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. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of the pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called the least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
Cherishing the Word of God means we dig deeply into the fullest meaning of each wonder-filled passage.
Matthew 5:17-20 is actually an introduction to the meanings of six specific behaviors Jesus wants to teach his followers. He wants His followers to know the difference between an external interpretation of the law on the one hand, and Jesus’ correct interpretation on the other.
Generally, Jesus stresses the importance of our hearts – our spirit – as we long to live as citizens of His kingdom.
James warns us that faith without deeds is empty. He asserts that we will be blessed if we act on what we believe.
Commitment to Jesus is: a heartfelt promise or pledge to follow Jesus in every aspect of our lives. It exhibits steadfastness, allegiance, and loyalty. No part of our lives is separate from this commitment. His call to emulate and follow Him is foremost in our minds and hearts and is therefore, central in our lives. We rejoice in serving Him by serving others. Commitment includes submission to the authority of Jesus.
Excerpts from Learning to Live with Eternity’s Values in View Curriculum