‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them.’
Matthew 5:17 (NIVUK)
The ‘scientific laws’ is a collective term for statements based on experiments or observations that describe or predict a range of natural phenomena across, broadly, fields of natural science such as physics, biology, geoscience, chemistry, astronomy. It is intriguing to note that they are not actual ‘laws’ but humankind continues to utilise the term. Humankind seems to like discussing laws!
When Jesus was born, He was born into the Jewish way of life, including the religious laws. However, Jesus did not come here – to earth – to just ‘be a Jew’ so to speak. He did not come to be held in custody by law. Neither did He abolish the law – there was no destruction of the old to create the new. He fulfilled the law.
The Old Covenant was ‘…a shadow of the good things that are coming – not the realities themselves.’ (Hebrews 10:1). It is by grace through faith we are reconciled with God (Ephesians 2:8). Paul, in Galatians 3:23-25, helps us to understand: ‘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.’
When we consider that many of Jesus’ most loving acts were frowned upon by Jewish religious authorities of Judaic law, we can see what breathtaking humility Jesus demonstrated by touching ‘unclean’ lepers, healing on the Sabbath, and eating with ‘sinners’. Jesus lived the way he lived for us all, everyone, everywhere – not in custody of law, but greater than the law.
An analogy of His transcending of scientific ‘laws’ might help us to understand the size, the scope, the vision of Jesus’ intense love for every single one of us. Turning water into wine, or ascending to the heavens, or coming back to life is amazing! The dictionary meaning of transcend is: Be or go beyond the range or limits of (a field of activity or conceptual sphere). Jesus went beyond the range and limits of the Old Covenant, for all of humanity.
Jesus changed absolutely everything, and opened up hope to all who turn to Him, no matter how buckled and broken and lost.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for the wonderful sacrifice of your Son, and the wonderful future He has provided for us. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Study by Andrew Montgomery
About the writer:
Andrew Montgomery is a Deacon in the Edinburgh congregation of Grace Communion International.
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