"Ye are the light of the world." These words of Christ Jesus' are familiar to all who have studied the Sermon on the Mount as it is given to us in the fifth, sixth, and seventh chapters of the Gospel of Matthew.

Jesus was speaking to his disciples, and in their hearts glowed the spark of receptivity which caused them to respond to his words. Jesus manifestly was not referring to the human, fallible nature of the men who were gathered there before him when he said, "Ye are the light of the world," but rather to their spiritual selfhood, the Christ-idea, pure and perfect. Their growing recognition of this selfhood was to enable them to receive more and more enlightenment and inspiration and to know that great light of spiritual Truth.

Jesus instructed his disciples in this manner (Matt. 5:16): "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." The disciples sat at Jesus' feet; they walked and talked with him as he healed the sick, the sinning, and the sorrowful. They saw him walk the wave, still the tempest, raise the dead. They knew the glory of the resurrection, and by learning to cast their nets on the right side they received on the Day of Pentecost the Holy Ghost, the great influx of the glory of the Christly light. And because these disciples let their light shine in words and works we too may sit at the Master's feet, witness the healing and saving power of the Christ, and receive the truth that makes us free. The scope of Jesus' teachings and his impartation of the truth was not limited to a small niche in time, for Truth is infinite, forever reflected in spiritual light.

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