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Jesus Heals a Nobleman’s Son

John 4:46-54

46 Jesus went to visit Cana in Galilee again. Cana is where he had changed the water into wine. One of the king’s important officials lived in the city of Capernaum.42 This man’s son was sick. 47 The man heard that Jesus had come from Judea and was now in Galilee. So he went to Jesus and begged him to come to Capernaum and heal his son, who was almost dead. 48 Jesus said to him, “You people must see miraculous signs43 and wonders44 before you will believe in me.”

49 The king’s official said, “Sir, come before my little son dies.”

50 Jesus answered, “Go. Your son will live.”

The man believed what Jesus told him and went home. 51 On the way home the man’s servants came and met him. They said, “Your son is well.”

52 The man asked, “What time did my son begin to get well?”

They answered, “It was about one o’clock yesterday when the fever left him.”

53 The father knew that one o’clock was the same time that Jesus had said, “Your son will live.” So the man and everyone in his house believed in Jesus.

54 That was the second miraculous sign that Jesus did after coming from Judea to Galilee.

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42Capernaum A town on the northern shore of Lake Galilee where Jesus often spent time and taught.
43miraculous sign An amazing act that demonstrates the power of God.
44wonders Miracles that cause people to react with amazement and fear of God.
What can we learn from Jesus healing a nobleman’s son?

“This story is a good reminder that God has no limits. The nobleman’s son was far away, but God is not limited by human constraints and healed the boy. God can do what he wants to and nothing is impossible with him.” Talia, 12

“The nobleman trusted God, and his son was healed, and on top of that, his whole household believed.” Ashley, 9

“Jesus heals because he loves. We know it to be true.
Jesus heals because he loves. I believe it; how about you?
The nobleman’s son was very weak.
He was so ill, he could hardly speak.
But Jesus smiled and healed the boy.
Death and sickness, he did annoy.”
Emma, 9

If we are humble, we know that we are limited in what we understand, think and do. One of our limits is space. We can only be in one place at one time. God isn’t limited like this. He can be in many places at the same time.

As a man, Jesus was limited. He walked from place to place. He got tired. He slept. He ate. He did a lot of the things that we do. As God, he was not limited by space or time. That’s why Jesus could say, “Before Abraham was born, I am” (John 8:58b). As God, Jesus wasn’t created. He always existed.

When Jesus healed the nobleman’s son in a town about 20 miles away, this wasn’t a problem for him. As God, he could do this.

The important part of this story is whether or not the nobleman would believe Jesus. If he had not believed Jesus, he might have continued to ask him to come to Capernaum where his sick son waited. The nobleman did not argue with Jesus. He believed him and started the journey back to his son.

Today, we face a similar but different kind of faith test. Will we believe what Jesus said almost 2,000 years ago as we read his words in the Bible? Or, will we worry, panic and get scared when we have problems that we can’t solve? At least the nobleman could see Jesus when he talked with him. We can’t see Jesus with our physical eyes. In some ways, our test of faith is bigger than the one the nobleman faced.

The nobleman believed Jesus when he spoke the word about his son being healed. After he learned that his son had been healed, he learned that his son got well at the same time of the day that Jesus spoke to him. The Bible says of the nobleman, “So the man and everyone in his house believed in Jesus” (John 4:53b).

Many Bible experts agree that the nobleman and all the people in his house trusted Christ as their savior. Many times God uses sickness to bring us to him.

Sickness humbles us. We know that we can’t heal ourselves. We ask God for help. If the sickness is very bad, we begin to think about our life after death. We really don’t know how long we’re going to live on this Earth. Even if we live 70 or 80 years, it’s a very short time compared to forever.

When you visit relatives and friends who are sick, ask God if he wants you to talk with them about Jesus. Because they are sick, they might be open to talk about God. Trust the Lord for the right words to say. Don’t be shy. God can use you to tell others about Jesus’ love for them.

Think about this: God wants us to trust him for things that we can’t see with our eyes. Pray, trust and expect God to work. Be alert in times of illness to talk with friends and loved ones about Jesus.

Memorize this truth: “Faith is what makes real the things we hope for. It is proof of what we cannot see” (Hebrews 11:1).

Ask this question: Can you trust God enough to work in ways that you can’t see with you eyes?

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