Joh 12:35 Jesus said to them, “The light is with you until only a brief time. Walk while you have the light so that darkness doesn’t catch up with you. The one walking in darkness doesn’t know where he’s going.
Joh 12:36 While you have the light, believe in the light so that you may become children of light.” Jesus said these words, then went away and concealed himself from them.
Joh 12:37 Even though he had performed so many sign miracles in their presence, they did not believe in him.
When we were hiking the Appalachian Trail, my wife and I usually woke up while it was still dark, so that we could get our breakfast, break down and pack up, and be ready at first light for the day’s hike. We understood the value of the those daylight hours. If we didn’t get up and go quickly, we would be burning daylight. We depended on our being able to see the trail clearly so that we could make progress on it.
The people in Jesus’ day stared fully into the brightness of God’s Messiah. The saw his miracles, heard his divine words, experienced his guidance. But most of them failed to commit themselves to walking according to the gospel he preached. In this passage, he warned them that he was about to go away. The light which they had taken for granted was limited, and they had failed to go in the direction he had revealed.
Get up and go, friends. We’re burning daylight.