Focus on the Foundation

Jesus said he came to fulfill the law and the prophets, not abolish them (Matthew 5:17), an indication some suspected he was up to the opposite.

Jesus didn't live the law and follow the prophets in ways the scribes and Pharisees thought he should. He "worked" on the Sabbath to heal people. He touched those who were considered unclean. He associated with "sinners and tax collectors."

They saw in Jesus' behavior a break with the law and the prophets. But was it?

The law he sought to fulfill commands us to "love our neighbors as ourselves" and defines that as leaving food for the poor and alien, not stealing or lying or defrauding your neighbor or keeping wages from workers. There's no room for cruelty or slander or hate or vengeance in that law (Leviticus 19:11-18).

Jesus takes these high standards and raises them (Matthew 5:21-48).

Our faith and the Christian Church is built upon Jesus as our foundation. When we build according to the pattern of his life, fulfilling the law of loving neighbor, we have the structural integrity to withstand the challenges that come our way.

May we remain focused on the foundation upon which we are built and pattern our lives accordingly.