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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.Matthew 5:17
Who talks like this? We often seem to have a blind spot to the things Jesus says. This, in particular, strikes me as a very odd thing to say. Simply stated, Christ takes the Bible and talks like he could just do that. Abolish it all. But, He says, that’s not it. That’s not the play. Instead, He makes an even larger claim. He doubles down. We’re a bit self-obsessed, so we don’t easily get what it all implies. But this is His glory; He came to legitimize the whole book morally and spiritually through His words and His works.
The Bible, as a book, is fulfilled in Him! It now has its very purpose for being there. He’s saying “Look, I validate all of the prophecies and all the commands.” Who validates God’s word in Himself?! Only His Self! He’s saying “Imagine the Scripture is this huge gate, well I’m the hinge it swivels on. I hold it up.” We can be as slow and sleepy as the disciples. Christ wears His greatness and glory like an old coat. He’s so comfortable in it we forgot He has it on. To get Him big enough is to begin to worship – to enlarge your thoughts, to change your attitude, to set free your imagination with the magnitude of who He is, Eternal Son, very God and very man. He speaks the Scripture into existence! This is just the start of getting rid of that “majesty” blind spot we have with Him. What worship and confidence and joy waits for those who trust in Him!