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Salt and Light – You Are the Light of the World | Sermon from 2/5/2017
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This portion of the Sermon on the Mount which is found in Matthew immediately follows the Beatitudes, which are the beginning of the Sermon. Most of us use salt for seasoning purposes, to make food taste better.
However, in the ancient world, salt was used primarily as a preservative. Before refrigeration, salt was applied to meat to extend the life of the meat. Without the salt, the meat would become rancid.
Salt and light
With our families, in our neighborhoods, in our work, and in our friendships, the presence of Jesus preserves the world from evil, from destruction. Living in the way of Jesus will inevitably draw attention, whether it is the star quarterback committed to wait until marriage for sexual intimacy, the Amish family forgiving the man who killed their children, or the parents opening their homes to the most vulnerable children.
Jesus gives a cautionary word, however, about both salt and light. Salt can lose its saltiness and light can be hidden.
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There is a danger, then, that disciples of Jesus will neglect the life that Jesus has called them to live, a life embodying the dispositions and practices outlined in the Sermon. The consequences are potentially dire, with the possibility of societal decay and neighbors not exposed to the radical, beautiful life of Jesus very real. A final note of caution is in order.
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