"Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place”. (Mt 5, 17-18)
Was Jesus a revolutionary or a traditionalist? There were many revolutionaries at the time of Jesus and in the land of Israel. But Jesus was a different sort of a revolutionary.
Yes, Jesus was offering something utterly revolutionary. And he was faithful to it at all costs. But his revolution was not totally different from what the people believed and lived. His revolution was only a fulfillment of all they believed.
He said that he had come to fulfill the law and the prophets. All they believed and all they had longed for, was going to be fulfilled in him. This was truly revolutionary. He was the fulfillment of all their expectation. Everything was in his own person.
For Jesus revolution was not doing away with the past and all that had gone before, in stead fulfilling everything of the past together with the expectations and hopes of the people.
Revolution is bridging the past with the future at the present. And this is done in the person of Jesus.