Summary: We are called to be the salt and light of the world.

These two examples Jesus uses may seem insignificant now, but in the first century salt and light was very valuable. In the Roman market place salt was even used at times as money and without electricity light was a valuable asset at night. Today we often take these two things for granted.

What was Jesus implying here when He said "Ye are the salt of the earth" "Ye are the light of the world"

A) Ye are the Salt

1. Salt preserved and purified

In the days of no refrigeration salt was used to preserve meats to prevent decay.

Ezekiel 16:4 Tells us that salt was used to rub down a new born babies.

The only reason why this earth is not destroyed because God’s people are still here!

2. Salt Seasons

Job 6:6 Job says eggs are without flavor with no salt

Col. 4:6 We are told that our speech is to be seasoned with salt.

Mark 9:50 Jesus says have salt in yourselves

Listen: salt is no good unless it mingles with that which needs it!

3. Salt makes you thirsty

Simply put it is the job of Christians to make the world thirsty for what they have.

We are to cause them to want to draw from the well of living water!

B) Ye are the Light

See: John 5:33-35 John the Baptist was referred to as a shining light

Also: John 1:6-9 Jesus we are told is that true Light

1. Light dispels darkness

2 Cor. 4:6 it was the light of God that shined into our hearts

1 Peter 2:9 Says God called us out of darkness into His marvellous light

Jesus says unto us now "Ye are the light of the world"

2. Light is to be exposed

Matt. 5:15 We are told it is not appropriate to hide our light under a bushel

In the Lord’s time light was to be put on an lampstand that it may provide light

Phil. 2:15 Tells us we should shine as light in a crooked and preverse world

3. Light provides life

Without light all vegetation would die, and the affect of that would be devastating to all other living creature. It is light that produces life!

Matt. 5:16 Jesus says let you light shine that men may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

As Christians we are the only chance for life this world has from the place of outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Important Note: Before the Lord said we are the salt and light of this world He charge us to begin with our attitude in Matt. 5:1-12

Question: Are you the salt and light Jesus declares you to be?

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