Posted by Christian Scholar (220.127.116.11) on April 17, 2004 at 21:20:33:
Gave the law its “relevance,” its purpose. “What is the greatest commandment?”, many asked Jesus. What would His answer always be, Doc? “Thou shalt love the Lord with all thine heart, all thine soul, and all thy mind.” And He always added, “and thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Upon these two laws hang all the law and the prophets.” He fulfilled its purpose.
Which comes to my next point, in that purpose being fulfilled, your confusion of Christ breaking the law should show you that that point is erroneous. Let us take your example of the woman caught in adultery (John 7:53-8:11). There are some very important factors that are dealt with in the story that you just “overlooked,” can I say? The first is that these men brought forth the woman, “caught in the act of adultery.” Now, if she was caught in the act, where’s the man? The law specifically dictated that both be brought before the judges for condemnation (Lev. 20:10). The second point was that Jesus knew exactly why they were bringing her, because they were “tempting him, that they might have an accusation against him.” It wasn’t out of an earnest desire to follow the law, but just to try and trip Jesus up. But look what Jesus did. He did not just look at the “letter of the law,” but saw the “spirit of the law.” Which is love. Which is mercy. “He who is without sin cast the first stone.” There is no greater sign of love then to have mercy and forgiveness upon a sinner. The law, with its sacrifices and its opportunity for reconciliation of sinners, always gave the right for a true repentance to be shown from the accused. As you see, the woman was definitely in a repented state at the time of the accusers absence, and so Jesus had no reason to condemn her, but instead enacted the purpose of the law, He loved her. He broke no law here.
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