This sermon was based on John 4:46-54.
Jesus Heals an Official’s Son
46So 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. 47When 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. 48So Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” 49The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 50Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way. 51As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was recovering. 52So 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.” 53The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, and all his household. 54This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee.
FAITH WANTS A BREAKTHROUGH
- At this point in history, sickness meant real desperation – it wouldn’t be easy to get a sick child to a hospital like it is today.
- He didn’t have loads of theology – he just had a need and he went to Jesus with it.
- Whatever our needs and whatever our level of understanding, we can bring those need to Jesus.
FAITH IS TESTED
- He wants Jesus to accompany him home – but Jesus pushes back. He doesn’t give him ‘sight’, just asks him to believe.
FAITH IS OBEDIENT
- The official chose to believe Jesus and take him at his word.
- This is faith – and it can feel like a step into ambiguity or obscurity.
- At the moment Jesus spoke, the official’s son was healed.
- Jesus’ words have power and do not return empty
FAITH IS CONTAGIOUS
- The official believed – and so did all of his household!
- The faith that we show, and the things we see Jesus do will lead to faith in others as well.