I BECOME LESS
“For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an IOTA, not a dot,
will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.”
Jesus, as He was preaching on the mount (Matthew 5), gave out a defense of his mission on earth saying that He did not come to “abolish them but to fulfill them” (v17) pertaining to the LAW. The set-up was this, that the Jews have fallen in love with the LAW that they have been following it blindly, and Christ’s take on the many things that he taught seemed to others as if He was destroying the Law by which the whole Jewish race stood.
In this verse, Jesus was showing his value to the LAW not as its detractor, but to actually fulfill it.
Think of it this way… as more and more laws have been established, God in His sovereignty readily paved a “way-in” for the Messiah to come and cancel what the original sin has brought upon all of us: the sting of death. Because Jesus came to fulfill what was required of the LAW. He was prophesied by the Law (Luke 24:44), and He was the only one able to cancel out the curse of the Law (Galatians 3:10) as it called for perfect OBEDIENCE. And what did Jesus do? He obeyed to the point of death (Philippians 2:8), even death on a cross.
This is our King who championed servant hood, of becoming less (John 3:30), of putting all the glory to the saving grace of the eternal Lord, our God and King.
As the human Jesus glorified the Father who is in Heaven, the God in Jesus (as He was both God and Man) was glorified.
Therefore, the coming of the Messiah had accomplished what is needed to cancel out the wages of sin, which is death (Romans 6:23). More prophesies are yet to be fulfilled, such as His Second Coming. Thus when Jesus preached on the mount, He said that until heaven and earth pass away, the Law awaits its full completion and accomplishment, including all the iotas and the dots. Jesus knew all the details that had to be accomplished, and by the time that He was preaching on the mount He knew the exact details of His death and His resurrection.
Many iotas exist that the world do not pay attention to: the small things that are a lot lesser than our concerns and our worries.
Here, Christ is showing He sees everything, even iotas and dots.
An Iota is the smallest letter marked by the figure “i”. It is used idiomatically to mark insignificance, or the littlest amount.
God reminds us in John 3:30:
He becomes greater, “i” become less.
I am awestruck to see that there is so much insignificance in “i”. God reminded me that I am nothing, existing as a mere iota in the grander scheme of things. Starting the fasting week, it was a good reminder. I am an iota… ‘i” should become less. Many times in fasting and praying, I would catch myself saying a lot of things about myself. I want this, I want that. I need this. I need that. God reminded me of my insignificance so that I would understand what this life is for: He must become greater and I must become less.
For an insignificant iota like me and you. This small “i” had a place in the divine attention of the Lord, in that as He spoke about the Law He showed His great attention to detail. Nothing can escape from His eyes, even the littlest of things like dots and iotas… even the insignificance of a person like me. God so loved the world (John 3:16), including me, and today it was a good reminder to always consider Him greater above all the things I wish, pray for, or desire.
May He truly become greater, and may “i” become less in contrast to His glory.