July 15, 2020
Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way.
There are (at least) two wonderful points to draw from today’s passage.
We learned from Sunday’s sermon this man came a long way to find Jesus, desperately seeking a miracle for his gravely ill son. He was a big shot royal official of some sort, yet he was not above begging this strange, itinerant preacher to come and heal his son. The kicker was, the kid was at least 15 miles away. That’s not a small ask! That’s basically asking Jesus to go an entire day’s journey out of his way, just because this man asked.
That is Wonderful Point #1: Just be willing to ask.
Then Jesus shifts gears and tells the man He has something else in mind. Jesus replies, “Go, your son will live.”
Nope! Jesus isn’t coming over. Nope! He’s not answering your request the way you thought. And nope! He didn’t give any instructions about what to do in Jesus’ place, like lay on hands, or the right words to pray, or anything.
Jesus just said, Go. It’s going to be okay.
I like to think about this man making the long walk back home. Every second of that journey, every step he must have been overwhelmed with the same thoughts I would: “Will this really turn out okay? Will God really come through? Or am I just an idiot for believing all this?”
As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was recovering. (John 4:51)
That is Wonderful Point #2: Somehow, some way, God will always come through. Always.
In your life’s circumstances, what requests should you be bringing to the Lord today? And how is God asking you to trust Him in the way He’s answering? Let’s go to God today for the encouragement and strength we need for whatever “long walk back home” we are each on today!