09.06.10 LAWS & PROPHETS

Posted under Reflections on June 8th, 2010 by

   "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. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Mt 5:17-19)


Jesus had not come to abolish the law and the prophets. Revolutionaries often tend to change the present rules and bring about a change by changing the whole system that is at work at the time of revolution. They try their best to prove the old commandments and offer new laws to the followers. Jesus had come to fulfil them. Israel’s history, laws, promises and all were going to be fulfilled in the person of Jesus.

Jesus brought everything into a reality in himself. So he was salt to the earth and a light to the world and a city built on a hill top. He was crucified on a hill top for the whole world to see. He became a beacon of hope and new life for all those who see him. He drew all people to worship his father, and he embodies the way of self-giving love which is the deepest fulfilment of the law and the prophets.

A Christian, followers of Jesus, is a revolutionary in not changing the rules or fighting the present system. In stead he is the perfect follower of Jesus by fulfilling the law and the prophets of his time by embodying his way of life through perfect and self giving love. Love fulfils all the laws, promises etc.



08.06.10 SALT & LIGHT

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 "You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father. (Mt 5:13-16)


The main function of salt is to have its distinctive taste and also to give taste to the materials (food) with which they are linked to. The people of Israel have lost their distinctive taste. Their distinctive taste was seen in their belonging to God through a covenant relationship. For them God was everything and God was the only thing in their life. Now they have lost their taste and have become like everyone else. They play their power politics and factions and fights on the factions like everyone else.

God called Israel to be the light of the world. (Is 42,6; 49,6). Through Israel God wanted to shine in the darkened world. It was not to show up the evil, but enable people to find their way in the dark world. So Israel was supposed to be light-bearer. But it has become part of darkness.

They were to give glory to God. By being salt and by being light like a city built on a hill top they are supposed to have been the sign of God’ presence. They were to be a sign to the world around that the one God, the creator, the God of Israel, and that they should worship him. 

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