Last week we considered the statement, ‘THE HOUR is late’. Let us meditate further this week on the subject of ‘THE HOUR’. No writer in the Bible was taken up with it more than John, one of Jesus’s disciples. ‘HOUR’ appears on more than thirty occasions in his writings, we will consider THE TENTH HOUR, THE SIXTH HOUR AND THE SEVENTH HOUR.
THE TENTH HOUR John chapter 1 verses 35-42
‘The two disciples heard Him speak, and they followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi . . . where are You staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying and remained with Him that day (now it was about THE TENTH HOUR)’ verses 37-40.
THE TENTH HOUR was an hour that these two disciples would never forget. Discovering where Christ dwelt was the most important thing in their lives. They realised, through John, that He was ‘the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’, verse 29. He was, indeed, the Messiah they, and the nation, were waiting for!
The most important thing in our lives is to seek for, and find, Christ. Have you done so? We might wonder where Jesus took these disciples, when He said, ‘Come and see’, verse 39, because John appears not to tell us. Why is this? Careful reading of the chapter reveals that John has already given us the answer. He speaks of Jesus as ‘the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father’, verse 18. That is where He dwelt, and still dwells. Although He died on the cross for our sins, He rose from the dead and now lives in His Father’s house, John chapter 14 verses 2-3. These two disciples experienced great joy at the TENTH HOUR and you can experience the same, at any hour of the day, if you trust Christ as Saviour!