I personally think He did. Of course, subjective. But it's there if one searches for it. As far as the message being "garbled". it's not like His message was attacked from day 1. So it is no surprise that things have ended up the way they have.
And, yes, He did not come to abolish but uphold them. I personally feel that He made a clear distinction between which laws and what was of greater importance.
I also feel that He upheld the law by love. Really one of those Ah ha moments when you realize it. And who would have thought, it was there all along...
Why are any of teh lawz of greater importance, if Jesus saves all those who believe? Therein lies a contradiction of the Judaised version and Paul's savior religion.
Gal 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
This is an erroneous statement that was started by a Pharisee that pre-dated Paul. The law is not fulfilled by loving your neighbour as yourself. The law requires that you redeem your first-born, stone homosexuals, have a feast every year with 10% of your income (or give it to Levites), stone people who don't observe the sabbath, cut off the tip of your penis, not eat pork, not eat blood, sacrifice burned animals, stone adulterers, stay away from naked people, cut off the hand of a woman who grabs a man's balls, kill all the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, not plow with an ox and an ass together, not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woollen and linen together, stone raped women (Deut 22:23), maketh any graven or molten image, lieth with any manner of beast,...
It seems like if you just love your neighbour, you are missing out on all the fun stonings and persecutions.
I also feel that He upheld the law by love.
How is it love, to stipulate that you have to stay with one woman, or face hell? Surely, if both parties agree to divorce, it should be fine. Why should you get married at all? How can you derive marriage (which is primarily a possessive act) from loving your neighbour?
And who would have thought, it was there all along...
Who would have thought that it was an old Pharisee idea that Jesus ripped off from Hillel?