Harder Than Justice

Jesus associated with people who failed to observe the Law, so people wondered how Jesus felt about the Law. Jesus said the Law was fine. The problem isn’t the Law, he said, the problem was people. (The series begins on February 22, 2015 and runs for 4 messages.)

  1. People wanted to know if Jesus was opposed to the Law. If so, they wondered how could society function without it. But if not, why did Jesus associate with Lawbreakers? Pastor Luke looks at Matthew 5:17–20 in “Harder Than Justice (Part 1),” the first message in a new series “Harder Than Justice.”
  2. According to Jesus, our problem isn’t God’s Law–it’s us. We don’t do what God wants. Jesus explained that by talking about murder. But we obey that law–in fact, most of us can’t imagine not obeying it. So what was Jesus getting at? Pastor Luke teaches from Matthew 5:21–26 in “Crimes of Passion,” part 2 of his 4-part series “Harder Than Justice.”
  3. The Law provided regulations governing marriage and divorce. When Jesus talked about them, he said that was just the beginning, the tip of the iceberg. But since people already struggle to keep their marital vows, why did Jesus make it even harder? The reason was because he wants people to have great marriages. How does that work? Pastor Luke teaches from Matthew 5:27–32 in “Love and Marriage,” part 3 of his 4-part series “Harder Than Justice.”
  4. When he taught about oaths, Jesus said not to swear at all. Why not? If we’re sincere about something we say, what harm comes from making it a promise, or even an oath? According to Jesus, it’s better to simply state your intention, even if you might fail. Why is that? Pastor Luke teaches from Matthew 5:33–37 in “White Lies,” the concluding message in his series “Harder Than Justice.”