There are times that I have shared my personal witness of acts of God on this blog. When I do this, it is not to make myself look good or “cool” or more holy than the next blogger. I am a sinner saved by Christ. I don’t say that I was a sinner who no longer is because of Christ. I am fully aware that I sin daily, much to my chagrin. How does Paul put it? “I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate” (Romans 7:15 ESV). No. I share these experiences so that readers may “hear” first hand accounts of what The Holy Spirit can do and does even today! My hope is that readers will read of these things and believe in Jesus by their telling. So many people hear about things and say (at least to themselves), “I’ll believe it when I see it.” You can’t afford to wait for that.
So Jesus said to him,”Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.”
“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. 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. So Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way. As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was recovering. 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.” 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. This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee.” (John 4:46-54 ESV)
This happened shortly after Jesus had been to Jerusalem for the Passover and had performed miracles and taught and amazed many by His knowledge and authority. That, combined with the incident at the wedding feast in Cana, made Jesus a bit of a local celebrity. This official had probably been in Jerusalem too and now heard that the Jesus was in town again and hoped that He would come to his home to heal his son who was dying. Jesus tested him by saying, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” The official pleaded with Jesus to just save his son and He did so.
Jesus heals the son with a word.
Signs and wonders are not provided for their own sake. They are not even, necessarily, for the sake of those who directly benefit from them (though they most assuredly do benefit). They are provided so that witnesses may believe and be saved. And, so people may hear about them and believe.
So, this man approaches Jesus and asks him to come back to his place and heal his son. Jesus takes things to another level (!) by making it about the man’s faith. The man replies that it isn’t about him, but his son. His son is healed and the man believes in Jesus and his entire household comes to believing faith as well by trusting the official’s testimony! The man, you see, had enough faith to know that Jesus could heal his son. He knew that. He was sure that if Jesus would just come home with him, his son would live. “So, you will believe if you see me do something?” Jesus asks. “Sir, I just want my son to get better,” the man replies. He wasn’t asking for himself at all. This wasn’t a political stunt to draw attention to himself. He was a father who loved his son and knew Jesus to be his last and best hope. (Is this faith the size of a mustard seed?) Jesus heals the son with a word. He had no need to go to the man’s house at all. His will alone was enough to do what needed to be done. Jesus demonstrated that He is not a prophet or a healer. He is Christ The Healer. And the man and his entire household believed.
I don’t know where you are in your faith. I don’t even know if you believe in Jesus at all. That’s none of my business, really. That’s between you and God. Here is what I do believe right now. If you are reading these word, then God intended for you to do so. I am telling you right here and right now that God still lives and wants you to believe in Him through Jesus Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit. I’ve seen miracles and signs and wonders. I’ve healed and been healed through the power of the Holy Spirit. You can trust these words. Just believe and be healed. Believe in Jesus and be saved. Then go find a body of believers to help your faith grow. That’s my prayer for you at this very moment; that if you did not know Jesus as your Lord and Savior when you began reading this post, that you know Him now. “Lord, just save this reader.”
- Jesus and The Wedding at Cana: The First Sign (christophercrandolph.wordpress.com)
- The Passion of Christ (christophercrandolph.wordpress,com)
- God So Loved the World Redux (christophercrandolph.wordpress.com)
- Jesus the Gospel and other Essentials of the Christian Faith (christophercrandolph.wordpress.com)