Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Living in the Story - Lent #19, 2009
"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. I tell you the truth, 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. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same 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." (Mt. 5)
Jesus made this really simple for us (not easy, simple).
If you can, take your Bible in your hand right now. Now separate the Old Testament from the New. Now, look at that thick bulk that is the Old Testament. That's the law and the prophets. We should not do away with these but every word in here, Christ summed up in one statement..."Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbor as your self." That's it.
We can look to Jesus as the fulfillment of the law...how did he move, act, react, speak, forgive, serve, give? That's what it's supposed to look like. He is the deep place from which we can live our life.
People want to see someone who practices what they preach. And we can point them to someone who does...Jesus. And we point the way to Jesus by being like Jesus.
Love God, love people.