Sunday, June 07, 2009

Miracles Not Required


John 4:45 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  As he traveled through Galilee, he came to Cana, where he had turned the water into wine. There was a government official in nearby Capernaum whose son was very sick. 47  When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged Jesus to come to Capernaum to heal his son, who was about to die.

48  Jesus asked, "Will you never believe in me unless you see miraculous signs and wonders?"

49  The official pleaded, "Lord, please come now before my little boy dies."

50  Then Jesus told him, "Go back home. Your son will live!" And the man believed what Jesus said and started home.


Who was this government official that was so humble that he didn't send for Jesus but rather he inconvenienced himself and made the journey to Cana?

Jesus asks the official "Will you never believe in me unless you see miraculous signs and wonders?" The Samaritan people believed in Jesus without any miracles but the people from Galilee had already seen the signs and wonders that Jesus did at the Passover in Jerusalem (John 2:23, John 4:45) and now they are happy to welcome Jesus into their town but we don't know if they ever welcomed Jesus into their hearts.

The guy with the sick boy believed enough to make the trip to Cana and then he showed even more faith by taking Jesus at his word and going home empty handed. The man's faith was not disappointed and the son's recovery is proof to this man's family. Imagine the whole family of a Roman government official believing in Jesus, a whole village of Samaritans and yet the Galileans didn't show any signs that they believed.


We need to live by faith and not by sight.


Help us to have faith and trust in you every day for every detail of our lives.