Matthew 5:17-20

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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. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. - Matthew 5:17-20

Dear Jesus,

Ever since the fall of humanity my species trades on grey. We act as if there is grey area in every matter. But from heaven you have sent a perfect word, the perfect law, and here you declare that it would never disappear until everything is accomplished. It reminds me that I must let your law do it's invasive work. It must show me my sin and humble my reckless heart. It must bring me in line and make me bow in repentance before your throne. It must speak the painful truth to me, so I can be driven back to you. There I see you in all your holiness. You kept the law perfectly for me. You are my Savior. In you, my righteousness surpasses that of earthly Pharisees. In you I receive righteousness as a gift that mocks the righteousness of "do gooders" and moralistic teachers. In you there is no condemnation but also a renewed desire to walk in your Father's way. I want to do good because you have made me good. Oh Jesus, help this lost world to find you and your grace!


Pastor Don Patterson

The law and morality are perfect but they are still the little brother to Jesus.