Time Is Running Out

Time is running out for each of us to choose Jesus. The book of John highlights this, using two stories many of us are familiar with that help to illustrate this truth.

In the beginning of chapter nine of John’s Gospel, Jesus sees a blind man:

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world .”

Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. (John 9:1-7)

Time is running out to choose Jesus

Jesus was giving everyone a warning, a warning that still holds true today. “As long as it is day” might also be expressed, “ as long as you have days,” meaning that the salvation of the Lord is intended for the living and while we are alive we must chose Christ or reject Him.

While man still has days, believers must attempt to share the Gospel so that some may be saved. Time is running out and when the end comes it will be too late. There is a sense of urgency in that statement, as for all people at all times, now is the time to turn to God.

Jewish leaders rejected Jesus and His message

The Pharisees, despite witnessing the miracles that Jesus performed, believed Him to be blasphemous, claiming to be God. Everything Jesus did pointed to His true identity, but there were then and are today, those who will not believe.

Over and over Jesus and others were witnesses to His deity. But the Pharisees, who claimed to be righteously and following the law, proved over and over that they not only did not follow the law, but made a mockery of it.

Throwing the first stone

Many people know the story of the woman caught in adultery. The incident gave Jesus an opportunity to proclaim His true identity. But the Pharisees weren’t buying it.

But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery.

They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

“No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.”

Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going. You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. But if I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me. In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two men is valid. I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me.”

Then they asked him, “Where is your father?”

“You do not know me or my Father,” Jesus replied. “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” He spoke these words while teaching in the temple area near the place where the offerings were put. Yet no one seized him, because his time had not yet come. (John 8:1-20)

Time is running out for all of us

Notice how Jesus bent down to talk to her. He stooped. Jesus made Himself lower. He calmly thwarted the challenge brought by the Pharisees.

Jesus was with us to testify about His Father. He did nothing and said nothing unless it was directly from God the Father. He gently showed the Pharisees who He was, but they didn’t see it.

We all have only our time on earth to turn to Jesus, time is running out for all of us!