Walk in the light! (Jn 12:35-12:35)

“Jesus said to them.

‘The light

Is with you

For a little longer.


While you have the light!


The darkness

May not overtake you.

If you walk

In the darkness,

You do not know

Where you are going.’”

εἶπεν οὖν αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς Ἔτι μικρὸν χρόνον τὸ φῶς ἐν ὑμῖν ἐστιν. περιπατεῖτε ὡς τὸ φῶς ἔχετε, ἵνα μὴ σκοτία ὑμᾶς καταλάβῃ· καὶ ὁ περιπατῶν ἐν τῇ σκοτίᾳ οὐκ οἶδεν ποῦ ὑπάγει.

Then John uniquely indicated that Jesus (ὁ Ἰησοῦς) said to them (εἶπεν οὖν αὐτοῖς) that the light (τὸ φῶς) would be with them (ἐν ὑμῖν ἐστιν) for a little longer time (Ἔτι μικρὸν χρόνον).  They should walk (περιπατεῖτε) while they had the light (ὡς τὸ φῶς ἔχετε).  Thus, the darkness would not overtake them (ἵνα μὴ σκοτία ὑμᾶς καταλάβῃ).  If they walked (καὶ ὁ περιπατῶν) in the darkness (ἐν τῇ σκοτίᾳ), they would not know (οὐκ οἶδεν) where they were going (ποῦ ὑπάγει).  Jesus returned to the basic dualistic ideas of good and bad.  To walk in the light would be good.  To walk in the dark would be bad.  They were to use the light before darkness came, because then they would not know where they were going.  This was somewhat similar to John, chapter 1:5, in the prologue where he said that the light (καὶ τὸ φῶς) shines (φαίνει) in the darkness (ἐν τῇ σκοτίᾳ).  The life of the Word, Jesus, God, was the light that shines brightly conquering the darkness, the moral evil.  John, however, rightly pointed out that this darkness or evil (καὶ ἡ σκοτία) would not overcome or seize the light (αὐτὸ οὐ κατέλαβεν) of the good Word.  The reverse was true.  Light would always overcome darkness as here.  Do you walk in lighted areas?

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