During this phase of Jesus’ ministry, He equipped his disciples to live the principles of the kingdom on this planet. With these teachings, Jesus takes his disciples deeper into the reason why He has come to earth. He tells them that he has not come to annul the law given by God through Moses or to annul the prophets. The coming of Jesus was in fulfillment of both the law and the prophets.
Romans 8:3 ‘For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh’
Romans 3:21-22 ‘But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.’
Hebrews 10:1 ‘The law is only a shadow of the good things that are comingnot the realities themselves.’
Galatians 3:19-25 ‘Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator. A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one. Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.’
According to Galatians 4:4, the Lord was born at the precise moment, in the precise way (of a woman, a virgin birth), at the precise moment and for the precise purpose: to give us freedom. He was placed under the law, obeyed and fulfilled in his life and death. His death on the cross made the Jews free from their legalistic bondage and opened the way for the fulfillment of the promises to Abraham.
The Lord came to this earth to fulfill the more than 360 promises that had been made about Him.
He also promised that one day he would return. Are you ready for His return?
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.’