This time of year in the Northwest is so amazing! When the sun comes out there is no other place I would rather be. I especially like the long days. The sun is up by 5:30 A and sets around 9:30 P. Even after the sun goes down, there is not a lot of darkness or night. In looking at belief and unbelief these past weeks, I have become more aware of things that are opposite. Belief – unbelief; sun – rain, laughing – crying (with our kids), joy- sorrow, trust-fear, darkness -light.
As things progress toward the cross, Jesus is still adamant about encouraging belief, and keeping unbelief away from himself. Just after he washes his friends feet, Jesus decides it is time for Judas to go. Just like with the unbelievers in Jarius’ house (Mk 5), Jesus gets Judas out of the picture before He proceeds. “What you are about to do, do quickly,” Jesus told him…As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.” (Jn 13:27;30)
“And it was night” I don’t know if John was simply being descriptive to give the reader an idea of the scene that was taking place, or if night was more of a metaphor for what was to come. What I do know is that belief, trust, joy, light – these truths are the ones that lead to life.