Whatever salt touches it impacts. Notice Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth” – not you should be the salt of the earth.
If we accept all Jesus has done for us, God as the vulnerable flesh and blood Christ makes us that spiritual salt.
“You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its flavor – if we reject what God has made us how shall it be seasoned?
It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” The greatest tragedy of the times in which we live is the number of Christians who have turned their back on The Word of God and lost our ability to be that salt of the earth God has created and redeemed us to be – salt of the earththe world so desperately need.
Jesus said, “You are the light of the world.”
Jesus went on to say “You are the light of the world.”
When God entered the world as the vulnerable flesh and blood Christ, the world was a place of deep spiritual darkness with God and His Word being ignored and even challenged in the temple itself.
Matthew describes Christ’s coming as “the people who sat in darkness have seen a great Light and those dwelling in the shadow of death on them light has dawned.”
What a wonderful basic element of the universe light is. The dictionary defines light as that form of motion or energy capable of affecting the organs of sightand as illumination of the mind. Where does darkness go when light is turned on? When God enters the world as the vulnerable flesh and blood Christ to enlighten the soul and illuminate the mind, where does the spiritual darkness go?
All the people who sat in darkness have seen The Christ, The Son of The Living God. Contrary to some bishops and pseudo theologians who egotistically edit The Enlightenment in God’s Word – they invite the darknessto their own peril and the peril of those with whom they share God’s altered Word.
For those blessed by God with God’s Enlightenment, the glow is unmistakable and, as with all light, God’s Lightreflects through us.
We can’t help it. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.”
Jesus says “Let your light so shine before men, that they may
see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” As the
light of the worldreflects through us, we can never lose sight of The Source of our enlightenment. Jesus Who alone is fully capable of editing The Word of God never did which is why Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets -- but to fulfill them.”
Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law…”
Students the Bible refer to it as The Law (God’s Covenant Law) and The Gospel (The Good News) which makes it easier to study. Problem is some people see the Gospel as God’s gift and the Law as God’s curbs on our pleasures. Truly God’s Law and God’s Gospel are both gifts from God.
In Hebrew “Law” is Torah. Torah is the writing of God’s Covenant Law including God’s history, terms, regulations and teachings - rooted and grounded in The Covenant Relationship God has established now and eternally with us.
In Greek “Law” is νομος which means “that which is established”. God’s Law spells out what God has established and the way in which God has established everything – including human beings – to function. God’s Law is The Creator and Supreme Architect of the Universe sharing His Plan – telling what positively works and what positively destroys.
Constant attacks on people legally exercising their freedom of religion according to God’s Commands – protests against laws people fear are curbing their hedonism – laws challenged as barriers to being who and what sinners want to be.
Tragically there are many today – inside and outside of Christ’s Church – who want to alter the contract and change God’s Law to fit their own agendas. Jesus warned, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law... I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not one jot, not one tittle will pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” God’s Law can never be changed because it spells out God’s Covenant Relationship with humanity and the reasons why following God’s Law is the only way to live happily and successfully. Christ did not come to destroy or even to change God’s Law but to fulfill it perfectly as God intended.
Only when we see the reflection of our lives mirrored in God’s Law can we fully appreciate our need for The Savior promised through the prophets and fulfilled when God came among us as the vulnerable flesh and blood Christ.
Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to destroy …. the Prophets (προφήτας).”
Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.”
A προφητης is a person called by God, inspired by The Holy Spirit, and given God’s Own Message to proclaim boldly to the people. God called Prophets to remind people of The Covenant, of sin’s grip on humanity, of God’s judgment and of God’s Own Promise and Plan for our eternal Salvation.
As we will pray in our post-Communion prayer, God gave us His Son both as a Model of the godly life – using His Life to show us how wonderfully God’s Covenant Law works - and as a Sacrifice for sin –giving His Life on the cross to pay for our sins when we fall short of our part of the Covenant Relationship.
By the Grace of God, we are called and empowered to share God’s enrichment of our lives as God’s Own salt of the earth and to share God’s Enlightenment in our lives as God’s Own light of the world – proclaiming and living by God’s Law and the fulfilling of all God promised through God’s Prophets - lovingly and faithfully proclaiming The Word of God as revealed incarnately in Jesus Christ and inerrantly in The Holy Bible. How blessed we are! What a blessed and wondrous relationship God has covenanted with us!
THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH PASSES ALL HUMAN UNDERSTANDING KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS IN CHRIST JESUS – CRUCIFIED AND RISEN TO RE-ESTABLISH OUR BLESSED RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. AMEN.
Fifth Sunday of The Epiphany Season
February 4, 2018
Dr. Kurt Borows
Pastor, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Catawba Island, Port Clinton, Ohio