“Think not that I have come to abolish the Law and the Prophet,” Jesus said, referring to the two parts of the Hebrew Bible. “I have come not to abolish them, but to fulfill them.”
It is the great paradox that the Presence and Power we call God is both love and law. When we find the love of God present within us, it is tempting to assume that we are thereby freed from the structure of the law — as if Moses the Lawgiver and Jesus the loving Good Shepherd stood at opposite ends of a spectrum, and we have to choose.
Jesus is telling us that there are no opposites involved. The path to the Presence of love lies through appreciating the Power of law. And God’s Law, as Jesus demonstrated time and again, works to its fullest only when it is administered from an energy of love.
The results of his teachings can be shocking to our three-dimensional egos. Jesus’ great teaching method is to present a three-dimensional “commandment” followed by a love-based instruction that does not contradict the law, or circumvent it, but rather allows us to fully appreciate the law as it lovingly expresses in our lives.
Thus: “You have heard it said ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’. But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” This non-resistance is our greatest strength, and peace is the only total conquest we can achieve.
Beloved God, today we embrace with full appreciation all the infinite expressions of your law and love within ourselves and others. We are open and receptive, and we are grateful. Thank you, God!