Monday 29 December, 2014

John 4:43-54

43 After the two days, Jesus left for Galilee. 44 He himself had pointed out that a prophet is not respected in his own country. 45 When he arrived in Galilee, the people living there welcomed him. They had seen everything he had done in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast. That was because they had also been there. 46 Once more, Jesus visited Cana in Galilee. Cana is where he had turned the water into wine. A royal official was there. His son was sick in bed at Capernaum. 47 The official heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea. So he went to Jesus and begged him to come and heal his son. The boy was close to death. 48 Jesus told him, “You people will never believe unless you see miraculous signs and wonders.” 49 The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 50 Jesus replied, “You may go. Your son will live.” The man believed what Jesus said, and so he left. 51 While he was still on his way home, his servants met him. They gave him the news that his boy was living. 52 He asked what time his son got better. They said to him, “The fever left him yesterday afternoon at one o’clock.” 53 Then the father realized what had happened. That was the exact time Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he and all his family became believers. 54 This was the second miraculous sign that Jesus did after coming from Judea to Galilee.

Jesus complaining – now that should get our attention!  He is not usually a complainer.  But here something has obviously disturbed Him, upset Him.  The ‘issue’ is that people wanted miracles.  Well what’s the problem with that?  Isn’t Jesus a miracle worker?  Isn’t He meant to do miracles?  The answer to both of these questions are a resounding YES!  But we need to ask deeper questions, see further.  Miracles are only sign posts.  It would be like taking pictures of signposts for your holiday rather than the destination you are meant to be going to!  Miracles are not the big deal – Jesus is and this is why He was complaining – people were seeking miracles not the Messiah!

So where do we seek miracles, provision, healing, whatever is our deal rather than the Lord Himself?  Are we so focused on the sign posts that we miss the Saviour, so focused on the miracles that we miss the Messiah?

Father help us to see Jesus and be satisfied by Him, which we know is complete!

Written by Ps. Richard Botta

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