John 4:46-54 – Faith

John 4:46-54
46
So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.
47 When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.
48 Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.
49 The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.
50 Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.
51 And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth.
52 Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.
53 So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house.
54 This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judaea into Galilee.

-Not all of us have faith that can move mountains.  In scripture, there is an account of Jesus telling a Syrophenician woman that His gifts are not meant for dogs, to which the woman replies that even dogs get crumbs from their master’s table. This answer was enough to make even Jesus comment on her great faith (Matthew 15).   Here in John 4, Jesus tells a desperate father that he lacks the necessary faith; the man doesn’t have a profound comeback like the Syrophenician woman and can only say, “My child will die if you don’t come.”  Jesus sends the father on his way with only His word that the child will live.  Now the man is at a decision point; does he continue to plead with Jesus and risk angering Him or take Jesus at His word and go home?  This is the same question with which many in this life constantly struggle; whether or not to take Jesus at His word.  It can seem like life would be easier if more of us could perform acts of great faith, but Jesus never said we had be great, He only asks that  we believe He is who He says He is and that He will do what He said He will do.  Look back at the father in this story one more time:  The Bible doesn’t say that he built a monument to Jesus, or that he was martyred for the cause of Christ; the Bible simply says that he “believed the word that Jesus had spoken” and look what happened to him; he got to see his son restored to health and his whole house saved.

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