by Jerry Vines

Matthew 5:14-16
If you are a Christian, the Lord Jesus said you are the salt
of the earth and you are the light of the world. In these verses
Jesus is dealing with the impact that a Christian life is to have
on his society and those around him. As the salt of the earth, we
are to permeate our society. As the light of the world, we are to
radiate in our society. We are to be salt to combat this world's
corruption. We are to be light to dispel this world's confusion.
Jesus says to believers, "You are the light of the world."
Light is like salt in that both are a miracle. Salt is
really made up of two poisons. You put chloride and sodium
together and you get salt. Light is also a miracle. Have you
ever tried to define the meaning of light? As I was studying this
particular passage, I started trying to define light. I went to
Webster's Dictionary to get a little help. Here's what he said,
"Light is that which makes it possible to see." Thanks, Webster,
that really does help me. I decided to read his next definition
and he said, "apposing to darkness". Light is a miracle and is
very difficult to define. We don't know a great deal about light.
We don-'t know how it operates- we know that light is aie- to go
around corners. We know it's able to go through solid substances.
I heard about two nitwits who were standing on a street
corner one day. One of them- had a flashri at and he- flashed the
beam of his light up on the second floor. He said to the other
nitwit, "Why don't you just climb that beam of light up there and
climb back down?" So he thought about it for a moment and then
said, "I'm not gonna do it. I'll get halfway up that beam and
you'll turn off the light and I'll break my neck!"
We don't know a whole lot about light, yet the Bible says God
is light (I John 1:5). There is a mystery attached to light.
When the Bible says God is light I think it means several things.
I think it means intellectually the ...

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