MANY LIKE TO THINK THAT WHEN JESUS OF NAZARETH DIED ON THE CROSS THAT NONE OF THE LAWS OF MOSES DELIVERED BY MOSES ARE APPLICABLE, FOR THEY WERE NAILED TO THE CROSS. What They Do Not Understand Is The Mosaic Covenant Was Nailed To The Cross, But The Law Of God Still Stands. Those who violated God's moral law need to recognize this and change their ways. If they are unable to do so, then they need help, which is why Jesus died.
Yes. Jesus abolished the laws of Moses. But one has to distinguish between the laws of Moses and the Law of God. Jesus upheld the Law of God. For we read:
Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them. For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17–19)
Moses was a prophet who bore witness to what God wrote and said. Moses spoke of the day God would raise up a prophet like Him, Who would be as God but not fearsome in appearance. Thus God would become man and show his loving-kindness.
The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brethren—him you shall heed—just as you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God, or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’ (Deuteronomy 18:15–16)
There does appear to be a paradox in that we read in the gospels concerning the law, this did not provide grace and truth, whereas Jesus did.
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:17)
Many people read this Scripture in the gospel of John and immediately think that God’s Law is of no avail; therefore, abolished. However, we are also told that God does not change (Malachi 3:6) and that the gospel is an eternal gospel (Revelation 14:6). This suggests that the gospel was before the law and also contained in the Law and the prophets. The Bible tells us that this is the case.
And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” (Galatians 3:8)
But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from law, although the law and the prophets bear witness to it. (Romans 3:21)
The gospel is about justifying those who have faith. The Law and the Prophets bear witness to this. Yet the Gospel was preached before the Law was written down, but the gospel does not exclude the law of God. The Gospel incorporates the Law of God. To this the Gospel is fulfilled in Christ Jesus. Thus we read:
For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices which are continually offered year after year, make perfect those who draw near. (Hebrews 10:1)
For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:3–4)
Therefore, those who walk according to the Spirit of God uphold the Law of God—the Ten Commandments—but not the laws of Moses. For what is classified as the laws of Moses were not able to bring about the redemption of humankind. The various laws consisting of rites, ceremony and statutes, were ineffectual. Actual redemption was effected through the death and resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, the gospel message was still resident in the Law, because God does not change.
Jesus abolished the laws of Moses but not the Law of God. For Heaven and Earth shall pass away before one iota or one dot of the Law of God shall pass away. Hence, we read that Jesus fulfilled the Law in order that the Law might be fulfilled in those who walk according to the Spirit of God.