The Light of the World


     The chasm between Satan’s low opinion of the righteous and God’s high esteem for them could not be any wider.  In addition to calling His righteousness-pursuing disciples “the salt of the earth”, Jesus also declares that they are “the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13-14).

     Ruminate unhurriedly on that incredible metaphor:

  • Light provides visibility.
  • Light cannot be contaminated.
  • Light has therapeutic properties.
  • Light eliminates darkness.
  • Light deters corruption.
  • Light prevents disease.
  • Light exposes.
  • Light gives direction.
  • Light is essential to life.

     Every person who pursues righteousness via the lifestyle prescribed by Jesus in the Beatitudes joins the Light of the World (John 8:12) in His stupendous work.  Together, the body of these disciples are like a city that is set on a hill which cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:14).

     What an extraordinary pursuit righteousness is!

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Author: jchowning

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