FROM A DISTANCE
Once more Jesus 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. 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.
"Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders", Jesus told him, "you will never believe".
The royal official said "Sir, come down before my child dies".
Jesus replied, "You may go. Your son will live".
The man took Jesus at His word and departed.
While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living.
When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, "The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour."
Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, "Your son will live." So he and all his household believed. This was the second miraculous sign that Jesus performed, having come from Judea to Galilee. John 4:46-54
Isn't this remarkable? FROM A DISTANCE! The power of Jesus from a distance! The boy was healed without any physical contact with Jesus at all! Distance has no bearing on the power of Jesus Christ.
We are looking at Jesus as the Great Physician. This healing episode is short but it is bold. Not only bold, but it states the man and all of his household believed on Jesus. Thus, we are told twice that the man believed.
When Jesus told the man (see above) unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders, you will never believe . . he was speaking in the plural which included the man himself. When the man repeated his request, his tone of voice must have been in agony. He must have come in a hurry and with courage. The man said 'come down' and Jesus said 'go'.
What made the man obey and immediately go? He wanted Jesus to come to his home and Jesus was telling him he was not coming . . you go. There must have been something in the face of Jesus or His tone of voice that the man understood.
The post and podcast from two weeks ago was about the young rich ruler. Jesus told him to sell all he had and give it to the poor. He does not tell that to everyone. The man we are talking about today may have been rich also. But what Jesus addressed was not finances. He addressed the fact that he and others wanted to see signs and miracles before they would believe. Have you ever heard the saying 'seeing is believing'? That is not true. Why? Because seeing is not believing. Seeing is seeing. Believing is being sure when you cannot see. (Hebrews 11:1)
What stands out is that Jesus knows the heart and mind of every man, woman and child on planet earth. He knows what holds first place in our lives. He wants us to know first place belongs to Him. Unless you turn your back completely on the Trinity, you will be brought to a place of knowing the truth. The Holy Spirit woos us and points to Jesus. The Father loves the world (John 3:16) and Jesus died to pay for our sins. This may sound crude, but you can't beat a deal like that. Eternal life is the goal. What stands between you and the goal? I certainly don't know, but Jesus does. He will rebuke us for what stands in the way, but He will also provide a way out so that we will belong to Him. Do you . . . belong to Him?
Below is a video I pasted on Facebook this week. It is "From a Distance" by Better Midler. It shows children playing peacefully with each other instead of fighting. If you don't like that one, there are others on Youtube.