“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have
not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 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. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these
commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the
kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of
heaven. (Matthew 5:17-20 ESV)
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
(Romans 10:4 ESV)
they themselves thought they went rather over the mark than under it, but Christ says to his disciples, 'Unless your righteousness goes beyond that,- Matthew 5:20. Ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.' These are solemn words of warning. God grant that we may have a righteousness which exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, a righteousness inwrought by the Spirit of God, a righteousness of the heart and of the life!"
So unless there's something more to credit to my account than my self-promoting, patriotic moralism—more than what the rest of the modern day Pharisees possess—I will never see the kingdom of heaven. My religious charade is not enough.
Jesus, You are the end of the Law since You fulfilled all its demands. I can’t cross that high bar. Be my righteousness and peace.