This is the Wednesday sermon for December 5th 2007 that I will be preaching.

JOHN PART 14
JESUS, THE OFFICIAL AND HIS SON
John 4:43-54.

INTRO: Last week the finished up the story of the Samaritan woman in John 4. We saw how she went and told the people of Sychar about Jesus, and how they came and heard and believed themselves.

Now we are going to look at Jesus as he returns to Can and the healing of an official’s son.

Healing can be a very controversial subject. Some people believes that God heals, some people don’t, some people put certain things on there stating that certain things must be done before God heals. Let me just share my own story on the subject. It was a time that God had definitely healed me.

I was about 9 years old. And all my life up to that moment I had a certain problem with my colon. My parents thought it was just me and they would punish me all the time for it. Finally, and I don’t really remember why, they decided to take me to a doctor to see what he had to say. And sure enough, it was a medical condition that I had, and it was serious. My colon was swollen up to the size of a football and they were very worried that it would burst and I would be poisoned to death. So they started talking about surgery, and how that probably the rest of my life I wouldn’t be normal, but live in some type of handicap life. Well, my Dad, being a Pentecostal preacher and believing in prayer and healing would often have Sunday night healing lines. He made me, week after week go up to those healing lines, and nothing would happen. You see, I was just going for his sake, not for mine, even as a young 9 year old, I knew this. As they were waiting for the time of my surgery, more fear from all of our family was seemingly consuming us. Then one Sunday before church, my Dad told me, “Tonight, you don’t have to go down to the healing line, just sit back and take the night off.” He knew why I was doing it too, just because I was told, not because I believed. That night when he called for the healing line, I felt a strong impression, it was almost like a demanding impression to go down there. You see, even at 9 years of age, the Holy Spirit was prompting me, even though I didn’t know it at the time. It felt so strong, almost like I had to obey the impression. So I went to the end of the line and Dad didn’t see me. After he prayed for everyone, he came to me and kind of looked surprised, he told me to take the night off, and yet, here I am. He placed his hand upon my head and before he even uttered a prayer, I instantly bent over and cried out in pain, holding my stomach. It scared everyone. Dad asked me what was wrong and I told him that I felt as if someone took something inside of me and just twisted it, like you would with a wash-rag to get the water out. I left the church feeling better, the constant pain I was having was gone. They quickly set up a doctor’s appointment the next day, and I went end and the doctor took x-rays. He was surprised at what he saw, and couldn’t explain it. My colon went from the size of a football, to normal size. That was the pain and twisting sensation that I felt. We all new that God had healed me.

Now while this story is great and all, it leads us to our text. Why is it important today to believe if God does heal or not? And what can we learn from the text about this issue. Let’s look.

John 4:43-54 ISV – Two days later, Jesus went from that place to Galilee. (44) For Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country. (45) When he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him because they had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem during the festival. For they, too, had gone to the festival. (46) So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. Meanwhile, in Capernaum there was a government official whose son was ill. (47) When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him repeatedly to come down and heal his son, for he was about to die. (48) Jesus told him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will never believe.” (49) The official said to him, “Sir, please come down before my little boy dies.” (50) Jesus said to him, “Go home. Your son will live.” The man believed what Jesus told him and started on his way. (51) While he was on his way down, his servants met him and told him that his child was alive. (52) So he asked them at what hour he had begun to recover, and they told him, “The fever left him yesterday at one o’clock in the afternoon.” (53) Then the father realized that this was the very hour when Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, along with his whole family. (54) Now this was the second sign that Jesus did after coming from Judea to Galilee.

1. Jesus returns to Galilee.

John 4:43-45 ISV – Two days later, Jesus went from that place to Galilee. (44) For Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country. (45) When he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him because they had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem during the festival. For they, too, had gone to the festival.

Jesus had just left a successful ministry in Samaria, and two days later He goes back to Galilee. In Samaria there is no mention in Scripture if He performed any healings or miracles. We do know that they said that they believed because they heard Him speak and share with them.

Now Jesus returns to Galilee and He knows that they results will be different. How do we know this? Notice what He says in verse 44.

John 4:44 ISV – For Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country.

Jesus was from Nazareth, a city in Galilee. He had just came from a place that accepted Him because of His teachings. Here in Galilee they will not accept Him because of His teachings, as a prophet, but they will rush to Him because of the miraculous. So from here on out, keep this in the back of your mind as Jesus speaks, it will help in the interpretation process.

Notice the welcome He receives, not because of His message, but because of the signs He performed.

John 4:45 ISV – When he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him because they had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem during the festival. For they, too, had gone to the festival.

2. The royal official and his son.

John 4:46-47 ISV – So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. Meanwhile, in Capernaum there was a government official whose son was ill. (47) When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him repeatedly to come down and heal his son, for he was about to die.

A. Jesus returns to the town that He turned water into wine, Cana in Galilee. At the same time, the official is in his hometown, Capernaum with his son who is sick. When he hears that Jesus has come down to Cana, he packs up and goes there himself. His requests are not just one time, but repeated. He literally begs Jesus to come down to Capernaum to heal his son. He is desperate.

Now this man’s view of Jesus was limited by what he has heard so far. I’m sure all over Galilee the talk is of Jesus turning water into wine, so he thinks that Jesus has to be present to heal his son. He has a very limited view of Jesus.

There is a very important principle here. Sometimes we fall into the same trap as this official. Our view of Jesus and God can often be far too limited. We limit Him by what we believe, but what others had said, by our backgrounds and past experiences, etc…

3. Jesus and His rather sharp answer.

John 4:48-50 ISV – Jesus told him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will never believe.” (49) The official said to him, “Sir, please come down before my little boy dies.” (50) Jesus said to him, “Go home. Your son will live.” The man believed what Jesus told him and started on his way.

Something is interesting here about Jesus answer. Though it is to the man, it actually addresses the entire crowd (v. 48). This leads me to believe personally that many of the people within the crowd were crying out for some sort of sign.

Paul himself says this.

1 Corinthians 1:22a ISV – Jews ask for signs…

Notice the response from the official (v. 49). He didn’t stop, or become quiet, but again asked for Jesus to come and heal his son.

Jesus unexpected response (v. 50). Jesus still refused to go, but He told the official to go back home because his son will live. Here is a test of faith for this man. Does He take Jesus at His word, or does He still beg and plead with Him. We often times can face the same type of situation. We pray and ask God for Him to touch or meet a need. And He might answer back through His Word or His presence in our hearts, “Go your way, it will be done.” Do we continue to beg, or do we obey? I believe when we receive this Word, or assurance in our hearts, that we must take a step of faith and believe that it will be done just as He promised.

The man believed and headed back home (v. 50b).

4. The official’s son healed.

John 4:51-54 ISV – While he was on his way down, his servants met him and told him that his child was alive. (52) So he asked them at what hour he had begun to recover, and they told him, “The fever left him yesterday at one o’clock in the afternoon.” (53) Then the father realized that this was the very hour when Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, along with his whole family. (54) Now this was the second sign that Jesus did after coming from Judea to Galilee.

Going back home his servants met him and told him that his son was healed. When he asked about the healing, it was at the very how that Jesus spoke that his son would live. And because of this, not only the official, but his entire household comes to believe in Jesus.

APPLICATION

What lessons can we take from this passage and apply to our own lives.

1. When difficulties and problems arise, immediately take them to the Father through Jesus.

Don’t hold on to those burdens yourself, but take them to the Lord.

Matthew 7:7-8 ISV – 7“Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened for you. 8 For everyone who keeps asking will receive, and the person who keeps searching will find, and the person who keeps knocking will have the door opened.

I do believe, according to this Scripture that you can continue to believe, ask, and search as you call out on God concerning your need.

2. Be still and look for God to give you an answer.

Prayer is not just talking to God, it is allowing God to talk with us as well. God will speak to you during these times through different ways. His Word. Which is the number one way. So during this time, get alone in His Word, hide your life in His Word. Through the inner witness, that still small voice. Through the encouragements of other believers.

3. When God speaks, be obedient to whatever He says.

God may tell you to quit praying about it, and just believe that He will do it. If He does, then be obedient.

He may even tell you to quit praying for your own needs, and start praying for others.

Whatever He says, be obedient to it.

DECISION

Are you going through some difficulties right now? The answer if found in Jesus Christ. Seek Him, call on Him, and be obedient when He speaks to you.

Next time we will look at the healing of the man at the pool of Bethesda.

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