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Gospel of John, Sign #2
September 22, 2013      |     By: Sam McVay, Jr.      |      Category: Sermons

From John 4, lessons on believing from a sixteen mile healing.

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John 4:46-54

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.

Remember the purpose statement of this book: John 20:30-31

John 20:30-31

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

The question might be asked in your life and the life of others, "Why does God move in so many different ways in his dealings with our lives?"

The answer, I believe, has to do with his love for us expressed in purifying our faith in Him so that we might have maximum possession of His abundant and victorious life.

Breakdown of John 4:46-54

Jesus is in Cana again after being down in Judea for Passover.

Word is out that he heals, so an "Official" comes sixteen miles from Capernaum to get Jesus to come heal his son.

Jesus’ first response (in vs. 48) seems harsh

The official is so desperate he moves from asking to commanding Jesus to come heal his son in vs. 49

Jesus gives the commander a command in vs. 50

The man believes his word and goes in vs. 50 but in verse 53 we see that he believed and his whole household as well.

The next day he finds out the miracle happened at 1pm the day before right when Jesus spoke.

This is like the story in Matthew 8:5-13.

Matthew 8:5-13

When he had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, 6 “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” 7 And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8 But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith. 11 I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12 while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.

But the difference is that the Centurion in Matthew did not need Jesus to come to heal his servant because he knew who Jesus WAS not just what Jesus could DO.

Pleasing faith to God has an order: Hebrews 11:6

Hebrews 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

1) Believe that God is or that He is who He says He is.

2) That he rewards and meets needs.

John will continually show Jesus shifting all things to himself so that non-idolatrous faith can lay hold of uncreated, overcoming, God-glorifying life in Christ.

John writes this sign under the inspiration of the Spirit to show us that his word is not constrained by time and space. 

And this reality should focus our faith on Jesus and not the miracle itself. 

The kind of life he gives us does not fail (the wine miracle) and it is not limited in any way. But it is clearly found in Him and Him alone.

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