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John 4:43-54 (SN)

I know. I KNOW. I haven’t posted in like 2 weeks. I’M SORRY! There’s not really a decent excuse, besides that I’ve been busy going to class and doing homework and sleeping and generally being a college kid. I’ve had free time, kinda. And I know, I should’ve posted these right when I got them. I’m sorry. But here they are now, so at least you have them.

So this week we come to the story of the nobleman whose son was healed by Jesus. Pretty interesting stuff to look at here. This whole section revolves around faith, both the lack of it and the abundance of it.

In verses 43-45, we see a distinct lack of faith.

Vs 44 – For Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in His own country.

Kinda reminds me of a child taking advice from his parents. He won’t listen when his parents say something, but if someone else comes along and says the SAME THING, all of a sudden it’s a brand new revelation! Don’t get me wrong, I’m terribly guilty of this too. My mom’s reading this and laughing right now. She knows.

The thing is, when we lack faith, we dishonor and disrespect Jesus Christ. That sounds really heavy, but think about it. He said He is the son of God. He more than proved it. To lack faith in Him is tantamount to calling Him a liar. Eesh. So the question we must ask ourselves is, where is our faith? Do I put my faith in myself, or Christ?

Then we see Jesus entering Galilee, and everybody’s super happy to see Him and they welcome Him in gladly. But the thing is, they only received Him because they saw His first miracle. They did not receive Him as Lord, but rather a show. They believed with their eyes, but they had no faith. Seeing is the opposite of faith (See Heb. 11:1).

Moving on to verses 46-54, we see the blessings that come from having faith.

Ok so now we see this nobleman from Capernaum coming to Jesus. His son is pert near dead, and this guy is desperate. He was out of options, and finally decided to come to Jesus. Isn’t that almost always how it goes? We get into a tough spot and we try to do everything we can on our own to fix it, and when all else fails, we pray. Why is it that Jesus ends up on the “last resort” list? (Ouch, I know.)

But at last he came to Jesus and implored Him, begged Him desperately to heal his son. He didn’t give up. Check this out, this guy knew that Jesus was capable of healing his son, and he continued asking Him for help. This was a demonstration of the guy’s faith. Now check out verse 50, Jesus is like “It’s cool, your kid’s fine. Go on home now.” and the guy just leaves. He didn’t need Jesus to physically come back to the house to heal his son, he was able to take Jesus at His word. The thing is, it’s not about the signs and wonders, it’s about believing. This man obeyed by faith, and his faith was manifested in his actions.

James 2:14, 17 – What does it profit, my brethren, if someone has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? …Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

At the end of the day, our faith isn’t about what we say, it’s about what we do.

Now after this incident, the man didn’t run back to see if his son was really ok. He trusted Jesus. So much so, in fact, that he stayed the night and didn’t go home until the next morning. He had received total peace from Jesus. But here’s the thing, it’s not important how much faith we have, but rather where we put our faith. Faith the size of a mustard seed can still move mountains (Matthew 17:20).

The object of our faith is manifested in our conduct. If you truly believe that Jesus is Lord, shouldn’t your life reflect it?

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