March 2023 | Written by Barbara Ryczek
This month we are featuring Jennifer Wallace’s Sunday School class of 4th and 5th grade students. They have been studying the seven I Am statements by Jesus in the Gospel of John. God, centuries earlier, had revealed Himself to Moses with the decisive statement “I AM” (Exodus 3:14). The seven statements Jesus made in the Gospel of John are as follows:
1. “I am the bread of life.” (John 6:35)
2. “I am the light of the world.” (John 8:12)
3. “I am the door of the sheep.” (John 10:7-9)
4. “I am the good shepherd.” (John 10:11,14)
5. “I am the resurrection and the life.” (John 11:25)
6. “I am the way, the truth and the life.” (John 14:6)
7. “I am the true vine.” (John:15:1-5)
The students were learning about number 2, John 8:12, the day they were interviewed: “I am the light of the world.” They were making candle art to be symbolic of this verse. The question, “What does this lesson and verse mean to you?” was asked by Jennifer Wallace.
Jack Parker said, “The lesson tells us that Jesus is the light of the world. The lesson talks about two kinds of blindness in the world, spiritual and physical blindness.” Nicholas Polley stated, “Jesus is the light and gives us wisdom. Jesus helps us not to be spiritually blind.” Jenson Lorenzetti explained, “This is like how Jesus shines the light through each of us and if we believe in Him others will see His light shine through us.” Reminds us of the little song, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.” Luke Overton said, “I learned how Jesus can heal people.” This was the part of the lesson about physical blindness and how Jesus restored the blind man’s sight. Pictures of students who shared their thoughts are included in this story with their candles.