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Tuesday, March 06, 2018
One of the unique characteristics in the record of the life of Jesus Christ in John’s Gospel is the references to time. The book begins with the declaration, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word .was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” When that which we know in our world began, Jesus Christ, the Word, already existed. He was before time.
Then, at a point in time, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us,” (John 1:14). While Jesus was on earth he was subject to time. He was on a mission, to be completed in an allotted time.
He said to his disciples in John 9:4, “As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.” This verse breaks down into a neat outline on the subject of opportunity, similar to what we saw in our study of Ecclesiastes: Point 1. Opportunity everywhere, 2. Opportunity ebbing, 3.Opportunity ended. Jesus did his assignment realizing that if He didn’t make the most of opportunities He encountered they would gradually ebb away. And if neglected further they would end.
Most of us, if we grasp this truth, find it tends to create stress. Jesus, however, maintained his composure while carrying out his mission. He says repeatedly, “My time has not yet come” (2:4; 7:6-9, 30; 8:20). Then in 12:23 and 13:1 it says, “The hour has come,” and Jesus knew it. He affirms it again in His prayer in 17:1. Reflect on these references to time and learn from Jesus how to manage your time aright