Cities and Lamps. . .

Last week we read Matthew 5:13 where Jesus says: “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its’ saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.” We spoke about the change that salt makes when it is applied. It makes things taste better. In essence, the world can taste the difference that Christ makes in our lives.

We now read Matthew 5:14-16: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Jesus is saying that His followers are the light of the world, but there is a significant thrust of this small passage that we will focus on. Why did Jesus follow with “a city set on a hill cannot be hidden,” and people put lights on stands. I believe He is telling us that we can’t have it both ways. We can’t tell ourselves that we are a Christian and not be a city that is set on a hill. We can’t profess Him as Lord of our lives and place a basket over our Christianity. It doesn’t work that way.

True Christianity causes change like we spoke about last week. It must because it is His nature. Furthermore, we are cities on hills. We are lamps that are lit and placed on lamp stands who illuminate the whole house. It does not matter if we want to be that city or that lamp. If Christ is our Lord than we already are.

When we look at last week’s study and this week’s together, we see the world should be able to taste and see a difference if we are truly His disciples. Jesus did not save us so that we may save Him all to ourselves. He did not bleed and die to be a sin offering for three people. He came to save the world, and if we are truly In Him we are cities that are on hills for all to see, and we are to illuminate Christ’s light for a dark and dying world.

Christianity is not Christianity in isolation. We have been set on hills and lit.

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Matthew 5:14 – “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

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