December 14, 2018

John 4:46–47 (NLT) — 46 As he traveled through Galilee, he came to Cana, where he had turned the water into wine. There was a government official in nearby Capernaum whose son was very sick. 47 When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged Jesus to come to Capernaum to heal his son, who was about to die.

This time before Christmas is usually termed ‘Advent’ as in we are awaiting the arrival of Jesus. When the man in our story had heard that Jesus had come he immediately went to him. Well because Jesus has already come we should immediately go to him first and foremost with whatever need it is that we might have. John brings up the miracle of turning water into wine to make the point that no need is too great or small to bring to Jesus. Jesus is just as concerned about trivial things like running out of wine as he is about more important things like a son that was about to die. So apparently what may seem trivial to us is not trivial to Jesus. I guess that is why Paul said in Philippians 4:19, “My God will supply All of your needs according to his riches in Christ Jesus.

John 4:48–49 (NLT) — 48 Jesus asked, “Will you never believe in me unless you see miraculous signs and wonders?” 49 The official pleaded, “Lord, please come now before my little boy dies.”

This was a mild rebuke probably to see how the man would react. Remember the Samaritans believed by hearing Jesus’ words. They didn’t need a miracle. Would this man get offended or try to justify his faith? No he just stood his ground and made his plea again. WE need to trust Jesus to work in our situation by any means he chooses.

Jesus wants believing before seeing. The world says that ‘seeing is believing’ but in God’s kingdom things are reversed ‘believe and you will see’. This is what Jesus said to Martha, “Didn’t I tell you if you will believe you will see the glory of God.”(John 11:40)

John 4:50 (NLT) — 50 Then Jesus told him, “Go back home. Your son will live!” And the man believed what Jesus said and started home.

Jesus just gave the man something to put his faith in > Jesus’ word. Let’s see if the man put his faith in Jesus’ word.

John 4:51–53 (NLT) — 51 While the man was on his way, some of his servants met him with the news that his son was alive and well. 52 He asked them when the boy had begun to get better, and they replied, “Yesterday afternoon at one o’clock his fever suddenly disappeared!” 53 Then the father realized that that was the very time Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.” And he and his entire household believed in Jesus.

This guy was so confident in the words of Jesus that he stayed in Cana until the next day! Jesus spoke the words at one o’clock in the afternoon and instantly the son was healed. It was only a four hour walk from Cana to Capernaum so the guy could have left that day and got home in time for supper but he didn’t. He perhaps had to take care of other business in Cana so he calmly went about and did it knowing that his son would be healed.

Isn’t that the way you and I should live? We get a word from the Word and we believe it before we see it happen. We show our faith by calmly going about our day trusting in Jesus until we see His word come to pass or until we pass on into eternity; either way we live trusting with great peace of heart. So we either see the miracle of a prayer answered or we live out the miracle of peace that comes from trusting God. In both scenarios we win:)

Philippians 4:6–7 (NLT) — 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    Even before Jesus arrived Isaiah stated, in faith, that by his stripes we are healed, and the healing in these verses occured before Jesus recieved the stripes.