Salt and Light Facts for 3-8 Year Olds

Categories: Sermon on the Mount

  • Jesus says, “You are the salt of the earth.”
  • The way this is written is like someone pointing a finger and shouting, “YOU, you are the salt of the earth!”
  • So what does that mean?
  • Salt has many purposes.
  • It is used to preserve food, to keep it safe so we can eat it.
  • Salt is also used to flavor food to make it taste good.
  • It is used in temple rituals.
  • It can also be used as a fertilizer, if used in the right way.
  • Since salt is necessary to life, perhaps Jesus is saying that the disciples are necessary to the life of the world.
  • Since it’s a preservative, the disciples are meant to stand up for spiritual good, for truth, and stop immoral or bad actions.
  • As a fertilizer, the disciples are to prepare the soil for the gospel, like you would prepare the soil for a garden, ready to grow plants.
  • Salt is not salt for itself, but for its uses.
  • The disciples are not existing for themselves, but for others.
  • Jesus also says, “but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled underfoot.”
  • There is a sense of responsibility with salt.
  • Then, Jesus says, “You are the light of the world.”
  • Light dispels (gets rid of) the darkness.
  • Even the tiniest night-light at night lights up an entire room.
  • The disciples are, once again, indispensable to life.
  • “A city built on a hill cannot be hid.”
  • Even from far away, a city on a hill can be seen.
  • “No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.”
  • The light of the disciples must shine before all.
  • “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
  • This is the crowning statement.
  • The disciples exist for the benefit of others—to bless others.
  • Disciples are to let their light keep on shining.
  • They are to keep on doing good works so that people may glorify their Father in heaven.
  • Jesus does not promote his own glory, nor does he allow his followers to seek any for themselves.
  • The disciples are changed individuals. They have the kingdom within.