Fulfilling the law

The WORD in other words

Wednesday 3rd Week of Lent

Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9 
Matthew 5:17-19

The Law and the Prophets were important in the life of God‘s chosen people. They clarified order, morality and life. The Law (Covenant) gave them a clear sense of identity and righteousness and anchor as a people. The Prophets represented  Yahweh who always walked with them, protecting and correcting them. 

The Law and  the Prophets pointed to Jesus as their completion. Jesus always referred to them as His mission: “I came to fulfill them.”   No wonder, Jesus IS the Word made flesh: the Word spoken by the Father before all things ever came to be (Jn. 1: 2—3). In Jesus, we understand that when God speaks, it shall come to pass. 

Isaiah 55:10—11, thus, narrates: “For as the rain comes down,  and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it   bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall  my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me void, but it shall   accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” 

Here is shown Jesus intimate connection with the Father, the completion of His Father‘s will, the Master of obedience. By belonging to Jesus, we are called to fulfill the Father‘s will, to follow in the Son‘s footsteps and experience what God bestows to all who love  Him. 

“Lord, lead us. By ourselves we tend to stay far away from the Father. Let Your Spirit always inspire and abide in us. Keep us closer to you, so you may dwell in us, and our lives are lived for you and those you give us to love and serve.”   

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