Chapter 3: First Be Reconciled
Jesus said unto his disciples:
23. Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee;
24. Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
27. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
28. But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery already in his heart.
29. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
38. Ye have heard that it hath been said, an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
39. But I say unto you, that ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
43. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy.
44. But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45. That ye may be the children of your father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not ever the publicans the same?
48. Be ye therefore perfect, even as your father which is in heaven is perfect.
Moses brought law to the world, Jesus brings love. Moses is a must before Jesus can be possible. Law is enforced love; love is spontaneous law. Law is from the outside; love is from the inside. Law is without, love is within.
Love can happen only when a certain order, a certain discipline, a certain law exists. Love cannot exist in the jungle. Moses civilizes man, Jesus spiritualizes man. That’s why Jesus says again and again “I have come not to destroy, but to fulfill.”