No one works at night (Jn 9:4-9:4)

“We must work

The works

Of him who sent me,

While it is still the day.

Night is coming

When no one

Can work.”

ἡμᾶς δεῖ ἐργάζεσθαι τὰ ἔργα τοῦ πέμψαντός με ἕως ἡμέρα ἐστίν· ἔρχεται νὺξ ὅτε οὐδεὶς δύναται ἐργάζεσθαι.

John uniquely indicated that Jesus said that he must work (ἡμᾶς δεῖ ἐργάζεσθαι) the works (τὰ ἔργα) of him who sent him (τοῦ πέμψαντός με), the Father, while it was still daylight (ἕως ἡμέρα ἐστίν).  Night was coming (ἔρχεται νὺξ) when no one would be able to work (ὅτε οὐδεὶς δύναται ἐργάζεσθαι).  This might be a reference to the night of Jesus’ death, when no more work could be done.  Thus, there was an urgency to get things done in the daylight before evening and night came when nothing could be done.  This also was like the symbolic movement of this blind person from the darkness of blindness to the daytime light of sight.  Now the blindman would be able to work in the daylight of sight, while he could not do anything in the darkness of blindness.  We could move from spiritual darkness to spiritual light, from unbelief to belief.  Did you ever try to work in the dark?

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