Jesus, in Matthew’s gospel, is often at pains to uphold the Law and even to intensify it. He has not come to abolish the Law but to complete it. Not one jot or tittle of Law will pass away until its purpose has been fulfilled.
If you are feeling a little oppressed by this emphasis on rules and regulations, the snippet from Deuteronomy can come to our aid. It underlines just that purpose of the law—that we may have life. Law is in the service of life or it isn’t law. Law follows life and not the other way around. Law follows life.
March 26th, 2003