“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them.” —Matthew 5:17
What’s the real purpose of calendars? Yes, they help us frame our days, but what do they accomplish in and of themselves? Not much.
Calendars have to be filled in—not just with ink, but with actual events, real happenings, and personal encounters. A mark in a box serves as a reminder of a coffee date, but it can’t give us the real experience of conversation with a fellow human.
Similarly, Jesus explained his arrival as the completion of the calendar. The Jewish Law and prophetic writings were markings that served as reminders of the real meaning of life: to love well. The writings themselves can’t replace an actual first-hand experience of God, neighbour, and creation. And yet, those relationships fill out the true purpose of the calendar and the scriptures.
So next time you check your calendar or meditate on the scriptures, remember the freedom that’s found in filling out your daily tasks with love.
What do you think was most surprising about Jesus to the people of the first century?
Imagine if you were a perfect representation of God’s love to the world (like Jesus). How would you be different?
Set a date to catch up with a friend you haven’t seen in a while. Go with good questions so that you can get to know them more.