References: Matthew 5John Winthrop led a large group of Christians to settle in America in 1630. Upon their departure from England, he told them, "For we must consider that we shall be a City upon a Hill, the eyes of all people are upon us." He was quoting the very words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. We as Christians are as a city upon a hill. All the world's eyes are upon us. We can truly be lights to this world.