‘You are the salt of the earth … You are the light of the world.’ (verses 13,14)
Read Matthew 5:13-20
When we look at John the Baptist, we can see an example of what it is to be salt and light. To bring God’s good news of Jesus Christ to people. John called many people to trust in God and be baptised. And many did. John also spoke out about the King’s relationship with the wife of the King’s brother. As a result, John was locked up in prison.
When Jesus came, he didn’t set John the Baptist free from prison. Maybe as John had hoped?
Like John, even though our expectations don’t always turn out the way we want, it doesn’t negate the good news Jesus brings. Because of Jesus there are wonders that lay ahead for us that we can only imagine. And he gives us these through Jesus, his son.
John heard this message, the message that he needed. That Jesus was the saviour of the world and that he was saved. So just as Jesus responded to John’s expectations, Jesus also responds to us. It may not be what we wanted or how we expected. We may still be in the same predicament that we are in now. But the good news is that we are saved through Jesus for eternity. Because of Jesus and his death and resurrection, we are made right with God.
This great news is not something that we have to wait for. Jesus is with us now. He is our permanent best friend who always sticks with us and never runs away. Jesus is our best friend, our protector, our supporter. Because of this good news, Jesus re orientates us back to what really matters – our relationship with God. This is good news, that through Jesus we have a new life with God.
Dear God, thank you for sending John the Baptist to prepare the way for Jesus Christ. Like you did for John, shine your light through me so that others may hear your good news. Amen
Excerpt from “Great Expectations” (written by Pastor Richard Fox) on www.messagesofhope.org.au On radio on 9th February 2014.
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