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This morning we are going to look at another miracle that
Jesus performed. Interestingly this one also took place in
the same town as His first miracle, Cana.
Our text is found once again in the gospel of John.
This time we will be looking at the 4th chapter and verses
As you are finding this passage let me bring you up to
speed with some context.
Chapter 4 starts off with Jesus going into Galilee.
In fact, 4 times in this chapter John mentions the fact
that Jesus left Judea and went into Galilee.
On His way He had to pass through Samaria where He
encountered a woman at the well. This is where Jesus
tells the woman about the living water and eternal life
for those who believe in Him.
And that brings us to the first section of our text for
I wanted to make sure we talked about these verses
because they help us understand the point of the miracle
that Jesus is about to perform.
John mentions Two Groups of Believers
● The many who believed because of the testimony of
the woman at the well.
● The many more who believed because of His word.
Those who trust the testimony of others
The woman at the well went right away to tell others
what Jesus had done. She was giving witness to the
amazing power of God shown through Jesus.
God uses that as His preferred method of reaching the
lost with the good news of the gospel. That’s why Jesus
told the disciples in His last message to them to go and
make disciples of all the nations and baptize them in the
name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
God knew that some people would place their faith in Him
because of the testimony of other believers.
Those who trust the word of God
Others heard Jesus teaching in person and believed His
words. Notice how they describe their faith in v.42.
We have heard for ourselves
And know that this One indeed is the Savior of the world.
We don’t have Jesus in person with us today, but we do
have His word, which is living and active and the
revelation of God Himself to us. Many people believe in
God because they have read His word and believe it to be
the absolute truth. Many have tried over the years and
none have been able to disprove the word of God.
Now, let’s talk about this statement that Jesus makes as
he went into Galilee
He testified that a prophet has no honor in his own
This is tricky because He was born in Bethlehem in Judea
but He was raised in Nazareth in Galilee. Matthew and
Mark both have a similar phrase referring to Nazareth.
But Jesus was also rejected in Judea where He did most
of His ministry. And the folks in Galilee welcomed Him
gladly because they had just been at the Passover feast
with Him and they saw some of the things He did there.
The official served under Herod Antipas and lived in
Capernaum. Capernaum was located about 16 miles
from Cana. As I mentioned earlier, Cana is the place
where Jesus performed His first miracle of turning the
water into wine.
What else do we know of this official?
He knew of Jesus’ power to heal
He implored Him to come back to Capernaum to heal his
There are two things we need to discuss here
The Faith of the Official
He Believed the Words of Jesus
The official knew that Jesus could heal his son. That is
why he implored him to come with him. He expected
Jesus to lay His hands on the child and restore his health.
His faith was taken to a whole new level when Jesus told
him his son was already healed.
He actually had two choices here.
He could have doubted and kept on asking Jesus to come
to make sure He would heal him.
Or he could trust Jesus and take Him at His word and
believe that His son would be healed.
He displayed a great faith by trusting Jesus here.
He Put His Faith in Action
After Jesus told him his son was healed, he went out in
faith trusting Jesus at His word.
He wasn’t able to make it all the way back to his house
the same day. He had to stop somewhere along the way.
He met some of his servants on his way back and they
assured him that his son was in fact healed.
Then things clicked in his mind and he asked what time it
was when his son started feeling better. When they told
him the time, he recalled that it was the exact time he
had the conversation with Jesus and He told him, ‘Go,
your son lives’
He Trusted Jesus for Salvation
The official understood that Jesus had accomplished a
miracle by healing his son from 16 miles away.
When he arrived at home and saw his son alive and well,
his faith turned from trust to a true relationship with God.
And his entire family placed their faith in God.
The second thing we need to talk about is:
The Power of God
This miracle highlights the incredible power of God
There are two attributes of God at work in this miracle.
First, we see the Omniscience of God
This means that God knows everything. This power is
manifested in Jesus as He healed the son of the official
without even asking the address of the son or his name
or anything. Jesus knew who he was and where he was
and what he needed. God knows everything!
Next, we see the Omnipotence of God
As I mentioned earlier Capernaum was 16 miles from
Cana where they were and Jesus was able to heal the
official’s son without seeing or touching him.
Let’s talk about the power of God.
God created everything from nothing simply by speaking
it into existence. No one else has the power to do that.
This is the same power that God used to raise Jesus from
the dead. It’s power that far exceeds our human
understanding. But we believe because we have seen
God do things far greater than we can think or even
There are two responses to today’s message.
Testify about Christ
We, like the Samaritan woman at the well, have an
amazing story to tell. The story of what Christ has done
in our life. And the story of the redemption of mankind
through the atoning blood of Christ.
We are not unlike the dying son of the official.
The Bible tells us that we were deep in our sin and even
while we were still sinning, Christ died for us!
That is a story worth telling.
He came to earth, born of a virgin, lived a perfect life,
took our punishment and paid our penalty so that we
could be reconciled to God.
Pray Expecting Miracles
Notice how the official was imploring Christ to come down
to Capernaum to heal his son.
He knew He had the power to heal him. He had obviously
seen or heard of His healing power before.
We ought to pray to God, imploring Him to act, knowing
that He has all the power and all the wisdom to do
anything He desires.
The key is to seek hard after Him so that His desires
become our desires. (Psalm 37:4) Then our prayers will
align with His will and He will do amazing things like He
did here in this example.