While it is day. It is very likely that the day was now coming to an end, and night was coming on; and he took the opportunity to bring in the great words that follow. By this we learn that no opportunity for doing good should be missed. DAY, representing the opportunity and NIGHT, the loss of that opportunity.
The night cometh. In this case night represents death. It was drawing near, and he must therefore do what he had to do real soon. Night was coming for Jesus, and for each of us.
John 7:33, “Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me.”
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.”
John 12:35, “Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.”
No man can work. Day is the time for work, and that the night of death is a time when nothing can be done.
Ecclesiastes 9:10, “There is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in the grave.”
Three important lessons:
It is our duty to use all our time in doing the will of God.
We should look for opportunities of doing good, and not allow any time to pass without improving it.
We only have one life to live in this world, and we cannot go back to correct mistakes, or fix any neglected opportunities of doing good.
We should be especially diligent in doing God’s work, because the night of death is coming.
This applies to both young and old because the older will not be here much longer, and the young could be called away from this world at any moment.
That’s right, “night cometh when no man can work.”