John 4:43-54

John 4:43-54 has Jesus leaving the Samaritans at the well and heading back to Galilee.  He goes there knowing the reception will be less than wonderful.  “Jesus knew well from experience that a prophet is not respected in the place where he grew up”.  I have found that to be true in our society today as well.  People just struggle to accept those they grew up with as some excel or change and become different.  It seems we all want to keep everyone and everything exactly as we remember it, but that is not reality.

We need to be careful we don’t take those kind of actions, particularly in our own lives and patches.  We tend to try and hold people where they are, and keep them from growing because we resist change.  It happens in marriages, families, business relationship, and even our spiritual lives.  And we can even do it to ourselves if we aren’t careful.  Jesus gets a reception, but not what He deserved.  “So when he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, but only because they were impressed with what he had done in Jerusalem during the Passover Feast, not that they really had a clue about who he was or what he was up to”.  No big deal, He’s only the Son of God.

An official from the king’s court heard that Jesus was back.  This man had a son who was very sick, and “he went and asked that he come down and heal his son, who was on the brink of death”.  Things were desperate, and he reached out to the only source of hope he had – Jesus.  Jesus more or less pushed the request aside saying “Unless you people are dazzled by a miracle, you refuse to believe”.  Jesus wasn’t about to be used as a healer when there was no faith.  But the official persists.  He believes Jesus can heal.

Jesus hears this persistent and urgent request and takes action.  “Go home. Your son lives”.  He didn’t get up and go to the official’s home.  He simply spoke the words and the boy lived.  The official heads back toward his home, and is met by some of his servants along the path.  They told him that his son had been healed.  Immediately the official asked at what time that happened, and it was the very moment Jesus had spoken the words.  “That clinched it. Not only he but his entire household believed”.  Jesus changed lives that day by the words He spoke.  He can change your life in the same way.  We simply need to come to Him and listen!

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