5:17-20 – Jesus Fulfills the Law
The Sermon on the Mount continues.
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
The Sermon on the Mount is Jesus explaining God’s Kingdom, as correctly understood, to God’s people. They have taken the Old Testament and turned it into a list of rules on how to be holy. This was never the intent of the Law says Jesus. It was to prepare the world for the Messiah. It is a shadow of things to come – Jesus.