John 11:9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.
Read: John 11:7-15
Jesus and disciples had been in Jerusalem (John 10:23); Jews accused Jesus of blasphemy, tried to stone him (10:31, 33, 39)
Jesus escaped from his enemies, went across the Jordan to where he was baptized, continued ministering from there
received word from Mary and Martha about Lazarus, waited another two days, then said “Let’s go to Judea”; disciples question wisdom and Jesus responds
Person(s) being questioned:
directed to the Twelve – “they want to kill you, are you sure about this?” – yes, here’s why
Question behind the question:
What do you think I should be doing?
What do you think you should be doing?
What do other people need most?
another one of Jesus’ “thought questions”, probably not expecting a verbal response
really a teaching point expressed in the form of a question
There is a time when you do something because it is the right thing and the right time even though it carries a risk
in Jesus’ case, he could continue ministry without regard for risk because his times were in God’s hands – no way he would lose his life prematurely
same would hold true for his disciples – they could carry out their appointed tasks without fear so long as it was “day”, iow, they had God-given opportunities
mankind’s greatest need is for light – that was purpose Jesus came, to bring light into the world, and purpose for which he prepared his disciples… to carry light into rest of the world
also implied: only part of day is light, then darkness comes… bringing an end to activity – Jesus had limited time for ministry, needed to be busy while was still light
and… just as time when is right to act, so also time when is right not to act – God according to his purpose can make clear which is which
when way is clear before us, know what God expects us to do, is right thing/right time, then do it… even if potentially dangerous
if moving forward with right motive to do right thing while depending on God, he will look after us – especially true if working to move Gospel forward
mankind’s greatest need still for light of Gospel present and active in people’s lives – without it, they will stumble
just like Jesus and the disciples, are limited hours of daylight – must use them to greatest advantage when possible
Jesus’ operating principle still applies: John 9:4 “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.”