Matthew 5:17-20

Understanding this text in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount is absolutely crucial to our reading of all that follows it. Jesus here affirms the Old Testament and asserts that he has not come to "abolish" it but rather to "fulfill" all that it says. What exactly does this mean when it comes to the relationship between the Law and grace? What does Jesus mean when he says that he has come to "fulfill" the Law and the Prophets? Answering these questions is not only essential to a right understanding of the Sermon on the Mount, but also very life giving.