Jesus the Christ Chapter 17 continued...
Jesus wanted His followers to rise to the higher law. Certainly, penalties for the sins murder, fornication, adultery, theft, and so forth were and are still in effect, however, Jesus taught overcoming the emotions that lead up to such sins: anger, lust, greed, grudges, etc. He even went so far to teach us to suffer rather than commit wrongs. While the old retribution of an eye for an eye was tolerated before His ministry, the old Levitical teachings (Lev. 19) to be holy, live righteously, love your neighbor, and keep the commandments were emphasized and even magnified. Jesus taught us to forget ourselves and serve others even to the extent of praying for our enemies.
Oh, how I fail at times to keep anger in check, to forgive, to dismiss grudges. I repent and do well and fail and feel just awful. When will I get to the point that this weakness becomes my strength?