Archive for April 16th, 2018

John 4:48-54

John 4:48-54 has the court official interacting with Jesus after asking Him to come and save his dying son.  “Jesus put him off: Unless you people are dazzled by a miracle, you refuse to believe”.  Seems a little insensitive at first glance.  But Jesus has already rebuked those who depended on signs and wonders before they would believe. It might seem that Jesus was harsh towards this man who wanted his son healed, but He encountered many in Galilee who were interested only in His miracles, so He questioned this man accordingly. 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 Christ is who He has said He is.

But even though Jesus challenged this court official, he continues to pursue Jesus and His power.  “But the court official wouldn’t be put off. Come down! It’s life or death for my son”.  This man was desperate, and he had come to believe that Jesus was alone the only chance for his son to live.  Remember that he was a man of high standing and stature. But none of that mattered in light of his great need. He experienced the leveling effect of affliction.  When we are facing overwhelming situations, all of us are unable to do anything but call out to God.  So Jesus says the words he was waiting to hear: “Jesus simply replied, Go home. Your son lives”.

No major announcement – no flashing lights – a simple statement and command.  What does the man do?  “The man believed the bare word Jesus spoke and headed home. On his way back, his servants intercepted him and announced, Your son lives”!  This official didn’t sit around waiting for anything beyond Jesus’ words.  As soon as he heard them, he took off toward his home.  Along the route one of his servants met up with him and the good news.  Jesus had healed his son, just by speaking the word.  “He asked them what time he began to get better. They said, The fever broke yesterday afternoon at one o’clock”.  While his faith had healed his son, he wanted to take that truth to those around him.

They said, The fever broke yesterday afternoon at one o’clock. The father knew that that was the very moment Jesus had said, Your son lives”.  The official has proof that the healing was connected to what Jesus said. He believed it before the evidence, but the evidence was clearly welcome.  He shares that with all those around him.  “That clinched it. Not only he but his entire household believed”.  Jesus is showing His place as Messiah to the people.  “This was now the second sign Jesus gave after having come from Judea into Galilee”.

  • The first sign persuaded His disciples
  • The second sign persuaded a Jewish court official and his household
  • The Samaritans believed without a sign
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