A Short Study of 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.”
Divine proclamation established the day and the night and their purpose. Twelve hours of light were allotted for the work of day, and twelve dark hours of night were allotted for rest and reflection on the events of the day.
In His infinite mercy God Almighty established Christ as the True Day. As God ordained that the fullness of the day would come to pass, then the night, so would the fullness of Christ be accomplished. Nothing can be added to, or taken from that divine order.
Christ came to do the work given to Him by the Father (John 17:4). His twelve hours of divine day would not end until that work was finished and His glory revealed. Though His enemies were seeking to stone Him, He continued to be about His Father’s business (Luke 2:49). Every jot and tittle of holy law had to be obeyed. Every lost sheep must be redeemed: the work must be completed.
Twelve hours were given to be the day, and Christ, our Day, divinely protected and in absolute obedience to His Father, fulfilled perfectly His twelve hours of work. Not until His day was over did he cry forth, “It is finished.”
By Marvin Stalnaker