Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Matthew 5:12-20. This Scripture is a continuation of the Sermon on the Mount. Remember, this is Jesus talking. This passage starts off by saying to rejoice and be glad, great is your reward in heaven for being persecuted for Christ’s sake. That is a hard thing to do. The only way you could do it is by the power of God living in you. There were many others who came before us who suffered great persecution. For example, Paul was imprisoned because of his teaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Scripture goes on to say you are the salt of the earth. Salt is used for purification. Our teaching of the gospel is to help purify the world. Next, Jesus says you are the light of the world. Jesus encourages them to let their light shine so when people see their good works they glorify God. We are to shine the light of God into the world to help destroy the darkness of this world.
Jesus says He didn’t come to destroy the law, but to fulfill it. He did that when He died on the cross for our sins. He says we should practice and teach the laws of God, so our reward would be great in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus tells them that their righteousness should exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees. That is why Jesus died on the cross to cover our sins, because God knew, as human beings, it was impossible for us to keep all the laws of God. So, He sent Jesus to be the atonement for our sins, but we have to accept Him.
Daily Bible Reading:
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Things to think about:
- Have you accepted Jesus Christ as the atonement for your sins?
- If so, would you consider yourself to be the salt of the world?
- How do you let your light shine for Jesus Christ?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You, LORD, for Your Word. Help us to be, as You said in this Scripture, the salt and light of the world. LORD, we know that without Your Son dying on the cross for our sins, none of us would be worthy to enter the kingdom of heaven. We have all failed You. Please forgive us of our sins. We love You, Lord. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
– This is an excerpt from The Book of Matthew: Life of Jesus Christ
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The Book of Matthew: Life of Jesus Christ
by Deborah H. Bateman
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