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Wednesday of the Week of Lent III

Today’s readings: Jeremiah 8:4-7, 19–9:6; Romans 5:1-11; John 8:12-20

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’” (John 8:12).

In our reading today, the Pharisees are challenging Jesus. They charge that since He has borne witness to Himself, His testimony is not true. The Jewish law states that proof requires two witnesses. Jesus goes on to assert that He and His Father bear witness to Him!

We bear witness as well—that Jesus is truly the light of the world! We have experienced times of darkness in life and know what it is to have the light of life shining in the darkness, lighting our way, leading us on. It is this Light to which we bear witness, testifying that Jesus brings to every dark corner His love and life.

When were times of darkness in your life, when Jesus, the Light of the world brought you hope and peace? Most of us have had such times, if we stop and consider. How difficult would it be to share one or two of those experiences with someone who does not know Jesus? Would your “testimony” make a difference in the life of someone walking now through the valley and shadow of death, loss, grief, struggle? Who might need to hear your testimony right now? Who do you know who may be walking in darkness and unbelief?

Prayer: Lord God, help me to bring the Light of the world to someone living in darkness. Amen.

Lenten Response: Share your experience of Jesus, the Light of the world with a family member or friend. Ask them to share their experience with you.

Today’s devotion was written by the Rev. Dr. David M. Wendel, Assistant to the Bishop for Ministry and Ecumenism.

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