“I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself” (Colossians 2:2b, NLT).

Woodcut illustration depicting Moses with the ...

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When God first gave the law to Moses, it was only ten items and fit on two stone tablets. Then along came many more rules and regulations, with probably a few more added in by the priests for good measure, until the laws numbered over 600 and filled a whole book. Keeping track of that many would be hard enough, let alone obeying all of them.

When Jesus talked about breaking the laws by just thinking about doing something wrong, it seemed he made them even more hard to obey. But at other times, he seemed to flaunt them, like when he healed people on the Sabbath. As we might say today, what’s up with that? What’s up is that he didn’t come to add more laws or to do away with them. He came to fulfill and personify them. In his perfect life, he was and is everything right, good and beautiful, full of grace and truth. He threw out the book, so to speak, to reveal God’s mysterious plan—himself—and to show us he is the way to eternal life.

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