John 11:9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.
were many reasons for that wholehearted zeal which it does not fall to
me to touch on here.
But one was the certain knowledge of the Lord that
there were only twelve hours in His day.
Before His birth, in His
pre-existent life, there had been no rising or setting of the sun.
His death, in the life beyond the grave, the day would be endless, for
"there is no night there."
But here on earth with a mighty work to do
and to get finished before His side was pierced, Christ was aroused into
triumphant energy by the thought of the determined time. "I must work
the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when
no man can work."
What is it but the shadow of sunset and the
breath of the twilight that was soon to fall?
A day at its
longest...what a little space!
Twelve hours - they are ringing to evensong
Under that power the tide that seemed asleep moved on "too
full for sound or foam."
It is always very wonderful
to me that Christ thus felt the shortness of the time.
This Child of
Eternity heard with quickened ear the muffled summons of the fleeting
It is only occasionally that we hearken to it; far more commonly
we seek to silence it.
Most men, as Professor Lecky says, are afraid to
look time in the face.
But Christ was never afraid to look time in the
face; steadily He eyed the sinking sands, till moved to His depths by
the urgency of days, the zeal of the house of His Father ate Him up.
Have you awakened to that compelling thought, or do you live as if your
sun would never set?
There are but twelve hours in the day, and it will
be sunset before you dream of it.
Get done what God has sent you here to
Wait not for the fool's phantom of tomorrow...Act, act today, act in
the living present!
~George H. Morrison~