Romans 10:4 Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes.
The law is a road or way leading to Jesus Christ. A school master plays the role of the master, but when the master comes, the schoolmaster ceases to play the role of the master. The law is the school master while Jesus Christ is the master. Gal 3:24-26: Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Many of the Jewish people did not recognize Jesus as the prophesied Messiah when He came on the world. If they had properly understood and applied their beloved law and the teaching of the Old Testament, they would have recognized Jesus as the messiah. They would have found the fulfillment of many of the Old Testament prophecies and all laws in Jesus.
All laws, being shadows, only paints a picture of Jesus. A shadow is a picture but not the real person; your shadow is not the real you. Therefore the laws are shadows of Jesus Christ and as He is now here with us we do not have to look at His shadow.
There are two classes of people:-
- Those who are still embracing the shadow (the law)
- Those who are not embracing the shadow but the real person (Jesus Christ)
Look at the law and grace as two roads or trains tracks running parallel to one another. The first is grace, an express track straight to salvation and reign in the heavenly kingdom while the second is the law pointing people to the grace track but ends at the station (it does not continue to salvation). Having discovered grace by the law, the believer must change tracks, must place his faith and trust in Christ in order to be saved.
God has proved and demonstrated to us that the only road to salvation is through His son; Jesus is the only way. John 14:6: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me. Jesus Christ on the cross, died by and through the law but He was victorious over the law. He resurrected on the third day demonstrating God’s power over death, sin and Satan.
The law can do nothing else rather than reveal sin and pronounce condemnation upon the sinner, and yet we cannot get men away from it, even though we show them how sweetly Jesus stands between them and it. They are so enamored of legal hope that they cling to it when there is nothing to cling to; they prefer Sinai to Calvary, though Sinai has nothing for them but thunders and trumpet warnings of coming judgment.
This is the object of the law: it empties that grace may fill, and wounds that mercy may heal.
All glory to Jesus Christ.