Devotion for Wednesday after the Third Sunday in Lent

“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” ~ Matthew 5:17-19

Some Christians think the New Testament made the Old Testament obsolete, but Jesus Himself said He came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets (the Old Testament). God’s Law is unchanged—a holy God demands holiness in His people. The difference is that our holiness comes from Jesus. We can’t keep the Law in our own ability. The Blood of Jesus pays the price for our breaking of the Law. Our sin has been punished, and our debt paid in full—without anything from us. Jesus gave it all.

Thank You, Lord God, that Jesus paid the price for my sins. Empower me by the Holy Spirit to honor and observe Your holy law. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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