Originally posted by FabianFnas
Jesus himself wasn't a christian, but a jew. What he said in the matter doesn't count.
Before in the OT God worked through a man, and the Jews all came through him. They
were used to establish God's promises to us, and they showed us that we could not by
human effort be justified before God, so God through them made a promise that an
eternal kingdom would come through one of their kings, king David, and through His birth
line Jesus came.
Through Jesus, the law that God had setup was set aside, and righteousness now was
established through our faith in the One God sent, Jesus Christ, the Word of God made
flesh. So it isn't any longer our ability to be good enough by obeying the law, our efforts
now are simply believing what God has done, and from there our relationship with God
has been restored.
In the OT the Holy place and the most Holy place was divided by a curtain, representing
the division between God and man. When Jesus said it was finished that curtain was
ripped from top to bottom. This shows us that what was keeping us apart was now dealt
with and we could have a relationship with God again, God dealt with our sins once and
Matthew 27:50-52 (ESV)
50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.
51 And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.