Jesus answered, neither has this man sinned nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in Him. I must work the works of Him while it is still day: the night comes when no man can work. As long as I’m in the world, I’m the light of the world. (John 9:3-5)
In these words of Christ, we find profound insights: First, Christ sees a man who had been born blind, and contrary to the presumptions of his disciples, he reveals to us that God had chosen the man to show forth His works. This is sovereign grace. Let’s note that Christ did not say, “That the works of God should be made manifest in such” else that would have meant every physically deformed person would be an object of God’s manifest glory but that’s not the case. Christ was saying that God, by His sovereign grace, has chosen this man to show forth His works.
The next thing we see is that Christ says, “I must work the works of Him while it is still day: the night comes when no man can work.” By connecting this verse with the previous one, it becomes clearer. “…That the works of God should be made manifest in Him. I must work the works of Him while it is still day…” Christ seemed to say that he had been sent by God to manifest God’s work in the lives of men. And to answer the next obvious question, “what work?” Christ says “As long as I’m in the world, I’m the light of the world.” So we see that Christ had come to shine forth His light to men; to give sight to the spiritually blind; so he uses a physically blind man to reveal to us the works of God. Apostle Peter tells us we have been called out of darkness into the God’s marvelous light (1st Peter 2v9). This is God’s work. He further buttressed this in a later verse “And Jesus said for judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind”(John 9v39)
Yet we see another interesting thing, Christ says the work of God must be done “while it is still day”. We must understand that Christ speaks contextually when he uses the word “day”, hence we must be careful not to interpret this statement literally as to mean that the work of evangelism should only be carried out in day time. In John 3, we see that Christ preached the gospel to Nichodemus at night. Also, in Romans 13, Apostle Paul uses the term “day” in the context of the day of Christ’s appearing by saying that “the night is far spent”(v12); so he charges us to “walk honestly as in the day” (v13). Christ was therefore speaking in the context of his physical presence on the earth as if to say, “I must do the works of Him who sent me while I’m still in the world. For as long I’m in the world, I’m the light of the world”.
If we bring this to bear on our lives as Christians, it would be clear to us that, as Christ as said in Matthew 5: we are the lights of the world and we are to let our lights shine before men that they may see our good works and give glory to God. This light is not some stardom, or some earthly achievement, it is Christ. And we must shine forth this light that men may see the glory of God and glorify Him. And this work must be done while it is still day-while we are still here. Let us therefore shed every cloak of complacency and trust the LORD to ignite in our weary hearts His fire that we may boldly declare Christ and the good news of God’s kingdom. We must not rest until every part of our being is charged with the passion to do the Lord’s work.
May the LORD help us as we call on Him.