The Man took Jesus at His Word

Today’s passage in John 4 is filled with condemnation and commendation. Jesus gives a view of what He expects for us while also showing what those aren’t true believers are like. The first condemnation surfaces in Jesus’ statement about a prophet not having honor in his own country. In doing so, Jesus was basically saying that those who were His own did not believe in Him; yet, there is hope for them and us presented in this story.

Like with us all, Jesus uses a challenging moment in life of a royal official to drive us to Himself. This royal official is said to be The Man took Jesus at His Word. In life, we all will be confronted with insurmountable situations. In today’s passage, this royal official’s son was dying. I don’t know about you, but there isn’t a situation that demands more belief i.e. faith than the life of your child. The question is will we take Jesus at His Word? If we do, we can be at peace. We may not get the response that we want, but we will get what we need to build our faith or cause us to believe. Let’s see.

John 4

43 After the two days he left for Galilee. 44 (Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honor in his own country.) 45 When he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him. They had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, for they also had been there.

46 Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. 47 When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death.

48 “Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”

49 The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”

50 “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.”

The man took Jesus at his word and departed. 51 While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. 52 When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “Yesterday, at one in the afternoon, the fever left him.”

53 Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he and his whole household believed.

54 This was the second sign Jesus performed after coming from Judea to Galilee.

Jesus’ commentary about man was that “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will never believe.” Regardless of our spiritual claim, we all fall into that category. We must see to believe. It is unfortunate but true. I am sure this is why this story, in part, is included. While our need for signs is condemned, Jesus in the same passage recognizes The Man took Jesus at His Word.

There are certain promises that God has made to us. 2 Corinthians 1:18-22 reaffirms that. “18 But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” 20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” I want to get to the point where it is said about me that The Man took Jesus at His Word.

Will Jesus say about you that The Man/Woman took Jesus at His Word. Let’s work to ensure that our faith is strong.



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