John 4:46-49 – Lesson #47

After a long and eventful journey, Jesus arrived in Galilee. This ought to have been a time of excitement and anticipation, He was returning to the region of His childhood, a region filled with family and friends. But instead, Jesus knew this would be a difficult task; “For Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country” (John 4:44). And yet, this was a region that needed a Savior.

John 4:46-49
“So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, ‘Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.’ The nobleman said to Him, ‘Sir, come down before my child dies!'”

It is commonly believed that this nobleman was a high ranking official in the court of Herod Antipas, the son of Herod the Great. This man of authority and high esteem, was facing a serious crisis – his son was close to death. He came to Jesus out of desperation, grasping when all else had failed.

Was this a shallow faith? Absolutely! But how many of us initially came to Christ with similar circumstances – with a burden far too heavy to carry? “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). We may not have known what it meant to be a child of God, but we seemed to know that Jesus could help carry the load. We cannot call this a saving faith, and there is great danger for one who becomes comfortable and fails to mature, but God can clearly use such faith to draw people closer to Himself.

Notice that a desperate and shallow faith does not imply weak character. The nobleman had humbled himself in approaching Jesus; and as he made his plea, he showed determination and resolve. He was persistently making his request known and refused to be deterred even when rebuked. Jesus accused the nobleman, as well as many others, of seeking after signs and wonders and not the true Wonder of Wonders.

Jesus spoke strongly against those who made signs and wonders the basis for their faith. Miracles were an important part of Jesus’ ministry; but they were always to point to God and His plan of Salvation, not to be sought after and worshiped. Such belief continually seeks something new and externally exciting but neglects the deep roots of truth which last a lifetime and hold us secure in the storm.

When trials come our way, let’s see them as opportunities to present our requests to God. Let’s use our limited faith to draw close to His side, and grow by knowing Him better through the study of His Word and true intimate fellowship. Let’s come as we are, but then let’s continually grow and become like Him.

Have a Great Day!
Steve Troxel God’s Daily Word Ministries