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Jesus Greater than The Law

Over the past two weeks I’ve preached on Matthew chapter eight.  On two different occasions I brought out how Jesus is greater than the Law.

1.) Jesus shows his greatness over the law in his exchange with the leper (Matt 8:1-4).  The Law prescribed that touching a leper would make one unclean (Lev 13-14), but when Jesus touches lepers the unclean become clean.  Jesus is greater than the Law because he is not subject to the stipulations of the Law when it comes to clean and unclean.  In similar fashion Jesus takes upon himself (at the cross) my defilement, my leprosy of sin.  Therefore, like the leper I now present before men the gift of Christ, which serves as a testimony that I am clean.  In other words, I point men to Jesus as the one who has made me clean and as the one who can make them clean as well.

2.) Jesus shows his greatness over the law in his exchange with the disciple (Matt 8:21-22).  The Law instructed Jews to honor their father and mother (Exo 20, Deut 5).  It was a serious sin to dishonor your parents (Deut 27:16).  One way to honor your parents was to give them a proper burial; however, Jesus teaches the disciple that he is to first honor him.  Jesus is greater than the Law because he deserves supreme honor and attention.  The disciple must not only first honor Christ, but must abandon his earthly family to join his new spiritual family (Matt 10:37-39; 12:46-50).  This statement by Jesus would have been defamatory and offensive, but the greatness of Christ does not allow for any other obligations besides him.

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