John 4:42-47

John 4:42-47 has Jesus talking with the Samaritan woman and the people from her village who have come to see Jesus based on her testimony and invitation to ‘come and see’.  They’ve heard Jesus’ teaching, and believe He is the Messiah and Savior.  “They said to the woman, We’re no longer taking this on your say-so. We’ve heard it for ourselves and know it for sure. He’s the Savior of the world”!  They came to see Jesus based on her words, but they realized that salvation comes from a personal relationship with the Savior, and they have come to believe in Him and make that personal.  She did what was needed to get them to the Savior. He did the rest!

Jesus moves on.  “After the two days he left for Galilee. Now, Jesus knew well from experience that a prophet is not respected in the place where he grew up. 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”.  Galilee was Jesus’ country – where He grew up. Because those from His home area felt so familiar with Jesus, they did not honor Him the way they should have. The locals from His area were impressed but it was dependent on the wonders arising from their sight of the signs He had performed in Jerusalem, not on a realization that Jesus was indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.

Jesus is in Cana, the place He performed His first miracle.  “Now he was back in Cana of Galilee, the place where he made the water into wine. Meanwhile in Capernaum, there was a certain official from the king’s court whose son was sick. When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and asked that he come down and heal his son, who was on the brink of death”.  Jesus had made His home in Capernaum. Though Jesus was at Cana now in this chapter, the official travelled the 20 or so miles from Capernaum to Cana.  The situation is dire, and he came to beg Jesus to come heal his son.

This official believed Jesus could help because he knew that Christ had performed a miracle at the wedding.  Signs and wonders from God are obviously good things, but they should not form the foundation of our faith. We should not depend on them to prove God is alive and who He says He is. In themselves, signs and wonders cannot change the heart.  It requires us to have a personal relationship with the Savior, belief from our heart, not in what Jesus has done or can do, but in who He is and how He can change our hearts.  The official has faith in Jesus, not as Savior, but as someone who can do miraculous things.  That isn’t saving faith.

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