Our Sunday Evening Message for May 1, 2022:
"The Healing of the Nobleman's Son"
Text: John 4:46-54
For the next few Sunday nights, we will walk you through the miracles Jesus did in the Gospel of John. The first miracle is when Jesus turns water into wine at a marriage ceremony in Cana of Galilee, a small town near Nazareth. The second miracle that Jesus performed was also done in Cana of Galilee. In this miracle, we see the son of a nobleman healed. So what is a nobleman? This is a dignitary associated with the king's court, maybe King Herod's court. He is a man of royalty whose job is to serve the king. We are not given his name, but what is impressive is that he seeks Jesus to heal his son.
What is so amazing about this miracle is that his great personal need drove him away from his duties of the king. We read in John's Gospel that Jesus did not seek him, but the nobleman heard that Jesus was come out of Judea into Galilee. When the nobleman finds Jesus, he pleads for Jesus to go with him back to His house in Capernaum, 15 to 20 miles away.He had a great personal need, and that need was that his son was sick unto death(v.47).
There is a great application here that we do not want to miss. The nobleman sought Jesus because he heard. You see Jesus did not need to seek him out, because the hearing of the word will cause the nobleman to seek Jesus. Luke 19:10 tells us, "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." In this case, this royal person from Herod's court would have never have a need to come to Christ, but it was his son's sickness that drew him to the Savior.
The need of this nobleman's son brought this man to his knees which opened his heart to the gospel. When Jesus said, "Go thy way, thy son lives," the nobleman by faith believed the words of the Lord Jesus that his son was healed even though he was 15 to 20 miles away.
How about you, my friend? Do you have faith like the nobleman? Do you believe that the Lord Jesus came to die for your sins, and wants to save you today?
Pastor Michael R. Martin
(Also, we have included our study on Hebrews 13 from our previous study.)
Rev. Michael R. Martin
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