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In today’s Christian Religious Studies class, We will be discussing how Jesus Subjected himself to Civil and Religious Laws. We hope you enjoy the class!
JESUS SUBJECTS HIMSELF TO CIVIL AND RELIGIOUS LAWS
Jesus Attitude to Civil and Religious Laws(Matt 5:17-20; Matt 22:15-22)
Laws are made to guide the behaviour of people in a society and also to ensure peace, order and progress in the school, home and society.
The Jews had both religious and civil laws which Jesus said must be obeyed.
The civil laws define their relationship with one another. Examples are: mixing with sinners and outcasts; and payment of tribute to the Roman in form of taxes, while the religious laws are laws that tell them of their duties to God. Examples are The moral laws (e.g. the ten commandments), ceremonial laws like the washing of hands before eating, payment of the temple tax, fasting, prayer and almsgiving. Jesus during His days obeyed both the religious and civil laws of the Jews.
Jesus Attitude Towards the Civil and Religious Laws(Matt 5:17-20)
In one of His sermon on the mount, Jesus told the crowd that, “Think not that I have come to destroy the law and the prophets, I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them”. Speaking further, Jesus said till heaven and earth pass away not one iota will pass from the law until it is accomplished. He then warned His disciples of the danger of neglecting the law by saying, “Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven”.
Finally, Jesus warned the people that their righteousness must exceed that of the Scribes and Pharisees before they can enter the kingdom of heaven. This means that we must not pay lip service to God’s law or His word, the laws of our school or land, but we must be found to be truly obeying them and also encourage others to obey the law and live by example as Jesus did.
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