Healing the official’s son-June 20, 2012
John 4:43-54-The Second Sign
The story of Jesus is also one about others witnessing to who Jesus is. Jesus was in Cana in Galilee where he had turned the water to wine. The word of what he had done turning the water to wine had spread. Although people had heard about this sign of water to wine, the question may have lingered in some minds what was this Jesus really capable of? Upon hearing the Jesus had arrived there was a royal official whose son was sick and close to death. Not wasting any time the official left and when out to Jesus. This is a loving father who doesn’t worry about his position, he doesn’t send for Jesus, he goes himself to beg for help for his son. What good is the position if you lose your child? Who better to passionately plead for the life of this child than his father. He begs Jesus to come and heal his son.
Jesus takes a moment to make an observation that unless you people see the miraculous signs and wonders you will never believe. It is this very proof that takes the faith right out of the decision. Most people in Jesus day and in our own want empirical knowledge. Simply put we want proof. The official tries to urge Jesus to come before his child dies. Jesus tells the official, that he can go on his way and that his son will live. Perhaps the people wanted Jesus to follow this man and wanted to see the miracle before their eyes and Jesus’ not going did not change the miracle in the life of that family but it kept there from being a show.
The man took Jesus’ word and departed. What if we took Jesus’ word on how to do life? What if we accepted what he said and tried to do as he asked with the help of the Holy Spirit. If our child’s life was hanging in the balance would we trust what we could not see, would we trust the word of the Lord? It is here that we begin to see that Jesus as God is the giver of life, just as God the Father is also the giver of life. In his very words life is spoken. In his word is life.
On the return trip home his servants met him with the news that his son was living. When the man asked what time the fever left, it was at the exact time that Jesus said to him, “your son will live’. It was through this the he and his household would believe. There is life in the word of Jesus. There is also the indication that these small groups of people who believe and remain in those areas and remain after Jesus was gone would be the ones who would share the gospel that would set the world on fire. A few who truly believe and are sold out to Jesus can have far greater impact than a few thousand lukewarm followers who are coming along for the show.