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Jesus -- the Guru # 3

Making a True Difference in Life

Do you want to make a difference in the world? Do you want your life to be memorable and powerful?  You know what an impact Jesus had with His life.  As His disciple, Jesus wants you also to make a difference.

Read Matthew 5:13-20

Salt and Light

13“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.

14“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

The Fulfillment of the Law

17“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.18I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.19Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.20For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.


v. 13 – “salt” = at Jesus’ time, used to keep food from spoiling
What is spoiling your family? What is spoiling our society? What can you do in your life to keep the world from going sour and corrupt? What did Jesus do? (We shall see!)

vv. 14-16  --Light is to be seen Light is to be a guide. Light may be a warning light.
What of your life do you want others to see, as a guide or as a warning? Do you need a Master to show you the way?
Why would we want our Master to get the credit for our “good deeds?:”   We want more people to follow Him and become His disciples.

vv. 17-20  -- “law” = how God wants us to act in life
We will see later in our study (ch. 23) how Jesus condemned the self-righteousness of the Pharisees.
Later also (22:37-40), we will see how Jesus gave the summary of the Law: “Love the Lord with all your heart…. and love your neighbor as yourself.”

The Pharisees were interested that all kinds of religious rules be observed.  What did Jesus teach as God’s desire for our actions in life?

How is that kind of life greater than all?  What kind of difference would that kind of life make in your family and in our society? 

Looking forwarad to your email today and your answer to these questions.



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