Full Meaning*

God gave His people the law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets in the Old Testament. Some people thought that when Jesus came to earth, the old laws were destroyed. But in verse 17 of our Bible Reading, Jesus said, “Don’t think that I have come to destroy the law of Moses or the teaching of the prophets. I have not come to destroy their teachings. I came to give full meaning to their teachings.”
Jesus perfectly completed God’s laws and teachings from the Old Testament. Many prophecies were fulfilled (happened) when Jesus came to earth. Many other prophecies will be fulfilled when Jesus comes back to earth again. Jesus gave full meaning to the laws of the Old Testament, the sacrifices and the worship in the temple.
The moral laws of the Old Testament have not been removed. These laws are repeated in the New Testament. We should still pay attention to these laws. Jesus emphasized these laws and gave new meanings to them (read Matthew 5:21-28). Today we live under the New Testament. But the Old Testament contains many important teachings for us.