Thursday, September 22, 2011

Christ is the savor of the scriptures

Here's something from the Joseph Smith Translation I ran across:

35 Then certain of them came to him, saying, Good Master, we have Moses and the prophets, and whosoever shall live by them, shall he not have life?
36 And Jesus answered, saying, Ye know not Moses, neither the prophets; for if ye had known them, ye would have believed on me; for to this intent they were written. For I am sent that ye might have life. Therefore I will liken it unto salt which is good;
37 But if the salt has lost its savor, wherewith shall it be seasoned? (JST Luke 14:35-37)

It is a little tricky to catch Jesus’s meaning about the salt losing its savor in this situation because we are so used to His previous teaching of “ye are the salt of the earth” about being an example. That is not what He means here.

Here Christ compares the scriptures, or the words of Moses and the prophets to salt and compares Himself to the salt’s savor. He is teaching that Moses and the prophets were teaching of Christ, and if you take Christ out of the scriptures, then the scriptures are like salt that lost its savor. Nothing but the teachings of Christ can give the scriptures that special flavor.

How have you seen this in your life?


Jocelyn Christensen said...

I was just talking to Steve last night about something similar. I was saying that testifying of Jesus Christ can make even the lamest talk suddenly GREAT! It's the same concept. Food without salt...bland. Add a little salt...or add a little testifying of Christ...and the whole message becomes delicious to the listeners! Great concept!

Michaela Stephens said...

Great observation, Jocelyn! I've seen that too.