You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 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. 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.
The first words that God spoke into creation brought light. The first thing He did was to bring light. This word, this light was and is Jesus. Jesus is the Word of God. When the time was right for humanity to know exactly who made them and why, Jesus the Word put on human flesh so that we might see who God is. He wrote himself into His own story so that we would now know the Author. The Light of God, Jesus, came to make it clear who God is. Humanity has been stuck in wrong and false views of God, and Jesus pushes back this darkness because He is light. He is the visible image of an invisible God. God did not keep us in the dark as to who He is. God is clearly revealed through Jesus Christ. He is light and in Him there is no darkness.
It's breathtaking that God is light. It's amazing to realize that Jesus is this light, the light of the world, but it seems crazy to think that He would then call us the light of the world! He just called these people the salt of the earth, declaring that they would be the preservers of everything that looks like Jesus in this world, everything that reflects His glory, everything that speaks of who He is and His beauty. He’s declared that we are the reminders, or the salt, of the eternal relationship and covenant that is preserved by the finished work of Jesus Christ at the cross. He loves us so much that He, by His sacrifice, has preserved us for all eternity. But Jesus doesn't stop there—He now calls those who believe in Jesus “the light of the world.”
He reveals that by accepting Him we now have His light in us. The word ‘light’ is better translated to the ‘words’ of God. Jesus is declaring that the same word that spoke light into existence, the same creative and powerful word that said “Let there be light” now lives in us. He drove out darkness from our lives with His light. We are the now the word of God, or the light to this world—we are the revealers of who God is through our character, actions and love of others. The same light that lit up the formless universe, the same light that would enable everyone to see the beauty of His creation, that light is now given to us. Our lives speak to the creative and grace-filled work of the cross and His resurrection; the work that makes all things new is now seen and revealed through the light of our lives.
People who are in darkness can't see why they are here or who made them or for what purpose. But through the lives of those who have said yes to Jesus and received His grace, we live in such a way as to light a way for others to see what He has done for them and who He is.
So shine today. Light up the world. Be the words of God to someone. Be the light that reveals who God is—a God of love, a God of hope, a God of freedom, a God of truth, a God of grace.
Let's be a church of His light. Humans fully alive in His light.
// Pastor Josh Kelsey