Matthew 5.17 cont.
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.
We must ask the question as to what Jesus meant by the law?
Perhaps we can assume that Jesus was not referring to the law of the scribes, because this entombed people in the human interpretation of law, and bondage to man-made rules and regulations. We know that Jesus did not keep these rules and regulations, and was accused of such by the Pharisees and Sadducees.
We can be certain that Jesus would have been referring to the Ten Commandments, the first five books of the Old Testament, and the prophets.
Jesus said that He came to complete the Law and the prophets. The objective of the Law and prophets was to live a life that was totally dedicated to God, and to live a life of obedience to Him.
Jesus made the statement that this is what He did:
Then Jesus replied and said to them: “In all sincerity I tell you that the Son is able to do nothing by Himself, only the things He should see the Father doing; for whatever things He does, the Son likewise also does” – John 5.19.
In this Jesus was the completion, the fulfilment of the Law and the Prophets.
The whole purpose of the Law and Prophets was to bring people into faithful obedience to God. However, the Law was unable to do this.
 I love God’s law with all my heart.
 But there is another law at work within me that is at war with my mind. This law wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me
 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin?
 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin – Romans 7.22-25 (NLT).
It is because Jesus lived His life in total obedience and faithfulness to the Father that He has fulfilled all the requirements of the Father’s law.
How does this affect us?
It is in this way: when we receive Jesus as our Lord and Saviour we die to our old sinful life, and the new way of life that we receive from Jesus is His obedient and faithful life>
For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God – Colossians 3.3 (NLT). Hallelujah!