I came not to destroy, but to fulfil (ouk hlqon katalusai alla plhrwsai). The verb "destroy" means to "loosen down" as of a house or tent ( 2 Corinthians 5:1 ). Fulfil is to fill full. This Jesus did to the ceremonial law which pointed to him and the moral law he kept. "He came to fill the law, to reveal the full depth of meaning that it was intended to hold" (McNeile).