Feb 082014
 

Read John 4:43-54

Theme: life of Jesus

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After the two days he departed for Galilee. 44 (For Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in his own hometown.) 45 So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, having seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the feast. For they too had gone to the feast.46 So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an 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 to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. 48 So Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” 49 The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 50 Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way. 51 As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was recovering. 52 So he asked them the hour when he began to get better, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” 53 The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, and all his household. 54 This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee.

Thoughts to consider

At the start of this passage we get a clue as to how much the poor and marginalised (those in the poor region of Galilee) hated the religious establishment of Jerusalem by the way they welcomed Jesus into their region. Jesus had arrived as quite a hero by the way he had dealt with the corrupt money changers in the temple (John 2 v 13-17) He had obviously impressed the people of Galilee anyway. It had not been long since His first miracle at Cana where He now returns.

The official was probably a Gentile centurion, possibly in the service of Herod Antipas. Jesus has now further demonstrated His love for the whole world by bringing the gospel to a respected Jewish teacher in Niocodemus, then to an outcast Samaritan woman and now to an official working for the Roman government.

· Take time to consider how God loves the whole world (every part and strata of society), what implications does that have to who you reach out to?

· Why do you think Jesus seemed quite dismissive to the official?

· The official is quite persistent and pushes through and receives a miracle. Think about how persistent you are when asking God for things

· Notice how the official believes the words of Jesus when He says “Go your son will live” what lessons can we learn about faith here?

· Even though you did it recently, don’t stop asking for Jesus to give you supernatural insights as you witness to people.

· Consider that with the Holy Spirit we can have the same sort of ministry that Jesus had.

Prayer

Father I thank you that once again you have shown me that you care for the whole world and all can come to you. Your desire is to heal people and set them free now as you have done before. Help me to be part of your commission to reach people with your love and step out in receiving words from you that can speak directly into their lives. I ask all this in the name of Jesus, amen

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