Jesus warns that you have to be better than the most perfect person you know or “you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:20). Yet He also calls His imperfect people “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world” (Matt. 5:13, 14). That's because the Lord Jesus came not to abolish the Law, “but to fulfill them” (Matt. 5:17) in perfect faith and love.
Since He does and teaches all of God's commandments, He is “called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:19). God manifests His “demonstration of the Spirit and of power” in “Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2-4). Christ gives this perfect righteousness to His people and it leads them “to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house” (Is. 58:7)
These Seeds of Faith have been sown by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Bridgeport, NE. I’m Pastor Allen Strawn.