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Something That Lasts Forever

**I only know that I was blind and now I can see** (John 9:25).
I Samuel 16:1,6-7,10-13; Psalms 23:1-6: Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 or 9:1,6-9,13-17,34-38

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Scripture Summary John 9:25


In John's Gospel it is written, "When Jesus spoke to the people, He said, 'I am the Light of the World; anyone who follows Me will not be walking in the dark; he will have the light of life'" (Jn. 8:12).

During a young people's Sunday School presentation, one little boy forgot his lines. His mother was sitting in the front row and when her son's memory failed, she tried to help out. She caught his eye, and formed the forgotten words silently with her lips. But it didn't help; the boy continued to draw a blank. Finally, she leaned forward and whispered the cue: "I am the Light of the World." Whereupon, the child beamed, and with great feeling he said, in a voice loud and clear, "My mother is the light of the world."

There is darkness in our personal lives, and in our world "out there." There is a real darkness that enmeshes us finite human beings. There is a mystery about us. We don't know all there is to know about life's meaning. We don't know all there is to know about why we act the way we do -- the constant fluctuations of mood, for example. We don't know all there is to know about why we become depressed for no obvious reason. We don't know all there is to know about why we sometimes lash out and hurt people we love so much. Why do we do the things we do?

There are so many unanswered questions: Where are we going with it all? What really happens when we die? "What's it all about?" And we feel threatened. We feel the darkness closing in. We don't know how to deal with these questions. Then God, in His immense love for us, sends the Light!

Let there be Light at the center of this darkness! And the Light that is given is the Spirit of Christ within us. A well-known Christian educator and author has written an inspiring, poetic account of how, as a disciple of Christ, he was able to penetrate the darkness and shed some Light [...]

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