Salt and light; two very common but essential commodities we often take for granted. The audience Jesus addresses in his first recorded sermon was more keenly aware of their indispensability than we are today. And Jesus uses both as metaphors to portray the impact his followers were to have in the world. “Salt” as a preservative and flavor enhancer helps to delay moral and spiritual breakdown while adding value to an eroding society, and “light” becomes a beacon in a world shrouded in darkness. “A motif implicit in the beatitudes now becomes an explicit theme, that is, the believer as witness.” - D. A. Carson.
13 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. 14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 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. 16 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.
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Isaac Serrano is Lead Teaching Pastor of South Valley Community Church. He likes talking theology, history, and culture. Isaac lives in Gilroy with his family. On his days off, he likes to go fishing and venture outdoors. Isaac serves on the leadership board for the Regeneration Project and the school board of Pacific Point Christian Schools.