Jesus continues with His sermon on the mount with: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets; I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one title shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven; but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:17-20)”.
Our Lord Jesus came into this world for one main reason: to fulfill the Will of His Father. Jesus did not come to create war, destruction, or corruption among humanity. Jesus only wanted to bring peace, love, and faith to the entire world. Our Lord Jesus is very clear and speaks only truth. Never did He speak evil or wrong against anyone. Jesus preached only that which was given to Him by the Holy Spirit.
In this passage from Matthew, Jesus explicates His stance on the Law and ensure that we understand that the Ten Commandments are still to be honored. Jesus has to physically stress this due to His adversaries saying otherwise. It was very upsetting how our Lord Jesus only spoke beautiful truths with love from His heart, while others spoke out against Him. He did not come demanding people to follow Him and listen. Jesus only asked calmly, with humanity having the choice to do so, which some did and others did not.
It is imperative that we understand that our Lord expects us to follow what is written from the Ten Commandments. We are expected to follow and obey the Law of God. Jesus conveys in this passage how we must continue to adhere to the Laws, but He emphasized various other things as well. Loving your neighbor as yourself is very important, as well as loving your God with all your heart, mind, and strength.
A way to love our neighbor as ourselves is to understand that we are all children of the Lord, lambs from Jesus’s flock. We are to see each other that way, too. Your fellow brothers and sisters are in the image of our Lord. Therefore, we must treat each other likewise. This is a difficult thing to do, but we must be diligent in our attempts to improve this. Furthermore, we must love our Lord Jesus with all that we are. Jesus must be the center of our lives. We must put all things underneath Him. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, goes before all possessions, whether they are physical goods, or our own family and friends.
Think about what you treasure most. Do you treasure your car, or boat, or pet? Do you tend to boast strongly about your favorite son or daughter? Do you find yourself forgetting to pray before meals or in the mornings and evenings? These are the things to observe and pay careful attention to because these are not what define us in the end. When we are judged, we have no car, boat or pet. Before our Lord Jesus, the Judge, we have no sons or daughters. When we are to reach judgment, there are no second chances.
Beloved, ensure you are placing our Lord Jesus in the center of your life. Our precious Lord goes before all others – people, places, and things. Do not forget this ultimate truth, that our Lord is the only One who will love you unconditionally. Our Lord is the only One who will be there when you need it most. Do not wait until you are at your deathbed, to think about this. Remember this and rethink your life’s structure. Prioritize your life with Jesus on top.