One thing we know for sure about each day is that it will end with the night. Eventually the sun will go down, so to speak, and the night will come.
In our world of electricity, 24-hour media, and 3rd shifts, the night doesn’t always slow us down. But before we had indoor lights and technology to keep us awake, the night signaled the end of the day. Being inside wasn’t enough; people were in bed when the night came.
So when Jesus told His disciples that the night was coming they would understand His point: the work has to be done before it was too late.
Jesus said, “I must work the works of Him who sent me while it is day; the night comes when no man can work (John 9:4).”
For Jesus, He had a specific mission that was coming to an end, but as His followers we also have a mission. It’s actually more of a commission.
And I believe that it is evening and the sun is setting. The night is coming, and there are millions of people all around us who need to hear the gospel message. Let’s spread the word before the night comes.