Salt: Jesus says that his followers are to be the salt of the earth. What does this mean? If you put salt in food you know that it is there. If disciples of Jesus are to be the salt of the world it means they are to be noticeable. We must notice that if disciples of Jesus are to be the salt of the earth, it must mean that Jesus himself was salt first. Just like salt in food Jesus was noticeable when he walked the earth. Salt is also used as a preservative. What would it mean for a disciple of Jesus to be a preservative? Jesus is calling his disciples to make the world a better place. On the other hand Jesus presents a warning. If salt without saltiness is useless so a half-hearted faith is missing the point. Someone who is in love with Jesus is so drawn to Him that they are not afraid to express their love for him no matter who might see and what other people might think.
Light: In John 8:12 Jesus says ““…I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” I don’t know about you but I don’t like walking in the dark. If Jesus is the light of the world the contrast is darkness. The darkness in the world is the presence of sin and evil. Just as salt is distinctive, so is light. Just as people are drawn to light so are people drawn to Jesus. One person who was drawn to Jesus was a man named Nicodemus. “Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”” (John 3:1-2). The man was drawn to the light of Jesus but he came to him at night because he was afraid of what other people might think of him. Interesting that Jesus, the light of the world, is approached at night by Nicodemus. Was Nicodemus, a spiritual leader himself, in darkness? Jesus says this to Nicodemus: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16-18).
Jesus is calling Nicodemus out of the darkness and into the light. All of us are presented with the same choice. A town built on a hill is noticeable. One would not light a lamp and then hide it. "…the Church is a community created by Christ for the world.” Light has come into the world. The light is shining.
P.S. please join us over the next few weeks for some special Christmas events! Next Sunday at 10AM is our Children’s Christmas program: guaranteed fun and cuteness. The next Sunday we anticipate Christmas by looking at a message called: In the Waiting. Then join us for a traditional Christmas Eve service at Crossroads with Christmas in the Park at 7pm on December 24th.
Until next week,
 Horton, Stanley M. ed. Systematic Theology. Pg 543