In a recent post I talked about the desire to be known, and how that desire in the end can only be filled by Jesus. I think often times we get caught up in what the world can give us. It is there, it is easy to obtain, and it can make us feel great; but that is what Satan tells us to drag us further into sin. Those things will often leave us feeling empty or only partially satisfied or content.
Jesus is our fulfillment. Relationship with Him is what we need.
In the time of the Old Testament they were in relationship with God through the covenant. This was a binding contract between God and His people, it showed that living a life of God (the Law) would be what they have their hope in.
In the Old Testament there were countless prophecies about the savior that was to come and fulfill that hope established by the covenant. Jesus fulfilled those prophecies, He fulfilled over 300 prophecies. This may not seem like a big deal but the likelihood of Jesus even fulfilling 8 of those prophecies is over a one in a trillion chance. That is a BIG God! A god that wants to pursue us and fulfill us. It would be hard to hear that, and think it is purely coincidence. It takes way more than faith to think that those prophecies being fulfilled is coincidence, this is resounding evidence for existence of a Sovereign King that is above our circumstance.
This fulfillment came because Jesus kept the Law perfectly so that He could come and fulfill us and save us. We are not able to fulfill ourselves, the world is not able to fulfill us. And we don’t have to measure up to be able to get that fulfillment from Christ. I won’t measure up to fulfill myself, and the sinful world around me won’t measure up, but if I trust in Jesus, I can be fulfilled and forgiven because Jesus measured up by the sacrifice He made of Himself on the cross.
When we are filled with Christ our heart changes. The Lord guides us in living a life for Him, we start living our life in ways according to His will. We will still fall back into sin, empty some of the fullness that God gives us. We run away from Him, because sin promises more than it could ever fulfill. When we run, God will come after us, help us to repent and regain the grace that only He can fill us and satisfy us with. We can only do it with God, and with Him we can be filled.
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.”- Matthew 5:17-20