The Focus of True Faith (John 4:43-54)Errol Wagner, July 21, 2019
Part of the Jesus in John's Gospel series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
A father approaches the Lord Jesus with an urgent request:'My son is dying, please come and heal him'. Our Lord's response to him was strange - instead of sympathizing with him, which we would expect, the Lord upbraids him. 'You are just like the rest, you are only interested in miracles!' How can we account for this rude response? The Lord was teaching him a lesson in the meaning of true faith. The Lord guided him to true faith, where this father, was prepared to take Jesus at his word. What is the focus of true faith? Taking Jesus at his word.
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John 4:43–54 (Listen)
43 After the two days he departed for Galilee. 44 (For Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in his own hometown.) 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 So 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. 47 When 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. 48 So Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” 49 The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 50 Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way. 51 As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was recovering. 52 So 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.” 53 The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, and all his household. 54 This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee.