Matthew 5:15-16 “Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light to all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
The purpose of light is to be seen, never to be hidden. Light enables people to see what things are really like. Darkness is the opposite of light. People who walk in darkness do not see things as they really are. A blind person walks and lives in darkness. They often need someone to lead and guide them because they do not have the ability to see. In verse 14 Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid,” Jesus, of course, spoke this to his disciples. A true disciple of Jesus is the light of the world. A disciple HAS and IS something, and that is light. Where did the light come from?
John 8:12 “Then spoke Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
So Jesus is the light, and the disciples who follow Jesus will receive the light from him. Jesus is the source of the light. Our sun is light. The moon has no light of it’s own. When the sun shines upon the moon, the moon reflects the light from the sun.
Genesis 1:16 “And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.”
The sun rules the day, and the moon rules the night. So the disciple who follows Jesus reflects the light of Jesus. The disciple HAS and IS the light of Jesus. The person who does not follow Jesus has no light. Jesus is the light, and only those who follow Jesus and are in his presence, have light. No man has any light of his own. Men only have darkness. Light is life and darkness is death. Light is eternal life and darkness is eternal death. So only a disciple, who is continually in the presence of Jesus, can HAVE and BE light. People today say that they can have Jesus as savior, without making him the Lord of their life. Not so. Not true. Only a disciple, who follows and obeys the Lord Jesus continually, can have the light of life. As soon as a man leaves the presence of Jesus, his light dies out. The moon hidden from the sun is dark. The new moon is dark, for it is alone. When it is joined once again to the sun’s light, it begins to glow once again. How can anyone have Jesus as savior, without continually serving him as Lord? How can anyone have the light of light, and not be in the presence of Jesus? It cannot be.
John 14:23-24 “Jesus answered an said unto him, if a man love me, he will obey my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loves me not obeys not my sayings: and the word which you hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.”
The words of Jesus are light and they are life. To say that Jesus is your savior, but not your Lord, is to speak in contradiction to the words of Jesus. It proves that you do not love him, and do not have his light and life in you. To say you have Jesus as savior, but not Lord, is to admit that you live in darkness, in death. A disciple is the light of the world. A disciple lives in the presence of Jesus and obeys his every word. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Your good works are everything that you do in obedience to Jesus Christ. Jesus commands and you obey. Jesus is King and speaks his commands to his loyal followers, and they obey his every word. Every man who is self-willed, and does what he himself wants to do, does evil works. A self-willed person dwells in darkness and in death. A self-willed person does not have eternal life dwelling in them. There is no separating Jesus from his words. Jesus IS the Word of God. To have the king is to have his commands, and to obey them. This is eternal life, to live in the presence of King Jesus, and to obey his every word. There is no such thing as secret agent Christians.
Mark 8:38 “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulteress and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
John 3:1-2 “There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: the same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.”
Why did Nicodemus come to Jesus by night? He was afraid and ashamed to be seen with Jesus. He wanted to meet with Jesus in secret under the cover of darkness. Nicodemus was not a disciple of Jesus, he did not follow him. Nicodemus was not the light of the world. Nicodemus was darkness and came to Jesus under the cover of darkness. But one day Nicodemus came to Jesus in the day light and unashamed. One day Nicodemus became a changed man and a true disciple of Jesus. Another secret disciple also came with Nicodemus that day, openly and unashamed.
John 19:38-42 “And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulcher, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulcher was nigh at hand.”
This day these two secret disciples became open disciples. Before they had hidden in the darkness of night. Now they came in the bright light of day. They were given the honor to be the two men who prepared the body of Jesus for his burial, and to be forever included in the gospel story. Now, they too were the light of the world, and they let their light so shine before men, that they could see their good works, and glorify the Father in heaven. How many countless millions of men and women have glorified the Father in heaven, for what these two men did, during the past two thousand years? Only God knows. I imagine that their reward in heaven will be great indeed. Become a true disciple of Jesus, who obeys his every word, and you too will become the light of the world, having and being the light of life.
Matthew 6:22-23 “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. Therefore if the light that be in you be darkness, how great is that darkness!”
What determines whether your body is full of light or darkness is your eye. Your eye is the entry place into your body. If your eye is single, looking ONLY at the words of Jesus, your body will be full of light.
Proverbs 4:20-23 “My son, attend to my words; Incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
The evil eye is the one that is not single. The evil eye looks at the things of God AND other things. The evil eye is like Lot’s wife.
Genesis 19:26 “But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”
Luke 9:62 “And Jesus said unto him, no man having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Notice that Jesus said, “If your eye be evil, your WHOLE body shall be full of darkness. If the light that is in you be darkness, How great is that darkness!” Having a mixture of light and darkness will result in the whole being counted as darkness.
Revelation 3:15-16 “I know thy works, that thou are neither cold nor hot: I would thou were cold or hot. So then because thou are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.”
Jesus accepts only the hot. The cold and the lukewarm, Jesus rejects. Lukewarm is half cold and half hot. Half the world and half God. Half natural things and half spiritual things. It is being half hearted in serving Jesus. These people Jesus will reject completely, and vomit them out of his mouth, and into hell. Even though you may have light in you, if it is not pure light, then the light in you is darkness. The entire church today, it seems, is lukewarm or cold. Where are the hot, on fire Christians today? I see them not. Today people use correct terminology such as, Radical, and, On Fire; but they change the meaning of these words and terms. Today, Radical, means what half hearted meant 150 years ago. And, On Fire, means what lukewarm meant 150 years ago.
Today people say that Jesus is their Lord, but Jesus says, “And why call me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46).
Today people say, I love Jesus, but Jesus says, “He that loves me not obeys not my sayings: and the word which you hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.” (John 14:24).
Today people say that Jesus is their friend, or their BFF, and sing that Jesus calls them friend, but Jesus says, “You are my friends, if you do whatsoever I command you.” (John 15:14).
And, “Not every one who says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21).
People today say that they are saved and born again, but Jesus says, “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from me, you that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:23).
People today say that they are God’s children, but Jesus says, “You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44).
Today people say that they are righteous, God’s sheep, and going to heaven, but Jesus says, “Then shall he say also to them on the left hand, Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry, and you gave me no food; I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink; I was a stranger, and you took me not in; naked, and you clothed me not; sick, and in prison, and you visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto you? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as you did it not unto one of the least of these, you did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”(Matthew 25:41-46).
Today people say that they are saved by grace without any works, and that they will live forever in God’s holy city, but Jesus says, “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give to every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whore mongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie.” (Revelation 22:12-15).
Today people say that they are disciples of Jesus, but Jesus says, “No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. And he said, therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.” (John 6:44,65).
Today people say that their life is founded upon the rock, which is Jesus Christ. But Jesus says, “But he that hears and does not, is like a man without a foundation built a house upon the earth: against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell: and the ruin of that house was great.” (Luke 6:49).
It pays great rewards to have a single eye, looking only to the words of Jesus.
Luke 12:29-31 “And seek not what you shall eat, or what you shall drink, neither be of a doubtful mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knows that you have need of these things. But rather seek the kingdom of God: and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Matthew 7:3-5 “And why behold the mote that is in your brother’s eye, but consider not the beam that is in your own eye? Or how will you say to your brother, Let me pull out the mote out of your eye, and, behold a beam is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of your own eye; and then you shall see clearly to cast out the mote out of your brother’s eye.”
This addresses an issue that is rampant within the church today. People always want to correct others. They have a dogged determination to correct their brother or sister. We have things upside down and inside out. We consider the faults in others, but are blind to our own faults. Instead, we should be blind to the faults in others, but behold our own faults. Professing Christians today want to enjoy life, be entertained, be happy, and have a good time. They say there is nothing wrong in this because it is clean fun. They reject the words of Jesus and the apostles.
“Blessed are you that weep now: for you shall laugh. And, blessed are you poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.” (Luke 6:20-21).
They also reject, “But woe unto you that are rich! for you have received your consolation. And, woe unto you that laugh now! for you shall mourn and weep.” (Luke 6:24-25).
James 5:1-5 “Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. You have heaped treasure together for the last days. Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, cries: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabbath. You have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton: you have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.”
We need to open our eyes and compare OUR OWN lives with what Jesus taught and commanded. None of us is perfect. We all have our own faults and failures. Notice the two verses proceeding our text, “Judge not that you be not judged, for with what judgement you judge, you shall be judged: and with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again.” This should put the fear of God in you. EXACTLY as you judge, you shall be judged. The EXACT judgement that you mete out is what will be measured back to you. When you say, “What a wicked person!”, you are actually saying it to yourself in God’s mirror. You are actually judging yourself to be a wicked person. And unless you repent, God will judge you to be a wicked person on judgement day. When you judge or look at the faults of others, you are convicting yourself of the very same thing. Remember the golden rule, verse 12, “Therefore all things whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Do you want your own faults, failures, and short comings to be ignored by God on judgement day? Then ignore the faults, failures, and short comings of other people today. You will have to put a lot of effort into changing your thought patterns. It doesn’t happen overnight, but you can begin right now. A trip of 1,000 miles begins with one step. What counts in God’s eyes is that you have begun the trip. You can choose to see only the good in other people and to be blind to the evil.
There is the story of a man who once lived in a small town who only spoke good of other people. One day the wickedest man in town died. It was the custom in that place and time, for everyone to attend the funeral, and to speak a few words over the dead body. So when this man stood over the corpse, everyone wanted to hear what he had to say. The man stood there for a few minutes thinking, and then he said, “Well, he had a nice set of teeth.” He found something good to say.
I have always been a student of history. I have read a lot about Adolph Hitler, and watched many documentaries about him. I have discovered one good thing that I can say about him. He was kind and generous to his sister. So even the most hated and despised man in modern times had something good in him. So others, you will find, have even more good in them. Quit seeing the glass half empty, and see it half full. Put things back right side up again. Take the insides which are out and put them back inside again. Fix what is wrong in YOU! To forgive everyone and to overlook their faults, failures, and shortcomings is the ONLY WAY that God will do the same to you on judgement day. So repent and begin the process of change immediately.
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