October 13, 2020 – Tuesday
John 4:46-50 NIV
46 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 signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”
49 The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”
50 “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.”
In John chapter 2:1-11 Jesus performed His first miracle turning water into wine and not just wine, but choice or fine wine according to the master of ceremonies. Why is this mentioned here one may wonder? Recall in performing His first miracle, Jesus did nothing obvious. The miracle of changing water to wine simply occurred. On this occasion, something similar happens. Jesus does nothing obvious to save the official’s son. He simply says, Go, your son will live.
If we read further, we will find, 50 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, “Yesterday, at one in the afternoon, the fever left him.” 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 his whole household believed. According to the NIV The man took Jesus at His word, most other versions say The man believed what Jesus had told him and a few The man trusted what Jesus had told him.
Many commentaries put the father, the royal official, who came to Jesus and begged for His son’s life into the same category as all the others Jesus was addressing when He said, Unless you people see signs and wonders you will never believe. As a result, He did not give them a miracle that they could see and Ohhhh and Ahhhh about. He simply healed the man’s son.
Why did He do so? Likely because this man, a royal official, did not ask for a show. Instead he begged this rabbi without any fancy clothes, likely dirty and dusty as well, who was not a Pharisee. I imagine he got down on his knees before Jesus when he begged for his son’s life. In other words, he believed. He may have believed out of desperation, but he believed. Later the father realized his son was healed the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” As a result, not only he but his whole household believed.
There is an object lesson here for all of us. Our faith and our belief in Jesus and His Grace may impact many lives beyond ourselves. It matters not our position at all. Here we have a royal official who asks for no special favor. Instead he begged Jesus for his son’s life. He humbled himself before this dirty dusty rabbi who is our Lord and Savior. We need to do the same whether or not our prayer requests are granted.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Almighty God, please help us to remember You are always in charge. Help us to always turn to you in prayer when we have a need. Help us to always seek you and your will in our prayers. Help us to know how much you love and care for us. Help us to always remember the price Jesus paid for our sins and to be ever grateful for your gift of Grace. Amen.