Matthew 5:17-30, 5:43-48; James 2:8-11
When Jesus preached, He wanted to correct what the scribes and Pharisees had been teaching. Outward appearance is not what the Lord seeks. Jesus seeks a heart that longs to love Him and obey Him. Jesus desires that His followers have humble spirits and contrite hearts. Jesus showed that it is impossible to obey the Law perfectly. And because of this truth, man is lost without the Savior.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."