The chapters 5 to 7 of the book of Matthew is the review of the commandments and the Jews laws by Jesus.
He says that he did not come to abolish the law, neither the prophets, but to fulfill the law.
The Lord understands how people try to play tricks to stop doing what they are supposed to. The Pharisees and teachers of the law are the best example. When something seems too difficult, we tend to accommodate it. This is part of human nature.
Jesus made it very clear and short, but people insist on twisting the meaning of the law. They come with elaborated interpretations of what was supposed to be simple. Love your neighbor. Love even your enemies. Do not pay evil with evil. Do good to everyone. Serve others. Do not seek to be served. The Lord even added examples to illustrate his point.
He started by defining the people God blesses. He said: bless be the poor, bless be those who are hungry for justice, bless be the poor in spirit, bless be the meek, bless be those who mourn. The Lord is pleased with the humble ones.
- But, how can Jesus ask people to not defend themselves?
- Give to those who ask? I will never be rich if I do so.
- Forgive? What about my pride. I was offended. Someone needs to pay for my suffering.
To do what Jesus says, requires too much faith, a total submission to God and even taking big risks. This does not make sense in the real world. So, the leaders say, let’s explain it. In other words, let’s make it swolable. There is no need for extreme conversion to Jesus Christ. Let the lawyers of the church manipulate the words of the bible and still make those words sound right.
Not in vane, Jesus told Nicodemus, ” You need to be born again.” John 3:1-21
We all need to be born again, and leave behind our grid, our pride, our insensitivity, our lies, our fears, our conveniences, our selfishness, and all those things that keep us away from reaching into the kingdom of God.
Probably we forgot that even to be willing to die for the cause of Jesus was a requirement for Christians. Jesus was not playing games. He came with a mission of conquering the world with good. He haven’t changed his plan.
He wants us to inspire the world with good deeds and true. He wants us to bring the kingdom of God to any place we go and to any person we share with.
The kingdom of God is peace, love and joy from the heart reflecting a pure heart given by Jesus to us with the example of his life and his words.