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Listen while you read: "Redeemed"1 (Lyrics)
Bastian, a quiet boy who loves to read, is accosted by bullies on his way to school. He hides in a bookstore, interrupting the grumpy bookseller. Bastian asks about one of the books he sees, but the bookseller warns him that it is not safe. Nevertheless, Bastian "borrows" the book, leaving a note promising to return it, and races to school. He then hides in the school's attic to begin reading The Never-ending Story.
The book describes the imaginary world of Fantasia which is being threatened by a force called "The Nothing", a void of darkness that consumes everything. The Childlike Empress, who rules over Fantasia, summons a young warrior, Atreyu, to discover the means to end the Nothing.
In the young warrior's quest, he comes in contact with a wolf-like beast and a giant tortoise-like being, and is helped by a dragon. One of the trials that the young warrior has to go through is to look into a mirror that shows his true self, which reveals a boy matching Bastian's description. It is at this point in the book where Bastian asks himself "Is this story about me?" It is later on in the story that Bastian finds out that it is indeed about him. In the end, Fantasia is restored, and the Nothing is destroyed.
This children's fantasy story is comparable to another never-ending story. Just like Bastian, those who put their trust in Jesus Christ become part of God's never-ending story. We, too, battle "the Nothing", which symbolizes unbelief, despair, and hopelessness. And we are like Atreyu, who looks into the mirror, when we see our true selves as God sees us, and we repent. Jesus Christ is our warrior, Who sacrificed His life on a cross, to forgive and save us so that we might be part of His never-ending, eternal story. It's all about Him.
John 3:16-17 – For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. (NLT)
Jeremiah 29:11 – "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (NLT)
In His great love for you and me, God has plans for us. There is hope for our future. Let's be part of His never-ending story!
Prayer: Lord God, grant us discernment and understanding as we read Your promises of love and hope in Your book, the Bible. Help us to see ourselves within these pages, and give us the strength and wisdom to do what the Holy Spirit reveals to us. Amen.