Gospel MATTHEW 5:17-19 (OR JOHN 4:5-42)
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March 22, 2017
Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”
Meditation for 22nd Mar 2017 wau.org/meditations/
Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. (Matthew 5:17)
Sometimes we think that Jesus came to earth carrying a big eraser, and that when he redeemed us, he simply wiped out all the regulations of the Old Testament.
But just because he accused some of the Pharisees of being too legalistic, we shouldn’t think that his approach to the Law of Moses was the exact opposite of theirs. On the contrary, Jesus told us that he came to uphold the Law and he said that the least transgression against the Law makes us “least” in his kingdom!
Jesus didn’t say these words to condemn us or discourage us. He said them to save us. Jesus came to bring new life, but in order to experience that life, we need to follow his commandments. Like parents who are trying to keep their children out of trouble, Jesus warns us to be vigilant against sin. He knows that giving in to temptation will make us anything but happy.
How blessed we are that Jesus is with us in our struggles! He doesn’t just issue warnings from afar; he helps us to root out sin wherever it shows up. By examining our consciences daily, we can ensure that sin doesn’t gain a foothold in our hearts. As we look back at our day each evening, we can ask the Holy Spirit to show us how we may have strayed from God’s truth. Then, bringing our failings into the light of God’s love, we can experience his mercy, and we can get a clearer sense of how we can do better next time.
It has been said that if we want to move mountains, we have to start by carrying away small stones, and that’s certainly true with sin. If we keep fighting the daily battles against little temptations, asking for God’s help every time we’re tested, we will soon start to make great progress. If we give every area of our lives over to him—even those hidden, dark corners—he will give us all the grace we need to live victoriously, even to become “greatest” in the kingdom of heaven!
“Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross so that I can know real freedom from sin and become the man or woman you have called me to be!”
November 20, 2017
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