“The light of the world”

In Matthew chapter 5,  Jesus is giving a sermon on a mountainside, with his disciples gathered around him. In verses 14 through 16, he says, “You are the light of the world–like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

I interacted with Christ as the consciousness of the Sun over several years while I was using a legal substance, so verses in the Bible that refer to him as light are especially important to me. I had many interactions with him where he wrapped me in his holy light and allowed me to feel a sense of peace and tranquility that I had never felt before.

I always knew when he was approaching me because the air would take on a yellow hue and begin to undulate a bit as if I was surrounded by a warm golden mist. Then I would feel a sense of bliss and safety begin to envelop me and I knew it was Jesus I was interacting with.

When we allow him into our hearts and repent of our transgressions so that he can purify our souls we become connected with him in a way that is holy. He tells us in the Gospels to ‘remain in him’, just as he is part of God as if they are one being. When we stay connected with Jesus by trying to live our lives by behaving the way that he would, and repenting when we transgress against others or ourselves, we remain part of him and his light shines through us. This is why Paul urges us in his letters to live our lives as representatives of Christ and to bring honor to Christ’s name in all of our actions and behaviors.

In this verse Jesus reminds us that it is his light that we are reflecting and that we should remember this at all times. We reflect the hope of purification of human souls to other people, so we want to let the light of Christ shine through us at all times. I have to remind myself of this constantly throughout the day when I catch myself acting out of self, which is always my first instinct. So much of attempt to reflect the teachings of Christ in my daily life has been about allowing a space of time between my thoughts and what comes out of my mouth, or before acting on those thoughts, so that I have time to allow Jesus to shine his light in between thoughts of mine that are motivated by self and the actions that might ensue that don’t reflect his sacred nature.

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