In the last post, I showed how the law had been abolished by the death of Jesus and completely freed us from it in every aspect. In this article, Jesus and the mosaic law, I want to continue looking in a little more depth how Jesus actually fulfilled the law and what his relationship to the law was.
Derek Prince helpfully says this: “Jesus was foretold by the prophets and foreshadowed by the law.”
Therefore, everything in the law and prophets points to Jesus: whether its the Passover, the offerings, or the tabernacle system. So, if you don’t read the Old Testament through the lense of Jesus you will completely misunderstand it. That is why, as christians, we don’t keep the law because we have the substance not the shadow. The law was given by Moses but grace and truth CAME by Jesus Christ. In other words, Jesus was the embodiment of truth and grace. What would you rather have? The shadow of a Rolls Royce or the real thing?
Hebrews 8:5 “Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.”
Hebrews 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
So as christians we don’t disregard the old covenant we just look at it through unveiled eyes!
2 Cor 3:15 “But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.”
After the resurrection Jesus begins to reveal and open the eyes of his disciples to this amazing truth, that ALL scripture was about himself:
Luke 24:44 “And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.”
He came under law
In order though, that we might be freed from the demands of the law, Jesus had to come under law because there was nothing wrong with the law itself. It is holy: Romans 7:12 “Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.” So, he wouldn’t bypass it. However, legally, he had to fulfil the contract in order for that contract to be terminated for us.
Therefore, Jesus came under the law: he was circumcised according to the law; he went to synagogue and he obeyed his parents as the law commanded.
Galatians 4:4 “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”
Amazingly, it says that Jesus learned obedience through the things he suffered. In other words, he submitted to authority.
Hebrews 5:8 “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;”
He was tempted
Therefore, Jesus was tempted in all things as we were but the result was without sin.
(Hebrews 4:15) “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin”
The devil tried his best tempting Jesus but spectacularly failed. Like waves pounding against an immovable cliff Jesus remained the sinless son of God.
John 14:30 “Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.”
Throughout the Gospels, others try to tempt and test Jesus up with questions regards the law, but every time Jesus turned their attacks on their heads.
Even at his public trial in Luke 23, the Roman governor makes the public statement: “I find no fault in this man”. Indeed, later on in the chapter (verse 41), even a criminal crucified beside Jesus, publically testifies to the fact that Jesus has done nothing wrong.
Lastly, all three main writers of the New testament make a point of witnessing to the perfection of Jesus life:
Apostle Paul wrote – Jesus KNEW no sin
(2 Cor 5:21) “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” – The word for know is gnosis Jesus therefore had no knowledge of sin. He never experienced it first hand. He never had a sinful thought! Adam received the knowledge of good and evil.
Apostle Peter wrote – Jesus DID no sin
(1 Peter 2:22) “Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:”
Apostle John wrote – In him WAS no sin
(1 John 3:5) . “And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.”
Jesus himself claimed to be without sin
The greatest and most audacious and public claim, was from Jesus himself: who claimed to be without sin!
John 8:46 “Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?”
That is why Jesus cannot be treated as just a good teacher. He was either a complete liar and a fraud, mentally deranged or he was the sinless and miracle working son of God come into the world to take away sins! Jesus was the only man that not only kept the letter of the law – he fulfilled the spirit of it.
We will finish, with the testimony God his Father: “this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased”.
In the next article, we’ll look at how Jesus taught and used the law in relation to others.
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