Summary: Message from Sermon on the Mount about being Salt and Light
Title: Salt and Light Coming out of the Saltshaker
Text: Matthew 5:14-16
And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, (Matthew 5:1-2 AV)
Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
17 ¶ "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
18 "For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 "Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 "For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus goes from what is called the beatitudes into the reason of why we are to obey these and other commands he gives us in the sermon on the mount. It is important that we become a Christian that we don’t think of ourselves but we think of the Lord and of others in our daily life.
He tells of the importance of representing God in a positive way and he uses two common things that everyone would understand. Salt and light.
Salt and light represent what a Christian should be-a penetrating and illuminating influence, something both to be seen and felt, a power to attract and transform.
The “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world”. There is no limitation or area in which we go that we are to let down our guard. There is no culture that we engage in which we don’t have to let our light shine or to be a preserving and savoring agent. We are agents of God and we are to let the whole world know this.
Salt basically three main purposes 1) to add flavor to food and 2) (although not used much in the Middle East) to preserve food 3) penetrates. I have heard of another purpose and that is to sanitize a wound. Although this would fit well in this illustration I am going to stick mainly to these two.
1. adds flavor to food
Salt adds flavor to food. There are not many restaurants that you will go into that will not have salt placed on the tables. It seems to be an important commodity in peoples lives. So important that we have been warned many times about our intake of salt.
This is the same purpose it was used in the time of Jesus. To salt food. The salt was a little different but served the same purpose.
The Christian has the same responsibility we are to add the flavor of God to this world. Letting them desire to see God. Making their mouth water at what the Lord is doing.
2. Preserves Hinders corruption,
The second major purpose is that of a preserving agent. It is used to place meat in so that the meat will not deteriorate as fast. It will preserve it. This was important before the invention of iceboxes and modern day refrigerators. It would also explain how food was traded at such long distances.
The Christian is as a preserving agent in this society and this world. Some question what has happened in history and yes many times we are to blame for allowing things to happen but what if there were no Christians would men like Hitler considered to be a great leader. Yes we have failed in areas but just think if we were not here.
4. Salt is Distinctive
It is totally different from the food or object upon which it is put.
The other illustration that he uses is that one of light. We are the “light of the world”. Light again has two major purposes. To illuminate a room or home and to lead and guide us in the dark. These do overlap in some ways yet they are distinctively different.