Salt & Light
Throughout His teaching on earth, Jesus contrasts the way of the world with the way of God’s Kingdom. His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) describes the lifestyle of those who belong to the Kingdom of God. JESUS’ Sermon on the Mount is about believing in His kingdom, belonging to His kingdom, and living for His kingdom.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are 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 in heaven. Matthew 5:13–16
Jesus said to these average ordinary people “you are the salt of the earth… you are the light of the world.” These twin sayings of Jesus are still crucial insights into what it means to represent the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth.