17 Do not think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I have not come to destroy them but to complete them.
Great Britain has a new Prime Minister. The former one has resigned and a new one has taken over the job. She has appointed her cabinet to reflect her own views and ways of doing things, and in many instances it is: out with the old and in with the new.
It remains to be seen how the new changes will affect the old policies and commitments.
When Jesus came into Galilee preaching that the kingdom of God had come near and that all needed to repent, there were probably those who wondered how His amazing teaching would affect the Law of Moses. They would also have wondered whether it would change the teaching of the elders.
We know from the other gospels that the Pharisees, Sadducees, and the teachers of the Law opposed Jesus and His teaching. They saw Him as a law breaker, and someone who encouraged others to embrace His new ways of the Kingdom of God.
The words of Jesus in verse 17 give a complete assurance that He had not come to destroy the Law; it was an assurance that He was not making the Law null and void; it was the assurance that the Law still stood.
Jesus was to confirm this later in His ministry:
16 “The law and the prophets were until the time of John, from then on the Kingdom of God is being preached and everyone is forcing their way into it.
17 “But it is easier for heaven and earth to vanish than for one full stop to disappear“ – Luke 16.17.
Whenever there is a new movement of God very sincere people will question that movement, because it brings with it change. During the twentieth century and up to this present day there has been and still is a great emphasis on the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Many traditional believers have resisted this move of the Holy Spirit, because it has brought change to the ways of worship; it has emphasized the value of the gifts of the Holy Spirit; and it has revitalized the reality of Jesus amongst us.
However, although there have been significant and important changes, the current move of the Holy Spirit has not changed the basics of the gospel, which is that God loves all sinners, He sent Jesus to die for us all, and He has brought eternal life for those who repent.