Fulfilling the Law

“But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.'” Jesus in John 15:25

Matthew 3:14-15:

 “And John tried to prevent Him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?’

“But Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then he allowed Him.”

Matthew 5:17-18:

“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.

“For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.”

“I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God…”                                                                 Colossians 1:24-25

 

Christmas

Luke 1: 67-79 (NIV), “His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
    because He has come to his people and redeemed them.
He has raised up a horn of salvation for us
    in the house of his servant David
(as He said through His holy prophets of long ago),
salvation from our enemies
    and from the hand of all who hate us—
to show mercy to our ancestors
    and to remember His holy covenant,
the oath He swore to our father Abraham:
to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
    and to enable us to serve Him without fear
in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.

And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
    for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for Him,
to give His people the knowledge of salvation
    through the forgiveness of their sins,
because of the tender mercy of our God,
    by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
to shine on those living in darkness
    and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

Matthew 3:13-15 (NIV), “Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.”

Matt 5:6 (NIV), “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.

Matt 4:23-25, “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to Him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and He healed them. Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.”

We Can Think Like Jesus

because He told us His word.  Jesus says, “Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becomes us to fulfill all righteousness,” to John (His cousin) in Matthew 3:15.  And to the crowd, He said, “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” in Matthew 5:10.

Jesus told us in Matt 5:43-45, “You’ve heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;  That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”

Jesus answered and said unto him, “What I do thou knowest not now, but thou shalt know hereafter.” in John 13:7

“I AM the way, the truth, and the life…” says Jesus in John 14:6. “This is the way, walk in it,” Isaiah 30:21. “We have the mind of Christ,”  1 Corinthians 2:16.

Dear Lord, You’re 100% right all the time, may we always follow You, our Best Friend and Lord and Teacher, and not the crowd.