Show Me Something! Maybe Then I Will Believe

Has desperation or crisis ever driven you to Christ? In John chapter 4 there is a story of a father who is desperate and panicked. He is consumed with fear for his son’s life. He traveled 20 miles to meet with someone he has only heard can perform miracles. This nobleman, a man of means, did not send a servant, or any other member of his household to Christ, but came himself. The nobleman would spare nothing, if it were possible to save the life of his child. Can you relate? Who wouldn’t seek out the best doctor or hospital to save their child? Jesus told him, “Unless you [people] see signs and wonders, you will not believe.” (John 4:48). The word “you” is plural. Jesus was talking to everyone there. The crowds were following because they had heard about, or seen for themselves, miracles that Jesus had performed. Jesus knew their hearts. The crowd came for the show. They came out of curiosity. They came to be near someone who is popular. They came to be wowed. Not the father. He had a life or death need. “Sir,” the official said to Him, “come down before my boy dies!” (John 4:49) The nobleman, who is not used to begging, pleads with Christ to travel to his house and heal his son.  He believed Christ could heal his son, but not from a distance. Will the official (this worried father) take Jesus at His word? Will he believe without seeing? Think about the question Jesus asked. Do you see the test of faith? Jesus wanted to build a belief that comes from devotion. A faith that trusts in His Word. Jesus is not trying to impress and bring about amazement.  Jesus, knowing what He was about to say to this father, essentially asked, “Will you take me at my Word?” “Go,” Jesus told him, “your son will live.” The man believed what Jesus said to him and departed. (John 4:50) I wonder if the man stood there for a few heartbeats wondering how to respond. Processing what Jesus had said. There was no questioning the words of Christ, but complete acceptance. He turned and left! Christ did not say what the nobleman wanted to hear, but this desperate father received the promise of Jesus by faith. While he was still going down, his slaves met him saying that his boy was alive. He asked them at what time he got better. “Yesterday at seven in the morning the fever left him,” they answered. The father realized this was the very hour at which Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.” Then he himself believed, along with his whole household. (John 4:51-53). The Bible is full of promises from our Lord. A Promise that those would believe Christ will receive eternal life. Promises about the marriage supper of the Lamb and a prepared place in heaven. Scripture is full of many other promises. Will you take Him at His Word?

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