The earliest Christians followed a Jewish tradition of pausing to pray, preferably together, first thing in the morning, about mid morning, at noon, about mid afternoon, and in the evening. “Just a Note” posts are brief observations made from Scripture readings not related to a lectionary. If I have one to post, it normally appears about 9:00 in the morning, at “the hour of prayer.”
In John 12:34-36 the crowd understands that Jesus is speaking as someone who is going to die. They then do something which would warm the heart of every pastor I know. They ask a question based on their understanding of Scripture. Doesn’t the Christ remain forever? How is it that he is going to die?
Jesus points out that rather than worry about that they need to look to him, the light of the world, now. A dark time is to come. Believe in the light. Become “sons of light” (v. 36). At this moment Jesus doesn’t talk about his resurrection. He talks about the urgency of believing him.
It’s a great thing when people ask questions based on Scripture. It’s even greater when they ask those questions and look to Jesus as the answer, not merely for the answer. Jesus, the light of the world has come. Why delay? Look to him now. Don’t wait until later.
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