17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18 For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 “For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:17-20
Imagine a guy like Joel Osteen saying these words. What kind of “feel good”‘message would that be? Many I’m sure were under the false impression that the law was going away with Jesus on the scene. And gone would be all those pesky jots and tittles. Nope, the law was going nowhere. In fact, they finally had a model for its perfect fulfillment. So if they thought they could never measure up to performance of the scribes and Pharisees, now they had the “author and perfector,” the embodiment of law, in their midst, who could do no wrong. That was Jesus’ point, you can’t meet the entrance requirements into the Kingdom of Heaven without a hall pass from him. So just ask!