Jesus Heals the Nobleman’s Son

When the great missionary, John C. Paton, was translating the Scriptures for his South Sea Islanders, apparently there was no word for “believe” in their native tongue. For a long while he was really baffled. One day a native came into his study and, being tired out, fl … More

Believe

Jesus continues His journey to Galilee after His two-day ministry in Samaria (v. 43). Jesus had previously said that, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own country” (v. 44). The Galileans welcomed Him, for they had been in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration and had seen His miraculous signs (v. 45). In the course of His journey He returns to Cana (v. 46).  Perhaps He wanted to follow up on the ones He had witnessed to during the wedding feast. While there, a nobleman (royal officer) from Capernaum, some twenty miles away, came to see if Jesus would come and heal his son who was dying (vv. 47-49). It was evident that his position and money could not solve his problem so he was hoping that the healer would save his son from death.

Jesus was concerned that the man’s faith was based only on signs and wonders.  He said, “You may go, your son will live” (v. 50). So this man took Jesus at His word and left. The time was 7 o’clock in the evening. The man believed Jesus and started to return home. He probably did not travel that night because it would have been too dangerous. When he met up with his servants the next day his faith was confirmed (vv. 51-52). They said the boy had been healed at 7 o’clock the night before which was at the exact moment Jesus made His promise (v. 53). This man shares what has happened with his family and as a result the entire family puts their trust in Christ. This was the second miraculous sign Jesus did in Galilee after coming from Judea (v. 54). This showed how Jesus power was not limited to space because he was in Cana and the sick boy was in Capernaum.

Application

What are some things I could list where I have put my complete trust and belief in Christ, and where there was no way I could do it myself? What results did this have on the rest of my family?

John 4:43-54 (English Standard Version)

After the two days he departed for Galilee. (For Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in his own hometown.) So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, having seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the feast. For they too had gone to the feast. So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill. When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. So Jesus said to him, "Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe." The official said to him, "Sir, come down before my child dies." Jesus said to him, "Go; your son will live." The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way. As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was recovering. So he asked them the hour when he began to get better, and they said to him, "Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him." The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, "Your son will live." And he himself believed, and all his household. This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee.

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