the purpose of the Law, communion with God, is fully achieved.
…Blessings…and, Dear Lord, help us to be WORTHY of Your Kingdom…cjlb… 3/8/2018