Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative in order to present Jesus in the context he walked with the unknown disciple that narrates presenting my thoughts and sparking more thoughts with his questions.
Jesus had just described the perfect disciple along with the values of God’s kingdom. He continues, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”
Salt is a preservative. Is he saying we’re to preserve the world? The good in the world? If we don’t, we’re useless. How do we preserve good?
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.”
“Light of the world…” Isaiah wrote twice that we were to a light to the Gentiles, so that God’s salvation may reach the ends of the earth. What were the exact words…”I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles…”
Then there’s, “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”
“Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
We’re to be the contrast, what light is to darkness; needed and different. How different are we to be as God’s representatives to the world? What about the Law?
Jesus was just getting started.
Isaiah 42:6; 49:6