Reading: Reading: Matthew 26:69-75
“Surely you are one of them, for your accent gives you away.” (v.73)
Have you been to another place wherein you first seemed to blend in the crowd, say in a local market place until—you spoke. Then everybody’s head turned round toward you. You might have spoken in a generic language, or have even tried to speak in the vernacular (repeatedly memorised prior to your trip!), but it just seemed inevitable that you’d stand out. Arrrgghhh! Suddenly, the prices go up, and we could only hope that we have raised standards and the intrinsic value of the item that we wanted to buy had increased!
Just as Jesus said that we are the light of the world (Matthew 5.14-16), I would like to think of myself (and you, brothers and sisters!) as a lamp moving around in a darkened world. Wherever I go, I would like people to come near–mesmerised with the glow on my face, attracted by the gracious words that flow from my mouth and the kindly deeds of my hands. I would like them to want to get hold of that Light, that they only have to desire and it will come to them.
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” – John 8.12
But our citizenship is in heaven…. – Philippians 3.20
But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) or “‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.– Romans 10.6-10 (ESVUK)