This is the second in a series of articles about the miracles Jesus performed recorded in the book of John.
As I mentioned earlier, I believe we can learn much by studying the seven miracles recorded in the book of John. Jesus performed more than seven miracles, yet these are the 7 that John chose to record. By asking some basic questions about each, we can learn much about God.
Jesus Heals an Official’s Son
John 4.43 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 Festival, for they also had been there.
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.”
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.
54 This was the second sign Jesus performed after coming from Judea to Galilee.
First, its worth noting Jesus’ comment about how people would not believe unless they see signs. I know many Christians struggle with the fact their friends stubbornly refused to come to the faith. We are not alone! Jesus understands as he saw this firsthand, himself.
Next, I believe God is moved by our prayers. Jesus could have revealed himself through any number of miracles, yet chose to heal a boy after his father pleaded on his behalf.
God’s sovereignty shines through, as Jesus simply says “Your son will live,” and it comes to pass. This demonstrates again how Jesus, the Son, works with God, the Father.
Because of the above, this passage teaches me that Jesus loves us very much. He listens to us, and advocates our needs to the Father. His power and sovereignty reign supreme. What do you learn about Jesus and God when you read about this miracle?