Your Son Will Live
20 July 2018
GraceNotes – A Journey of Discovery
Scripture: John 4:46-54 (Click link for scripture in Bible Gateway)
46 As he traveled through Galilee, he came to Cana, where he had turned the water into wine. There was a government official in nearby Capernaum whose son was very sick. 47 When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged Jesus to come to Capernaum to heal his son, who was about to die. 48 Jesus asked, “Will you never believe in me unless you see miraculous signs and wonders?” 49 The official pleaded, “Lord, please come now before my little boy dies.” 50 Then Jesus told him, “Go back home. Your son will live!” And the man believed what Jesus said and started home. 51 While the man was on his way, some of his servants met him with the news that his son was alive and well. 52 He asked them when the boy had begun to get better, and they replied, “Yesterday afternoon at one o’clock his fever suddenly disappeared!” 53 Then the father realized that that was the very time Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.” And he and his entire household believed in Jesus. 54 This was the second miraculous sign Jesus did in Galilee after coming from Judea. (John 4:46–54 NLT)
Jesus had been away from Galilee in Judea. He had been in Jerusalem for the annual Passover feast, then meeting with Nicodemus. Then he had gone to the Judean wilderness near the Jordan River near where John the Baptist was baptizing and he taught the people there. When he heard that the Pharisees were counting his followers to see if he was becoming more popular than John he and his disciples left immediately for Galilee. He made a stop in Samaria along the way, and now he was back in Cana. Word got around that he was back and a government official rushed from Capernaum, 20 miles away, to ask Jesus to come and heal his son.
Jesus saw faith in the man and said, “Go back home. Your son will live!” The man believed what Jesus said and started home! This is a big deal to me, friends! The man was with Jesus, he wanted Jesus to come and heal his son, but he believed, he trusted, and he started for home. He’d walked more than six hours to get to Jesus, and he was off on a six-plus hour journey home, with only these words to go on, “Your son will live!” Jesus’ words are powerful to release faith in our hearts. Let’s believe Jesus’ words and simply obey! And don’t forget, our words are powerful, too! Let’s speak words of hope and blessing to others.
Father, Thank you for the power of Jesus’ words, then and now! So often I think I know what Jesus needs to do to fix things, but help me be flexible! I believe Jesus! Amen.