"THE DIVINE IMPERATIVE"
Dr. Miles Seaborn
INTRO. Sir Walter Scott had a sundial in his garden.
On the face of it was written the words, "Night
cometh." His son-in-law asked him one day why were
these words written on his sundial. "To remind me
that I must get my work done before I die, "the great
Underneath the clock of the most organized person that
I ever knew was written a Latin sentence
V - e - n - i - t - n - o - x.
"Night cometh." It reminded him that he had to be
about his Father's business.
Another Latin expression, Tempus Fugit, "Time flies."
And that was the essence of this story which we find
our scripture today.
The sun was sinking in the west on this day when Jesus
uttered these immortal words, "I must work the works
of Him that sent me while it is yet day. Night cometh
when no man can work."
He saw clearly, plainly, that His death was
approaching and that His time for works of mercy and
redemption was short. He healed this blind man.
ILL. Jesus did not even exempt His divine person from
this proverbial law, "I must work, night comes when I
cannot work." Even for the Son of God H pressed
Himself into the limitation of doing what was right
and doing what was important. "He grasped His
The day of opportunity passes never to return. His
own great work of doing the work that God had sent Him
to do could only be done in the time and in the period
allotted for it. He was reminded of the day of life
and of the night of death.
I like to call this principle, "The Divine Imperative,
" "The Great I Must."
Jesus had this divine Must in His being.
"I must work."
"He must needs to go through Samaria."
"From that time forth Jesus began to show His
disciples how He must go into Jerusalem and to suffer
and be killed and raised the third day."
"I must be about my Father's business."
"I must preach the Kingdom of G ...
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