Today’s devotion is based on Matthew 5:18, “Truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”
Jesus knew his father’s will inside out. He perfectly kept God’s commandments. Not once, though, did he say that it was okay to set aside his commands or teachings, not even the least. Indeed, he even urged us to let our righteousness surpass that of the very righteous (commandment-keeping) Pharisees. Here Jesus was urging us and continues to do so, to receive the gift of his righteousness by believing the extent of what he achieved for us on Calvary’s cross.
We are thus to live as resurrection people by transforming his gift of new life into a life of generous yet commandment-based, living toward him and each other.
Please pray with me; Lord Jesus, thank you for the beautiful language of your law, which you fully kept and now gift the benefits to us. Generously give us your Holy Spirit to translate our life in you and your world according to your perfect will. In your precious name, we pray. Amen.