John 12:36
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New International Version
Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light." When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.

King James Bible
While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.

Darby Bible Translation
While ye have the light, believe in the light, that ye may become sons of light. Jesus said these things, and going away hid himself from them.

World English Bible
While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become children of light." Jesus said these things, and he departed and hid himself from them.

Young's Literal Translation
while ye have the light, believe in the light, that sons of light ye may become.' These things spake Jesus, and having gone away, he was hid from them,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Children of light - Let the light, the truth of Christ, so dwell in and work by you that ye may be all light in the Lord: that as truly as a child is the produce of his own parent, and partakes of his nature, so ye may be children of the light, having nothing in you but truth and righteousness.

Did hide himself from them - Either by rendering himself invisible, or by suddenly mingling with the crowd, so that they could not perceive him. See John 8:59. Probably it means no more than that he withdrew from them, and went to Bethany, as was his custom a little before his crucifixion; and concealed himself there during the night, and taught publicly every day in the temple. It was in the night season that they endeavored to seize upon him, in the absence of the multitude.

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believe.

John 1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

John 3:21 But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are worked in God.

Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen on you.

Acts 13:47,48 For so has the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set you to be a light of the Gentiles...

the children.

Luke 16:8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely...

Ephesians 5:8 For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

1 Thessalonians 5:5,8 You are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness...

1 John 2:9-11 He that said he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness even until now...

and departed.

John 8:59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the middle of them...

John 10:39,40 Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand...

John 11:54 Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went there to a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim...

Matthew 21:17 And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there.

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Easter Day
Chester Cathedral. 1870. St John xii. 24, 25. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal." This is our Lord's own parable. In it He tells us that His death, His resurrection, His ascension, is a mystery which we may believe, not only because the Bible tells us of it, but because
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons

September 22 Evening
O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.--MATT. 26:39. Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.--He . . . became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.--In the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

The Universal Magnet
'I, if I be lifted up ... will draw all men unto Me.'--JOHN xii. 32. 'Never man spake like this Man,' said the wondering Temple officials who were sent to apprehend Jesus. There are many aspects of our Lord's teaching in which it strikes one as unique; but perhaps none is more singular than the boundless boldness of His assertions of His importance to the world. Just think of such sayings as these: 'I am the Light of the world'; 'I am the Bread of Life'; 'I am the Door'; 'A greater than Solomon is
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Son of Man
'... Who is this Son of Man?'--JOHN xii. 34. I have thought that a useful sermon may be devoted to the consideration of the remarkable name which our Lord gives to Himself--'the Son of Man.' And I have selected this instance of its occurrence, rather than any other, because it brings out a point which is too frequently overlooked, viz. that the name was an entirely strange and enigmatical one to the people who heard it. This question of utter bewilderment distinctly shows us that, and negatives,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Cross References
Matthew 5:14
"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

Luke 16:8
"The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.

John 8:12
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

John 8:59
At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.

John 12:37
Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him.

John 12:46
I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.

Ephesians 5:8
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light

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