Pastor John’s Bible Stories For Grown-ups
09/29/16 – 581 – Jesus & the Leader’s Son
After Jesus’ two days with the Samaritans He moved on, continuing His journey back to Galilee. Galilee was not well respected by the Jews, in fact it was commonly called ‘Galilee of the Gentiles’.
After the two days he left for Galilee. 44 (Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honor in his own country.) 45 When he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him. They had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, for they also had been there. NIV
(This refers back to a passage in John 2:
Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many people saw the miraculous signs he was doing and believed in his name. 24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men. 25 He did not need man’s testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man. NIV)
In other words, many Galileans believed in Him, but He knew them too well to believe in them! He knew that when the chips were down, they would leave Him hanging. So why did He return to them? Why set Himself up for more failure? Maybe for that very reason – because they who think they are in a good place in their faith but are not, need Him more than ever.
Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. 47 When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death.
48 “Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”
49 The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”
50 Jesus replied, “You may go. Your son will live.”
The man took Jesus at his word and departed. 51 While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. 52 When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour.”
53 Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he and all his household believed.
54 This was the second miraculous sign that Jesus performed, having come from Judea to Galilee. NIV
This is one of several times that Jesus healed from a distance, without ever even seeing the person He healed. We don’t know who this “royal official” was, or even what kind of royalty he was (Jew or Gentile). We know he traveled about 20 miles from Capernaum to Cana to get jesus to come, and we know he believed Jesus when he said “You may go. Your son will live”, because he left immediately at about 7 PM instead of waiting till morning when traveling was safest.
His faith was confirmed when he found that his son was not merely improving, but completely healed at the same time that Jesus had said it to Him! I guess we really have to commend this person when we see that he believed in Jesus even though he had not seen the miraculous works performed. In verse 48 the Lord confirmed for us that this culture was a ‘show me’ culture, they wanted to see to believe, only then would they give their confidence.
How often did Christ teach us that same lesson – that those who believe even though thy have NOT seen are much more blessed. He knows how much more difficult that is for us. Then again, He surrounds us with miracles each and every day, so that not one of us can say, “I’ve never seen one.” I know I’ve said it before, but pull out a picture book of the anatomy of the human hand, then tell me how that happened by accident.
Let’s make our prayer today one of gratitude. Thank God for all He has done and the miracles He continues to do for us to watch and enjoy, and believe.