Jesus said in Matthew 5:17, “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.”
Jesus was often confronted by religious leaders who feared they were losing control and authority to Him. In an effort to discredit Jesus, religious leaders accused Jesus of contradicting and breaking the Law and the Prophets. The Law and the Prophets refer to the Old Testament which directed the affairs of God’s people. Sadly, religious leaders altered the Law to suit their own situation. In time they lost sight of the heart of God and the purpose of the Old Testament.
Religious leaders routinely questioned Jesus, but their motives were false. They intended to destroy public opinion of Christ rather than learn from Him. They missed the point of the Old Testament. The Old Testament declared God’s plan to send the Savior of the world. It all pointed to the cross of Jesus Christ. Temple worship, animal sacrifices, priestly intercession, moral law, and prophecy all clarified our need for a savior and prepared the world for His arrival.
Jesus did not despise the Law. He fulfilled it. Only Jesus, in His perfection, was capable of fulfilling the Law and the Prophets. Jesus met every Old Testament prophecy about the promised Messiah. Jesus obeyed every command of the Law, and so He owed no debt to the justice of God. He was the final sacrifice for sin. To offer further sacrifices would be an insult to His suffering and death. Jesus is our Great High Priest. We have direct access to come to God in prayer.
Jesus did not come to abolish the Law, and so we remain accountable. You will either represent yourself when you stand before God on judgment day, or you will have Jesus do that for you. Pardon is only available through Jesus Christ. He fulfilled the Law, so cry out to Him for salvation. Remember, the man who represents himself in a court of law has a fool for a client, while the man who clings to Jesus is saved already.
Galatians 3:13 – Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us–for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE.”