Fr. Sanctus Mario
Inspiration and Bible Reflections

Matthew 5:17-19.Jesus As the Fulfillment of The Law.

Breakfast with the Word Wednesday 3rd Week of Lent Year B.

 

Matthew 5:17-19.

 

Jesus As the Fulfillment of The Law.

 

 

In Matthew 5:17-19, during the sermon on the mount, Jesus tells the crowd and His disciples that they should not think He has come to abolish the law or the prophets. 

 

The major reason that He came is only to fulfil them. And until the earth passes away, not even a single stroke of the law will pass from it until it is achieved. 

 

Jesus continues to say that whoever keeps and teaches the law to others will be considered great in the Kingdom of God. 

 

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To Fulfill.

 

The greek word uses plērōsai (πληρῶσαι), from the word “pleres” meaning to level up, to execute, to bring something to completion and to carry out a task. 

 

What Jesus is saying is that His coming is not to render the law and the prophets null and void as the Pharisees thought. 

 

His coming is to bring to completion the sayings of the prophet. Hence, the coming of Jesus is to show the true meaning of the law. He has also come to make sure that all that the prophets said comes to completion. 

 

Every law and words of the prophet come to completion through Jesus. So, in Matthew 5:17,-19, Jesus teaches that the law is not bad in itself. But the law has something that it portrays. 

 

This is against the Pharisees, who are only interested in keeping the letters of the law without the spirit. The spirit points to what the laws signify, and this Jesus has come to fulfill.

 

 Hence every law points towards two things: the love of God and the love of neighbour. This Jesus has shown through what He does and teaches. He is not hence abrogating the law when it looks as if He does,  but teaching the people the true significance of the law and what the prophet says.

 

 In simple understanding, Jesus is coming to make sure that what the law and the prophets said will come to fulfillment through Him. He is also coming to show the people the message inherent in the laws. 

 

 

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The Authority of God’s Word.

 

 

Through Jesus’ statement in the gospel of Matthew 5:17-19, He asserts the importance and authority of the law and the prophets. The law and the prophets sum up the authority of God’s word.

 

This is why in Matthew 23:3, Jesus tells His disciples not to disobey the law. He told them to do what the Pharisees teach but not what they do. 

 

 

Secondly, Jesus commends anyone who will live according to the word and hold it in reverence. Such a person would be considered great in the Kingdom of God.

 

Hence to live according to God’s word is a sure way to eternal life. So, the word of God should be our guide. In John 2:5, Virgin Mary reveals this mystery when she tells the servants at Cana “Do whatever He tells you”

 

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The Nature of the Word.

 

In today’s gospel of Matthew 5:17-19, Jesus shows that the word of God is eternal. The word lives until it achieves its purposes. It teaches us to know that God does not disappoint.

 

Whatever God promises always comes to pass. Whatever God says, even the smallest part of it must one day come to fulfillment. 

 

God says in Isaiah 55:10–11 that just like the rain and snow come down from heaven and will not return unless they accomplish their purposes, so also the word that Goes out from God. 

 

This is the reason Jesus reminds us that man should not think of living by the bread alone but by every word that comes from God. So let us trust whatever God says. 

 

Once God has said, we should not disobey. Also, when God promises, we should not doubt. He is not a man who says one thing and does another thing. Always trust Your God. 

 

Look Unto Jesus.

 

Hence Jesus is the culmination of the law (Roman 10:4), He is the word of God (John 1:1-3), He is the fulfillment of the law. The voice at the transfiguration says “listen to Him. (Luke 9:35).

 

Therefore, It is no longer living our lives by mere ceremonial observances, but closeness with Jesus. In essence, our focus should be on Jesus, and not on the mere observance of the law. 

 

 When we remain close to Him, we will develop a sincere love for God and true love for our neighbour. Hence we would not like to do anything that will make God angry. Therefore, doing this, is keeping the law still. 

 

May God help us to remain close to Him. May He never forsake you. Amen. 

 

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38 Comments
  1. Blessing Chilo says

    May the word of God transform us into better beings for the Lord. As we hear the word of God every day let us not only be hearers but doers of the word of God in Jesus name Amen. Thank you father

    1. Obinna says

      Amen

      Thank you Fr.

    2. Dodoh Peter Anthony says

      Amen

  2. Adichie Chizoba says

    Lord give me the grace to live my life according to your words which is life itself. Amen

  3. Chinyere Ezemelue says

    Teach me to trust you Lord and to live by your word Amen

  4. Osakwe Chinonso Solomon says

    Amen

  5. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen. Thank you Jesus for your breakfast today.

  6. Mercy E Johnny says

    Amen, Lord Jesus, in your word I stand n trust. Amen

  7. Angela Madu says

    Amen

  8. Christian says

    Amen

  9. Blessing Anne says

    Amen

  10. Ikeoha Joy Chidiogo says

    Amen

  11. Blessing Chilo Adie says

    Help us oh Lord to abide by your word and build a deeper, firmer and lasting relationship with you our loving father through Christ our Lord Amen

  12. OJIOGBU JACINTA says

    Amen

  13. Rosemary Umeze says

    Amen

  14. Regina Mobu says

    Amen

  15. Ifeoma Ugwueze says

    Amen

  16. Ada Ndubuisi says

    Amen

  17. Adeline Chidimma says

    Amen and Amen. God please help your children.

  18. AWUZIE INNOCENT S. says

    May God almighty never forsake his children and let his children to be closet to him. Amen Thank you father.

  19. CHINEDO STANLEY says

    Amen.. Thank you Padre and may God bless you

  20. Nonye Maduka says

    Amen

  21. Stella Ekwemalor says

    Amen

  22. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says

    Amen

  23. Mirian igwe says

    Amen 🙏🙏

  24. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen. Thank you Padre for this beautiful reflection. May the Lord continue to bless you and keep you for us.

  25. Ibeawuchi Monica says

    Amen

  26. Uchenna Obeta says

    Amen

  27. Chisom Egwudike says

    Amen🙏🏻

  28. Michael Jones says

    Amen

  29. Dr Nicholas Onyia A. says

    Amen. Thank you Jesus.

  30. Ezeagu Anuli says

    Amen 🙏 🙏 🙏

  31. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr

  32. Okwuchi Juliet says

    Amen. Lord please help me to have adequate faith and trust in You.

  33. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks Padre

  34. Carmela U. Ekwem says

    Àmen! & Àmen! Thanks and God bless you Fr.

  35. Dr Chinwe Agwoile says

    Oh my Lord,Jesus! Thanks a immensely for guiding and directing me through divine law and precepts. It is perfect and divine. It’s foundation is love. Make me see the beauty of Your law. Help me realize that I cannot consistently flout the divine rules and get away with it so easily. May I love and obey Your commands. Remove rebellious spirit from me. Help me actualize my desire to be a law abiding citizen of my nation and to be obedient to the teachings of Your Church. So help me God! Amen.

  36. Helen says

    Dear Lord, help us to always listen to You and be obedient to You instructions 🙏🙏

    Thank you Padre 👌👌

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